Content and Strategy

A few weeks ago, a financial advisor friend of mine and I had a conversation about the terminology of our respective professions.  I mentioned how a few people seemed ambivalent about calling themselves copywriters, and some had started using the term, “content strategist.” “Copy” is a journalism term and one that evokes smoky newsrooms and …

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4 Freelance Writers Who Give Great Advice

(A version of this blog post first appeared at the Copywriter Conclave of Portland.  Happy Holidays folks!) If you don’t have access to in-person resources, there are many freelance writing advisors on the Internet.  Many monetize that advice through coaching, online classes, e-books, and so forth.  Some are good and some are bad. Peter Bowerman …

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The Heart of the Deal

My freelance copywriter and editor networking group, The Copywriter Conclave of Portland, recently engaged in a lively and free-wheeling discussion about prospective clients and proposals. We were able to attract prospects and even get to the proposal stage, but sometimes, the almost-projects fell through shortly thereafter. We all determined that some unseen, emotional aspect comes …

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6 Ways To Successfully Manage Inbound Prospects

A horseshoe magnet over a white background

Inbound marketing is a powerful way to grow your business, especially if you’re a freelance copywriter.  I was thrilled when my first prospective customer found me after I’d written a blog post.  It happened when I was two months into my nascent freelance writing career.  My prospective client and I scheduled a call, we hit …

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Your Ideal Client

Light Bulb No. 2 by Chuck Coker

(Image Credit:  “Light Bulb No. 2” by Chuck Coker) My networking group, The Copywriter Conclave of Portland, keeps a regularly updated blog chock full of valuable information for me, my fellow “Conclavists,” and our clients.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what Conclave founder Amber James brought up in April:  the ideal client.   Amber mentions …

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