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A Little Bird Told Me Freelance Writing Podcast

Philippa & Lorrie

Two freelance writers chart the highs, lows and no-nos of successful self-employment
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People who self-publish books have a lot to prove if they want to dispel the industry's bad reputation. In this podcast episode, Philippa and Lorrie take listeners through a series of self-publishing no-nos offer recommendations and tips to make sure self-published work is the best it can be.


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To find Lorrie and Philippa on the web, follow these links:


Websites


Philippa Willitts's freelance writing website


Lorrie Hartshorn's freelance writing website


Philippa Willitts's Social Media Writer website


Twitter


Philippa: @PhilippaWrites


Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird


Facebook:


Lorrie on Facebook


Philippa's main freelance writing Facebook page


Philippa's Social Media Writer Facebook page


LinkedIn:


Lorrie Hartshorn


Philippa Willitts


Google+


Philippa Willitts


Lorrie Hartshorn


Pinterest


Philippa Willitts


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.


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There are times when freelance writing clients cross a line. Sending text messages to check you got their email, calling you at 7pm on a Saturday night, or emailing 12 times a day to check on progress. In this solo episode, Lorrie goes through some tricks and tips to return professional distance to a working relationship.


Show Notes



There are several ways to make sure that you don't miss out on A Little Bird Told Me.


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And finally, 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!


To find Lorrie online, follow these links:


Websites


Lorrie's website: http://www.lorriehartshorn.com


Twitter


Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird


Facebook:


Lorrie: http://www.facebook.com/ThatWordyBird


LinkedIn:


Lorrie Hartshorn


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Logo design by Philippa Willitts.

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Writing for agencies can be a great way to boost the stability and income of your freelance writing business - but it’s definitely an acquired taste!


In this podcast episode, Lorrie and Philippa discuss how to decide if writing for agencies is for you, and to how to find the best agencies to suit your needs and working style.


Show Notes

There are several ways to make sure that you don't miss out on A Little Bird Told Me.


Subscribe via RSS


Subscribe via iTunes


Find us on Stitcher Smart Radio


And finally, do 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!


To find Lorrie and Philippa on the web, follow these links:


Websites


Philippa Willitts's freelance writing website


Lorrie Hartshorn's freelance writing website


Philippa Willitts's Social Media Writer website


Twitter


Philippa: @PhilippaWrites


Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird


Facebook:


Lorrie on Facebook


Philippa's main freelance writing Facebook page


Philippa's Social Media Writer Facebook page


LinkedIn:


Lorrie Hartshorn


Philippa Willitts


Google+


Philippa Willitts


Lorrie Hartshorn


Pinterest


Philippa Willitts


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.


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Social media is an unavoidable part of marketing a business nowadays, but thankfully there are tools available that can help freelancers to avoid spending unnecessary time and energy on social channels when it's not absolutely necessary. In this podcast episode, Philippa goes through a series of tools to streamline Twitter marketing and make it a far more efficient process.


Show Notes



There are several ways to make sure that you don't miss out on A Little Bird Told Me.


Subscribe via RSS


Subscribe via iTunes


Find us on Stitcher Smart Radio


And finally, please 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!


To find Philippa online, check out these links:


Websites


Philippa Willitts: freelance writing


Philippa: Proofread My Stuff


Philippa Willitts: social media, SEO and tech writing


Twitter


Philippa: @PhilippaWrites


Facebook:


Philippa's main Freelance Writing on Facebook


Philippa's Social Media Writer pn Facebook


LinkedIn:


Philippa Willitts on LinkedIn


Google+


Philippa Willitts pn Google+


Pinterest


Philippa Willitts on Pinterest


Quora


Philippa Willitts on Quora


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.

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Most people wish they were paid more but, when you're freelancing, you will often be called upon to demonstrate why you deserve the pay rise you want! In this podcast episode, Lorrie and Philippa look at ways to make sure you justify the fees you want to charge.


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There are several ways to make sure that you don't miss out on A Little Bird Told Me.


Subscribe via RSS


Subscribe via iTunes


Find us on Stitcher Smart Radio


And finally, do 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!


To find Lorrie and Philippa on the web, follow these links:


Websites


Philippa Willitts's freelance writing website


Lorrie Hartshorn's freelance writing website


Philippa Willitts's Social Media Writer website


Twitter


Philippa: @PhilippaWrites


Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird


Facebook:


Lorrie on Facebook


Philippa's main freelance writing Facebook page


Philippa's Social Media Writer Facebook page


LinkedIn:


Lorrie Hartshorn


Philippa Willitts


Google+


Philippa Willitts


Lorrie Hartshorn


Pinterest


Philippa Willitts


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.


NB Some of the above links are affiliate links, which means if you buy after clicking on them it will help to fund the podcast.

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Do you ever find yourself faced with a blank Word document? Clueless about how to get 500 words onto the page, incorporating SEO keywords, heading tags and a call to action? In Lorrie's solo episode, she goes through some non-linear ways to approach copywriting, where you don't necessarily start at the top and finish at the bottom.


Show Notes



There are several ways to make sure that you don't miss out on A Little Bird Told Me.


Subscribe via RSS


Subscribe via iTunes


Find us on Stitcher Smart Radio


And finally, 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!


To find Lorrie online, follow these links:


Websites


Lorrie's website: http://www.lorriehartshorn.com


Twitter


Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird


Facebook:


Lorrie: http://www.facebook.com/ThatWordyBird


LinkedIn:


Lorrie Hartshorn


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Logo design by Philippa Willitts.

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In this podcast, Philippa and Lorrie discuss several options for additional income streams for freelance writers. Income from freelancing can go up and down and taking time off sick or for a holiday can be a scary time, financially. Because of this, it can be a good idea to have an extra income stream or two, but many writers have no idea what they could do to gain any kind of passive or residual income. Tune in to get some great ideas!


Show Notes



There are several ways to make sure that you don't miss out on A Little Bird Told Me.


Subscribe via RSS


Subscribe via iTunes


Find us on Stitcher Smart Radio


And finally, do 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!


To find Lorrie and Philippa on the web, follow these links:


Websites


Philippa Willitts's freelance writing website


Lorrie Hartshorn's freelance writing website


Philippa Willitts's Social Media Writer website


Twitter


Philippa: @PhilippaWrites


Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird


Facebook:


Lorrie on Facebook


Philippa's main freelance writing Facebook page


Philippa's Social Media Writer Facebook page


LinkedIn:


Lorrie Hartshorn


Philippa Willitts


Google+


Philippa Willitts


Lorrie Hartshorn


Pinterest


Philippa Willitts


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


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Some days you will be bursting with ideas, but everybody has those moments when the Word document is empty - and so is their bank of inspiration. This solo podcast episode by Philippa is full of ways to get content inspiration.


Show Notes



There are several ways to make sure that you don't miss out on A Little Bird Told Me.


Subscribe via RSS


Subscribe via iTunes


Find us on Stitcher Smart Radio


And finally, please 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!


To find Philippa online, check out these links:


Websites


Philippa Willitts: freelance writing


Philippa Willitts: social media writing


Twitter


Philippa: @PhilippaWrites


Facebook:


Philippa's main Freelance Writing on Facebook


Philippa's Social Media Writer pn Facebook


LinkedIn:


Philippa Willitts on LinkedIn


Google+


Philippa Willitts pn Google+


Pinterest


Philippa Willitts on Pinterest


Quora


Philippa Willitts on Quora


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.

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Despite being thought of as a bit of an outsider, Google+ actually has a lot to offer a freelancer. It has powerful features, smart personalisation options and an ideal B2B marketplace. In this episode of the freelance writing podcast, Philippa and Lorrie go through Google+'s functionality, dos and don'ts, best practice and hacks.


Show Notes



There are several ways to make sure that you don't miss out on A Little Bird Told Me.


Subscribe via RSS


Subscribe via iTunes


Find us on Stitcher Smart Radio


And finally, do 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!


To find Lorrie and Philippa on the web, follow these links:


Websites


Philippa Willitts's freelance writing website


Lorrie Hartshorn's freelance writing website


Philippa Willitts's Social Media Writer website


Twitter


Philippa: @PhilippaWrites


Lorrie: @ThatWordyBird


Facebook:


Lorrie on Facebook


Philippa's main freelance writing Facebook page


Philippa's Social Media Writer Facebook page


LinkedIn:


Lorrie Hartshorn


Philippa Willitts


Google+


Philippa Willitts


Lorrie Hartshorn


Pinterest


Philippa Willitts


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.

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Many freelancers are in a situation that could work against them in the commercial or media market. Combining freelancing with caring responsibilities, living in a part of the world that has a poor reputation for the quality of its writers, or having health problems or being disabled, for example. In this episode of the podcast, Philippa interviews Mridu Khullar Relph, a freelance writer who has written for the likes of the New York Times, Time magazine, Ms magazine and more, and they discuss how to turn a disadvantage into a strength.


Apologies for the inconsistent sound quality in parts of this interview. However, it's well worth tolerating it for the great content!


Show notes



There are several ways to make sure that you don't miss out on A Little Bird Told Me.


Subscribe via RSS


Subscribe via iTunes


Find us on Stitcher Smart Radio


And finally, please 'like' us on Facebook to be the first to hear our news and to talk with us about what you hear on the podcast!


To find Philippa online, check out these links:


Websites


Philippa Willitts: freelance writing


Philippa: Proofread My Stuff


Philippa Willitts: social media, SEO and tech writing


Twitter


Philippa: @PhilippaWrites


Facebook:


Philippa's main Freelance Writing on Facebook


Philippa's Social Media Writer pn Facebook


LinkedIn:


Philippa Willitts on LinkedIn


Google+


Philippa Willitts pn Google+


Pinterest


Philippa Willitts on Pinterest


Quora


Philippa Willitts on Quora


Birdsong


Courtesy of http://www.freesound.org and freesfx.co.uk, thanks to: Justkiddink, Dobroide, Acclivity, Percy-duke, Ingsey101, 3bagbrew, Inchadney, Sean Townsend, Soundbytez, Urupin, reinsamba, 28-yuen-po, Tomlija, cakeje, gr8sfx, Bansemer, hutsvoid and Corsica_S, Jaturo.


For artwork snippets, thanks goes to James Nash and Amir Rowaichi, for also Creative Commons Licensing their bird illustrations. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.

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