Why You Must Always Vet Your Sources citing copywriting freelance writing tips quotes sources vetting process Sep 21, 2021

I must be big on “vetting,” because over the past year I’ve blogged about how to vet a publishing opportunity and how to vet writing courses and programs. I think this indicates I believe in healthy skepticism as a freelance writer – and that’s not a bad trait for...

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What Types of Writing Samples Should You Obtain? clip clips content marketing freelance writing tips nonprofit work samples writing samples Aug 24, 2021

Kemley recently emailed me with a question that I think could benefit from a wider audience. In a nutshell, they said they had contacted a nonprofit to volunteer to write in exchange for getting work samples (which is a strategy I advise, so: Well done, Kemley!).

The nonprofit organization...

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Why Health Journalism Makes a Great Entry Point for Nurse Writers freelance writing for nurses freelance writing tips getting published health journalism journalism Aug 03, 2021

When I decided to go into courses and coaching (in support of my mission for nurses to own the healthcare communications space), the very first course I developed was called “Health Journalism Basics for Nurses.” Why? Because I think health reporting makes the most natural entry point...

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When Should You Pay Sources for Interviews? compensation freelance writing tips interview sme sources sourcing subject matter experts Jun 22, 2021

People ask the BEST questions in the group coaching sessions! I just love the creative queries nurses come up with as they work at transitioning to freelance writing.

A couple of weeks ago, a nurse in the group for the Complete Guide to Content Marketing Writing for Nurses course asked,...

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How to Vet a Publishing Opportunity business tips finding clients freelance writing basics freelance writing for nurses freelance writing tips scams self-employment vetting opportunities vetting process Jun 15, 2021

Recently, one of my students wrote to me about an opportunity she had received by email from a prospective publishing outlet. Her question was simple: “Is this real?”

I felt the response I sent her could be useful to a wider audience, so I’m republishing parts of our...

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There is No Such Thing as a “Blog Post Format” blog posts clients freelance writing basics freelance writing tips marketing nurse-writer projects writing tips writing types Jun 08, 2021

We nurses like structure. We like procedures. We feel comfortable when someone gives us a framework that provides us with a series of steps to move through on the way to a desired outcome – such as starting an IV.

So it’s no surprise to me that a great many novice nurse-writers tell...

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How Glamorous is Freelance Writing, Anyway? business tips freelance writing basics freelance writing for nurses freelance writing tips self-employment working for yourself Jun 01, 2021

Sometimes I receive emails from nurses who sincerely want to buy in to the idea that freelance writing is an insanely glamorous career. For instance, one nurse who wrote to me recently said, “I am very interested in exploring this career, but I need to make sure it doesn’t mean...

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Prospecting Tip: Look for the Head of the Octopus clients content marketing finding clients freelance writing basics freelance writing for nurses freelance writing tips marketing nurse-writer prospecting May 18, 2021

Last week, a student in the Complete Guide to Content Marketing Writing for Nurses course sent me an excellent question that I felt deserved a wider audience, so I wanted to share her question and my answer with you.

This student was struggling with one of the most fundamental aspects of...

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What to Charge Your Health Writing Clients anchor clients business tips clients finding clients freelance writing basics freelance writing for nurses freelance writing tips pricing setting prices May 11, 2021

The most common question I field is: What should I charge this client? 

The second-most common is: Here’s the rate a client offered me. Is this a good rate?

In fact, because pricing questions are so common, I’ve written about them numerous times in the past. I’ve offered ...

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I got Published!! Now What? business tips clients freelance writing basics freelance writing for nurses freelance writing tips getting published organization pitching tracking pitches writing May 04, 2021

It might take some time, but eventually you will sell an article pitch to an editor, or a prospective client will sign you to a content writing contract. Next, you’ll get your first PAID publication – and what a sweet, sweet feeling that will be!

By all means, celebrate this...

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Scam or Legit? How to Vet Writing Courses and Programs avoiding scams continuing education copywriting courses freelance writing basics freelance writing tips scams writing Apr 27, 2021

As soon as people sign up for the RN2writer newsletter or take one of my courses, they begin to note that their online experience suddenly contains lots of ads for writing programs like “Barefoot Writer” and “AWAI.” 

Then, the questions roll into my mailbox…

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What is B2B Content Marketing? b2b b2c clients content marketing finding clients freelance writing basics freelance writing for nurses freelance writing tips marketing Apr 13, 2021

Over in the “office hours” (group coaching) component of the Complete Guide to Content Marketing Writing course, we were discussing how to target clients based on our clinical niches. It was an awesome conversation, by the way, and I think everyone gained a lot from it!

When most...

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