Branding

When Being Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough (Hint: ALWAYS)

Last night, I was inside a cathedral. It had the whole gargantuan Christmas tree and twinkling lights thing going on. There were mince pies and cava. And the main event: four choirs. THE SCENE WAS SET. I was going to have a festive evening indeed, and it was going to get better and better as the night went on. Right? Well, no. Not exactly. The first choir trotted onto the […]

How to Write in a Consistent Tone of Voice When Your Mood Changes ALL THE GODDAMN TIME

You know what your voice sounds like. You write in it every day, after all. (Haha, just kidding. Did I make you feel inadequate by implying everyone else in the world writes every day?) The trouble is, this is a business you’re running here. And you need your voice to come out the same every time you write. You know, so you look consistent and professional. You don’t want to […]

9 Ways You’re Destroying Your Personal Brand’s Reputation

Having a personal-branded business doesn’t mean you can just do whatever the hell you want with it. I mean, you can, since it’s your business and whatever. But if you want to, you know, make money, you shouldn’t. Here are some things you should most def avoid: 1. Flaunting Your Lack of Confidence Wait, what? Unconfident people don’t flaunt anything, do they? Well, sure, maybe not overtly. But that doesn’t […]

Your Specialist Niche Isn’t Enough: How to Become the ONLY Choice

In this progressively tighter-packed sardine tin we like to call the internet, everyone screams about the importance of ‘niching down’ and ‘standing out’ and ‘being different’. And this is true to an extent. Those things are important. But they are not ALL you need. You could have a super-specialist niche, like an editor who specialises in copy-editing memoirs, personal essay collections and other narrative non-fiction. Or an SEO consultant who […]

Where to Find Your Writing Voice

When you run a personal brand, it’s insanely important to use your voice. But where the fuck is it? How do you find it? Fortunately for you, I know where it’s hiding. It’s NOT in your emails to work colleagues, in the essays you wrote for college, nor in the formal letters you write to your bank or your gas supplier or your internet provider. No. It’s not in any […]

Should You Refer to Yourself as ‘We’ On Your Website?

Hey, so remember that time we talked about how douchey it is to talk about yourself in the third person on your own website? Yeah, I’m really glad you decided to stop doing that, because ugh. So gross. But now there’s something else we need to address: your use of plural pronouns on your own website when you are the only person behind your website. There’s a growing trend of […]

How to Write with Personality

One of the things I get asked most often is how to write with personality. Witness exhibit A. And Exhibit B: Hey Karen, I was checking out your website your personality really shines through the site. So awesome! I am pretty sure my writing style is dull as shit at this point. Your blog about regarding the need for a ‘professional’ not being necessary was inspiring. I’m really look to […]

Should You Write About Yourself in the Third Person on Your Website?

Why did you decide to write about yourself in the third person on your website? Maybe you thought it would make you sound more professional. Or perhaps like you’re a big fancy impressive company? Or, and I’m guessing this hits a little closer to home, did you just do it because everyone else does, so that must be what you’re supposed to do? Whatever your reason, I’m betting you also […]

Want Everyone to Like You? Here’s Why You’ll Never Succeed as a Freelance Writer

A few years ago, when I was but a mere 23, I worked at a summer camp in New Hampshire. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Long, blissful days playing games, learning to survive in the wild, and dancing around campfires in the evenings like monsters. Good times. But when I first arrived, I didn’t know anyone. And introducing yourself to a huge group of strangers […]

The 6 Biggest Mistakes Freelance Writers Make When They First Start Out

1. Wavering on Price Know a pretty much guaranteed way to not get paid what you’re worth? Wavering on price. If you find yourself scrambling to accommodate somebody as soon as they ask for a discount, you’ve already lost. If you say ‘prices are negotiable’ on your website – ditto. Never ever give somebody a discount just because they ask for it. Ever. Stick to your guns and you won’t […]