How I Earn My Money

How I Earn My Money

I wrote a bit about the finances behind my book deals yesterday. People seemed to appreciate this more than I realized they would; this only proves how rare it is for writers, in particular, to talk about money. Perhaps it makes us feel that our “art” is...

Ultimate Guide to Setting Up a Freelance Writing Business

I switched from being a staffer at Entertainment Weekly (where I worked for almost ten years) to being a freelance writer in 2011. Believe it or not, I had dreamed of being specifically a freelancer since I was a little girl. I had always wanted to be a writer, and I...
My Favorite Books About Writing Nonfiction

My Favorite Books About Writing Nonfiction

I always love reading about writing. I caution students about spending so much time reading about it that they never actually do it, but these books in particular have been invaluable in shaping my own approaches to writing. Some of them focus on nonfiction...
Best Idea Ever: Journalism by Checklist

Best Idea Ever: Journalism by Checklist

I came across this piece today on PBS.org advocating the use of checklists to ensure accuracy in journalism. I can’t believe I’ve never seen this particular group of checklists, and I’m crazy about them. I’m going to use them myself and teach...