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Immaterial Gain

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Immaterial Gain

by: Eric Shapiro

Among some of us who deem ourselves spiritual, the use of the word “spiritual” causes blushing and anxiety. What a pale word it is in the face of what earned spirituality actually provides. No single word, however potent, can tap the pure light and color of a cosmic mindset. The green vistas and pinkish sun rays of such a mind lie beyond the reach of labels and terms.
Ironically, despite my hesitation in applying language to elevated states of consciousness, I reached such states through language itself. To explain: I discovered my “spirituality” through the pure act of writing. Since I’d grown up under the impression that divinity could only be tapped in churches or temples, my own arrival was quite surprising.
As I said, writing is a pure act...

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Win More Clients, Projects and Freelance Jobs By M

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Win More Clients, Projects and Freelance Jobs By Making Three Small Changes

by: Shelley Wake

I’ve spoken to hundreds of editors, employers, and project managers about how they choose a freelancer for a job. Whether they were reviewing job applications or considering project bids, they all had one thing in common. As every one of them started to look at the applications, they had their skeptic’s hat on.
How a Project Manager Thinks
Here are a few quotes from project managers and employers to show you exactly how they think.
1. Jaime, Editor – “The First Elimination”
My process of judging proposals is one of elimination. The first step is about a general impression. If it’s vague and unconvincing – eliminate. If it’s fluffed up but with no substance – eliminate...

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Your Spellchecker Can Catch Punctuation Mistakes

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Your Spellchecker Can Catch Punctuation Mistakes

by: Jan Kovarik

Even though you should never only rely on your spellchecker to find mistakes in your document, you can make the most of your spellchecker by changing the settings. It isn’t as scary as it sounds and once you learn where these settings are, you can change them as often as you need to for whatever guidelines you have to use for a particular document that you are writing.
These punctuation settings are consistent with the American publishing industry. If you are writing for Great Britain (the United Kingdom) or writing in English for any other country, be sure to learn what punctuation rules are used in that country’s publishing industry...

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Article Submitting: How To Study A Publisher’s Web

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Article Submitting: How To Study A Publisher’s Website

by: Catherine Franz

There are many websites that will host your articles on the Internet. Some small, some large, some with guidelines, some without, some support streams of topics, some have a limited focus, some charge a fee and some are free.
With so many places to post your articles how can you maximize distribution with the least amount of effort? You can do so by being selective. Post your articles only on sites that support your topic, have integrity, and have a win/win approach. Since no two websites are alike. Here are a few features to watch for when considering your articles for submission:
1. Search capabilities...

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Inside Elance: Thirteen Writers Explain Why Elance

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Inside Elance: Thirteen Writers Explain Why Elance Works for Them

by: Shelley Wake

Browsing through the writing projects at Elance, one thing stands out. It’s the “Recent Earnings” figures listed with each bidder’s name. These aren’t fake figures – these figures show what real writers have been able to earn and they range from $1000 to $60,000.
If some writers are making $60,000 a year, then Elance looks like a great opportunity for writers. Yet, a lot of the talk is against Elance. People say that it’s unfair that they charge writers fees, that you won’t get paid what you’re worth, and that the bidding process pushes the value of services down. Is there truth in that?
To find out and to get an inside look at Elance, I found people earning good money on Elance and asked t...

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