191 episodes

The Savvy Scribe, a podcast for savvy nurse writers and creatives who want to grow a profitable freelance writing business. Hear some stories about life and entrepreneurship from your host, Janine Kelbach RNC-OB, and her guests. Each episode is jam-packed with actionable tips in growing your business, goal planning, freelancing, productivity, life tools, and many more!

The Savvy Scribe Janine Kelbach

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

The Savvy Scribe, a podcast for savvy nurse writers and creatives who want to grow a profitable freelance writing business. Hear some stories about life and entrepreneurship from your host, Janine Kelbach RNC-OB, and her guests. Each episode is jam-packed with actionable tips in growing your business, goal planning, freelancing, productivity, life tools, and many more!

    Episode 199: How to Market Your Writing Services on TikTok By Showcasing Your Personality

    Episode 199: How to Market Your Writing Services on TikTok By Showcasing Your Personality

    Listen to this new episode of The Savvy Scribe Podcast and learn how easy and fun it can be to create short-form videos on Tiktok to sell your writing services.
    About the Guest:
    Aubree is a freelancer and host of the Freelancer to CEO podcast, who helps women experience the freedom and joy that comes from designing a freelancing business with the skills they already have. When she’s not supporting her clients and students, you can find her looking for her next DIY project, bringing her fave reality TV shows, or snuggling up on the couch with her boys.
    Aubree has been a guest on several podcasts including The Passive Income Nurse because she knows the importance of showing up with real value
    Key points in this episode:
    – How setting a biz goal first & creating targeted content around it helps everything fall into place
    – How to batch creative videos by repurposing your popular blog, social, podcast content (don’t reinvent the wheel & dancing not required)
    – How to show up and have fun as YOU so your potential clients know what to expect and keep coming back for more (+ how consistent growth outweighs ‘overnight success)
    – How engaging and answering questions on TikTok helps curate new content (for TikTok, podcast, social)
    Connect with Aubree:
    Tiktok
    Instagram
    Aubree’s Spotify playlist of guest interviews: https://spoti.fi/33dEe6F
    Welcome to the Savvy Scribe Podcast, I'm so glad you're here! Before we start the show, if you're interested, we have a free Facebook group called "Savvy Nurse Writer Community"
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a If you’re ready in exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and visit savvynursewriter.com to help you get started today!
    Support the showFOLLOW & REVIEW THE SAVVY SCRIBE ON APPLE PODCASTS
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a review? Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.”
    If you’re ready to start exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and the Plan Produce Profit Course + Membership to help you get started today!

    • 40 min
    Episode 198: Creating Your Author Bio

    Episode 198: Creating Your Author Bio

    Is creating an author bio something you struggle with? While you’re thinking about it way too much, it’s almost a reason not to keep going forward. But worry no more. Listen in as Janine gives her expert tips!
    Key points in this episode:
    – How to create an author bio
    – Things Janine learned about writing an author biography in 10 years of running her own freelance writing business
    – Is there a perfect word count when writing an author bio?
    – How to format your bio
    – Things to include in your bio
    Connect with Janine:
    LinkedIn
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Check out more episodes of The Savvy Scribe Podcast to help you get started in freelance writing:
    Episode 195: What Documents Should I Have Handy To Save Myself Time When I Get Hired On?Episode 171: How To Get Started With Freelance Writing – Back To BasicsEpisode 168: How Do I Pick A Topic To Write About?Episode 165: How Do I Write For Clients?Episode 159: Three Ways To Get Your Writing Noticed With Helen RyanWelcome to the Savvy Scribe Podcast, I'm so glad you're here! Before we start the show, if you're interested, we have a free Facebook group called "Savvy Nurse Writer Community"
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a If you’re ready in exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and visit savvynursewriter.com to help you get started today!
    Support the showFOLLOW & REVIEW THE SAVVY SCRIBE ON APPLE PODCASTS
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a review? Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.”
    If you’re ready to start exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and the Plan Produce Profit Course + Membership to help you get started today!

    • 5 min
    Episode 197: How to Deliver a White Glove Client Experience That Retains Clients and Increases Referrals With Jackie Sunga

    Episode 197: How to Deliver a White Glove Client Experience That Retains Clients and Increases Referrals With Jackie Sunga

    So, how do you deliver a white-glove experience that retains clients and increases referrals? Tune in to this new episode of The Savvy Scribe Podcast as I and my guest, Jackie Sunga discussed copywriting and more!

    Key points in this episode:
    – What got her into copywriting?
    – Email marketing vs social media: which is more effective?
    – Copywriting vs content writing
    – How she found most of her clients
    – What is the white glove strategy?
    – Difference between marketing and customer service
    – The importance of proper communication with clients
    – The role of intake questionnaire in setting boundaries
    – Processes Jackie does for her clients’ journey
    – Setting boundaries and doing a proposal and intake questionnaire

    About the Guest:

    Jackie Sunga is a certified master marketer, conversion copywriter, and brand voice strategist. She helps new and established online course creators, coaches, and creative service providers productize their knowledge and launch educational courses, coaching programs, and powerful brands with strategic messaging that scales their businesses without burnout.

    Growing her own business to surpass six figures in one year, Jackie specializes in launching, sales copy, and brand voice to help her clients attract perfect-fit customers and boost conversions of their sales funnels. Her approach to sales copy and brand messaging is strategic, data-driven, and fueled by deep customer empathy, so clients can sell without sleazy or pushy sales tactics.

    Jackie lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.

    Connect with Jackie:

    Website: http://www.jackiesunga.co/

    Check out Jackie’s free resource: https://www.jackiesunga.co/wgs – a checklist to help you provide more white glove service to your clients to get even more referrals and retain them longer
    Welcome to the Savvy Scribe Podcast, I'm so glad you're here! Before we start the show, if you're interested, we have a free Facebook group called "Savvy Nurse Writer Community"
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a If you’re ready in exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and visit savvynursewriter.com to help you get started today!
    Support the showFOLLOW & REVIEW THE SAVVY SCRIBE ON APPLE PODCASTS
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a review? Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.”
    If you’re ready to start exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and the Plan Produce Profit Course + Membership to help you get started today!

    • 34 min
    Episode 196: Pitching is NOT Impossible – How to Get a Byline in a Publication You Love With Amber Petty

    Episode 196: Pitching is NOT Impossible – How to Get a Byline in a Publication You Love With Amber Petty

    How do you get a byline and the interest of the editors in a publication you love? Let’s hear some tips from my guest, Amber Petty!

    Key points in this episode:
    – Amber shares how she got into freelance writing rather than her background in arts
    – Some of her favorite publications she has written for
    – Pitching and how to do it right
    – Great places to pitch
    – What is a byline
    – How to gain the interest of the editors and readers
    – How to overcome writer’s block when pitching
    – How many times should we be pitching
    – What’s the response time from the editors
    – How pitching works
    – How to get your first gig when you don’t have work samples

    About the Guest:
    Amber Petty is a writer/teacher in Los Angeles, who’s written for the New York Times, Parade, Greatist, Bustle, Thrillist, MTV, and some less fancy publications. In addition to writing, she helps creatives break into freelance writing and get bylines in fun places like Vox, Vulture, Polygon, Huffington Post, and lots more.

    Connect with Amber:
    Website
    Instagram
    Additional resources mentioned in the show:
    –  Go to Amberpetty.com to download her free resource - a list of 250 publications that pay for your writing. It includes the masthead or submission info for places in a wide range of niches. 
    – CovertKit 
    – Ulysses – if you are doing different types of writing or you just want a space that’s not on Google Docs or just kind of a separate space for it, download it on your phone and on your computer, and it saves automatically.
    Welcome to the Savvy Scribe Podcast, I'm so glad you're here! Before we start the show, if you're interested, we have a free Facebook group called "Savvy Nurse Writer Community"
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a If you’re ready in exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and visit savvynursewriter.com to help you get started today!
    Support the showFOLLOW & REVIEW THE SAVVY SCRIBE ON APPLE PODCASTS
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a review? Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.”
    If you’re ready to start exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and the Plan Produce Profit Course + Membership to help you get started today!

    • 31 min
    Episode 195: What Documents Should I Have Handy to Save Myself Time When I Get Hired On?

    Episode 195: What Documents Should I Have Handy to Save Myself Time When I Get Hired On?

    Nothing feels better than when your contract is signed and your client is ready to go forward with work! How can we make ourselves look stellar from the start? By having documents ready to go, the client can move faster with upcoming work. Today, I am going to give you 6 documents you should always have on hand as a freelancer. In this digital age on hand means in a folder on your computer, Google Drive and/or a CRM that holds files, I like HoneyBook.
    Documents you always need on hand for clients:
    Rates sheetProposalsContractInvoice TemplateConnect with Janine:
    LinkedIn
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Additional resources mentioned in the show:
    HoneybookIRS W9 formMore episodes related to freelancing!
    Episode 190: What Should I Put Inside My Contracts?Episode 171: How To Get Started With Freelance Writing – Back To BasicsEpisode 156: The Power Of CommunityEpisode 150: Top 10 Tools For Successful Remote WorkingEpisode 151: The Writer’s Guide To Getting OrganizedWelcome to the Savvy Scribe Podcast, I'm so glad you're here! Before we start the show, if you're interested, we have a free Facebook group called "Savvy Nurse Writer Community"
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a If you’re ready in exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and visit savvynursewriter.com to help you get started today!
    Support the showFOLLOW & REVIEW THE SAVVY SCRIBE ON APPLE PODCASTS
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a review? Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.”
    If you’re ready to start exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and the Plan Produce Profit Course + Membership to help you get started today!

    • 7 min
    Episode 194: 5 Ways to Prevent and Combat Freelance Burnout

    Episode 194: 5 Ways to Prevent and Combat Freelance Burnout

    Freelancing can bring a lot of advantages but can it can be challenging, too. Listen in as my guest, Laura Briggs shares her tips on how to prevent freelance burnout so you can enjoy your work!
    About Laura Briggs
    Laura Briggs is a three-time TEDx speaker, freelance writer, and the author of five books, including the Six-Figure Freelancer. She used to be a 7th-grade teacher, and she was in a Ph.D. program at night. She suddenly realized that she didn’t see herself doing that same thing for 30 years in a classroom and just collect that retirement. She literally Googled how to become a freelance writer and gained several longest clients. Freelancing is something that she always seems to come back to, and she fell in love with it.
    Key points in this episode:
    How Laura started her freelance careerHow she fought freelance burnout over many years of freelancingHer tips to prevent freelance burnoutThings she hates to deal with as a freelancerReasons why we experience freelance burnoutConnect with Laura:
    LinkedIn
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Resources mentioned in the show:
    Operation Freelance – a program that educates and trains military spouses and military veterans with the tools, skills, and strategies as they start their freelance careers.Welcome to the Savvy Scribe Podcast, I'm so glad you're here! Before we start the show, if you're interested, we have a free Facebook group called "Savvy Nurse Writer Community"
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a If you’re ready in exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and visit savvynursewriter.com to help you get started today!
    Support the showFOLLOW & REVIEW THE SAVVY SCRIBE ON APPLE PODCASTS
    I appreciate you following me and listening today. I would LOVE for you to subscribe: ITUNES
    And if you love it, can I ask for a review? Select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review.”
    If you’re ready to start exploring if freelance writing is your next PRN job or even full-time, I invite you to check out the Savvy Nurse Writer Community on Facebook and the Plan Produce Profit Course + Membership to help you get started today!

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Tara N Roscoe ,

Love the podcast!

Thank you Janine for thinking outside the box and for inspiring me!

scrwthisapp ,

Great mentor

Janine has been a great mentor, landed me my first gig and has me wanting more!

Bibibibi1234 ,

This had helped me so much!

Janine gave me the courage to start a health writing business and set up an LLC. I have been wanting to do this for years but didn’t have the right tools until learning from her and being part of the Savvy Scribe community. I now have regular writing clients and am doing what I love! This is a great podcast for nurses wanting to learn how to branch out into writing.

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