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Freelance Writers Den: A Writing Community

I’m excited to offer these courses in the future in my Freelance Writers Den community, where you can get all the support you need to advance your career, along with these great trainings. 

Psst! One of the courses -- Write Big: A Fear-Busting E-Course for Freelance Writers -- is already in there. To check out all the benefits of Den membership, click the button below:  

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Here’s what our students say:

Gina Valley

Happy dance time! Just got a $1,600 project! 

I’m so excited! Escape the Content Mills really opened my eyes to what a professional writer should charge, and that I should never sell myself short.

I’m usually paralyzed by over-analysis and wanting to get everything perfect before I take action. But I put together a quick portfolio of past clips from my content mill work, and started sending letters of introduction to prospects. And wow! I got a rush order for a $1,600 project. Thank you, thank you for giving me the steps and confidence to get out there!

I also just interviewed with a biotech company and secured a long-term contract at 10 hours a week at $50 an hour. During the interview she asked me what my rate was, and thanks to the class, I said $50 an hour (it was scary—trust me!). She didn’t hesitate AT ALL to accept that rate. I almost think she would’ve given me more. Woohoo! Before this course, I never would have asked for that rate–I would have sheepishly asked for $15 an hour. —Gina Valley

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Mary Horneck

Thanks for the raise! 

Oh, and THANK YOU for the raise! Yes, I gave myself a $15 per hour raise on this project, as a direct result of what I learned in the Escape the Content Mills course and the many articles I read on the Renegade Writer website, in the Writer’s Den, and on the Make a Living Writing website. I didn’t even blink. My usually quivery insides never rumbled once when I said $65 hourly instead of the $50 I had been asking. 

Based on the things I’ve learned from the two of you, I am probably still a little low, but it’s a step in the right direction. It represents a quantum leap in more correctly valuing my services and understanding what the local market will bear. —Mary Horneck

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Renee Toikka

I got a promotion! 

Escape the Content Mills gave me the courage to approach a magazine I was volunteering for. I asked them for a book deal, and they agreed! They also asked me to build them an app. During that meeting, I came up with more ideas about their sister product. They put me on the collaboration team, with a guaranteed spot as a lead writer when it goes live. Thank you so very, very much for the knowledge, courage, and inspiration to move myself forward out of content mills and into real writing. —Renee A. Toikka

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Sharon McElwee

Score! Just got a lead from a LinkedIn prospect! 

After reading about LinkedIn in Lesson 3 of Escape the Content Mills, I’ve really been working on my profile and trying to build connections with influential people. 

After a couple of weeks of reading Millo and their sister publication, I decided to cozy up to the editor-in-chief to see if his site is looking for new writers. Not only did he give me a thumbs up, he gave me the contact information for their content manager and said to let her know that he personally recommended me! I’m starting to get the hang of marketing with LinkedIn. It was reassuring to see that the method I found most successful was the one recommended in Lesson 3. —Sharon McElwee

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Debbie Curtis

Learned more than I did in a college course...

Actually, I learned much, much more from you and Linda than I did taking “Writing for Magazines” at Cornell. —Debbie Curtis

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