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The #1 Secret Of High-Earning Freelance Writers That’ll Make You Rich

This is a guest post by Ali

Do you know what the biggest hurdle in your way to success is?

Your brain!

It won’t let you achieve your goals when it brings up every kind of niggle and negative issue in your mind.

We’ll get back to these suspicions and fears shortly, but let me throw in one more question:

What separates the high-earning writers from the low-earners (besides the $$ in their PayPal account)?


Contest: Win $500 in Cash by Giving Your Idea

PS. The contest is now over, so no more entries can be allowed. All the ideas submitted were great, and I’m now working with my designer to create 2 – 3 different characters based on the winning ideas. The WritersinCharge audience will soon have to vote the best idea for us to determine the winner.

I’ll be updating this post once the winner is decided!

UpdateI’ll also be enlisting help from the WritersinCharge audience in regards to the winning entry. My designer will work on the top ideas I chose, and everyone will have a chance to vote for the winning character.

A lot of changes are on the horizon for this blog. I can’t contain my excitement for what’s about to happen.

You’ll be finding out more about this in September, but I’m planning something I can’t resist telling you about right now as it is the subject of this contest.

I’m Starting a Freelance Writing Cartoon Series for WritersinCharge!

And I’ll give you $500 for an idea to make this a reality.

The structure of the payment is still currently uncertain, but depending on the responses I get, here are 3 ways I could go about it.

1. Give one person with the very best idea $500 in cash

2. Give one person with the very best idea $300, and the person with the next best idea $200 in cash

3. Give two people with the best ideas $250 each in cash

Note: The cartoon series won’t be replacing regular blog posts. Updates and new content will carry on as usual. The cartoon series will be introduced to spice things up and increase the overall quality of the blog for readers.

What the Contest Involves

Essentially, I’m making plans to revolutionize WritersinCharge and a huge part of that plan includes publishing writing cartoons every Wednesday.

Each cartoon will address a unique problem writers or freelance writers face and will mostly be developed around reader feedback.

The idea behind this is to make learning fun.

I won’t be designing the cartoons myself. I already have a professional designer who will do this. However, to make this work I have to bring in my own ideas.

This contest is about getting the best ideas to make the cartoon superb, attention grabbing and most importantly – inspiring!

Here’s what I already have in mind:

1. Design a character who the cartoon will be based on. I’m thinking of a kind of “freelance writing professor” (with big beards, glasses and all…) who addresses freelance-writing related concerns and gives actionable tips and advice in a funny but practical way.

2. I’m thinking of making the cartoons (for the first 3 Wednesdays in a month) – geared to answering reader questions. The 4th Wednesday’s cartoon will contain tips from me; mostly as a form of motivation or hard kick in the ass to get started.

3. The cartoons will be short; say, half the size of an A4 – or the size of an A4 at most.

I’m not experienced with cartoons and comics. In fact, I could easily count the number of cartoons I’ve read/watched since I was born, and while the cartoonist will do most of the work, I believe input from WritersinCharge readers will have a lot of impact.

For this very reason I’ll really appreciate it if you can give me your tips, advice and suggestion in shaping this cartoon series.

The contest isn’t for you to design the cartoon or even suggest the message to be used, but to give an idea on what you think will work best, and how you think the cartoons should be designed/positioned. Feel free to disregard what I have in mind as they aren’t concrete yet. This is about getting the best out there!

Who Can Participate?

Anyone and everyone can participate, whether you’ve been reading this blog for a year or just discovering it via this post today.

What matters most is the idea and how much impact it can add to this community.

Here’s the system I’ll use to judge which entries I think are the best ones:

  • A great idea and implementation strategy = 3 points
  • An actual example already online before to better illustrate your idea (it could be a link to a site or an image) = 2 points
  • Sharing this post on social media sites to get others to be involved = 1 point

I’ll be using the above outlined system to judge the entries and the more points you get the higher your chances of winning. I’ll also be getting help from my designer and others to ensure the best ideas are used.

This is all about adding value to the community and changing the lives of other freelancers, not just about the money to be won. At the same time, however, I think every good effort should be rewarded.

You can also participate no matter how old or young you are, and irrespective of where you’re from.

How to Participate

You can participate by commenting below (or sending me an email) with your ideas, implementation strategy and examples. If you also share this post on social media sites, you should include links to your status updates to get a bonus point.

It’s also okay to participate more than once; this is about getting the best ideas, and that idea might come to you just after you posted the first one. Feel free to post any ideas. All ideas from the same person will be counted as one…thereby increasing your chances of winning.

The payment for winning the contest will be sent via Paypal or Bank Transfer.

Fire away and let’s do this!

Not only do you have the chance to win up to $500, you’ll also be changing the lives of tens of thousands (potentially millions?) of writers from all over the world!



How To Write a Kick-Ass Online Interview

This guest post is written by Shane Lee. 

Conducting online interviews in your niche provides many benefits to the average blog owner. You get a direct boost in traffic, build up a network in your industry, and add variety to your blog.

In fact, some bloggers have even developed entire blogs devoted to online interviews. (Andrew Warner of Mixergy is an excellent example.)

Unfortunately, conducting an online interview is no mean feat. It’s easy to get distracted from the topic at hand, and to end up with a scatter-brained article that’s stuffed with fluff.

You really don’t want to end up with an unruly article that’s all over the place. Your readers will recognize when an interview is rambling and they’ll call you out on it. Even worse, they might actually stop reading your blog!

I’ve conducted more than 30 interviews online and I’ve learned the hard way how to do it right. Here are some tips I’ve gleaned along the way.

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The Smart Freelance Writer’s Guide to Raising Rates

Finally, after months and months of trying, when you’re about to give up – you get your first client.

At first, you were determined to charge what you’re worth but then you decided to cut your client some slack since she would be your first.

Or better yet, you got that great client you’ve enjoyed working with for the past months/years but you aren’t sure how you’re going to go about raising your rates.

If you’re in a situation like this, you don’t have to worry.

You are not alone.

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Why Being Intimidated By Others Can Hinder Your Success As A Writer

This is a guest post by Thuy Yau. It addresses something I think is the most important factor hindering a lot of writers. If you find it difficult to get started as a writer but don’t know what’s hindering you, read this article!

Words cannot describe the sense of accomplishment I feel at being a guest poster here.

For the past fortnight, I have been in awe of Bamidele Onibalusi. To me, he is the epitome of success. The sort of freelance writer that you admire from afar, but feel too intimidated to talk to.

That’s how I had felt. Until now.