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A Little Bird Told Me Freelance Writing Podcast
Two freelance writers chart the highs, lows and no-nos of successful self-employment
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Two freelance writers chart the highs, lows and no-nos of successful self-employment


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April 15, 2014 12:06 PM PDT

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

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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.

March 25, 2014 03:00 AM PDT

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.

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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.

March 11, 2014 11:46 AM PDT

Lorrie outsources some of her work to other freelance writers, and writers all over the world hire proofreaders and editors to help them perfect their masterpieces. But how on earth do you go about finding the right person for the job? It can be a big decision, and a big responsibility, so Lorrie gives you the dos and don'ts for hiring a freelancer in this episode!

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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. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.

February 18, 2014 03:00 AM PST

Now more than ever, business owners and media outlets put pressure on writers to work for free. Is there any benefit to this, or is the fabled 'exposure' they promise not worth a thing? In this episode, Philippa and Lorrie deconstruct the facts and share some strong opinions on the topic!

Show Notes

Other relevant links

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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

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.

February 04, 2014 03:00 AM PST

Lucy Hay is the owner of the successful Bang2Write website, all about screenwriting and novel writing, and she is a script editor and organiser of the London Screenwriting Festival. In this podcast episode, Philippa interviews Lucy and they talk about her work with J.K. Amalou, helping to give women opportunities through London Screenwriting Festival, funding and investment for films, why some films work and some don't, how much to disclose on social media, Twitter hashtags, cyber bullying and teenage pregnancy, and during the discussion, Philippa inadvertently comes out as gay. 

A must-listen for anyone interested in making it in the film and television industry as a screenwriter, and anybody who just wants to know more about different types of writing career.

Show Notes

Find Lucy Hay on Facebook and on Twitter. Her writers groups are Bang2Writers on Facebook and on LinkedIn. Lucy is also on Quora and Pinterest

 

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

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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.

January 21, 2014 02:00 AM PST

Everybody loves a list, so in this episode, Philippa and Lorrie go through five and a half types of lists that can transform your freelance marketing plan. 

Show Notes

10 most popular episodes of 2013:

10: Episode 2: Setting up as a freelance writer: website, social media and brand management best practice

9: Episode 3: Setting up as a freelance writer part 2

8: Episode 18: How to network like a ninja

7: Episode 7: Freelance Writing: To specialise or not to specialise?

6: Episode 55: Coping with rejection

5: Episode 30: It's not about you: the art and science of commercial copywriting

4: Episode 38: How to break into new freelance writing markets

3: Episode 50: Part 2 of How to stop your freelance business from wasting money

2: Episode 24: The art of getting paid

drumroll - and I don't really know what this says about our listeners, but at number one is...

1: Episode 26: How to turn down / disconnect from a client or supplier without losing your professionalism or gaining an enemy

Philippa's Twitter lists

Lorrie's Twitter lists

Tweetdeck

Hootsuite

Guerrillamail - Disposable, Temporary E-mail Addresses

Erasure - Love to Hate You

Episode 40: What to do when you run out of ideas, AKA what Pippa Middleton's bum can teach us about finding writing inspiration

How to create a content strategy for a B2B business

Four ways to step up your marketing campaign in January

Weight Watchers recipe cards

21 truly upsetting vintage recipes

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

Subscribe via RSS

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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

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.

 

January 05, 2014 02:49 AM PST

While we would like all of our work, as freelance writers, to be fascinating and thrilling, the fact is that there will be times when we have to write on a really boring topic. In this podcast episode, Lorrie goes through six top tips to create interesting writing on the most tedious of topics.

Show Notes

What should I tweet? 8 places to find fantastic content

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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. Pippa’s good at putting things together, but can’t draw.

 

December 11, 2013 02:00 AM PST

As a freelance writer you primarily create content, for both your clients and yourself. If you are in a position where you fling your words out to the world and never think of them again, you are missing a trick and probably wasting at least some of your time (and your clients' money!). If, instead, you measure how effective your content is, you can quickly learn what works and what doesn't, what readers can relate to and what they ignore, and when you pay attention to what you discover and apply it to your future work, you will find that the content you produce makes an impact. 

Show Notes

Episode 63: 60 minutes to a more successful freelance writing business

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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

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.

November 27, 2013 10:23 AM PST

Doing business development work can seem like yet another onerous task that interrupts your writing time, but it is important to undertake these jobs if you are to run a sustainable and successful freelance business. In this podcast episode, Philippa has condensed seven tasks into a 60-minute plan, to help you to get a load of bizdev under your belt without the need to sacrifice hours and hours of writing - or fun - time!

Show Notes

Episode 37: Freelance Writers and Social Proof - What it is, why you need it and how to get it

Relationship Marketing Basics for Freelance Professionals

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, 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's freelance writing website 

Philippa's social media writer website

Twitter

Philippa: @PhilippaWrites

Facebook:

Philippa's main Freelance Writing Facebook Page

Philippa's Social Media Writer Facebook Page

LinkedIn:

Philippa Willitts on LinkedIn

Google+

Philippa's Google+ Account

Pinterest

Philippa on Pinterest

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.

November 13, 2013 02:36 AM PST

Keeping hold of a good client tends to be far easier than finding a new one, so it's really important to make sure that you are always meeting, and ideally exceeding, the expectations of those who are hiring you to work for them. In this podcast, we look at different ways you can identify what you need to do, and then do it perfectly, to ensure you are always offering your best work.

Show Notes

Free Download: 50 customizable call-to-action templates

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

Subscribe via RSS

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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

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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