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February 12, 2018
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5 Tips to Getting Content You Love from Freelancers

The assignment is due. You cross your fingers. But when you read the first draft of a critical piece of content from your new freelancer — you hate it. Want to avoid that in the future? Follow these tips to get your freelancers to produce good content.
August 1, 2017
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The Atomic Blonde Guide to Editing Your Content

When Charlize Theron as Agent Lorraine Broughton kicks butt in the movie Atomic Blonde, she’s like some editors I’ve worked with – ruthless. The mission? Clean, accurate copy at all costs. I don’t want to make an editor work that hard, so I’m tough on myself before I turn in copy and follow a checklist.
July 10, 2017
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6 Ways That Real Writers Work Their Magic

As a writer, I've had people tell me, "Work your magic," as if I could wave a wand at my laptop to make the content appear instantly. In truth, there's nothing magical about writing. It takes patience, research, and the dogged pursuit of the information your customer may not think to tell you.
October 20, 2016
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Good Freelance Writers Are Professional about Edits

Nobody wants to work with a whiner or an “artiste.” When good freelance writers receive feedback, they're professional about it. Always.
October 18, 2016
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Sure-Fire Way to Lose Your Readers in the First Paragraph

 The first sentence of any business communication — whether it's an email, a blog post, or an article about your company on the Internet — should tell you what you're going to read about.  If it doesn't, you're in trouble.