Archive for July, 2008

The freelance challenge

The following announcement comes from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. This teleconference looked pretty good, so I thought I’d tell you guys about it. If you’d like to join, please send an e-mail or contact them to let them know, so they know how many people will be participating.


Whether driven by economic necessity, industry conditions or the desire for a more flexible schedule, more journalists are contemplating the freelancing life. Many succeed, but it’s not easy. SABEW has a panel of experts to help explore:

·        How to develop story ideas

·        Where and how to offer them

·        Rules of the game and best practices

·        Life as a journalistic entrepreneur

·        And more…

WHEN: Tuesday, August 5, 11:00 a.m. EDT. Mark your calendars!


Marci Alboher, columnist and blogger for The New York Times, is the author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success. Her articles have appeared in Time Out New York, Travel and Leisure, Marie Claire, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Legal Affairs, The International Herald Tribune and More Magazine, covering such topics as workplace issues, entrepreneurship and travel.

Greg Daugherty has been a full-time magazine editor and part-time freelance writer for nearly 30 years. He has held senior-level editing positions Money, Success, Reader’s Digest, and Consumer Reports, where he is currently executive editor. He has written for The New York Times, Smithsonian, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic Traveler and other publications. His books include You Can Write for Magazines.

Maya Payne Smart has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and websites. Her work has appeared in Black Enterprise, Black MBA, Crain’s Cleveland Business, GSA Business Journal and numerous trade and custom publications. She is the author of several how-to guides on topics ranging from business writing to cutting everyday expenses.

Ann Marsh, former staff writer for Forbes, writes the Money Makeover column for The Los Angeles Times and co-authored the autobiography of Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea, Copy This!. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Business 2.0, Business Central Europe, BusinessWeek online, Fortune Small Business, The Prague Post, Red Herring and Salon. She has also written for Adobe, Cisco Systems, The Gap, Hewlett-Packard and Symantec. Her work includes book projects, co-authoring, ghosting, editing and project-managing.

Moderated by Cliff Cumber, business editor of The Frederick News-Post, a 45,000 circulation, family-owned Maryland daily. He was the paper’s first webcaster and initiated the paper’s first blog. Under his leadership the business section has transformed into a dynamic consumer advocate, emphasizing multimedia. He often works with freelancers.

HOW: Those wishing to join the call should dial 1-218-936-7999. You will be prompted for the access code, which is 316748. In order for SABEW to estimate the number of callers, please reply with “Yes” in the subject line if you haven’t done so already. Thanks!

To send questions in advance or during the call, please e-mail Josh Mills,

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Blogging for fun and profit

Received this question from Debbie Moose, a freelance food writer in Raleigh, N.C. Moose is the author of the award-winning “Sunday Dinner” column and the new cookbook “Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home.” Can anyone provide some feedback?

The question I wanted to ask is about blogging for money. I’ve received an offer from a Web site to do this, and this is new ground for me. How much is fair pay? What questions should I ask? Are there any special aspects of this kind of writing that might raise ethical issues? Have other people found that this is worth it, both financially and for exposure/publicity?

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Got ideas?

Hi guys, how’s everyone doing?

How are things going? Made a big sale recently? Would you like share how you did it? Perhaps you have a question or problem, and you’d like to share your experience and gain some feedback.

Ideally I’d like this site to become our site, a place where we can gather and exchange ideas on what’s working and what’s not.

If you’ve got a few minutes between calls and would like to pen a couple hundred words for the blog, please send me an e-mail at If it’s something that would help other freelancers, I’ll put it up.

Thanks so much, guys.

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