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Sunday Wash-Up 24th May

09-05-24a Babasteve, Brazil Welcome to the forth Sunday Wash-Up. For all the writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net, this post is for you.

It is quite simply a collection of interesting writing based web pages that fluttered past me recently. Most links have come from Twitter and if they had elegant plumage, then whilst they perched on my desk, I added the details where they normally roost to my list.

My Top 5 Biggest Freelancing Mistakes
Chris Garrett generates a massive comment list with this post.“It is often said we learn more from mistakes than successes. Sometimes it is nice to learn from another persons goofs rather than your own! Every freelancer will have their own stories to tell, here are mine.”

10 Tips For New Freelancers
Timley post on ScrawlBug that complements Chris Garrett’s post. “It’s been almost six months since I started, now – so today, I thought I would post my ten top tips for new freelancers.”

35 Online Tools That Make Your Freelance Career Easier
Lots of Freelancing posts flying around at the moment, must be the season. @ritubpant writes “Gadgets and online apps are a freelancer’s best friend when it comes to being effective.”

TBUZZ, really useful tool on web page tweeting
This handy tool allows you to quickly tweet a web page you ar visting or selected text from that page. It all so allows you to see who else is talking about that page even if you are not following them. Useful to find interesting tweeters.

The Return on Investment of a Book
Sobering stats from Jan B King, Know your industry if you are hoping to one day earn any significant amount.

Telling Fresh Stories: Lots of Advice!
Carolyn Kaufman, blogs “Two weeks ago I threw myself on the mercy of both my readers and my blog chain buddies to tell how they keep from telling the same story over and over. I asked them what their tips and tricks were for finding fresh ideas and adding new twists to your work.”

Amazon Encore: Is this a publishing game-changer?
Amazon announced their Encore program last week. So what is it and why is it potentially a game-changer for traditional publishing?

Are You Killing the Apostrophe?
By Martha Brockenbrough, well written and very funny. “I’m pretty much anti-war. I’m especially opposed to it when it’s war on punctuation—especially on a mark as weak and defenceless as the apostrophe. Let us count the ways the apostrophe is under attack:”

3 Ways to Become Location Independent
Corbett Barr, writes a link rich post on making the move to working anywhere you want in the world.

Five Tips (and a Bonus!) on How to Write a Fantastic About Page
Ignore this at your peril. “Your About page has to be just as good as every other piece of content on your site. A well written About page is an extra more tool in your arsenal. It can help you engage readers, encourage sales, enhance trust and increase respect.”

Website for Writers
An independent directory of online writing resources. A neat collection of writing based sites that are also rated. I think this will be one of my regular watering holes.

How Do You Learn to Write?
“…the burning question on everyone’s mind. Just how do we learn to write anyway? People are constantly telling me how frustrating it is. They send their work out to editors/agents and get rejections but no feedback. How do you know if you’re headed in the right direction?…”

10 Reasons Why Ebooks Should Be Priced Lower Than Paper Books
Zorba reacts to a recent article in the New York Times, by the talented Mokoto Rich. Not sure if I agree with all Zorba claims but I will let you make up your own minds.

Web Based Mind Mapping software
Mind mapping can be used for developing plots, marketing, writing plans or anything that needs organising. This comprehensive tool will be loved by graphic thinkers and chartists. Just be careful you don’t spend longer on drawing pretty charts than on the task.

Podcast: Author 2.0 Interview Experts Mashup
Joanna Penn has been quiet lately, I think this promo for her new service explains why.
Author 2.0 is launching on 1 June 2009! It is a membership site program that will teach you how to use Web 2.0 tools to write, publish, sell and promote your books. It contains over 9 hours of audio with experts on topics such as blogging, making money as an author, podcasting, social networking, ebooks, self-publishing and much more! In this podcast, I include short excerpts from 6 of those interviews so you get a taster of what is covered.”

Service Offering Free Copyright protection for your creations
MyFreeCopyright.com provides a third-party, non-repudiation, registered d
ating of your original digital creation. By using this service, you publicly associate your digital copyright and defined rights to you.

What Should You Do With Lousy Old Blog Posts?
Taylor from Men with Pens asks what we should do with old blog posts and stirs up a comment storm. Hold that finger back from the delete key, there are some other thoughts to consider.

Is Elance a Winner or Loser?
Trish Lambert scribes a guest post on Elance. She can make it work but many in the comments section disagree. It all adds up to an interesting read. Look for the proposal template tips.

Article Directories: Which Is Best?
Spikethelobster runs off a very nice post on the main article directories available to write for on the web. Depending on what you do depends on which is best for you, if at all. Whilst you are on his site check out 10 Harsh Realities Of Freelancing.

Creating a Professional Freelance Writing Portfolio
Bianca Raven gives us her all and details how to assemble a professional portfolio. “When you begin looking for freelance writing gigs, many clients will ask to see your writing portfolio. There are a few reasons why they want to see a professionally presented portfolio.”

Writing Roundup
If you still have some more browsing time available then Jennifer Roland has a weekly roundup that she publishes on a Friday. This week I can’t link directly to her 22nd may post, scroll down a bit to find it.

Sunday Wash-Up 17th May

Photo; Brazil, cc Babasteve

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