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Two freelance writers chart the highs, lows and no-nos of successful self-employment

A Little Bird Told Me Freelance Writing Podcast Philippa & Lorrie

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Two freelance writers chart the highs, lows and no-nos of successful self-employment

    Episode 79: Turn a drawback into a strength to boost your freelance career - an interview with Mridu Khullar Relph

    Episode 79: Turn a drawback into a strength to boost your freelance career - an interview with Mridu Khullar Relph

    Many freelancers are in a situation that could work against them in the commercial or media market. Combining freelancing with caring responsibilities, living in a part of the world that has a poor reputation for the quality of its writers, or having health problems or being disabled, for example. In this episode of the podcast, Philippa interviews Mridu Khullar Relph, a freelance writer who has written for the likes of the New York Times, Time magazine, Ms magazine and more, and they discuss how to turn a disadvantage into a strength.
    Apologies for the inconsistent sound quality in parts of this interview. However, it's well worth tolerating it for the great content!
    Show notes

    Mridu's website
    (UK / US) The Shy Writer: An introvert's guide to writing success by C. Hope Clark
    Effective marketing for introverts
    Turn your biggest disadvantage into your biggest strength
    But how do I know it's good? How you can evaluate content quality and ditch content anxiety
    Mridu on Twitter
    Mridu on Facebook.

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    To find Philippa online, check out these links:
    Websites
    Philippa Willitts: freelance writing
    Philippa: Proofread My Stuff
    Philippa Willitts: social media, SEO and tech writing
    Twitter
    Philippa: @PhilippaWrites
    Facebook:
    Philippa's main Freelance Writing on Facebook
    Philippa's Social Media Writer pn Facebook
    LinkedIn:
    Philippa Willitts on LinkedIn
    Google+
    Philippa Willitts pn Google+
    Pinterest
    Philippa Willitts on Pinterest
    Quora
    Philippa Willitts on Quora
    Birdsong
    Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.
    For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.

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    Episode 78: How to Self-Publish Without Embarrassing Yourself

    Episode 78: How to Self-Publish Without Embarrassing Yourself

    People who self-publish books have a lot to prove if they want to dispel the industry's bad reputation. In this podcast episode, Philippa and Lorrie take listeners through a series of self-publishing no-nos offer recommendations and tips to make sure self-published work is the best it can be.
    Show Notes

    DIY: How to Understand Self-Publishing Acronyms
    Lousy Book Covers
    Fiverr
    Authors are a**holes
    Written? Kitten!

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    To find Lorrie and Philippa on the web, follow these links:
    Websites
    Philippa Willitts's freelance writing website
    Lorrie Hartshorn's freelance writing website
    Philippa Willitts's Social Media Writer website
    Twitter
    Philippa: @PhilippaWrites
    Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird
    Facebook:
    Lorrie on Facebook
    Philippa's main freelance writing Facebook page
    Philippa's Social Media Writer Facebook page
    LinkedIn:
    Lorrie Hartshorn
    Philippa Willitts
    Google+
    Philippa Willitts
    Lorrie Hartshorn
    Pinterest
    Philippa Willitts
    Birdsong  
    Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.
    For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.
     

    • 49 min
    Episode 77: What to do if a client won't stop bugging you

    Episode 77: What to do if a client won't stop bugging you

    There are times when freelance writing clients cross a line. Sending text messages to check you got their email, calling you at 7pm on a Saturday night, or emailing 12 times a day to check on progress. In this solo episode, Lorrie goes through some tricks and tips to return professional distance to a working relationship.
    Show Notes

    35 tech terms translated into plain English

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    To find Lorrie online, follow these links:
    Websites
    Lorrie's website: http://www.lorriehartshorn.com
    Twitter
    Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird
    Facebook:
    Lorrie: http://www.facebook.com/ThatWordyBird
    LinkedIn:
    Lorrie Hartshorn
    Birdsong  
    Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.
    For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Logo design by Philippa Willitts.

    • 33 min
    Episode 76: Writing for Agencies

    Episode 76: Writing for Agencies

    Writing for agencies can be a great way to boost the stability and income of your freelance writing business - but it’s definitely an acquired taste!
    In this podcast episode, Lorrie and Philippa discuss how to decide if writing for agencies is for you, and to how to find the best agencies to suit your needs and working style.
    Show Notes


    If you’re feeling unappreciated, give someone else credit


    14 brilliant pieces of literature you can read in the time it takes to eat lunch


    Freelance writing: to specialise or not to specialise



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    And finally, do 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!

    To find Lorrie and Philippa on the web, follow these links:
    Websites
    Philippa Willitts's freelance writing website
    Lorrie Hartshorn's freelance writing website
    Philippa Willitts's Social Media Writer website
    Twitter
    Philippa: @PhilippaWrites
    Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird
    Facebook:
    Lorrie on Facebook
    Philippa's main freelance writing Facebook page
    Philippa's Social Media Writer Facebook page
    LinkedIn:
    Lorrie Hartshorn
    Philippa Willitts
    Google+
    Philippa Willitts
    Lorrie Hartshorn
    Pinterest
    Philippa Willitts
    Birdsong  
    Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.
    For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 75: Twitter Tools to Streamline Your Social Media Marketing

    Episode 75: Twitter Tools to Streamline Your Social Media Marketing

    Social media is an unavoidable part of marketing a business nowadays, but thankfully there are tools available that can help freelancers to avoid spending unnecessary time and energy on social channels when it's not absolutely necessary. In this podcast episode, Philippa goes through a series of tools to streamline Twitter marketing and make it a far more efficient process.
    Show Notes

    Tweetdeck
    Hootsuite
    Buffer
    ManageFlitter
    FollowerWonk
    Tweriod
    Tweepi
    Twitter is like…

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    To find Philippa online, check out these links:
    Websites
    Philippa Willitts: freelance writing
    Philippa: Proofread My Stuff
    Philippa Willitts: social media, SEO and tech writing
    Twitter
    Philippa: @PhilippaWrites
    Facebook:
    Philippa's main Freelance Writing on Facebook
    Philippa's Social Media Writer pn Facebook
    LinkedIn:
    Philippa Willitts on LinkedIn
    Google+
    Philippa Willitts pn Google+
    Pinterest
    Philippa Willitts on Pinterest
    Quora
    Philippa Willitts on Quora
    Birdsong
    Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.
    For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.

    • 21 min
    Episode 74: How to Justify Higher Freelancing Rates

    Episode 74: How to Justify Higher Freelancing Rates

    Most people wish they were paid more but, when you're freelancing, you will often be called upon to demonstrate why you deserve the pay rise you want! In this podcast episode, Lorrie and Philippa look at ways to make sure you justify the fees you want to charge.
    Show Notes



    Writing for different audiences - experts vs beginners
    Freelance writing: to specialise or not to specialise
    Why and how to charge more for your freelance writing
    The art of getting paid
    How to decide what to charge for your freelance writing services
    What British People Say Versus What They Mean
    http://offers.hubspot.com/content-mapping-template
    https://www.canvas.net/


    Other:

    How to meet and exceed your clients’ needs
    The hows, the whys and the wherefores of the perfect press release


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    And finally, do 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!
    To find Lorrie and Philippa on the web, follow these links:
    Websites
    Philippa Willitts's freelance writing website
    Lorrie Hartshorn's freelance writing website
    Philippa Willitts's Social Media Writer website
    Twitter
    Philippa: @PhilippaWrites
    Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird
    Facebook:
    Lorrie on Facebook
    Philippa's main freelance writing Facebook page
    Philippa's Social Media Writer Facebook page
    LinkedIn:
    Lorrie Hartshorn
    Philippa Willitts
    Google+
    Philippa Willitts
    Lorrie Hartshorn
    Pinterest
    Philippa Willitts
    Birdsong  
    Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.
    For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.
    NB Some of the above links are affiliate links, which means if you buy after clicking on them it will help to fund the podcast. 

    • 1 hr 34 min

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