Archives for February 2015

Confessions of a political ghostwriter

Most of what politicians say or write are their own thoughts to a large degree.  But that doesn’t mean they write their own words.

Have you ever wondered how politicians can be everywhere and do everything all at once?  If there is an official opening or a community barbecue, there they are!

When the legislature is in session and there’s a vote or a debate, there they are!

When Committees hold hearings or debate legislation, there they are!

When a local business or community group wants a meeting.  When a constituent has a problem with a government department.  When a national association does the rounds of legislators…there they are!

And yet they respond to dozens or hundreds of letters every day, send out bulletins to their constituents and make speeches.

They can’t be everywhere at the same time, or can they? [Read more…]

Freelance writers, this is your guide!

If you read only one book to boost your freelance writing career, you should read Start Here. You get the top tips from 40 successful freelance writers

Perhaps you are struggling to keep focused or stay organized. Perhaps you need more clients – or even the same number of clients, without working so hard to get them. Perhaps you need to overcome fear or inertia, or you need better marketing or ways to make more money from your freelance writing career. [Read more…]

Not all words are created equal

Not all words are created equal. Some are more powerful than others. Some are more precise. Some will elicit the right reaction.

Every writer knows just how important it is to choose just the right words.

No.  Wait.  That’s not true.  Every writer knows that it is important to choose just the right words, but most have no idea just how important it is.  But sometimes it can be quantified. [Read more…]

How to hire writers without paying a penny

There are good reasons to have somebody else write your blog posts for you. The “free” ways actually have benefits you won’t get by just paying a writer.

Many people write their own blogs.  But sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes they get other people to write some of their posts.  And sometimes they pay the writer to do that…but sometimes they don’t.

In fact, there are three ways to get other people to write your blog posts for you without paying a penny. [Read more…]