What I learned from every job I ever had

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I’ve been working for 45 years. Every one of those jobs — and they were pretty diverse — taught me something. Often it was something I never realized I’d be learning. I decided to look back and catalogue all those things I learned. If you know anything about my career, you can see a lot … Continued

Who deserves a reply? Take the “No Ghosting” pledge.

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One terrible thing that happens in professional circles is “ghosting” — failing to reply to someone after an exploratory conversation. It’s rude after a date, but inexcusable after an interview. Let’s talk about who deserves a reply and what kind of reply you owe them — or don’t. Who deserves a reply? Not everybody. If … Continued

Did Tulsi Gabbard show courage by voting “present” on impeachment?

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When the US House of Representatives impeached President Trump last night, unlike every other member of the House, Tulsi Gabbard voted “present.” Is she a courageous centrist, or just a coward? Let’s look at her statement. About that impeachment Here’s what happened last night. The votes to impeach came from 229 House Democrats and one … Continued

An analysis of Trump’s deranged impeachment letter to Nancy Pelosi

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Donald Trump sent a 2700-word letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the eve of the vote on his impeachment. It’s a rambling, shambling mess filled with feints, irrelevant claims, and counterattacks. I’ll get into why it exists, what it’s trying to do, and whether it succeeds in that goal. I really didn’t want to … Continued

These are the stupidest contract terms I saw this year. Can you beat them?

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I recently got the opportunity to run a writing workshop for a huge social media company. That meant I also got the opportunity to see their standard supplier contract, which had some pretty outrageous stuff in it. Freelancers, I challenge you: have you seen contract terms worse than this? Let me be clear about what … Continued

I do my first editorial/writing meeting with Zoom video (and you should, too)

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I’ve pitched and landed some new clients lately. When we do our first “kick the tires” meeting, I always send them an invite from my Zoom videoconferencing account — partly because it works, and partly because of the impression it makes. Here’s why you should, too. My clientele are entrepreneurs, business executives, and publishers. I … Continued

How I found my pitch — and how you can find yours

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I was recently in a competitive situation for an editing job. A first-time author with a book contract was seeking an editor, and someone she trusted had recommended me. She was also considering others. Strange as it may seem, this doesn’t usually happen with me. Usually, people who pick me want me. And I flubbed … Continued