Ann Douglas on the seven stages of book publishing

Thinking about writing a book? If so, Ann Douglas has some advice for you. Douglas, whose many published books include the “Mother of All” parenting series, gave a presentation at the recent Level Up writers’ conference in Toronto. Her talk focused on the process of publishing non-fiction books through traditional publishing avenues. She offered reams of helpful […]

Posted on November 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Working from home during personal chaos

by Meagan Gillmore I pursued a writing career hoping it would allow me a more flexible home life, perhaps the possibility of staying home to raise any future children. Freelancing was, I believed, a buffer against the financial instabilities that seemed guaranteed for those who entered adulthood during the Great Recession of the mid-2000s. But for […]

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 9:35 pm by editor · 3 Comments · Tagged with: ,

The Born Freelancer on the Power of Gratitude

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. I was talking over the importance of mental well-being for freelancers with a fellow writer. These dark days of autumn rapidly turning into even […]

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 10:15 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

A Freelancer’s Guide to Content Marketing

by Steven Threndyle Freelancers perusing job listings on Indeed or Glassdoor will often come across content marketing writing gigs. It’s a job that requires the imagination of an advertising copywriter, the inquisitiveness and writing discipline of a journalist and a bit of an understanding of data science. Increasingly, this kind of writing is being outsourced […]

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Always be closing: How to keep marketing even when busy with projects

By Nkiru Asika Halloween may be over, but there is nothing more frightening to a freelance writer than the deathly spectre of no work on the horizon; when your clients literally go ghost. It’s tempting, when you have client work, to forget all about marketing and simply bury yourself in the writing. But that is […]

Posted on November 3, 2018 at 1:13 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Getting freelance work with the CBC

Freelancing for CBC isn’t as easy as it used to be, but there are still gigs to be found at the Mother Corp. The “Getting Work With the CBC” panel at the recent Level Up conference in Toronto offered some insights into just where to find it. The panel was part of a two-day conference […]

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 10:43 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Freelance contracts a hot topic at Level Up conference in Toronto

It’s frustrating to give up lucrative assignments, but are indemnification clauses worth the risks they pose to your assets?

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 6:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

Reporting responsibly on labour and class

An impoverished landscape By Zaid Noorsumar Alex Press had to do a lot of convincing to get the Washington Post to run her story about 260,000 UPS workers who were threatening to strike. The American workers were fighting a treacherous new contract that would have repercussions not only for unions but for working people in general. […]

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Freelancing Financial Success: “Dance your power dance and then say your number”

Follow your interests… and ask for more money. Those are the keys to financial success in freelancing, according to Toronto-based freelance journalist David Hayes and investment and lifestyle writer and editor Rita Silvan. The two were part of a panel discussion called “Freelancing Financial Success” at the recent Level Up conference in Toronto. The session, […]

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 10:22 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer Gives Assurance on Insurance

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. I think Sara Tatelman’s recent two-parter on liability and insurance for freelancers is a must-read. It is a topic of paramount importance for all freelancers […]

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 8:52 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,