Tag Archive: Writing

Authorized Access: Writing A Book For Audiences In 2016 & Beyond

Contributed Post The world of media has evolved massively in recent years. Subsequently, as an author, it’s imperative that you pay attention to the changing climate. The principals of a great story may not have changed. However, the process of turning your book into a success is vastly different from previous generations. If you want to be a commercial success, appreciating these factors is key. First and foremost, you need to be writing for the right reasons. A lack of financial rewards can see you fall off of the pathway to success. Getting yourself back on track by rediscovering your love of the art is key. After all, passion is one of the greatest tools at any author’s disposal. Credit: The initial challenge is to…
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Types of Writing That Will Make You Think and Challenge Your Assumptions

If you’re an avid reader, then it’s easy to get stuck in one way of reading. Maybe you like a particular genre and stick to it faithfully. But this leads to a narrow view of things, and that’s never good. If you really want to open your eyes, you should find writing that makes you think and challenges your assumptions. Here are some forms of writing that will help to make that happen. Writing By People You Disagree With Many people only read writing by people that they know they already agree with. This is understandable because oppositional opinions and views can annoy people. Most of us have our own entrenched ideas, and we don’t particularly want them to be challenged. But by reading more…
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How I almost forgot why I write (and how I got back on track)

It’s easy to lose sight of why you write. For about two years now, I’ve worked full-time as a freelance writer and social media marketer, penning corporate blogs, articles for SEO specialists, the occasional news story, website copy, and whatever else people will pay me to write. I’ve done freelance work on the side for many years, but that switch in autumn 2014 was a big plunge into icy cold water. It hasn’t always been easy. The money mostly sucks, the workload is hot and cold, the guilt can be crushing, people often don’t want to pay you or they will try to scam you, you have to operate like a small business (which is antithetical to why you write in the first place), and…
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Interactive Content Services, a jackass company for jackasses staffed by jackasses

Recently saw a help wanted ad seeking an online reporter, a part-time telecommute position involving doing stuff I’ve done for, oh, the last 15 years or so. Perfect. More work is always (okay, usually) good. I could slot that work into my freelance schedule, add a little income, and stay sane in the process. I applied, providing many writing samples when I did, as requested. This is the response I got, in full, from jobs@contentservices.co: Dear Eric, Thank you for your interest in the company and for sending me your samples. You have been identified as a possible reporter candidate for our group of legal journalism websites and newspapers. As stated in the job posting, the average pay for these types of stories is $24 each. However,…
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“Fixing my toilet will be great exposure for your plumbing business” and other bullshit writers deal with

Emails like the following are not uncommon, so today I figured I’d spotlight one of them – and anyone who writes, draws, or designs for a living gets this sort of pitch all the time: Dear Eric, Hope all is well. In the coming month a new and unique website will be launching called REMOVED.  While virtually all other sites directed towards the male audience focus on sex, sports or men’s fashion, REMOVED will provide men with the resources to connect and exchange ideas on everyday issues, including relationships, life, marriage, parenting, etc. Based on your expertise and published work, we feel you have a voice that would be complimentary to the content we will be offering.  We’d love to have you contribute an entertaining and…
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