Content Mills and Writer Mills 101: A Writer’s Self-Education is Key

As we near the end of 2009, I’ve been reviewing what did—an did not—work for me this year. While revisiting my contact-tracking sheet, I realized that early in ’09, I actually applied to a content mill (also known as a writer mill). But I didn’t know it at the time. I applied to write about […]

Why Writers Should Say No to Writer Mills and Yes to Free*

Do I really think writers should write for free? No. As I’ve written before, writers should be paid for their time, expertise and skill. More specifically, writers should be appropriately paid for their work. Am I encouraging writers to say no to $15 for a 1,000-word article at Demand Studios (or similar content mills), but yes […]

Cognitive Connection September 18: Special Writer Mills Edition

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Since posting Writer Mills: You Can Do Better one month ago, the number of voices participating in conversations about rates, content aggregators and related subjects has grown. The discussion has expanded, too, with many viewpoints and passionate arguments. Since one of the best exchanges around this topic happened last weekend, I’m focusing this Cognitive Connection […]

Writer Mills: You Can Do Better

As a writer, one of the most thrilling aspects of my work is receiving feedback on my words. It’s hard to put yourself out there, especially if you are just beginning. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share my voice – a big change from the copywriting and communications I work […]

Cognitive Connection, May 14: It’s the Third Annual Writers Worth Day

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Today is the Third Annual Writers Worth Day. What is Writers Worth Day? It’s an online campaign created by blogger and fellow freelancer Lori Widmer. It’s designed to promote the fair market value of writers through education, awareness, and ongoing support. It’s also a “time to celebrate the value and skills you bring to your […]

Cognitive Connection December 11

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Between trying to wrap up few copywriting and marketing projects, update addresses for my holiday cards and revise an essay, it’s been a hectic week. And scattered—it seems like there are a thousand things to do to close up this year and get ready for 2010. But, you know me: there is always time for […]

Cognitive Connection October 23

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How is it possible that October is nearly over? I just wrapped up a big copywriting job, creating the content for e-mail marketing and web landing pages across four different industries. I give some credit to my time spent on Twitter for helping me whittle e-mail subject lines to under 60 characters each! This week’s […]

Cognitive Connection August 21

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Just when I thought I was done posting Mad Men-related links, I found one I must share. It’s a compilation of the books some of the characters are shown reading. Hmm, maybe it’s time to start compiling my fall reading list! What about you? Are you still in beach reading mode or are you ready […]