A Tricky Transition: Can Good Writers Become Competent Editors?

by Steven Threndyle Veteran freelance writers exhausted by the endless cycles of feast or famine often reach a point in their career where they fantasize, “I want one of those cush editing jobs!” And why not? The most prestigious editors sit atop the magazine pyramid as creative overseers. Like chief executive officers who hop from […]

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Systematic Editing for the Uncomfortable / Nervous / Reluctant / Insecure Editor

by Amanda Maxwell  Editing a piece of work isn’t my favourite occupation. If it’s my own, then word blindness and over-familiarity settles in. If it’s for someone else, then I panic about changing their voice. Most of the time I sort-of know when something’s not right, but not always how to fix it. And this […]

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

The Born Freelancer Asks: Are We Notoriously Lazy?

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. The accusation took me completely by surprise. I was once in casual discussions with an industry insider about the conditions under which we might […]

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

Why Freelancers in Marketing and Communications Should Have an Email List

by Robyn Roste If you spend any time studying online marketing you’ve come across advice to start an email list. And if you’re a typical freelancer who gets most of your work from referrals you may think you don’t need one. I get it. On the surface it doesn’t make sense. Why would you collect […]

Posted on May 9, 2018 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Ten Reasons to Join CMG Freelance

Freelancers, have you been looking for a good reason to join our freelance union? From contract advice to professional development opportunities, CMG Freelance president Don Genova gives you ten reasons in this new video.  For more information on the costs and benefits of membership, check out this page on the CMG Freelance website.  

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Non-fiction book publishing advice for freelance writers

By Lesley Evans Ogden Have you ever thought about writing a non-fiction book? It’s a daunting undertaking, but for many published book authors, it’s also a rewarding one. In April 2018, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada held their annual conference in Vancouver. During that conference, I moderated a session on book publishing. The three […]

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 8:55 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer Interviews Daniel Sugar on Self-Publishing His First Novel

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.   Writing a novel is the dream of many freelance writers, but few of us achieve this formidable goal. A first novel is therefore […]

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Need some help with your taxes? Get organized with the New School of Finance’s free course

It’s tax season, freelancers, and that means it’s time to dig out that pile of receipts and tax slips and get them organized. If that idea fills you with dread, the New School of Finance has a free course that might help. The Toronto-based fee-only financial planning firm’s Tax Prep Party is a short tutorial filled […]

Posted on April 5, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Build your freelance business with these five easy social media tweaks

by Robyn Roste In October 2010 I joined Twitter. I had heard it was a good place to get freelance work so I put up a profile, followed a few people and tweeted when the mood struck. In general this was while I watched sports or when something interesting happened. While I was having a […]

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 9:01 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Fighting for copyright

by Luigi Benetton Have you ever had your copyright violated? How did you react? I had this issue a few years ago. I didn’t take it well. My consternation drove me to waste time creating Google alerts for a bunch of my published articles. I’ve since deleted those alerts for reasons I’ll explain below, but […]

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , ,