Freelance rates: deciding what to charge
Jul08

Freelance rates: deciding what to charge

We need to talk about rate setting. Particularly, we need to talk about the fact that I don’t have any money, and it is entirely my own foolish fault. When I first started blogging for money – writing copy for other people’s websites and blogs – I was so unbelievably excited that someone was paying me for my words that I ridiculously undercharged them. And I mean ‘ridiculously.’ Not only did I start...

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We need to talk about politics
Mar31

We need to talk about politics

When you’re giving blog advice I’m always tempted to go for the easy wins: SEO (use the phrase ‘butt plugs’ in a post and watch the traffic come rolling in!) or social (tweet your blog posts loads – people will come!). But lots of people have covered these before, and the thing that’s most valuable to me is a bit less tangible than that, so I’m going to have a go at explaining it here. I think...

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How to get your non-fiction sex book published
Feb26

How to get your non-fiction sex book published

Non-fiction sex books: getting published You – yes, you – have an interesting life. I mean it, you do. Everyone has interesting lives. Every single day you have weird thoughts and odd sex dreams and hot wank fantasies and occasionally actual honest-to-god sex. And other people want to hear about it. Now, I’m not going to tell you that the World’s Biggest Publishing Companies are literally camped on your front lawn, gagging...

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The biggest mistakes people make when they pitch an article
Jan25

The biggest mistakes people make when they pitch an article

No one is born awesome at pitching. We don’t slide forth from the womb, covered in that weird gakky white stuff, and immediately know how to grab the attention of an editor with a single subject line. I’m a sex blogger, freelance writer, and person-who-has-sent-a-lot-of-pitches. I also sometimes edit and commission guest blogs for my own site as well as other people’s. This doesn’t make me the Queen of...

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Exposure is lovely, but cash is preferred (how to respond to offers of ‘free’ work)

Have you seen the price of beer these days? In London a pint now costs six hundred retweets. Oh no wait sorry – a pint costs four quid, because you can’t buy shit with retweets. Yet for some reason people still ask writers to work in exchange for ‘exposure.’ They never say ‘free’, that would be uncouth. They say ‘exposure’ or ‘opportunity.’ Sometimes they don’t say...

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