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The 4 Things Every Op-Ed Needs

Posted: May 31, 2019 | By:

Ghostwriter Jonathan Rick explains how to write an op-ed, focusing on the four key elements required to craft a compelling and authoritative piece.


Jonathan Rick - How to Write an Op-Ed

Make a timely argument, about which you can speak...

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Screenwriter Bob Sáenz on Rewriting for Hire

Posted: May 15, 2019 | By:

Screenwriting sage, author, and editor Jeanne Veillette Bowerman always shares excellent stories from the silverscreen on ScriptMag.com, but this interview with screenwriter Bob Sáenz is particularly pertinent to ghosting and the process of rewriting for hire. In the interview, he takes readers deep into the world of a professional screenwriter, with an extensive discussion on networking strategies, the...

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Featured Writer of the Week: Sue Treiman

Posted: May 13, 2019 | By:

This week's featured writer is Sue Treiman, who became a storyteller at nine, when she sent unsolicited scripts to popular television shows. And she hasn't stopped since. Her award-studded career spans a wide range of print and broadcast journalism—including writing, producing and directing—as well as extensive online work. Today, she remains KPMG’s in-house...

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32 Free Online Research Resources for Freelancers & Nonfiction Writers

Posted: April 15, 2019 | By:

I've done freelance and in-house copywriting, content marketing, and general journalism for about a decade, penning everything from broadcast news to newspaper articles and promotional blog posts. I would hardly have managed to complete a third of them if not for the free online research resources and tools I've gathered over the years—first in J-school and professionally in full-time editor/content director roles and in side jobs as a freelance writer and content strategy consultant.

In that time, I've had to write about a lot about things with which I'm generally...

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Is The Pass-Through For You? A Primer On The New Deduction For Freelancers

Posted: February 1, 2019 | By:

Tax season is never a dull moment for freelancers. And this year brings a particularly notable new wrinkle: the 20 percent pass-through deduction for small businesses that was included in the 2017 tax reform bill. Like many tax rules, this deduction is a little more complex than it sounds at first. So before you get your hopes up, let’s take a closer look at the potential savings for writers for hire.

First, keep in mind that the new...

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Is The Pass-Through For You?

A Primer On The New Deduction For Freelancers

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Tax season is never a dull moment for freelancers. And this year brings a particularly notable new wrinkle: the 20 percent pass-through deduction for small businesses that was included in the 2017 tax reform bill. Like many tax rules, this deduction is a little more complex than it sounds at first. So before you get your hopes up, let’s take a closer look at the potential savings for writers for hire.

First, keep in mind that the new...

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How to Operate Your Speechwriter

Posted: November 30, 2018 | By:

Every year, the Professional Speechwriting Association surveys our members—on job satisfaction, on salary trends, on trends and concerns in the business. This year, we asked simply, "What Do Speechwriters Want?"

If speechwriters could get more out of their careers than they're getting, what would it be? It would be everything, we learned. Speechwriters want...

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If you want to hire a writer, get a writer to write the ad

Posted: June 29, 2018 | By:

The company is advertising for a writing job, but it lets HR goons write the job description.

And so the company seeks a writer who is a "self-starter with ability to work independently and juggle multiple projects and deadlines." Because nothing motivates a writer like the promise of lonely desperation.

The company further specifies that it needs someone who is "responsive and focused on executing in a fast-paced...

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Content Marketing is Good for Your Soul — And Your Company’s Too

Posted: May 9, 2018 | By:

Content marketing is a way to drive traffic to your site, get leads, and generate business, right? Well, sure. But if that’s all it is, it’s just inside-out advertising.

No, I think there’s more to it than that.

I’m considering this as I prepare for three upcoming conferences. Starting tomorrow, May 2, I’ll be at the 

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What’s the Difference Between Story and Narrative? And Why It Matters to You

Posted: May 4, 2018 | By:

Story vs Narrative.

This one distinction forms the basis of all our workshops, client work, and even my next book in the making:

And here’s why —

Story, in its simplest form, is about a character and the things that happen to them. As author Michael Lewis defines it, “a...

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