“What’s the hardest part about being a proofer?” My answer always surprises people. It's not doing the work. “The hardest part is convincing people they need a proofer, and having them listen once we're hired!” (Remember the story on my 'Secret sauce' for better docs page?) Crickets During the 2018 midterm primaries, I noticed a local magazine listing … [Read more...] about Give your proofer a break!
Freelance writers: an interesting ‘newsjack’ for next Wednesday In Indiana (United States), Johnny Appleseed is part of the folklore. John 'Johnny Appleseed' Chapman was born on September 26, 1774, and – according to Cheryl Ogden, the director of the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Urbana, Ohio – started his historic treks in 1801. Traveling from his home … [Read more...] about Johnny Appleseed Day
My friend (I’ll call her Sally) told me she was fed up with website hype. Hype cost her, dearly. Sally had just paid a bunch o' money for a site update she couldn't use. I'll share my friend's costly story, but first: here's an idea that may help you before you're derailed by website hype. Project liaison “They just don’t get it!” is often the cry from … [Read more...] about “I’m fed up with website hype!”
Hey, freelance journalists, here's a 'newsjack' idea for you: Have schools' attitudes about left-handers changed? When my dad grew up, schools forced retraining of ‘south paws.’ Or tried to, until they came up against Gramma Mary. 8-) She intervened and embraced 'left-handed.' I suppose it was her equivalent of "God doesn't make junk." I’m right-handed … [Read more...] about It’s Left-Handers’ Day
Do you remember that D+ essay in high school? The one with sentence fragments and misspellings? And some wrong words used in place of the right ones? Yeah. That essay. Mom wasn't pleased, was she? Let me help you avoid this scenario and save money on proofing. ’Cause in the real world, the critics can be worse than Mr. Eley in sophomore English. And each … [Read more...] about Rescue your proofing budget!
OK ... who'da thunk it? There's an honest-to-goodness fun holiday celebrating French fries. I'm sure all you freelance writers out there have your own story about this crunchy treat. 'Newsjack' this idea! Here's my example. Fun tale. Fast to write and post. 8-) I love McDonald's French fries. My dad and I had a McDonald's ritual we played out every … [Read more...] about It’s National French Fry Day