Five steps to a great LinkedIn profile

A couple of years ago, I was one of those people who bemoaned, “Ah, my LinkedIn profile! I’ll get it updated . . . someday.” Yet week after week, month after month, it sat on my “when I have time” list. It didn’t seem important enough to spend focused effort making it awesome. Plus, I […]

4 simple steps to publishing your first book

When Reedsy founder and CEO Emmanuel Nataf reached out to me recently on LinkedIn, I was intrigued. A platform that integrates editing, design, and publication? No more worry about version control? Easily find creatives to help make your book happen?  No way, I thought. But it’s true: it exists.  While I’m new to the site, […]

Retrofitting Creativity

  Nothing gives me more anxiety than filling out a form detailing my career past. Role? Length at position? Responsibilities? None of these fit for me. Worse yet, when I’ve tried to retrofit my creative life to a standard trajectory, I end up sounding, well . . . scattered. Explaining how every piece of my […]

Why You Must Craft Your Own Reality

I almost titled this, “The post in which I get real.” Because here’s the thing: It’s easy to write a post targeting X reader about Y project.  It’s simple to write a cookie-cutter article sharing five steps toward accomplishing Z. Seriously, after 800+ articles and dozens of books, I can do that in my sleep. […]

My beautiful life-work

I’m writing this as I nurse my baby. He is sleepy, and I’m the only one who can get him to bed when he’s overly tired like this. Downstairs, Lily is playing with a new babysitter (who I already love!), riding circles around the back patio on her tricycle. After I’m done putting Max to […]

On Starting a New Book

I’ve spent the last week plus in a sort of ritual: getting my writing space just so, organizing my notes, preparing my brain for the huge task of writing a new book. It’s funny—each time I get ready to write another book, I think I’ll be able to ease into it gracefully and efficiently. As […]

How to Find Stability and Improve Job Prospects as a Freelancer

I’m always looking for ways to streamline and improve my company. So, when Jackson Hille with FormSwift reached out to tell me about the Freelancer’s Essential Guide to Business and Taxes, I immediately asked if he’d be willing to share more freelance business knowledge on my blog. Below, Jackson talks about how to find stability […]

Are you a grammar nerd?

I’ve always considered myself a lover of language. Since as early as junior high, I had an innate understanding of English—almost like I could sense the editing a piece of writing needed. But being 13 and obsessed with boys and lipgloss, I didn’t recognize at the time just what my deep connection to the written […]

Learning Your Value: Why It’s Critical to Charge What You’re Worth

I started my business from a one-bedroom apartment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Our only air conditioning unit was in the bedroom, and with the Caribbean heat, that often meant I camped out on my bed to get work done. I didn’t have a desk or any real space to store my files and office […]

What’s It Like to Be a Freelancer? Here’s a Look

Fifty-three million. That’s the number of freelancers in the U.S.—more than one in three workers—according to a study by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk. Of that number, over 21 million are considered independent contractors, working on a project-to-project basis with no employer. Professional writers—often called content marketers—fit into all categories of freelancing, from full time freelance […]