What do you get for the writer who could put you in her novel and have you murdered? maggiemarton.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Our Recommendations: The 9 Best Gifts…… Continue reading Freelance Life: The 9 Best Gifts for Writers
Confession time: I’m working on taking a break. I’m not very good at it. In fact, I’d say I have a lot to learn around this particular skill. See, here’s the thing: My job with BlogPaws ended at the close of April. My goal was to take the first week of May completely, entirely, 100%…… Continue reading What I’m Working On…
Somehow we’re well into 2018 Q2. I know I say this every year–every month, really–but the time is just slipping past. In part, it’s because things have been so busy! I say “busy,” by the way, as a positive thing. Productive. Full. Purposeful. I’m never anyone who would subscribe to the “busyness as a badge”…… Continue reading What I’m working on…
In my former role as Director of Content for a digital media company, I received countless pitches for guest blogging. I would estimate–conservatively–that for every 15 pitches, one was worth pursuing. And of those, roughly half fall apart because the writer never replies to my response, the writer submits shitty copy that’s unsalvageable, or because…… Continue reading How to Land a Guest Blogging Pitch
How often have you, as a blogger, been told to write authentically? How frequently have you read the advice to be authentic and your audience will find you? Sure, you should absolutely write authentically. Yes, if you are authentic, the right people will find you. But… How do you do that? How do you write…… Continue reading 5 Steps to More Authentic Writing
The New York Times obituary of Joseph Mitchell heralded his work writing about average and eccentric folks, which he did well… until he didn’t. According to the obit: If his name is not as widely known as it might have been, that is mostly because for the last three decades of his life, he wrote nary a…… Continue reading Writer’s Block Is a Myth
I had a disappointing experience recently. Long story short, an editor asked if I’d be interested in writing for them and, by the way, their rate is x. I said sure. I asked if he had assignments lined up or needed pitches. Pitches. So, I pitched. We went back and forth and ultimately decided on…… Continue reading Dear Freelancers, Stop writing on spec. Please.
Hi. My name is Maggie, and I’m a planner addict. (This is a safe space for those sorts of confessions, yes?) It’s all because I love setting goals. Okay. That isn’t entirely true. If we’re being confessional, I might as well let my Type-A, hyper-competitive colors shine: It’s not that I love setting goals. Nope.…… Continue reading Confessions of a planner addict
I love my job! My work centers around two topics: pets and women’s lifestyle. And this week I have an awesome mix of projects spread between those topics. First up: Shoptopia.com! I’m lucky to be the pet product curator for this site, which delivers content to shopping malls across the US while maintaining its own…… Continue reading What’s on my plate this week?
When you work from home, it’s easy to get stuck in a particular mindset. You’re already your own boss (if you freelance), so you lose the benefit of being exposed to new ideas and new ways of doing things. Which is why I make it a point to attend conferences and trade shows at least…… Continue reading The importance of conferencing