Thinking of Becoming a Freelancer? Here Are Some Insights

A couple months ago, I was asked to write a post giving tips to people thinking about going the freelance route. Invoice2go, which has recently built a free invoice template generator, then compiled my and a number of other freelancer’s tips into a helpful infographic, to help people who are thinking of taking the leap. If you have anything to add, please let us know in the comments!

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Guest Post: Mobile Traffic Statistics Inspire To Create New Businesses

By Calvina Singh

realtime-couponmachineDay after day, the same boring tasks look like they’ve been duplicated into your life by some kind of cruel tyrant. Get up early, go to the office, work hard in that tiny cubicle, return home late and exhausted. That’s hardly a life one can dream of. The problem is that it’s not just boring: it literally kills your creative potential.

The alternative is simple. Start working for yourself, be your own boss, and regulate your working time yourself—as well as your goals, strategy and salary (depending on revenues, of course). Not everybody believes that starting a business nowadays is easy and failure-proof. But it’s surely worth a try, especially in the modern mobile-oriented paradigm.

By this I mean that with so much people using their mobile phones, it’s a lot easier for an entrepreneur to reach his or her target audience, spending minimum money, time, and effort. According to the real-time mobile data statistics from Coupon Machine: Continue reading

Ebook Review: Glossolalia

Glossolalia_Cover_for_KindleGlossolalia by Tantra Bensko

SPIES AND POLITICS – CONSPIRACIES/ASSASSINATIONS … No one but her uncle will hire Nancy, considering her habit of snapping out of amnesiac fugues, wondering how she got her bruises and the scent of men’s cologne. When she sees a crime of poison in progress at her uncle’s pesticide company, she chases the truck carrying away the chemical legally deemed too toxic to use or to dump. Her pursuit leads to more earthshaking discoveries than she’d imagined, in a convoluted world of international political intrigue and assassination, dark romance, esoteric occult rituals based on an Elizabethan spy code and CIA practices.

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An Interview with Jamie Beck, Author of Worth the Risk

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Jamie Beck is the author of Worth the Risk:

When Jackson St. James decided that six weeks in Vermont’s Green Mountains would help him get his life together, he didn’t anticipate replacing his craving for whiskey with a craving for his alluring new landlord, Gabby. Now, instead of prioritizing his sobriety and the resolution of the lawsuit threatening his business, he’s making excuses to spend time with the spunky young landscaper whose candor is more than a little addictive.

Gabby Bouchard refuses to let her pill-popping mother and unreliable baby daddy turn her into a cynic, so she doesn’t fight her attraction to her enigmatic new tenant. Although Jackson’s smile rarely reaches his eyes, his generosity and dependability make her willing to overlook his demons. But once she convinces him to give in to temptation, Gabby’s jealous ex threatens to disrupt the life she has built for herself and her son.

With so much at stake, Gabby and Jackson must decide if love is worth the risk.

Read on for an interview with Jamie. Continue reading

Guest Post: 5 Ways to ID the DNA of Your Brand

By James Rosene

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By Bdna.gif: Spiffistan derivative work: Jahobr (Bdna.gif) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Branding is one of the first, most important objectives for any professional writer. It’s much more than just a graphic element or logo, it is the base of every reader’s experience. Therefore, you should be able to identify the characteristics and qualities that make you different from every other writer.

In being able to ID the DNA of your brand, you will also:

  • Understand how your readers view you
  • Gain insights on reader’s experiences with your brand
  • Be able to utilize in-depth data to create a strategic plan that improves your branding

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Publishing in VR

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By Manus VR (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Virtual reality (VR) isn’t only for games. More traditional publishers are also incorporating the new medium into their content, and it’s exciting to see it all unfold and think about how stories may exist in the not-too-distant future.

According to Digital Book World, “VR could be the next frontier for publishers as a new revenue source.”

One example of a publisher using VR is the New York Times, and their Olympic Stadiums in VR, according to Upload VR. The project is called The Modern Games and it allows people to explore the Olympic stadiums in Rio as well as in past Olympic cities. To recreate past cities, NY Times pieced together thousands of old photos. The producer, Graham Roberts, said, “We’re always thinking about what makes something valuable in virtual reality. There has to be a reason that we’re making it in VR and not a standard 2D medium.” Continue reading

An Interview with Anne Zoet, Author of Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil

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Anne Zoet is the author of Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil:

Visiting Brazil, an earthquake hits and separates a family from their beloved cat, Purrball. Purrball’s mad dash leaves her lost in a jungle where she becomes fast friends with a very clever sloth named Burrball. The two quick-witted animals embark on a journey to find Darryl, the loving and loyal boy who longs for his adorable missing cat. Witty word rhythms and rich illustrations make Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazilan engaging read-aloud story. An alluring tale of friendship, family, ingenuity and persistence.

Read on for an interview with Anne. Continue reading

Useful Productivity Hacks and Tools

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For those of us who are multi-taskers and like to do everything at 1.5-2x speed (I’ve even started watching TV shows on fast forward), the New York Times has some bad news: “Sorry, you can’t speed read.”

But on the bright side, there are many tools and hacks out there to help you speed up your productivity. I’ll get into the writing-specific ones first. Continue reading

An Interview with Charles Salter, Author of How Three Brothers Saved the Navy (Kare Kids Adventures #3)

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Charles A. Salter is the author of How Three Brothers Saved the Navy, book 3 in The Kare Kids Adventures:

How can three brothers stop the plot against their father’s aircraft carrier? When he’s not excelling in soccer, 12-year-old Matt likes to pretend he’s a Force Recon Marine, along with brothers Ryan, aged 10, and Jack, who is 8. Their father is a Captain in the U.S. Navy, currently deployed on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Maryland, where they all live. Growing up in a military setting, the boys are familiar with armed forces strategy, tactics, and weaponry. They long for the day they can don uniforms themselves…just like the Marines on the navy ships they’ve seen. In a Recon game one day the three brothers scout out an abandoned airfield. They notice a team of skydivers mimic the classic military special operations tactic of jumping out of a plane at high altitude and opening the chute at the last possible moment to avoid detection before landing on an enemy target. Quickly the boys discover these are NOT U.S. military, but rather hostile agents training to land with guns and explosives on a navy aircraft carrier. Their Force Recon Marine play suddenly becomes very real as they struggle to determine the exact target and time of the coming attack, to evade the terrorist gang, and get their intelligence information back to the navy in time to save their father’s ship. Captured by the gang, can they use their junior Force Recon Marine skills to escape, get back to headquarters, and devise a plan to defeat the terrible plot without anyone getting seriously hurt?

Read on for an interview with Charles and an excerpt from the book. Continue reading

A Look at Self-Publishing Success Stories

It’s hard to be an indie author. There’s often depressing news about how ebook sales are going down and people are getting tired of digital, or how people are buying coloring books but not ebooks. And sometimes, startups that help hybrid authors shut down, leaving authors stranded.

So it’s nice to hear about the success stories. People who work hard for long periods of time and eventually make it in some way. These are the kinds of stories that keep me going, and give me hope. Plus they always have great takeaways to learn from. Continue reading