Archive for March, 2009

Do Writers Need an Online Portfolio?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Today, I’m thrilled to bits to be guest blogging on one of my favorite writing blogs, Tumblemoose.

Tumblemoose is George Angus, a professional writer who lives in Alaska and has an amazingly smooth bald head that I swear tells the future. In fact, his head just told me that you’re going to head over to Tumblemoose to read my guest post about why writers need an online writing portfolio.

Here’s a snip to whet your appetite:

There comes a time in every writer’s life when she asks herself if she should set up a website. For me, that was in early 2008 while I was still working full-time at a bank but dreaming of going solo as a freelance writer. I decided to register a domain and hack together an online writing portfolio to promote myself as a writer. Although I would have rather spent the time pitching articles and writing stories, the effort paid off – I got my first commission, for a national newspaper, after sending the website address to an editor who asked to see some writing samples.

Do all writers need an online writing portfolio? My short answer: absolutely. This fact only becomes clearer as my career progresses and I build up my portfolio with clips and samples. Here are just a few benefits of putting your work online…

Read the rest of my post at Tumblemoose. And while your there, have a look around – George has written plenty of helpful articles for aspiring writers to learn from!

8 Applications No Writer Can Live Without

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Yeasterday’s freelance folder featured a great article by Danny on the 15 Applications No Online Business Can Live Without. In many ways, writing is an online business in itself, and it got me thinking about the applications I rely on to get the job done. Some of mine overlap with Danny’s, while others are specific to the writing craft.

1. Writer’s Residence

Every writer should have an online portfolio. Naturally, I’m a little biased towards my own.

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Alternative Resources:
WordPress
Type Pad

2. GMail

Gotta have email, right?

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3. Google Reader

The ultimate organizer for RSS feeds.

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Alternative Resources:
iGoogle
Netvibes

4. Google Analytics

Everyone wants to know how much traffic their website is getting.

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5. Google Docs

Web-based word processor and spreadsheet, especially good for collaboration.

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6. Skype

Skype rules for making phone calls with people all over the world. Plus, it’s free if the person you’re calling has Skype, too!

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Alternative Resources:
Sight Speed
Google Talk

7. Highrise

Highrise rules for keeping track of contacts, leads, queries and more.

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8. Twitter

Twitter is a great way to connect with other writers and potential clients, especially people in your target market.

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Alternative Resources:
Facebook
LinkedIn

What are your essential apps?

Do you have any applications that your writing business couldn’t live without? Let me know in the comments!