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Archives: October 2013

Freelancers: When Should You Leave A Client?

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Becoming a freelancer after working full time at a more traditional job can be a daunting transition. You are suddenly forced to be your own boss, create your own schedule and hunt for clients yourself.

Although there are plenty of benefits to becoming a freelancer, one of the major downfalls is the lack of financial stability. And nowadays, there seems to be a constant battle between what you should be paid and what you’re actually getting:

The “I can get it cheaper mindset” seems more prevalent since the Internet boom. Clients see numerous listings for blog posts at “5 cents a word” or “$6 a page” or “$10 an hour.” So often they don’t realize how unrealistic these rates are once issues like research, interviews, deadlines — plus overall skill — are factored in. Graphic designer Lucy A. Clark feels you have to hold your ground. “Unless you can educate [potential clients] about what’s really involved, walk away,” she said.

To get more tips on freelancing, read: Pros and Cons of Life as a Freelancer.

– Aneya Fernando

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David Baldacci at Politics and Prose

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On Nov. 23, Politics and Prose will present New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci to discuss his new book, KING AND MAXWELL. This is the 6th installment of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, two secret service agents turned private investigators. According to the Grand Central Publishing’s press release, the story kicks off with the characters investigating a chilling case:

“It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, age 16, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives an email from his father…after his supposed death.”

Intense, right? Enter Sean and Michelle for their next fast-paced, page turning thriller, bound to keep readers glued to the unfolding mystery. All five of the previous books featuring the title characters have hit the #1 spot on New York Times best sellers list, and the latest is expected to soar to the top of the charts as well. Hardcover copies will go on sale for $28 on Nov. 19.

The event starts at 6 p.m., so pick up a copy and go meet the author so you’ll have something interesting to talk about during this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

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Afternoon Reading List 10.30.13

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MSNBC tops CNN in October: The October Nielsen ratings are in, and MSNBC has finished second, behind Fox news, for the month. Huzzah! All three of the major networks (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News) are showing drastic decreases in their numbers compared to this time last year. This is most likely due to the 2012 election and the start of Hurricane Sandy coverage that dominated all three major news networks.

Why you should read it: The two pictures at the top of the piece are of a happy Rachel Maddow and a sad Anderson Cooper. They look like the Comedy and Tragedy masks! Read more here.

The Ragin’ Cajun rips D.C. journalism: Yesterday evening, James Carville contributed an opinion piece to The Hill. His opinion? Well, he said that the D.C. journalism class’s coverage of the government shutdown made him “want to stick a fork in (his) eye.” Ouch. Carville blames the media for not clearly articulating that the shutdown did have a winner and a loser by comparing it to sports. Specifically, he cites the Broncos beating the Redskins this past Sunday, likening the Broncos to the Democrats and the Redskins to the Republicans.

Why you should read it: Carville is stompin’ mad at the media, and the analogy he uses with the football game is pretty clever and spot on. Read more here.

Which Hollywood celeb isn’t a fan of the Tea Party?

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FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Lucky Michael Douglas Bypasses Catherine Zeta Jones Q’s at U.S. Peace Institute

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On Monday night the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington hosted the Ploughshares Fund Gala. Ploughshares Fund is a bi-partisan group aiming to put an end to the remnants of the nuclear proliferation age, and finally making the world a nuclear-free place for future generations. The gala featured prominent figures, such as Sec. of State John F. Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Sen. Richard Lugar, among other V.I.P.’s.

Notables:

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg, Steve ClemonsThe Atlantic, Sally Quinn, Washington Post, Ben Ambruster, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, Ali Gharib, Open Zion/Daily Beast, Matt Duss, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, former Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky (she worked for George W. Bush), Tom Toles, WaPo (Cartoonist; and wife Gretchen Toles), Sam Feist, CNN, Andrew Morse, CNN, Moira Whelan, State Department, Sen. Ed Markey, Olga KhazanThe Atlantic, Josh Rogin, Daily Beast, Uri Friedman (moving this week from Foreign Policy to The Atlantic), Jean Francois-Boittin, Embassy of France, Anne Gearan, WaPo, Richard Wilhelm, Booz Allen, Jay Newton-Small, Time Magazine, Bruce Gottlieb, National Journal, Michael Powell, American Federation of Teachers, Dixon Osburn, Human Rights First, Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street, and Warren Bass, Wall Street Journal.

The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Emmy and Academy award winning actor Michael Douglas, who’s passion for complete global nuclear disarmament has put him in the same league as some of the most powerful people in the world who are not actor (beat that, Clooney).

Whose speech outshined the rest at this anti-nuke open-bar gala soiree?

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Author Readies Ezra Klein for Sainthood

images-3On Sunday, the NYT ran a dialogue among readers on “The Rise of Incivility.” Online of course. People are jackasses online – didn’t you know? And lately cyberbullying has been in the forefront of peoples’ minds as some teens are tragically turning to suicide for relief.

Enter the so-called expert in the dialogue: Mitch Horowitz, who apparently hasn’t heard of Google. If he had, he might have a clue what he’s talking about. Instead, he’s just the author of the the forthcoming One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life. And someone who thinks WaPo‘s Ezra Klein is the epitome of “good humor and adult responses within the political discussion.”

Oh really?

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This Freelance-friendly Lifestyle Pub Covers More Than Just the South

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Garden & Gun, as the name suggests, is not your average magazine. The bi-monthly Southern pub is focused on quality writing, beautiful photography and dynamic design.

The mag covers all aspects of Southern living — art, literature, food, architecture, design, music, gardens, hunting and even wildlife conservation. G&G pay its writers $1 a word and is 80 percent freelance written. If the thought of writing about the South sounds too limiting, deputy editor Dave Mezz explains that there is much more to the mag than that:

“We’re focused on the South, but we are a national magazine,” said Mezz. “We have readership that extends well beyond [this region], both coasts, all over the country and beyond.” Freelancers can [definitely] send a query on topics outside of the spectrum. One example might be a piece on Southern winemakers in California. “They’re not in the South, but they come from the South [and] they bring a certain sort of philosophy with them that’s rooted in their upbringing,” said Mezz.The pub also did a piece on a new fly fishing lodge in Montana. “That wasn’t particularly Southern, but it related to sporting… If it relates to one of our pillars, then even if it’s not in the South, it might be something our readers would be interested in,” explained Mezz.

To learn more about what kind of writing the pub is looking for, read: How To Pitch: Garden & Gun

– Aneya Fernando

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BuzzFeed Brews: A Social Experiment

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Probably the most socially interesting part of “BuzzFeed Brews” Monday night was the pre-gathering in the upstairs bar of Jack Rose saloon, where guests were ushered before the doors downstairs opened.

In a word: awwkward.

People don’t really talk to one another anymore. They tweet, text, check their email and do anything to avoid human contact. One guy was even reading a magazine. For 10 or so torturous minutes, guests stood around in semi-tortured poses, each staring into his or her electronic devices.

A horrible commentary on life, indeed.

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Afternoon Reading List 10.29.13

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The pot called the kettle “seriously misguided”: WaPo’s Erik Wemple wrote about former Veep Dick Cheney appearance on FNC’s Bill O’Reilly‘s show where they discussed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the marvels of modern medical science, and the evil left-wing media. When asked if he felt the media was “corrupt,” Cheney responded by saying they are “seriously misguided.” He then he praised O’Reilly and talked about left-leaning groups of society.

Why you should read it: When asked if he felt they were “corrupt,” Cheney called the media “misguided.” Let’s let it slide, considering all the times the media wondered if Cheney was “misguided” and then learned he was at times “corrupt.” Read more here.

“Gattaca’s” Wikipedia page was finally useful to someone: Late last night, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow‘s show where she catches Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plagiarizing the wikipedia page for the movie “Gattaca” in a speech he gave in Virginia. The obscure sci-fi reference was used to illustrate the possible dystopian consequences that could result from using eugenics and abortion as a function of societal control. Politicians just say the darndest things.

Why you should read/watch it: Any 4th grader with an iPhone and a book report knows not to plagiarize straight from wikipedia. Just skim the book and B.S. the report, or read the summary of the movie on the back of the DVD case and use that. Read more here.

Follow the jump to find out who loves writing for free!

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Michael Douglas Loves D.C. Media Interns

AndrewDubbsActor Michael Douglas was apparently a big hit with Washington media interns last night at the U.S. Peace Institute. Not only did he show himself not to be a diva with our intern, but Hollywood on the Potomac‘s intern fared just as well.

“Truly amazing. Finally got to meet Gordon Gekko,” Andrew Dubbs, a fall intern for the socialite site and 19-year-old student at American University.

Dubbs hails from Woodside, Calif. and is completing a double major in Film and Business.

Certainly this gives him bragging rights. At least momentarily.

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