What is Essay – and Can I Make a Living at It?

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

Very often when nurses first approach me about how to become a writer, they’re interested in writing to advance their personal “cause” or “issue.” For example, I’ve recently talked to a nurse who believed passionately in the value of case management and wanted to spread the word more widely, and I’ve spoken with another nurse […]

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The First Step Every Nurse Should Take Before Pursuing a Writing Career

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 14, 2020 / 4 Comments

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more info. The most common comment I get from nurses who want to become writers is, “I don’t have a clue where to […]

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Why I Rejected This Freelance Writing Contract

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 8, 2020 / 2 Comments

In my forthcoming workshop on content marketing writing, I’m covering contracts in some detail because a bad contract can break you. Now, I want to emphasize I’m not a lawyer. I suggest you consult an actual attorney for any contract questions or issues that trouble you. That said, I have read a few contracts in […]

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What Types of Deliverables do Nurse-Writers Write? Everything!

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 1, 2020 / 2 Comments

If you’re considering transitioning to a writing career from nursing, you might wonder what types of…things you might actually be asked to write. In the industry, we call the things we write “content assets” or “content deliverables” or “articles,” depending on if you’re working on the content marketing side of things or the journalism side. […]

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Content Writing vs Copywriting vs Journalism: What’s the Difference?

By Elizabeth Hanes / June 24, 2020 / 4 Comments

You may have heard me (or someone else) say that “content writing” makes an excellent career for nurses. True fact. But the first workshop I launched was not about content writing. It is called “Health Journalism Basics for Nurses.” That’s not content writing; it’s reporting. If content writing makes an excellent (and lucrative!) career choice […]

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Dr. Pimple Popper Dissed Me on Twitter, and…

By Elizabeth Hanes / June 23, 2020 / 0 Comments

I never expected to sit down at my desk on a Monday morning and find my inbox flooded with messages from strangers, asking me if I had seen what Dr. Sandra Lee (aka: celebrity dermatologist “Dr. Pimple Popper”) had said “about me” on Twitter. What? One person helpfully sent me a screenshot of the post […]

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Freelance Writing Contract Protocol: Yours, Mine, or Ours?

By Elizabeth Hanes / June 17, 2020 / 0 Comments

Last week I wrote about payment terms, and that generated a new question from a subscriber about contract protocol, in general. Like, if the client routinely works with freelance writers and has its own contract, do you insist on using your own? In a word: No. Let’s look at a few scenarios in which you […]

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Payment Terms Every Nurse-Writer Should Know

By Elizabeth Hanes / June 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

What is “net 30”? “Net-45”? “On acceptance”? What does “on publication” mean? How about “kill fee”? These are all types of payment terms offered in the publishing and content industries. In order to manage your business’ cash flow, every nurse-writer needs to understand what different types of payment terms mean – and how to negotiate […]

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3 Goal Setting Approaches for Nurse-Writers that Can Maximize Productivity

By Elizabeth Hanes / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on 3 Goal Setting Approaches for Nurse-Writers that Can Maximize Productivity

Once you’ve hung your shingle as a freelance nurse-writer (woot!), you need to constantly nurture your business so it flourishes. Without goal-setting, that’s just not gonna happen. How do you juggle client work with prospecting with invoicing with negotiating with updating your website with cooking dinner with helping the kids with homework with making sure […]

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Freelance Writer Resumes? Um, no.

By Elizabeth Hanes / May 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Freelance Writer Resumes? Um, no.

My friend (and RN2writer subscriber) Lizz asked me the other day if prospective clients ever ask me for a resume – because this had just happened to her. My short answer is: No. I do not do resumes as a freelancer. Well, to clarify, yes, prospective clients do ask me for a resume sometimes. But […]

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