Freelance Journalist Survival Guide

Posted by David Meerman Scott 01:59 PM on June 02, 2015

The March / April issue of Columbia Journalism Review contained a story about Kyle Chayka, a 26-year-old freelance journalist who makes his living writing for online publications.

Survival strategies of an online freelancer is an interesting take on how an independent journalist can make a living writing for media outlets such as Gizmodo, The Daily Beast, and Pacific Standard.

But as I was reading, I was struck how Chayka and others like him miss the opportunity to write for publications outside of media companies. They limit their outlets (and income) by not considering content marketing as part of their writing portfolio. 

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The Underwriting: A VC-Backed Novel Shows an Alternative Way to Launch a Product

When you’re new to an industry, you don’t have to play by the rules. You can make up your own or apply ideas from your past experiences.

That’s exactly what Michelle Miller did to publish The Underwriting, her first novel releasing later this month.

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From Rejected to a Blog to a NYT Bestselling Author to Walking the Red Carpet at the Oscars

Last night, Julianne Moore won the best actress Oscar for her role as a university professor whose descent into dementia due to early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease was portrayed in the film Still Alice.

The amazing backstory behind the award is that all the big publishing houses had rejected Lisa Genova, the author of the novel Still Alice from which the movie was based.

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Optimizing the Past: Content Lessons from the HubSpot Blog Team

Content drives action.

Content is the best way to reach buyers.

Content is King. (And President and Pope and Queen as well).

So how do you create great content? How do you understand your buyers, create compelling content that educates, informs, and entertains them, and then how does that content drive action and grow business? And what are the implications for ROI?

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Creating Ridiculously Good Content the Ann Handley way

Posted by David Meerman Scott 09:42 PM on September 10, 2014

The very clever Ann Handley has a new book due out in the next few days. I’ve seen an early copy and it is terrific.

Everybody Writes is your go-to guide to creating ridiculously good content to market you and your business.

With wisdom and an infective wittiness, Ann shows you how to take your writing from awkward or awful to electric or elegant. She’s your favorite teacher, cracking you up while her tough love gets you to do the work to improve.

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Injecting humor into your product descriptions

Posted by David Meerman Scott 10:23 AM on June 12, 2014

I just purchased an IN1 multi-tool utility case for my iPhone.

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Great content creation ideas come from seeing patterns

As I write this I am in Istanbul, Turkey preparing for a speaking engagement later today. As I always do when I’m on the road, I’m looking for patterns that I might be able to use to create a blog post.

Many people ask me about finding stuff to write about on their blogs. They know they shouldn’t just talk about their products and services but they struggle with what else to focus on.

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Flash Boys and the power of story

Posted by David Meerman Scott 10:06 AM on April 15, 2014

I just finished Michael Lewis’ fantastic new book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt and enjoyed it immensely. I’ve been a Lewis fan from the beginning. Lewis is about my age and his book Liar’s Poker, which I loved, released when I was working on Wall Street in the 1980s.

Lewis has gotten tons of press for Flash Boys. He was on 60 Minutes, a huge way to launch a book and since then he seems to be everywhere in the media. Walking through a bunch of airports last week, I saw piles and piles of the book stacked in not only airport bookstores, but newsstands as well.

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One word makes a difference

Posted by David Meerman Scott 07:29 AM on September 23, 2013

On Saturday I caught the Life is Good festival. It was a beautiful day in the Boston suburbs made better because all profits generated from the festival (over a million dollars) are going to Children’s charities. For those music geeks reading this, my favorite act was the amazing 14-year-old Quinn Sullivan.

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There are no shortcuts

Posted by David Meerman Scott 04:51 AM on May 22, 2013

I'll tell you up front, it's not easy.

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