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Free Advice From Writing Coach: How to Earn More as a Freelance Writer

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RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — At a time when anyone with an Internet connection can get published, freelance writers — from independent journalists to contract copywriters — need entrepreneurial savvy to set themselves apart as professionals and earn a good living. Requisite skills include identifying worthwhile clients, pricing services competitively and negotiating lucrative contracts. Writing Coach ( plans to offer a free webinar, “How to Charge What Your Writing Is Worth,” on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) to help freelance writers to improve their business acumen and sales results.

Led by Maya Payne Smart, The Business Coach for Writers, the one-hour webinar will provide expert insight, helpful tips and specific details about:

  • How to convey a professional image and set yourself apart from the ranks of amateurs;
  • What the typical rates are for various media and industries;
  • How to position yourself to earn more and why you must maintain a strong online presence to maximize your earnings;
  • How to decide which types of clients are right for you; and
  • What you need to do to get repeat assignments and negotiate higher fees.

Moreover, writers will leave the call with a clear, step-by-step action plan for raising their freelance rates. All registrants will receive an audio recording of the call after the fact, so professionals are encouraged to sign up for this free webinar even if they can’t attend live.

“After 23 years as a newspaper reporter, my position was eliminated. I wanted to take control of my writing career but I was intimidated about starting a freelance business,” says freelance writer Robin Farmer. “So I turned to Maya Smart. Working with Maya as my business coach has empowered me and kept me focused so I can flourish.”

To register for “How to Charge What Your Writing Is Worth,” visit

About Maya Payne Smart

Maya Payne Smart has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and websites. She now focuses on sharing her business know-how with other freelance journalists and writers through a variety of training programs, including Book Proposal Boot Camp ( and Sales Strategies for Freelance Business Journalists (

About Writing Coach

Writing Coach ( is the business resource for freelance writers, providing all the news, tips and advice that they need to succeed and profit. Writing Coach understands that freelance writers are a special kind of entrepreneur with a specific set of needs. To best serve them, the site offers accessible, affordable assistance in all aspects of launching, developing and managing a professional freelance writing business.

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