Nanette M. Day
Exploring the world one story at a time, especially from unheard voices. Sometimes I share random ramblings, sent straight to your inbox. Life’s more humorous lessons are courtesy of my dog.
Filling the Blank Page
I was always a writer in school, as early as the elementary grades. When we learned that we had to write an essay, my classmates would groan while I would become giddy with anticipation, sharpening my pencils and pulling out stacks of paper. On one sixth-grade assignment, I had inexplicably forgotten to write a short answer in the middle of the homework. My teacher somehow overlooked my omission and gave me a 97% on the assignment. I immediately brought the issue to her attention, and she lowered the grade but gave me credit for being honest. Instead of 77%, I ended up with 85%. When she saw my reaction, she asked me why I was still upset, and I told her because I didn’t get to write the answer.
Quirks, Foibles, and Fears
After reading other people's posts sharing their personal stories for the Get To Know Me #challenge, I decided to join in the fun and share 10 things most people don't know about me (although arachnophobes should probably skip #9).
The Good Samaritan
Mercedes flashed her toothless grin at the officer. He offered a tight smile in return. They stood on her porch, across the street from what had been a discount store years ago. Now it was an overgrown lot filled with abandoned cars and dumpsters overflowing with trash. It was the nicest property for several blocks.
- Top Story - August 2023
Kick in the PantsTop Story - August 2023
He didn’t know why he’d been summoned to the lawyer’s office. He assumed it was yet another debtor wanting him to pay off the debts his ex had racked up before running away with her new boy toy to some foreign paradise. It had been three years and they were still coming out of the woodwork. He’d quickly learned that face-to-face meetings tended to work out better for him.
Are You Doing Enough to Keep Your Clients?
Whether you are still building your core business or scaling up to the next level, it is easy to fall into the trap of spending all your marketing time focusing on acquiring new clients. But retaining your existing clients is a cost-effective way to solidify and grow your business.
Which Freelancer Marketplace Is Right For You?
Online marketplaces offer freelancers a place to sell their services to large client bases. These platforms offer plenty of opportunities for freelancers to find potential clients, but each operates in different ways. If you are considering using these platforms, you should first determine which (if any) of them are appropriate for the services you offer and how you work with clients.
Making Clients Come to You
Whether you are working a full-time job, looking for extra work on the side, or building your own business, social media can be a great way to attract new clients and business opportunities. But simply having a profile on social media is not enough. You must establish yourself as an authority in your field.
Maximizing Productivity in a Virtual World
Today’s work environment makes it easier than ever to telecommute, work entirely virtually, freelance off-site, and/or work from home. But when you are not part of an office on a regular basis or all of your business interactions are carried out through online messaging systems, you can feel isolated and out of touch.
Choosing the Best Level of Editing for Your Writing
Whether you have written a novel, are sending emails to potential clients, or are developing human resource manuals, having a second set of eyes on your written text can help ensure that your writing is the best it can be. By working with a professional editor, you can go beyond grammar checks to ensure that your writing is clear, effective, and on message while also being appropriate for your target reader.
3 Ways Your Critique Group Might Be Destroying Your Writing
Anyone who has been writing for more than a few minutes has likely heard about the benefits of joining a critique group. The theory is that such groups offer helpful insights so the individual writers can hone their craft and improve their stories while also providing accountability, networking, and support.
Is That Job Offer Real or a Scam?
With the growth of the freelance workforce outpacing employment growth in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands, more and more people are spending a significant portion of their working hours looking for their next paying project. Always being on the lookout for a new gig can make some people more driven to succeed, but it can create a sense of desperation in others. Scammers have seized upon this opportunity to create imposter scams and career opportunity scams, and with technological advances their scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated.