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Four Client-Repelling Mistakes, & What I Learned to Do Instead (Guest Post)

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:13:11 +0000

Great guest post from Matt Seidholz, a freelance healthcare content writer in Omaha, Nebraska. Hats off to Matt for having the courage to admit some of these classics, but I’m certain each of us have our own “Really??” stories from our early days that we’re not too proud of. But, we learn, correct and move on. Thanks, Matt! ******************* When I started commercial […]



Successful Copywriters (Or ANY Craftspeople) Don’t Focus on Success; They Focus on This…

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:36:42 +0000

The “APPETIZER” Series: The original version of this piece first appeared as an Appetizer course in The Well-Fed E-PUB in February 2017, and was one I wanted to run as a blog post (with minor alterations) in order to get input from many voices. A friend of mine recently sent around a pithy quote (source […]         CommentsThanks Lori! Appreciate the extra detail – always seems ... by Peter BowermanI'm working with a lot of companies right now, Peter — both ... by LoriLove it, Lori! Thanks much for weighing in. And delighted to ... by Peter BowermanI love this. I think value is what creates excitement, not ... by LoriGood for you, Cynthia! by Peter BowermanPlus 3 more...Related StoriesFour Client-Repelling Mistakes, & What I Learned to Do Instead (Guest Post)Share Your “Here’s-How-I-Wowed-My-Client” Story…How I Turned a Butt-Dial into a Big Deal…  [...]



Share Your “Here’s-How-I-Wowed-My-Client” Story…

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:07:11 +0000

The “APPETIZER” Series: The original version of this piece first appeared as an Appetizer course in The Well-Fed E-PUB in December 2015, and was one I wanted to run as a blog post (with minor alterations) in order to get input from many voices. So I’m on the phone a few weeks back with one […]         CommentsMaybe I should turn it into a metaphor–don't assume and cut ... by StarThanks Reba, yes it is! And given how rare it is for people to ... by Peter BowermanUnder promise, over deliver–was always my motto. I am amazed ... by StarGoing the extra mile is by far the best way towards getting ... by RebaThanks for this, Cathy, and SO true! It IS a sad commentary on ... by Peter BowermanPlus 3 more...Related StoriesSuccessful Copywriters (Or ANY Craftspeople) Don’t Focus on Success; They Focus on This…Four Client-Repelling Mistakes, & What I Learned to Do Instead (Guest Post)This Fallacy Trips Up a Lot of Writers (and Limits Their Income…)  [...]



Why Good Marketing Writers Are a Little Like Good Dentists

Fri, 05 May 2017 17:00:27 +0000

Apologies for the long hiatus from the blog. As many of you know, I went on an adventure for the first three months of this year (see the photo albums linked from the Appetizer course in the March issue of The Well-Fed E-PUB), and slowly getting back into the swing of things. Thanks for coming […]         CommentsSorry for the delay in responding – a lot of traveling! ... by Peter BowermanTime to start taking myself seriously as a writer – thanks ... by DanI'm on the cusp of making the jump … I need to consider ... by DavidGreat stuff,, I love it Lori! And yes, we clearly do see eye to ... by Peter BowermanOh my, Peter. I'd no idea you were going through that! My ... by LoriRelated StoriesShould You Be Worried About This? I’m Not…Ever Been Asked to Do This? If So, How’d That Work Out for You? ;)Got Some Examples of Clever Wordplay Like This?  [...]



How I Turned a Butt-Dial into a Big Deal…

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:44:54 +0000

Note: If this post has a familiar ring, there’s a reason for that: I ran it as an “Appetizer” course in The Well-Fed E-PUB this past September. It’s one of those topics that begs for other voices weighing in with their great follow-up stories. Look for similar re-purposed stories in the coming months. How important […]         CommentsOpportunities come from the funniest situations … this story ... by DavidI'm with you, Peter, Cathy and Lori… and Star… I might have ... by Anne WaymanJust because I probably would not accuse a prospect of sitting ... by StarThe Twitter dude reached out to me. On LI, it was the other way ... by LoriGreat stuff, Lori! And good social-media success stories to ... by Peter BowermanPlus 5 more...Related StoriesFour Client-Repelling Mistakes, & What I Learned to Do Instead (Guest Post)What Do You Say to a Prospect Who Asks for This?Even After 22 Years as a Copywriter, I Still Wrestle with This One…  [...]



Should You Be Worried About This? I’m Not…

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:07:29 +0000

Got this email from a reader in Canada a few weeks back: Writers in my market are noticing a trend towards clients hiring low-cost writers, mostly journalism students from the local college. Journalism has been pretty much wiped out here so there’s been a huge increase in these writers. We’ve also noticed several big clients […]         CommentsI tried to get one of my regulars to hire me for blogging ... by William ReynoldsThe first problem of the person who sent this email is they ... by Joe Mullich“Keep your mind on your own mat.” That's great advice. If ... by LoriI like that–“layout grout.” I knew designers who ... by StarA financial blogger who I really admire (Random Roger) captures ... by Jake PoinierPlus 5 more...Related StoriesWhy Good Marketing Writers Are a Little Like Good DentistsEver Been Asked to Do This? If So, How’d That Work Out for You? ;)Got Some Examples of Clever Wordplay Like This?  [...]



Ever Been Asked to Do This? If So, How’d That Work Out for You? ;)

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:09:41 +0000

I got an email from a reader recently, spurred by one of my newsletter pieces (the “Appetizer” course of THIS issue). It’s a subject a bit different from the usual commercial freelancing fare on the blog, but thought it was worth running, given that it’s something any reasonably experienced commercial writer has no doubt encountered—whether […]         CommentsWow, thanks for sharing these insights. Your blog is just what ... by DavidI do two blogs every weekday and have for 10 yrs on one, eight ... by StarThanks Star, Good stuff – I especially liked what you said ... by Peter BowermanI am convinced even editors and those who critique our work ... by Bette ArnoldHi, All, Couple of comments: –I agree with Peter on how ... by StarPlus 5 more...Related StoriesFour Client-Repelling Mistakes, & What I Learned to Do Instead (Guest Post)Why Good Marketing Writers Are a Little Like Good DentistsHow I Turned a Butt-Dial into a Big Deal…  [...]



Ever Had Freelance Moments Like This?

Tue, 10 May 2016 17:02:41 +0000

(Apologies for the LONG hiatus from the blog. Been up to my neck in selling my home of 26 years, shedding tons of stuff, packing, moving to a much smaller place (very liberating…), and getting settled in. So, to ease back in, I thought I’d keep it light…). So, a few weeks back, a dear […]         CommentsBy: How to (and not to) Write Newsletters and Blogs – How Does One PR? by How to (and not to) Write Newsletters and Blogs – How Does One PR?I am not sure why my picture is up there instead of in the ... by Liz MorleyYes, I have had a website at lizmorley.biz since the beginning. ... by Liz MorleyI would add to that no pantyhose, barefeet, clapped out shorts ... by StarNo commuting. No cubicles. Complete location flexibility. ... by FredPlus 5 more...Related StoriesWhat Do You Say to a Prospect Who Asks for This?Are You Seeing this “Client Expectation” in Your Market?Four Client-Repelling Mistakes, & What I Learned to Do Instead (Guest Post)  [...]



“Well-Fed Writer Blog” Subscribers: PLEASE UN-Subscribe and RE-Subscribe

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:14:22 +0000

As many of you might know, I recently updated my blog to a new theme. In the wake of it, some subscribers reported having trouble viewing the email feeds. I’ve since switched from Feedburner (the feed mechanism through which virtually all of you who get email notifications of new posts get those notifications) to Feedblitz. […]



Does Service Like THIS Give You Any Ideas?

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 19:48:09 +0000

(Sorry for the delay in posting, but was in the process of upgrading the blog to a brand-new and far more stable WordPress theme. I know it looks very similar but that was one of the challenges. Hope you like!) Okay, so this isn’t a commercial-writing customer service story, but as an impressive example of […]         CommentsMany new, not-so-well-fed freelancers are understandably ... by William ReynoldsInteresting. I have been trying to think back. When I was doing ... by StarThis makes me think of the other side of the street; the ... by Robin HalcombYes. For longstanding clients, I offer perks now and again. I ... by ShariGreat idea, Jake, to share good customer service stories. It's ... by Peter BowermanPlus 5 more...Related StoriesEven After 22 Years as a Copywriter, I Still Wrestle with This One…Are You Seeing this “Client Expectation” in Your Market?  [...]