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Serving upfood for thought and tasty tips for the prospering FLCW*. Come on in, sitanywhere and bring your appetite!

 

*FLCW,peppered throughout the ezine, stands for "Freelance CommercialWriter" – anyone who freelances for businesses (vs. writing magazinearticles, short stories, poetry, etc.), typically earns $50-125+ an hour, andis the sole focus of this e-newsletter. 

 

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VOLUME 9,ISSUE 8 – AUGUST 2010 – OUR 100TH ISSUE!!

Publishingthe first Tuesday of every month since May 2002 

Read itOnline at: http://www.wellfedwriter.com/ezine/Aug2010.html

 

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THISMONTH'S MENU:

 

I.APPETIZER: A CASE STUDY OF A CASE STUDY

Yours TrulyShares Insights and Takeaways from a Current Project-in-Progress

 

II."FIELD" GREENS: NERVOUSNESS PAYS OFF – LITERALLY &FIGURATIVELY! 

New NEFLCW: “I Screwed Up My First Interview, and Got Nearly Double My Rate!”

 

III. MAIN“MEAT” COURSE: PROFITABLE PARTNERING – BY (WEB) DESIGN!

MD FLCWSays: Get Up to Speed, Find Partners, and Be a Hero to Your Clients!

 

IV.DESSERT: Sweet Success Stories and Tips

ID FLCWStarts Cold Calling, Gets “Hot One” on Call #2 (it Can Happen!)

TIP: WebOptimization Pro Says, “Improve Websites With White Space!”

 

V. COFFEE,MINTS AND TOOTHPICKS

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THANKS tothe 8-9 folks who turned out on July 18 in Newburyport, MA to eat lunch withyours truly. A good time was definitely had by all. Great food, conversationsand new connections. Stay tuned for other events coming to your area!

 

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I.APPETIZER: A CASE STUDY OF A CASE STUDY

Yours TrulyShares Insights and Takeaways from a Current Project-in-Progress

 

A month orso back, I gave one of my clients an estimate for a case study on one of theirsuccessful projects. They’re not a steady client, but since 2007, I’ve gotten acall 3-4 times a year to do some work. Because I’d only done case studies forthem, about a year or so ago, I made a point to meet with them and share somesamples of other project types, so they’d have an idea of my range (somethingyou should always do with clients who may have you mentally cubby-holed as a“one-trick pony”).

 

I charge ahealthy rate, but they never question my estimates. Why? Because once they giveme the specs and the contact names/numbers for the requisite interviews, I’mgone till I’m done. And with little or no tweaking of the final productnecessary to get it ready for prime time. The kinds of clients you want to workfor will never (within reason), put budget before a predictably superioroutcome and a hassle-free experience.  

 

My contactacknowledged receipt of the quote (reflecting the biggest project I’d done forthem up till now). But then I didn’t hear anything for weeks, even after a fewfollow-up calls/emails. Had I shot too high? (I’d quoted my normal rate, notlower than normal because “times are tough”…). Had I become a victim ofbelt-tightening? Were they drawing their line in the sand?

 

Well,apparently, I worry too much. About the time I’d written it off, I get an emailfrom my contact: Hey sorry, got called out of town on an emergency project for10 days. But we’re ready to go, we’ll reset the timetable, here’s your signedestimate, bill me for the upfront, etc, etc. And by the way, I got a depositbecause of the project size; I don’t typically ask for upfront deposits fromestablished clients on smaller projects.

 

I kickedoff my contact interviews this week, starting with the company sales rep, whohad the 30,000-foot view. He gave me the lay of the land, along with ideas onwhat kind of information I should get from my second-line interviewees, whowere other vendors (as was my client) hired by the ultimate client –vendors who’d specified my client’s products. This way, I gradually become moreimmersed in the project, starting with the big picture, and drilling down to anincreasingly deeper level of detail. A good strategy, methinks, especially whendealing with subjects that are at all technical (which this was).   

 

With allthese cool lessons under our belt, let’s eat!

 

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II."FIELD" GREENS: NERVOUSNESS PAYS OFF – LITERALLY &FIGURATIVELY! 

New NEFLCW: “I Screwed Up My First Interview, and Got Nearly Double My Rate!”

 

Got thisreally cool first-client-meeting story from new Lincoln, NE FLCW Bob Jorgensen(www.rmjwrites.com, robert@rmjwrites.com). He was sonervous, he misquoted his fee when asked by a prospective client what he’dcharge for a project. Read on to hear how it turned out. I’m telling you,companies WILL pay for good writing, and not bat an eyelash in the process.Enjoy!

 

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Peter:Here’s proof that smart clients will pay well for good writing. I went on myfirst ever client meeting with a local hospital, for a shortbrochure. Then she asked what I would charge them. Keep in mind:

 

1. I haveno website.

2. I haveno business cards.

3. Mysamples were almost all made from scratch, since I had only one client so far,(and they were pro-bono!)

 

I wasplanning on quoting the bare minimum $50 bucks an hour for this roughlyten-hour project, and I honestly thought she would talk me down since I’m new.But I was so nervous, I blurted out, “It’ll take me about 10 hours, so the feewill be $800.” 

 

Inside, Ifreaked. I just charged them $80 bucks an hour! I waited for her tolaugh, spit coffee out of her nose, or call security. She didn’t even blink,signed off on the project, and told me my deposit would be mailed out the nextday. 

 

The nextday?? And I did it again. “Really? That fast?” She actually winked atme, and said, “Your writing is strong. Believe me, money’s never been aproblem.”

 

So, now myfirst big client is the biggest hospital in the state! Thanks again,Peter.  Your system works. I’m having too much fun! 

 

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III. MAIN“MEAT” COURSE: PROFITABLE PARTNERING – BY (WEB) DESIGN!

MD FLCWSays: Get Up to Speed, Find Partners, and Be a Hero to Your Clients!

 

Got thisgreat overview piece on partnering with graphic/web designers in order to offerclients end-to-end web solutions. MD FLCW Jim Lodico (jalodico@bizwritings.com, www.bizwritings.com) outlines the processalong with how to get more well versed in the art of creating web sites andblogs (and according to him, it’s just not that hard). AND check out the sweetoffer Jim makes to WELL-FED E-PUB readers at the end! Enjoy. 

 

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Placeyourself for a moment in the mind of a potential client needing a new website.Our client will need to find a designer, a programmer, a copywriter andpossibly a SEO expert. She'll need to collect bids, coordinate communications,manage deadlines and ensure all involved understand the goals and desired outcomeof the project.

 

It's adaunting task—especially for someone who may know very little aboutbuilding websites and is busy with other projects.

 

What if asa copywriter, you could offer our prospect the finished website—design,copy, everything? By providing a full-service solution, you not only make yourclient's life much easier, you've distinguished yourself from other copywritersbidding on the project. Consider also the client base that opens up when youmove beyond selling copywriting to selling a finished website (PB note: Orfinished ANYTHING for that matter…).

 

Sure,sounds easy enough but most of us aren’t web designers. In order to provide aturnkey web solution, we must do one of two things: a) become a web designer,or b) partner with one. Learning a new craft may a bit much, so let’s startwith partnering.

 

THE POWEROF PARTNERING: Web and graphic designers can be a copywriter’s best friend. Thetwo go hand in hand and can often refer clients back and forth. Partnershipswith a couple of good designers can often provide enough work to keep you busy.

 

But let’ssay you want to offer web design as part of your services. The first step is tobuild a network of web designers. A simple Google search can turn up a wealthof local designers. Most will welcome the opportunity for potential access tonew clients.

 

Sites likeMeetup.com are a great way to network with designers. Attend a local Meetup andintroduce yourself as a copywriter looking to partner with good designers.Position yourself as the only one in the room with the service everyone needs.

 

Create anetwork that ranges from individual freelancers to larger web design agenciesand you'll be able to offer everything from small business websites to muchlarger corporate projects. It's just a matter of choosing the appropriatedesigner based on the task at hand. Yes, you do become a project manager butgood partners make it easy.

 

LEARN ASMUCH AS YOU CAN ABOUT WEB DESIGN: The more you learn about web design and howwebsites work, the more you’ll be able to offer your clients. You don’t need tobecome a designer but it sure helps to know what the designers are doing and atminimum, speak their language.

 

One of thebest ways to learn is by managing your own website or blog. In doing so, you’lllearn how to create web content and directly see the impact of SEO (searchengine optimization). At the very least, you'll gain a basic understanding ofHTML and the process of web publishing. The experience also makes it mucheasier to translate ideas to the full-time web designers.

 

Fortunately,the tools are now advanced enough that web design isn’t nearly as difficult asit used to be. Thanks to CMS programs such as WordPress (known as a blogprogram, but really a great program for creating websites), it’s now possibleto build professional websites without knowing how to program HTML.

 

PUTTING ITALL TOGETHER: Partnerships combined with an understanding of web publishing canopen the doors to a new world of clients. Moving beyond copywriting to providinga full-service solution is a great way to separate yourself from the crowd.

 

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IV.DESSERT: Sweet Success Stories and Tips

ID FLCWStarts Cold Calling, Gets “Hot One” on Call #2 (It Can Happen!)

TIP: WebOptimization Pro Says, “Improve Websites With White Space!”

 

A fewmonths back, on the Copywriting Success Summit 2009 discussion group onLinkedIn, someone started a thread entitled: “About to embark on mycold-calling journey. Any tips?” Boise, ID FLCW Stacy Ranta (stacy@gemcopywriting.com, www.gemcopywriting.com) weighed inwith the note below. Now, there’s no guarantee that it’ll turn into work, butit DOES show that companies are looking for writers!

 

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I did somecold calling for the first time in a few months yesterday. Literally, thesecond call I made, the person on the other end said: “Oh my gosh! Were youreferred to me by someone? I've been asking around for friends and colleaguesto send me a writer. I've got a ton of backlog, and I don't hire agenciesbecause they want you to do all your advertising through them. I only hirecontractors. Can you meet with me when I get back from vacation nextmonth?”

So yeah, it does work.

 

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A fewmonths back, I ran a two-part article (the March/April 2010 issues archived at http://www.wellfedwriter.com/ezine.shtml) from Internet copywriting and weboptimization pro Katherine Andes (www.andesandassociates.com). I like Katherine’s approach, hertips, and of course, her results. She knows her stuff. Sign up for her “EasyWeb Tips” at http://andesandassociates.com/NEWSLETTER_LHPX.html. In the issues ahead, look for moretips from Katherine – always quick and useful. The one below is a greatreminder, whether for our own sites or the ones we create for our clients. 

 

IMPROVEWEBSITE WITH WHITE SPACE

“The world is in need of white space!” That’s what I thought theother day while trying to negotiate a turn in a store aisle with a loadedshopping cart, while avoiding hitting other shoppers. The aisle itself was wideenough, but it had been stuffed with displays of merchandise. I can rememberwhen stores used to brag in their advertising that they had “wide aisles.” Notany more.

 

Not since merchandisers discovered they could stick a displaycase in the middle of an aisle and sell more stuff.
It’s the same withthe ubiquitous kiosks in the middle of malls – and it’s suffocating formany shoppers. So instead of going shopping in conventional stores, they headfor their computers to buy online. When a shopper finds your site, is she goingto find it as jammed as a bricks-and-mortar store?

 

Is every speck of your web page cluttered with stuff? Or is shegoing to find “wide aisles” or white space? A clean design with ample whitespace will help your shopper ponder your offerings and imagine herself owningthem without a thousand distractions. Easy Web Tip #48: Improve your website byleaving plenty of “white space” on your web pages for a clean and attractivelook. It also makes the text easier to read. 




 

Copyright2009; Katherine Andes; All rights reserved.

 

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V. COFFEE,MINTS AND TOOTHPICKS

- THEWELL-FED E-PUB NEEDS ALL COURSES!

- TheWELL-FED WRITER BLOG is Rockin'! http://www.wellfedwriter.com/blog

- MISSED MYTELECLASS? Full 38-PAGE e-Transcript – Just $12!

- AWAICopywriting (& Other) Courses: Register Here, Get 2 Bonuses (no charge!)

- How CanMy Mentoring Service Serve You?

 

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