Become an in-demand freelance writer by using these 30 tips

January 10, 2018 | Writing
Stefanie Flaxman

Stefanie Flaxman, a Copyblogger editor, writes: You may or may not know that I haven’t always been Copyblogger’s editor. For many years, I was a Copyblogger reader. I didn’t know Copyblogger founder Brian Clark. I didn’t know Sonia Simone, co-founder and chief content officer of Copyblogger, today known as Rainmaker Digital. But I pretended that I did. Of course, I didn’t tell anyone that … I just received so much guidance from Copyblogger that helped me position my writing and editing services for success that it felt like I knew them. Although it was just a website with content I read, Copyblogger supported my business journey. I’m bringing this up today because I’m happy to pay it forward, if you will, and share a list of Copyblogger’s top 30 tips that help you become an in-demand freelance writer.

Copyblogger, for your information, was founded in January 2006 and has been teaching people how to create online content ever since. “Not bland corporate crap created to fill up a company webpage,” the organization’s website says, “valuable information that attracts attention, drives traffic and builds your business.”

Flaxman is now editor-in-chief of Rainmaker Digital. Click here to read her post on the Copyblogger site.

Mike Consol teaches public speaking, PowerPoint presentation skills and business writing to companies and business professionals. Contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 925-449-1040.

5 public speaking myths that should have long ago been debunked

January 07, 2018 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Ken Sterling, executive vice president and chief revenue officer at BigSpeak, is a keynote speaker and lecturer at UC Santa Barbara in strategy and marketing. Sterling writes that, whether you’re speaking to a full auditorium or giving a casual work presentation, getting up in front of an audience can be daunting — even terrifying. If you feel paralyzed with fear before approaching the podium, you’re not alone: Public speaking is people’s top fear. Unfortunately, public speaking is surrounded by an aura of negativity, largely perpetuated by a series of misconceptions. Sterling, in a column he wrote for Forbes magazine, urges public presenters to not let these common myths deter them from ... (click on the headline to continue reading)

20 writing tips from 12 bestselling fiction authors

January 03, 2018 | Writing

Even famous authors sometimes have a tough time with writing, and they even go through periods of self-doubt, according to an article from iUniverse Publishing, a self-publishing book service. Despite this, they always manage to come up with the goods. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a lesson from them, and to remember that writing tips from fiction writers can be applied to writing of all kinds. Among the authors whose writing tips are quoted include Zadie Smith (“White Teeth”), Jonathan Franzen (“The Corrections”), Neil Gaiman (“The Graveyard Book”) and Joyce Carol Oates (“American Appetites”). Use these tips as an ... (click on the headline to continue reading)

10 communication tips for women

December 28, 2017 | Presentations, Verbal communication

There are some communication challenges that disproportionately affect women vis-à-vis men. Forbes magazine wrote years ago that six of those challenges include: a reluctance to take credit for their accomplishments, taking things personally, negotiating effectively for what they deserve, challenging power, obtaining sponsors who can influence their career growth, and project self-confidence and a powerful presence. That article is authored by Kathy Caprino, a women’s career and personal success coach. Another article, by Kelly Decker, president of Decker Communications, offers 10 communication tips for women that, in one way or another, address the communication challenges faced by many women, including speaking with purpose and vocal conviction, owning your physical space, and separating your reaction from … (click on the headline to continue reading)

9 editing tools that can help you polish your writing

December 20, 2017 | Writing

An editing tool uses powerful algorithms to compare your content with that of thousands of published writers. It finds where your writing is clunky or awkward and helps turn your prose into a dynamic, compelling piece that gets readers’ attention. Lisa Lepki — an independent author, a staffer at, and an active member of the “grammar police” — reports that hundreds of thousands of writers are using editing tools to help polish their manuscripts these days, and more editors are requiring that their clients tighten up their copy with an editing tool before they submit. These tools are like a report card for your document and cover everything from … (click on the headline to continue reading)

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