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Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-18-2010, 10:32 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,582
Posted By writingandliving
Thanks. It seems so obvious now, but I couldn't...

Thanks. It seems so obvious now, but I couldn't for the life of me figure it out this morning. :)
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-18-2010, 10:08 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,582
Posted By writingandliving
Flup? What's a flup? Is that a typo, or just some...

Flup? What's a flup? Is that a typo, or just some super-cool editing term of which I'm not aware.

Not trying to be snotty if it's a typo. I wrote "they're" for "their" on here yesterday, so I have...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-17-2010, 12:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 830
Posted By writingandliving
Like the others said, don't panic. Their...

Like the others said, don't panic. Their plagiarism checker is very sensitive, and most of the time once a human gets a chance to look at it, they go through.

I run all my articles through a free...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-14-2010, 01:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By writingandliving
There are several guidelines and suggestions on...

There are several guidelines and suggestions on the Livestrong Writers' forum at DS. I would read through those. Livestrong allows a little more casual tone than the other DS sites. I enjoy writing...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-13-2010, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By writingandliving
How-to format may be trickier. I wrote one how-to...

How-to format may be trickier. I wrote one how-to type article for Suite, and I ended up with more revisions on it than anything else I've written for them. You can use second person in the title and...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-12-2010, 09:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By writingandliving
This may not be much help if your family is...

This may not be much help if your family is relying on your income, but your baby is still awfully young, so please don't feel bad if you're not able to get much done. I didn't go back to work until...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-11-2010, 01:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,218
Posted By writingandliving
I write for LS Health, which are the $25 titles....

I write for LS Health, which are the $25 titles. My time to devote to DS is limited to about 2 hours per weekday, and I don't usually do much on the weekend. I do about 10 articles a week.

I have...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-04-2010, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 642
Posted By writingandliving
Whether I do a rewrite depends on how much time...

Whether I do a rewrite depends on how much time it will take me. I've only let one expire, and while the CE requests had some merit, the time it would have taken me to do what she requested was...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-01-2010, 06:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Posted By writingandliving
I'm not sure what you mean by small work, but I...

I'm not sure what you mean by small work, but I would put any writing experience you have. Some of the writing experience I put on my resume were things I didn't get paid for. I wrote and edited the...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-30-2009, 08:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By writingandliving
The style of writing that DS is looking for is a...

The style of writing that DS is looking for is a little different than the style you used in your post. DS does not want first person writing. Second person is okay in some circumstances (Livestrong...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-23-2009, 10:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 440
Posted By writingandliving
For some things, you can go to Google Scholar to...

For some things, you can go to Google Scholar to pull up scholarly articles. I write medical articles, so that's what I do. You could also get some legal and financial info from Google Scholar, but I...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-22-2009, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By writingandliving
Articles approved before on Sunday get paid the...

Articles approved before on Sunday get paid the following Tuesday, and articles approved before Wednesday get paid on the following Friday. I can't remember if the time cut off is 5pm PST or...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-21-2009, 11:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By writingandliving
I've written one. In the past three months I've...

I've written one. In the past three months I've earned a whopping 50 cents. I don't know how many page views it's gotten, so which makes it harder to gauge how it's done. In all fairness, many of my...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-21-2009, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By writingandliving
When you type in a search term at sxc.hu, you get...

When you type in a search term at sxc.hu, you get istock photo results first, then the free photos are below that. Some searches don't return any free photos, so maybe that's why you're not having...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-20-2009, 10:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By writingandliving
I go to Morguefile.com...

I go to Morguefile.com (http://www.morguefile.com/) and www.sxc.hu (http://www.sxc.hu/) most of the time.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-18-2009, 06:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 695
Posted By writingandliving
I was going to post about the Pomodoro technique as well

I read about it after seeing it mentioned here, and I applied it today. Wow. My kids have activities on Friday afternoons, so Fridays are usually a bust for me, but I had a decent day, even with...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-18-2009, 02:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,561
Posted By writingandliving
Does that mean you put your real name in the pen...

Does that mean you put your real name in the pen name field when you registered? It's a required field, so you have to put something there.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-18-2009, 11:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,561
Posted By writingandliving
Question about Constant Content Pen names

I was getting ready to register for Constant Content, and I noticed that Pen Name is a required field. I've never used a pen name before. When you submit an article, do you have to submit it under a...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-17-2009, 09:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By writingandliving
Content Diva is dark purple (but doesn't have...

Content Diva is dark purple (but doesn't have stars).
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-07-2009, 11:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,826
Posted By writingandliving
Oh, my. That is FUNNY! Dairy farmers are some of...

Oh, my. That is FUNNY! Dairy farmers are some of the hardest-working people on the planet. Thanks for the laugh! :p
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-03-2009, 09:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By writingandliving
It's been dicey for me

I've managed to get two articles up this morning, but a couple of times I've had to go back and refresh. I couldn't get on at all last night, and this morning I noticed that the site looked a little...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-12-2009, 07:59 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 87,609
Posted By writingandliving
More questions about Open Office

I had heard about Open Office's grammar check a few weeks ago, so I downloaded it and tried it. But when I tested it out, it didn't flad passive voice and some other purposeful grammar mistakes I...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-11-2009, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 128
Posted By writingandliving
You're welcome. And this should be my 30th post,...

You're welcome. And this should be my 30th post, so I'll soon know for sure if I can add a signature.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-11-2009, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 253
Posted By writingandliving
At DS, the paragraph under the title is the...

At DS, the paragraph under the title is the Introduction.

I'm not sure how DS does word counts, but I always assumed the tips and warnings counted. Be sure and list your tips and warnings from...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-11-2009, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 128
Posted By writingandliving
I think you have to have thirty posts before you...

I think you have to have thirty posts before you can. I'm almost there!
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-11-2009, 10:14 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 87,609
Posted By writingandliving
You're welcome. Hope it works for you!

You're welcome. Hope it works for you!
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-11-2009, 09:31 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 87,609
Posted By writingandliving
Here's a link to the free plagiarism checker I...

Here's a link to the free plagiarism checker I use:

Free Plagiarism Checker (http://www.dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker/)

I run all my DS articles through it, and I haven't been flagged for...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-11-2009, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 143
Posted By writingandliving
For How To articles, DS recommends you keep the...

For How To articles, DS recommends you keep the introduction between 75 and 100 words. It should give background information and explain why the article is important. They don't want it to overlap...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-10-2009, 06:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 992
Posted By writingandliving
I find Suite more of a challenge, but I've...

I find Suite more of a challenge, but I've written a lot more articles for DS. I was really slow at DS at first, but I'm much faster now. I usually write How Does and List articles for LS Health at...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-08-2009, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 308
Posted By writingandliving
Glad you got it figured out. Happy writing! :)

Glad you got it figured out. Happy writing! :)
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-07-2009, 10:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 273
Posted By writingandliving
I believe that they can be republished in print...

I believe that they can be republished in print at any time. After a year, they can be republished anywhere.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-04-2009, 03:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By writingandliving
Here's a chart from the Editorial Freelancers...

Here's a chart from the Editorial Freelancers Association. Good luck!

editorial rates (http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php)
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-01-2009, 02:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By writingandliving
Things at DS do seem to slow down a bit during...

Things at DS do seem to slow down a bit during the weekend. You'll probably hear something tomorrow.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-31-2009, 02:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,912
Posted By writingandliving
Thought about setting a goal for $400 but I was...

Thought about setting a goal for $400 but I was afraid it was too high and I'd disappoint myself. Well, I made $472, and if any DS CEs approve the three articles I have waiting before tonight I'll...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-30-2009, 08:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 899
Posted By writingandliving
Only two months, and I only do about six articles...

Only two months, and I only do about six articles a week, so it might not be enough to get a good idea. I don't have any rejections or abandoned articles. My all time approved rewrite percentage is...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-26-2009, 09:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 466
Posted By writingandliving
I haven't tried Copyscape, but I use this free...

I haven't tried Copyscape, but I use this free plagiarism checker:

Plagiarism Checker (http://www.dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker/)

So far, I haven't had anything flagged on DS, and I write...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-19-2009, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 341
Posted By writingandliving
I had that problem, too.

What I did was make a note to the CE: "I tried to upload an image, but it does not appear to be working," or something to that effect. The article went through with no problems.

Bear in mind,...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-15-2009, 06:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By writingandliving
It's possible

I write and homeschool, but I'm the opposite of you: I have homeschooled for years, but haven't been writing regularly for that long. I'm also only writing part time. My dc are 13, 10, and 7.
...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-14-2009, 09:35 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,084
Posted By writingandliving
I write in health. It takes me 60 to 90 minutes...

I write in health. It takes me 60 to 90 minutes to write an article. Two hours if I have to do a lot of research, but that's happening less and less as the weeks go by.

I hope to speed up a bit....
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-13-2009, 08:28 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,084
Posted By writingandliving
It's my understanding that you can submit...

It's my understanding that you can submit rejected articles elsewhere, but since DS owns the titles, you need to use a different title. Just be sure you have a copy saved elsewhere, because once the...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-08-2009, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By writingandliving
I've had no personal experience in this, but from...

I've had no personal experience in this, but from what I understand, this happens fairly often, especially in medical articles. All a plagiarism flag means is that an automatic plagiarism checker...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-07-2009, 09:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 949
Posted By writingandliving
I wonder if this would work: "Circus Olay is...

I wonder if this would work:

"Circus Olay is a common misspelling for Cirque du Soleil, a dramatic circus performance..."

Voila.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-06-2009, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 514
Posted By writingandliving
I've been with DS all of three weeks, so I'm not...

I've been with DS all of three weeks, so I'm not exactly a fount of wisdom.

Anyway, they list titles they have available. You pick what you're interested in, write it, and submit it. It either...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-05-2009, 01:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,436
Posted By writingandliving
I have come to the same conclusion. In the space...

I have come to the same conclusion. In the space of two days, I had two fact sheets come back for rewrites. One CE told me to never, ever go over word count and keep all facts down to one or two...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-02-2009, 10:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Posted By writingandliving
Are you sure the CE did it?

eHow automatically puts links to similar articles with your article. I learned this when I included a link to an eHow article as a resource and the CE took it out. She said that eHow doesn't want you...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-29-2009, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,613
Posted By writingandliving
Curiouser and curiouser

I just got an email that I have been accepted. And, I do have two accounts. But when I signed on with the new account, Livestrong isn't on there, either. *sigh*

I've emailed editorial and...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-29-2009, 12:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,613
Posted By writingandliving
Can you elaborate as to why? This whole...

Can you elaborate as to why?

This whole application process has been very convoluted. I applied through the link they provided for me. I only entered a new email address when it said something...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-29-2009, 11:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,613
Posted By writingandliving
I would think so. I obviously don't know for...

I would think so. I obviously don't know for sure, since I haven't been accepted, but I have a pharmacy degree, and I gave it a shot.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-29-2009, 10:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,613
Posted By writingandliving
Here's the link to apply for Livestrong. Be sure...

Here's the link to apply for Livestrong. Be sure you log out of your DS account before you click on it, otherwise it will just take you to your regular DS profile:

Writing Jobs in Health, Sports,...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 09-20-2009, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By writingandliving
Thanks for all the replies. I was leaning towards...

Thanks for all the replies. I was leaning towards not linking it.

My last name is not on my blog. I've also never posted pictures of my kids, and I use pseudonyms for dh and dc. I've relaxed a bit...
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