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: , , ,

Freelance Finance: By the hour, or by the word?

by Steven Threndyle Recently, a Vancouver-based company called Grizzly Coast Media created a bit of a stir online when it started posting jobs for freelancers that paid $50 for anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 words per story. If you take five hours to write 1500 words, you’re making $10 an hour. In Vancouver, where the typical […]

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The Freelancer’s Guide to Content Marketing

By Steven Threndyle Chances are, you didn’t become a freelancer because you wanted to learn how to write something called “native advertising.” Maybe you’re a graduate from a journalism school, or you’ve honed your freelance career by pitching, researching, and writing stories for magazines such as The Walrus, Canadian Business, or Toronto Life. But A-list […]

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Access Copyright & Access Copyright Foundation: What Can They Do for You?

by Elle Andra-Warner Are you registered with Access Copyright (AC) as one of over 11,000 Canadian writers, visual artists or publishers who receive an annual payment? Or have you ever applied for a Professional Development, Research or Events grant from Access Copyright Foundation? If not, here’s some information that could add to your stream of […]

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

What is your time worth?

By Sandra Phinney It’s a curious human trait how we tend to put certain people and professions on a pedestal, while we look down on others. I was acutely aware of this when I farmed. When I taught university courses and wore a professor’s hat, I had tons of respect. Wearing my farmer’s hat … […]

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,

Yellow Pages Canada offering content mill rates for app writing work

CMG Freelance is advising freelance writers across Canada not to accept work from Yellow Pages that pays in the range of 6 to 9 cents per word. Story Board has heard from several highly experienced writers who were approached by Yellow Pages Canada last week with an offer to write “Smart Lists” for Yellow Pages’ […]

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Levelling Up as a Freelancer (or How to Spot a Turkey)

How to quickly evaluate every freelance opportunity   by Miranda Miller   Do you know when to turn down a contract? Wait. Turn down? What?! If the very thought of turning down work seems outrageous and counterproductive, you need to read on.

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Writer Scott Carney launches WordRates & PitchLab Kickstarter

by Rachel Sanders Scott Carney figures he’s beaten the odds and come out the other side: he’s become a successful freelance writer. What was his first clue? Everyone kept asking for his advice. “I get emails and phone calls and letters from writers around the country all the time asking for advice on how to negotiate contracts or how […]

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

The Cost of Saying Yes to Every Gig

How turning down projects can help you build your freelance writing business.   by Miranda Miller Opportunity cost dictates that even when you make the best choice possible, you lose out on the benefits of the next best option. We see this constantly as we move through life, in everything from grocery shopping to deciding […]

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 5 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Toronto freelancer goes the distance to pursue non-paying client

Most freelancers have had to deal with it at some point in their careers – a client who is slow to process invoices, or, worse, one that’s deliberately avoiding paying their contractors. Chasing down a paycheque can be frustrating, humiliating and damaging to your productivity. Sometimes it seems easier to just give up on that […]

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,