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Writer. Traveler. Queer. Passionate about self employment, LGBTQ finance and the writing life. Visit me at http://www.lindseydanis.com
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Last month, I wrote about my submissions strategy in the context of why it’s important to have a system for chipping away at your goals. But I didn’t actually go into a ton of detail in outlining how I decide where to submit and (just as important) where not to. Here are 7 things I think about when determining which outlets are right for me.

#1 Does it pay writers?

The answer isn’t always yes. For me, I care more about getting paid for a long story (1,500 words or greater) than for a 500-word flash piece. Generally speaking, if it’s a piece I can…


How a test that’s nearly a century old will penalize freelancers

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California’s AB5 bill was meant to protect gig economy workers who were misclassified as independent contractors by the likes of Lyft and Uber. Instead, the law penalized freelancers by limiting the amount of work they could do for clients to 35 pieces per year.

Companies, of course, balked at the law and instead fired California freelancers, so they could hire workers based in other states. After the disastrous rollout, California eventually excluded certain professions including freelance writers from AB5.

Now Congress is currently considering a law that would basically take AB5 nationwide with ZERO exceptions. The PRO Act, as it’s…


and how to know when not to invest your time in free labor

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I’ve had some pitches rejected lately where the editor has asked me for some other ideas. Both times, I set the email aside intending to get back to it but flaked, and now too much time has gone by for me to follow up with more ideas! What are some tricks I can use to quickly find good ideas the next time an editor asks me to send something else?

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I’ve been in that position, too. It’s always encouraging when someone else asks for other ideas–but, like you, if nothing comes to mind immediately, I might not respond.


A simple script to grow your earnings and hold your boundaries

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Communicating about rates is such THE WORST that I’ve made scripts for basically every scenario I’ve had to deal with, so I can copy/paste the relevant text and edit as needed.

Having a script in hand prevents me from:

  • Overthinking what to say and wasting time
  • Agreeing to a project for a lower rate than I want to accept out of FOMO, imposter syndrome, a previous working relationship with a client, or any other factor
  • Saying yes when I knew at the time I should have said no
  • Saying nothing and frustrating the client

In an ideal world, maybe you’d…


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“Today’s freelance reminder: hourly rates devalue the end product and punishes contractors who are efficient, and encourages dawdling. Project rates are a much nicer place to live (and project rates can be calculated based off an estimated hourly rate, who the client is, etc.)”

Newbie freelancers have no idea what to charge…


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I’m wrapping up my annual review this week and I thought I’d share a few takeaways from my freelance writing business.

How I earned my money in 2020

I wrote 62 articles this year varying from 500–3,000 words and 272 pieces of content marketing–blog posts, newsletters, etc–ranging from 250–2,000 words.

I sent 256 pitches and spent 82 hours pitching assignments, researching publications and browsing recent coverage, so I could tailor my pitches to have the best shot. I got a ton of nos and no responses, but I got yeses from total dream pubs!

I had several editors come to me with ideas or respond to a…


Hint: to find clarity, zoom out

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Someone asked me recently:

I’ve been freelancing part time for a couple of years but got furloughed then laid off so now I’m trying to make it work full-time. Lately I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed and would love your input. I feel like there is so much I could be doing that I struggle to identify what I SHOULD be doing and then beat myself up if I spend too much time trolling job ads or networking in Facebook BINDERS groups or TKTKTK. Bottom line is, I have a good idea of 27 different…


Here’s how you can get inbox control, too

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I used to check email constantly. You know, just in case someone needed something from me. After email, I’d go on Facebook to see my notifications, then before I knew it, my quick break ate half an hour of my workday.

Ditching midday social media checkins was easy for me (shout if you want to know how I did it and I’ll unpack in a future newsletter), but getting control of my email was way harder. I had to realize how much time it was taking me and how few- none, really


Reacting will never take you where you want to go.

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What is the best use of my limited time?

This is a question I’m often asking myself.

Working from home means balancing work and domestic duties. Those tend to fall to me because I’m home all the time, but now most of us are home all the time and renegotiating how we spend our time.

Our attention spans are limited. Despite the hefty to-do list, we return to the apps on our phone or favorite YouTube channels. We put off what we need to do becuase we “aren’t in the mood” for it.

In times of crisis or when life…


Here’s how it can help you cope now

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For years, I was skeptical of the benefits of meditation but curious enough to try it here and there. I had a constant inner critic who told me I’d never amount to anything. I was useless. Bad at my job. Bad at life.

I hoped meditation could sweep away those thoughts like cobwebs, but sitting still eluded me.

A friend had made meditation sound easy. Fun, even (he’d had decades of practice). I tried a few more times and beat myself up for not getting it right. Soon, it became easier not to try.

Learning How to Meditate in a Crisis

I gave up on learning to…

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