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Living the Writer's Life: Shameka Volkers

Shameka Volkers is a rising star in the world of writing with nowhere to go but up. Ever since deciding she needed a new path, she’s taken on the task of launching her copywriting career with the kind of grace and speed that wins clients and grows income. Discover what led to her writing for a living and find out how she’s excelling every step of the way.

A Single LinkedIn Connection Launched This Teacher’s Freelance Writing Career

Middle school teacher Yvonne Audi landed her first freelance writing client (in the education industry) through her LinkedIn profile. Find out how that single LinkedIn connection launched her freelance business, and how LinkedIn can pave the way for your writing career, too.

Living the Writer's Life: Cris Johnson

Cris Johnson’s life was nothing but fun from the outside looking in. But the reality of life as a magician kept him on a grueling schedule, away from his family, and chronically exhausted. The upside was that it led him to copywriting. Discover why pursuing the writer’s life won out in the end, and how he’s kept some “magic” in his life.

How a "Caged" Employee Made the Leap Into Online Writing Freedom

For nearly a decade, Steve Maurer juggled and built his freelance writing business around a demanding manufacturing day job. He finally made the shift, and is enjoying online writing freedom today. Here's how he went from part-time writer to freelance B2B industrial copy and content specialist.

How to Become a Successful Ghostwriter Like This CPA Has Done

See how CPA Liz Farr changed careers and became a successful ghostwriter for clients in the accounting industry. Her quick momentum will fascinate you, especially if you're interested in ghostwriting. She offers her top advice for writers interested in becoming freelance ghostwriters.

A Fun, Lucrative Way to Get Paid Writing Books

Earn top dollar for your writing skills when you help busy executives, thought leaders, and celebrities tell their stories. Here’s how to get into ghostwriting and set yourself up for lucrative paydays.

Living the Writer's Life: Brian Whitaker

We first interviewed Brian Whitaker a decade ago, right after he’d left a successful career as a marketing manager for life as a Barefoot Writer. At the time, Brian reported corporate life had been keeping him from his family, community, and other interests. He wanted balance. Find out how, 10 years later, he not only found that balance but said goodbye forever to the feast-or-famine cycle and is thriving with new projects and tools (including AI!).

New Freelance Writer Creates Career Success in Just 4 Months…

Sometimes a refusal to “wait for the perfect moment” can take you far when you’re just starting to figure out a path to freelance writing career success. Here, Jill Weberding maps out how she created her quick path to copywriting success in just four months...

Living the Writer's Life: Latifat Abifarin

In Latifat Abifarin’s words, “I’m one piece of evidence that there are talented and good people from Nigeria.” Over the years, Latifat has struggled at times to connect with potential clients who judge her or assume she can’t speak English. But, she’s persevered and built a successful writer’s life working as a content writer, ebook designer, and scriptwriter.

How This Freelance Writing “Tortoise” Hit Career Breakthroughs

Jill Wright, freelance copywriter and web content writer, was not an overnight success. But this slow-and-steady achiever found her own path to career growth by joining AWAI mentor-led programs. Find out how, and see her words of advice for new writers...

Living the Writer's Life: Jessica Vine

When Jessica Vine first entered the world of paid writing, she wanted to be a travel writer. But she strayed from that dream for too long, writing $10 articles on a topic she wasn’t passionate about. Then, she did something profound… She decided she wanted to be paid more. It was a turning point where Jessica started to see real success, especially with her RV blog. Today, her goal is to exceed $100K per month! And, you know what? She’s going to reach it! Here is her story.

$200 Prize Winners Announced for The Writer’s Life Hydroponic Herb Garden Email Contest

Nick Usborne announces the 3 winners of the $200 prize from our January writing contest in The Writer’s Life.

FREE Event: Is AI About to Replace Human Writers?

Join us Friday, February 3, at noon ET as our panel of experts share their thoughts and insights into AI and how it will impact your career as a writer.

Last Day to Enroll in Our Newest Certification Training

If you want access to a huge pool of clients by learning the No. 1 skill companies are prioritizing in 2023… Check this out!

Living the Writer's Life: Scott Martin

Scott Martin has been working as a successful direct-response copywriter for 33 incredible years. But he’s still surprised each winter when he works part time as a ski instructor… There are just so many ways to apply the skills of a marketer to everyday challenges. Read on to learn Scott’s tips for how to find clients on LinkedIn and why it’s important to never be viewed as just a commodity.

This Could Land You a Client and Make Your Career

There’s one skill we believe EVERY writer needs to know about and seriously consider this year. Check this out!

Congratulations to Lynn Munoz, Our Fall 2022 Winner of AWAI’s Site Content Audit Report Challenge — Awarded with $2,000

Pam Foster announces the winner of AWAI’s recent $2,000 Site Content Audit Report Challenge.

Living the Writer's Life: Katie Sanders

Katie Sanders has five young children under the age of 12, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing a successful writer’s life focused on helping nonprofits. Her writing desk is often the kitchen counter (while she’s cooking dinner for her family), and she thinks up ideas for projects while running around after her two toddlers. Katie’s writer’s life may look different from others, but she is determined to make things work for herself and for her family.

Big Congrats to the 3 Winners of Our December Writing Contest… Each Will Receive a $200 Payout for Writing an ‘About Us’ Page

Sandy Franks announces the 3 winners of the $200 prize from our December writing contest in The Writer’s Life.

Living the Writer's Life: Dan Magill

It’s been seven years since we last checked in with Barefoot Writer Dan Magill. Since then, he’s been building his career and working on SEO blogs, fundraising campaigns, and sales pages. Because of his writer’s life, Dan was recently able to keep his 2-year-old son home from day care to enjoy extra family time before his wife started a new job. He also traveled to Nepal in 2017 to see a finished project he helped promote. You’ll love Dan’s five tips for new writers who are struggling to find clients.

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