You Hired a Writer – Now What?


I mean, they just crack their knuckles, rub the sides of their head with their fingers, raise an eyebrow at you (or their computer screen as they gaze appreciatively at your email), and stare hard…then, magic happens, right? Magically, the words travel from their brain and into the Word document. It will be perfect. It will be exactly what you want, right?  Read more

Saying No to Unethical Requests

Work at home life has a unique set of challenges. One of those challenges is making sure that you have enough work to pay your bills and have a comfortable existence. The thought of not having enough money can make any work at home soul cringe. It’s nice and (almost) esoteric to fall into the “I don’t need to make a lot of money – I do this cause I love it!” routine. Read more

Lessons You Could Learn From Girl Scouts


Baby Bull and I went to the store around 11:30 am today (Saturday) to buy some ham and cheese (since he told me that’s what he wanted; when you have a non-verbal child and they use their words in context to communicate, you fucking listen and provide!) to make sandwiches for lunch.  Read more

Tip for Those Who Hire Freelance Writers


Hey everyone! Today, I have a tip for those who hire freelance writers. That tip is this: freelance writers can’t read your mind. If there’s something specific you want highlighted in your blog or in your web page content, you need to ensure that your freelance writer knows.

This is equally true during the editing process. Many freelance writers will provide a round or two of edits for no additional charge. This is because we want our clients to be happy and to consider us for future work. However,

When you read what’s sent to you and you want something changed, your freelance writer needs a comment that’s more than, “This isn’t what we do,” “This isn’t true,” or a similar piece of feedback.


Well, because it doesn’t tell us anything. If you’re seeing something that doesn’t truly represent what you do or that isn’t true of YOUR business, you need to tell us what it is that you want to see.

Often, when a freelance writer is hired, a client has no real idea of what they want to see on their site or blog. They just know they need content. It isn’t until they see a draft from their writer that they know if that’s what they want or if they’re inspired to now know what they want to see.

Yet, again, freelance writers aren’t mind readers. If clients don’t tell us in the beginning or during the editing process what they want to see (and tell us in detail), we can’t give you what you want.

Yes, it really is that simple.

Hey, Kids, This One’s for You!

I have the honor of (gently) editing a full-length YA novel that an old friend of mine sent me. His daughter wrote it. She’s a teenager. The other day when I stopped by a birthday party for my friend’s now two-year-old daughter, I was approached by another teenage girl who knows what I do. She asked me how she could write and publish a book.

So, kids (big and small!), this post is just for you. (Don’t worry, parents and other sensitive types – this post is profanity free and G rated for your protection!)  Read more