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Updated on October 4, 2013

Take What You Need and Leave the Rest

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.

Hubert H. Humphrey

I doubt Mr. Humphrey was much of a writer, but his quote worked for this article, and I’m not above borrowing whatever I need, so there you have it.

Not everyone is going to agree with the advice I lay out in this article. That’s fine! If you feel differently about some of the things I write here then I gladly suggest you write your own article and refute everything that I am about to say. I will be the first to read your counter-article, and then I will counter, and you can counter again, and before you know it we will be the dueling banjos of the literature world.

The point is that there is more than one way to Tipperary, and if your journey in writing takes you along a different path then so be it. I’m just tossing out my thoughts; if they help you then fantastic.

With that out of the way, here are some random thoughts about writing and freelance writing that I hope you find interesting and useful.

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QUALITY OVER QUANTITY ALWAYS

Yes, I said always, and I’m adamant about that. I spent eighteen years of my life in a classroom fighting a battle I could not win, trying my damndest to stave off ignorance and stem the tide that is flowing towards mediocrity. I do not have to stand for it in writing too, and yet that is what I see more and more of in today’s world of literature.

Anyone can start a blog and call themselves a writer. Anyone can start a website, and with content mills just about anyone with half a brain and a computer can actually make money writing. That might qualify them as “freelance writers” but it does not qualify them as “good writers.”

The world needs more quality….please be part of my movement and demand of yourselves better quality.

EVERY ASSIGNMENT IS IMPORTANT

I don’t care if you are writing a blog entry for a customer for $10 or you are doing an article for the New Yorker for $500; every article is important and should be treated as such.

It is important to realize that every piece of writing that you do is a part of your platform. Your writing is a direct reflection on you as a writer and as such should reflect your best work.

During the mornings I do SEO work for customers. All that is important to them is that the correct keywords be used. They really don’t care much about the quality of the writing; as long as the grammar is correct and the keywords have been inserted, they are happy….but I’m not. I am constantly trying to find new ways to make their assignments interesting and to make my writing fresh.

Keep the bigger picture always in view, and the bigger picture is your success as a writer.

PAY YOUR DUES

Freelance writers do not start out with the best assignments, just as apprentice craftsmen are not hired by the best construction firms when they first start out. In writing, as in any other pursuit, you have to pay your dues and work your way up the food chain.

I have recommended before and I’ll do it again that it is alright when first starting out as a writer that you do some assignments for free in exchange for a byline. Having your name posted in print is huge for your career, and worth much more than $25 in payment for the article.

It might be necessary to start out working for peanuts; many freelance writers do, and in the world of supply and demand, that is probably as it should be. Earn your stripes and you will eventually be paid what you deserve.

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IF AT ALL POSSIBLE AVOID CONTENT MILLS

It may not be possible but if it is, don’t work for pennies doing SEO work. Instead, start locally and work your way up to the big boys.

Go to local businesses and offer your skills for their blogs and websites. You can charge more that way and still be charging less than the content mills charge their customers. If a content mill is paying you $15 for a 500 word article, you can bet they are charging the customer at least double that and most likely more. Why not skip the content mill and be your own content mill?

A very lucrative market for me when I was first starting out was the real estate market. I landed a very successful real estate brokerage in Los Angeles, and they paid quite well for me to do their listings and property descriptions. They took the pictures from 1200 miles away and I wrote the content and everyone was happy.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

When pitching ideas to magazines or newspapers, it is important that you pay attention to the latest trends. Trends are fickle mistresses; they are here today and gone tomorrow, but if you catch them when they are hot then it is much easier to sell an editor on your story.

In addition, do your homework and check to see what a magazine is looking for in the way of article topics. You do this by visiting their websites and checking their submission guidelines, or by buying a copy of the Writer’s Market. If a magazine says they are not looking for personal interest and you send them one anyway, you end up looking like a fool and also you have told the editor that you are unprofessional….and it’s important to avoid both of those outcomes.

NETWORK, NETWORK AND THEN NETWORK SOME MORE

I feel like I have said this until I’m blue in the face, but let me say it one more time: you are the marketing executive for your writing business, and the product you are selling is you. If you don’t do it then nobody else will and that you can take to the bank.

Networking should go beyond Facebook and Twitter. Join your local Business group or Chamber of Commerce and get your name out there. Have business cards made up and then pass them out to everyone you meet. Volunteer to read at libraries and have book readings at bookstores. Give talks at local schools about writing as a career. Join writing forums and guest blog on the blogs of other writers.

In other words, treat your writing career as though it were as precious as gold because, well, it is. There is only one you. There is only one writer with your unique blend of talent and personality.

Get out there and sell!

SUCK IT UP AND BE READY FOR REJECTION

I remember the first time a girl turned me down on a date offer in high school. I remember the second time, too, and the third.

After three rejections and still no date, I had two choices to consider: either I was un-datable and should seriously consider moving to a monastery, or I was very datable but I just hadn’t met the right girl yet.

Rejection is a way of life in the writing business. It has nothing to do with your ability as a writer (unless you really suck at writing LOL) and everything to do with being in the right place at the right time, or the wrong place at the wrong time.

Either develop a thick skin or end your freelance writing business now before the rejections crush you like a grape.

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A freelance writer's kingdom and business office

There Will Be More

Of course there will be more. I’m still learning in this business, and as I learn I pass it all on to you. There is no reason for you to make the same mistakes that I have made; just read my articles and then you can avoid those mistakes and make some new ones of your own. J

As always, if I can be of any help to you then feel free to contact me. Every time I help one of you I am networking, and I am also spreading goodwill and karma, and I am a huge believer in karma.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Great information in your Hub this morning, Bill.

      You lay it out, making it plain and simple.

      Thanks, and have a wonderful weekend.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I try...that's all a guy can do. :) Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend my friend.

      bill

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      A good way to start the day with potpourri...gardenia sounds good...This is all sound advice and I think I need to read it about 100000 times or more. We all get caught up in one facet of our writing and must remember there are many venues out there to write, promote and make some money.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hope you do not mind if I put this on my wall and update as I grow and learn

      I SHALL DO MY BEST TO FULFILL THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPALS

      QUALITY OVER QUANTITY ALWAYS

      EVERY ASSIGNMENT IS IMPORTANT

      PAY YOUR DUES

      IF AT ALL POSSIBLE AVOID CONTENT MILLS

      DO YOUR RESEARCH

      NETWORK, NETWORK AND THEN NETWORK SOME MORE

      SUCK IT UP AND BE READY FOR REJECTION

      And I shall add: Write, Rewrite and rewrite and then write some more.

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      Jami Johnson 3 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      This is good advice. I think the best part for me is "suck it up and prepare for rejection". Rejection and criticism is something that used to paralyze me in fear (especially when I was younger), but now that I am learning that I will not become better unless people tell me no. The word no now makes me want to prove them wrong that I am good enough for this so I just keep smiling and keep writing and strive to become better. I am young so I have time :) Going to local businesses is something that I never really thought of before, and that is an awesome idea, especially since I know several business owners in Vermont. Thanks for the wonderful words of advice!

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      Georgianna Lowery 3 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      Bill,

      Karma is a real thing in my opinion, and you have a lot of the goid kind coming to you for the way you're putting yourself out there to help writers. All I can say is thank you! Very helpful advice here!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Another article full of good advice, Bill. I had to chuckle (again!) over your mention of Tiperary. My dad, who can't carry a tune to save his life, used to sing It's a Long Way to Tiperary to my sister when she was a baby. You brought back a nice memory.

      Since SEO is the way most of us get started, could you perhaps expound on how to find SEO work outside of the content mills? I think this would be an informative hub for those of us who still depend on the mills to pay the bills.

      Thanx, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Georgie! I was raised to believe in giving back to others...I don't know any other way my friend, but it's nice to be appreciated. Have a great weekend and stay cool if that's possible.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think I mentioned it in the hub.....There are jobs offered daily online that are not from content mills....and I contacted business owners on my own and bypassed the content mills....but yes, I can do a hub on it if you think it would help. :) Thanks for the suggestion and havfe a great weekend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, there are many venues, but I ask myself one question every time before I take on a new job or project: is this going to help my overall plan? If it is then I find the time to do it; if not, there is no point in it. :)

      Thanks buddy and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I like the last one...there is no substitute for hard work. Anyway, if there is I certainly have not found it.

      Have a wonderful weekend my wise friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Jami....prove to them all that they were wrong and then silently gloat. LOL

      If you know business owners then go convince them that you are valuable to their businesses. If they have a website or blog, convince them that professional, keyword-based blogging will help their sales.

      Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      This is really great information Bill. I am starting to agree with you about content mills. The one I am writing for is starting to frustrate me as I am working very hard, but the end result is not very much money. And since I wrote a hub about writing full time this summer, and am publishing my weekly stats, it's almost embarrassing. Thanks for these tips. I will be looking elsewhere and your ideas have given me some good ideas on what my next steps should be.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great hub ..again Bill . "quality over quantity " That was the best thing I learned about writing .. thanks for reinforcing that principle.

      Michael

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, thank you and I will always pound that lesson home....there is no substitute for quality.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, what I have found about content mills is they keep asking for me....writing the article is one thing, but then many mills ask you to download it and add pics and add this and that, and before you know it you have spent an hour making ten bucks, and really, was it worth it???

      Thanks my friend. Get in touch with me if you ever have any questions or need some more thoughts.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Bill. $10 bucks for an article? LOL...what content mills have you written for? I'm not even making that much per article! Thanks for your offer. You'll be hearing from me!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You really put some sound advice out there for those who are serious about selling their work. Thumbs up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, I don't work for content mills...all the work I do has been through individual companies, so I skip the middle man, which is the content mill. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jackie and I hope you have a great weekend.

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      Shadaan Alam 3 years ago from India

      Hi billybuc, you have written an interesting hub for sure but what was much interesting was ur terminology....'undatable' lols that's such a cute word

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      younghopes, I'm glad you liked the word I invented. LOL Thank you!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great information, Bill! As I haven't really seemed to much into freelance writing yet, this is really helpful. You, Bill, are a writer with integrity, and that is often hard to find.

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the tips, Bill. I'm going to check out the writing blog.

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      MKayo 3 years ago from Texas

      As usual, a great article. Thanks for the encouraging words. Good advice. Best, M

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      You deserve nothing but the best Karma coming your way Bill! Great coaching, as usual. Hope you enjoy your weekend and I look forward to your great advice that I know will be coming next week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, thank you! I try to have integrity and it's nice to have that recognized. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Gail! It's nice of you to check out the blog.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks MK, and good job on that niche of yours.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, you are setting that bar pretty high for me to reach. I'll try to have some great advice sprinkled in among the mediocre advice. LOL

      Have a great weekend my loyal friend.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for adding more tips to the huge and helpful list that you are creating for writers, Bill!

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      Stephanie Launiu 3 years ago from Hawai'i

      Thanks again billybuc! I'm at that fork-in-the-road where I've recently sworn off "content mills" and am trying to find my niche in writing. I value your hubs very much and they are extremely helpful to so many of us. I may not always comment on your hubs, but I have a folder on pinterest where I post your hubs to share and I always tweet them too. Aloha, Stephanie

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Hey Bill, I was an expert and could have written numerous articles on how to make it in the market until the world was taken over by computers, now I’m having to read other experts and learn how to function in the online writing world. I learned a lot from you today. Your advice on giving freebies for recognition is priceless. That’s how I got my start as a copywriter.

      To earn a living as a writer just takes patience and perseverance, and you have to put your ego in your pocket. Excellent advice from you. Voted up++

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Another great hub! The same advice is applicable to any writing a person does when they want to earn money from that writing. I think I've grown immune to the naysayers when it comes to literary agents rejecting manuscripts. I'm thinking I was not in the right place at the right time.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, it's always a pleasure my friend. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, your comment is music to my ears. Thank you so much. I only write these hubs to help other writers, and it's so nice to hear someone say they value my thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend and best wishes n your freelance career.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I applaud your last remark. It takes patience and perseverance.....yes it does my friend. So many get into this online writing thing thinking it is a shortcut to some easy money. Maybe it was at one point, but there are too many freelance writers out there now and the price has dropped because of it. To make real money it requires hard work and one heck of an imagination. :)

      Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      A HUB by Bill......Voted UP, useful, interesting and educational. What ELSE is new? I agree so much with everything you've offered here....I've decided I'm way too lazy to ever be famous. Anyway, I figure my Bro is good for a future loan. eh, favorite sibling-o-mine?

      Your 1st sentence forces me to tell you a joke.......and I don't care if you've already heard it. You are gonna laugh anyway.

      Catholic school...Johnny Bad A$$...gets in line for lunch and sees a pile of apples. The sign says "Take only ONE. God is watching." So he goes on down the line and Sister Mary Knuckleslapper sees him writing on a sheet of paper. She walks to the end of the line, where a big tray of cookies sits.....and sees what Johnny Bad A$$ wrote...."Take all you want. God's watching the apples." Was that a MOAN I heard???!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Sheila, that is exactly how you have to look at it. There is no easy way to make it in writing; you just have to take your lumps and learn as you go, and never give up. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOLOLOLOL...Paula, I never heard that and I literally laughed out loud. Way too funny my friend.

      If I ever make it in this business you better believe I'll remember my favorite sibling. I have a lot of faults, but one thing I am is loyal.

      Thanks Sis! I hope your weekend is a good one.

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      anndango 3 years ago

      "If at all possible avoid content mills" Thanks for saying that. *cheering* It can't be stressed enough. Avoid at all cost. Stay away, far, far away. These sweatshops for writers are not worth it. I've never written for one and never will.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub full of advice for freelancers always informative and useful hubs from you

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Ann, and I agree completely, and the description of them as "sweatshops" is so very accurate. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE....have a great weekend!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      So useful Bill!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great advice Bill. When I first started here on HubPages I was in a big hurry to pump out as many Hubs as quickly as possible. I have learned since what you are telling us here, quality over quantity. Today, with my schedule I am getting maybe one new Hub out each week. And you know what? I am okay with that because I am putting more time into each article and want to make sure that they are the best that I can do. I consider myself to be "paying my dues" at the moment and trying to improve as a writer for the day when this is my day job.

      Thanks so much for being so helpful and sharing with your knowledge. Have a great weekend.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      The writers who want to know how to become proficient at writing would be well advised to read your series on writing, Billy.

      You have given so much helpful advice that someone who is really serious about being writer would be steered in the right direction by reading what you share.

      Angels are winging their way to you this evening...have a lovely weekend...ps

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      The writers who want to know how to become proficient at writing would be well advised to read your series on writing, Billy.

      You have given so much helpful advice that someone who is really serious about being writer would be steered in the right direction by reading what you share.

      Angels are winging their way to you this evening...have a lovely weekend...ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey....have a great weekend in CA.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I love your attitude, and I love the fact that you are bettering yourself as a writer the old-fashioned way. We need more Hubbers like you my friend.

      Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I'm just doing what I was raised to do...give back to whatever community that I live in. :) Thank you for your kindness and friendship, and hugs and blessings are flying east as of this moment.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you a second time PS. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I believe in karma too and i believe you give advice because you care. I am learning one must give a little if we want to succeed. Two of my hubs were not published because of quality, they asked me to polish them a bit. I felt discouraged at first then i saw that i could improve the hubs, i did and they were published. We learn everyday and that's good. Thank you again for sharing wisdom...

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Bill,

      You've paid your dues and sharing in your knowledge as you learn what works and what does not, very admirable!

      Thanks for continuing to plug away at it here too.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Your writing articles always leave me feeling motivated. Unfortunately they also make me feel like am standing a million miles from my goals. Local businesses here? Small town nepotism. They want a family member to do their websites for free. If they even HAVE websites.

      On the bright side though, I realized after reading this that I am missing out on some great opportunities to advertise in certain places. So as usual, thanks for your uplifting and helpful writing. It is always a pleasure to read your words.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      What I love best about your writing hubs is the reassurance I get from knowing I'm on the right path. I tend to take detours now and then, but so far, I seem to be heading in the right direction.

      Thanks for always showing us the way. Have a great weekend whatever you decide to do.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Bill

      If I had to single out one piece of advice you give it here it would be...every assignment is important. Each submission demonstrates how well the would be writer expresses ideas and thoughts and if it is not consistently well done then....well....you know.

      thanks again for stepping up to the plate and sharing your knowledge and experience with us. Angels are on the way ps

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Karma will make you make you king sensei ..... There is a throng following on your every word and I hope you know I'm right there.

      I keep reading your wonderful hubs knowing that I am building knowledge and nerve....I'm not afraid of rejection but inferior work!

      We all learn from you and there is nothing better than learning from a teacher who truly knows quality!!!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, this is another great page to add to my 'Billybuc's Official Writer's Handbook',which I have lovingly compiled in my bookmarks bar! I appreciate that you let us in on all the secrets, and pitfalls to avoid. Right now I guess I'm in the process of 'paying my dues'. I have to admit that I am a slow mover; but as long as I keep moving forward and keep the goal in sight, that makes me a winner!

      Thank you my friend for your encouragement and friendship. I value your opinion and honesty. Enjoy your beautiful weather ;) Pearl

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Thank you for the gift of this tutorial hub this morning, Bill. I'm a day late to the party again, but sometimes a reheated day-old stew tastes so much better than when it was freshly made.

      As I read this article, I was reminded of how my father used to continually drill into my head the importance of hustling on and off the field. (This was when I played in the outfield...he let me stroll as a pitcher. LOL!)

      Yes, we definitely have to pay our dues. The odds are stacked against us. But I love it when life doesn't make it easy for us because that's when the most determined individuals make it to the top.

      So thank you for this gift...and all the other gifts you present to us throughout the year. Variations on a theme--our individual and collective successes as writers.

      Aloha, and have a relaxing weekend, Bill!

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, the day I stop learning is the day of my eulogy. :) Thank you for adding your experience, strength and hope to the discussion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, there is no quit in me, so plug away I shall. :) Thank you dear friend.

      blessings

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharkye, thank you and I'm glad if I shook loose an idea or two. I can imagine that it would be a bit tough in a small town...branch out for newspaper and magazines in your state. There is a market out there; you just have to find it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you phoenix....the weather is beautiful and whatever we do we will have fun. I hope you do the same.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I'm glad you understand the importance of that.....professionals cannot mail in a half-effort. It directly reflects on them as a writer and that could be a killer.

      Great weekend ahead with weather to match...I hope yours is peaceful and fun.

      blessings and a hug are yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, there is one thing that's better....being able to sit on the sidelines and watch my friends succeed. Now that is a true treat. :)

      Have a great weekend, Mary, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, thank you. Your respect means a great deal to me. I consider you a good friend and I'm cheering for you from 3000 miles away.

      The weather has been gorgeous here so we will be outside enjoying it. I hope you do the same.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Damn, Joe, my dad wouldn't let me walk off the mound. I had to jog in and now I'm feeling a bit cheated. LOL

      Great weather here, buddy. I hope you are having a great weekend. I'm jogging daily now; up to a half mile and it feels good. I took it slow at first so my muscles aren't hurting.

      Aloha, and thank you!

      bill

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      There are indeed many ways to Tipperary and sadly every individual, writer or no-writer, has to find their own most successful way. What may be mine is not necessarily another’s. Fortunately, and thanks to writers penning down their personal experiences and advice, whether straight-forward or disguised in fiction, there are guidelines in the air for everybody to accept or reject according to their own set of failures and successes. I agree with you, Bill :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. I hear you Bill. Actually you know I started out with no following, no friends on-line and no one knew my work. Now I have a following, I have friends like you and most everyone knows my work and likes it. You know for right now that is plenty and my plate is quite full each day. So I'll take my time and reach out to get the right kind of freelance work and once I also start getting paid regularly well then I can say I've got it made. Thanks for the advice. Passing this on.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I find all of your hubs helpful. Thanks for this set of tips.

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Another useful hub on writing, Bill. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      You are so right, Bill. It's quality over quantity every day of the week.

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you for the advice! :-)

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Very sound advice as always BIll.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martie! I'm serious when I say take what you need and leave the rest....we all have to get to the end point in our own way.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I think you are doing just fine. It takes time my friend and there are no shortcuts to success. Thank you and I hope you are having a nice weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mylinda....I love hearing that these tips are helpful. Just passing on what I have learned.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elias, it really is my pleasure. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, as always, thank you! I'm looking forward to your next hilarious hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always Lurana! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Crystal!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I feel your passion. You are really anxious to help. Thanks for caring so much.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Another great hub. I agree with your statements, especially about karma. I strongly believe in it as well. I have to laugh as I made a typo on facebook and someone pointed out how much I stress about typos...lol. I guess that can be a good thing! Currently I write in three areas: here on hubpages, blogs and my books. I haven't submitted to any magazines yet, though it is on my growing to do list! Thank you posting and offering sound advice. I'll be revisiting these hubs when I take it to the next step.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      This article made me think about freelancing. Great hub.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Real estate description. Billy, I can describe a picture and create interest. You can bet that I will work on that. Thanks, as always!

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      Mom Thoughts 3 years ago

      Good advice! I am a believer in quality over quantity.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am indeed, Dora! I love helping others.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I have yet to figure out how to cut down on my to do list...it seems to have a life of its own and no matter what I do it continues to grow. Sigh! LOL Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, that's the first step, to think about it. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it's a good gig if you can get it....and is a nice outlet for some creativity.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mom, hopefully a lot of writers believe in it as well. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Bill, I'm totally in agreement, only a fool will say no to sound, tried and tested advice. This is another Informative article. I to believe in Karma, and you my dear friend, have a lot of blessings coming at you.

      My very best as always.

      :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I'm just doing what I believe to be important.....giving is so much more rewarding than taking in my humble opinion. Thank you for your kind words my friend, and I hope the upcoming week is a good one for you.

      blessings always,

      bill

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thank you for this information. Your wisdom is priceless! I can see how much of an advantaga it is to create your own content mill. I am doing so with a couple of restaurants around town... who knows?

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A most informative hub here on A Potpourri of Advice For Freelance Writers, as always you write what you know best.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I love that you are approaching and working with local restaurants.....bravo my friend!

      Thank you and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you so much and I hope you have a great week.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      This is awesome and interesting . Great idea, " the dueling banjos of literature world. " Eagerly expecting series to learn from.

      Be blessed and safe.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, it is always a pleasure having you stop by my friend. Thank you and I look forward to many sharings between us.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      after reading your hubs filled with wonderful information and ideas, I'm always inspired to excel in my working. Thanks for these wonderful tips.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vinaya! I always appreciate your visits.

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      This hub really contains great information. Being a learner, I really need this potpourri of advice. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to be of assistance, agusfanani...thank you for stopping by.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful, wonderful advice, all. The advice to have a thick skin and not get dejected by rejections is the best to start with in this world of online writing but I bet this will be useful in all areas of life as well. Thanks, Bill.

      Have a nice day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! I don't know how anyone can be a writer if they have thin skin....one needs to be tough and persevere my friend.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another gem from you Billy and full of useful tips and advice as always.

      Voting up and wishing you both a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy, and I hope your weekend is all is can and should be.

      love,

      billy

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This is a great assembly of advice Bill. I especially like the advice about starting locally. There are so many small businesses/non profits that need help, but don't have much (or any) money. Do a good job for them and they will be a great reference down the line. Shared for all to read.

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      cynthtggt 3 years ago from New York, NY

      Great hub and I love your website. Thanks for all the important information. It's inspiring.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glimmer.....so many people skip over the obvious....local businesses need writers and yes, they may not pay as much, but they do serve as part of your platform and may lead to something bigger.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      seoexprtm, I hope this helps you in some way in the future. Thank you and good luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cynthtggt, thank you so much; if I can be of any help feel free to drop me a line with questions.

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