Creating Your Online Portfolio

Cover of Junr, 2016 issue Behavioral Sightings
I've been a professional writer for many years. First as a freelancer writing articles for print publications such as magazines and yearly anthologies. Then I got into online writing, for what would now be considered content mills. Most of those first online sites I wrote for are no longer in existence but it was good experience on how to push out a rather high volume of conten...
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Published My First Kindle Book on Amazon

Herbal Breakfast Cookbook
The Creative Cottage Founder Publishes First eBook I've been writing for print and online publications since 1997. I have quite an extensive collection of recipes that I've created over the years. Every year or so I think about putting together a book proposal and sending it off to a traditional book publisher but never seem to get very far. Then I thought, hmmmm, I should s...
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What to Charge Your Freelance Clients?

Hourly vs Monthly Freelance Retainer This is a question I'm asked quite often. When working with freelance clients, how do you figure out how much to charge? If I'm working with a client on a regular basis, during normal working hours, I charge on an hourly basis. This is for regular work during the week, where my client can reach me via phone, email or Google Hangouts from ...
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Why I’m Switching Back to Desktop Computer

Apple Mac Mini
I Went Mac and Never Went Back I'm in my early 50's, and for most of my life, I've been a Windows PC user. That even includes the operating system used on my very first laptop computer, a Toshiba Satellite. I was getting sick of all the malware/viruses creeping onto my Window's systems so I was thinking of switching to the MAC OS the next time I was in the market for a new...
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Lynn Smythe Digital Content Strategist for Hire

freelance writing side jobs
Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to new opportunities and new possibilities in the new year. FYI: I'm a Digital Content Strategist specializing in SEO copywriting, social media marketing, public relations, reputation management and copyediting content from Subject Matter Experts and Freelance Writers. A few of my specialities include landing pages, blog articles, press relea...
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Freelance Writer Slide Show

Last week I published the article: "Make Extra Money Freelance Writing" to The Creative Cottage blog. A great way to get the maximum usage from your writing projects is to repurpose your content into different formats. A longer article can be used as the basis for a few shorter blogs posts, social media marketing, pins to Pinterest, or even a Power Point presentation as shown h...
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Make Extra Money Freelance Writing

9/28/17 Article Update: Since this article was written my freelance rates have gone through the roof. I now no longer take on projects in the $20 per hour range. For my last 2 clients I charged $35 and $40 per hour. I'm working with a new client that isn't sure if they want to hire me full-time, in-house or start with a part-time, freelance contract. If working as a cont...
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Review of Wizards Book by Aubrey Sherman

Wizards by Aubrey Sherman.
I recently had a chance to read Wizards; The Myths, Legends, & Lore by Aubrey Sherman. Aubrey is also the author of Vampires; The Myths, Legends, & Lore published in July, 2014. Adams Media was kind enough to send me a copy of the book to review for The Creative Cottage blog. The book is divided into three parts. The first part of the book gives an overview of wizard...
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Write Product Reviews for Your Blog

bike light by LumenX
Find Products to Review on Tomoson I been blogging for many years on a variety of hobby subjects including biking, running, crafts, gardening and cooking. In May of 2014 I registered my blogs with the Tomoson promotional marketing site to find products I could test out and review. Right now most of the products offered on Tomoson give you a free product to test out, and noth...
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How-to Monetize Your Blog

Do you have a hobby blog or two and wondering how you can start making money by blogging? Here are a few tips from freelance writer Lynn Smythe, the founder of The Creative Cottage. How Can I Make Money From My Blog? I'll tell you right from the beginning, I never started blogging to make money. All of my blogs started out as hobby blogs. But, during the past few years, I've ...
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