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I'm Nicole Dieker. I've been a full-time freelance writer since 2012, and I published my first novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People, in 2017.

You might be familiar with my work at The Billfold, The Write Life, or Lifehacker. I've also written for Reviews.com, Popular Science, Wing World Magazine, and more. (So many more.)

I know a lot about earning money as a writer. I earned over $87,000 from my writing in 2016—that's gross, so I didn't get to keep all of it, but we'll talk about taxes and business expenses on the podcast.

We'll also talk about how to pitch, how to build relationships with editors and publications, how to conduct interviews when you're on a tight deadline, how to track (and grow) your income, how to track (and manage) your time—and for those of you who want to be authors as well as freelancers, how to write and self-publish a novel.

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month.

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    Why Self-Publish?

    Since my novel The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2 is releasing next week, this month's podcast episodes are both about SELF-PUBLISHING. Today, we're looking at WHY you might choose self-publication; later this month, we'll look at HOW to self-publish.

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    Talking to Dana Kaye About "Your Book, Your Brand"

    I got to chat with Dana Kaye of Kaye Publicity about her book "Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-By-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales." We discuss how to create an effective brand, how to reach out to media contacts, and when people should do their own publicity vs. when they should hire a publicist.

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    Let's Talk About Taxes

    It's almost Tax Day! But since most of us have probably already done our 2017 taxes, this episode is all about how freelance taxes will change in 2018.

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    How to Evaluate Potential Clients

    Learn how to decide whether a client is right for you BEFORE you apply for the gig or say yes to the editor.

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    The Art of Interviewing: Part 2

    The second half of our Art of Interviewing discussion! Today we look at how to contact a source, how to prep your interview questions, how to conduct the interview, and what to do after the interview.

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    The Art of Interviewing: Part 1

    Interviewing is often one of the hardest parts of freelancing — it involves asking people for help, dealing with rejection, and PHONES — so I've broken the interviewing process down into a series of easy-to-manage steps. This episode deals with everything you need to do before you ask someone for an interview; the next episode will be about how to ask, how to do the interview, and what to do after the interview.

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    How to Become a Regular Contributor

    Pitching is great, but knowing that you're going to complete work for a specific client or publication every month is even better. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you turn that initial pitch into a regular contributor relationship — as well as how to determine whether your editor wants you to pitch more often.

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    How to Set Goals

    Happy New Year! Let's talk about how to set writing and money goals for 2018.

    I mention "Biographies Volume 1" and "Biographies Volume 2" in this podcast; I'm referring to my published novel The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 1: 1989–2000 and the forthcoming Volume 2: 2004–2016.

    You'll hear me mention a paid subscription in this episode; this podcast was originally released under a freemium/subscription model, but I have since decided to make it free for everybody. ❤️

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    How to Deal With Change

    ANYTHING CAN CHANGE AT ANY TIME!

    Publications can shut down!

    Patreon can announce (and then unannounce) new fees!

    You can get part of the way into a podcast recording and then have GarageBand tell you it can't record any more because your disk space is full, and then when you clear out some old files and start recording again the sound quality is way better for some reason?!

    THIS EPISODE IS ABOUT HOW YOU DEAL WITH CONSTANT CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY.

    You'll hear me mention a paid subscription in this episode; this podcast was originally released under a freemium/subscription model, but I have since decided to make it free for everybody. ❤️

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    How to Use My Spreadsheet

    The audio is a little imperfect on this one because I'm in the process of moving and I didn't have my usual setup. (It turns out throwing a duvet over your head before you record makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE.)

    However, you know what IS perfect? My spreadsheet. Check the full description for a link to a Google Sheets version that you can copy/paste into your own spreadsheet program.

    You'll hear me mention a paid subscription in this episode; this podcast was originally released under a freemium/subscription model, but I have since decided to make it free for everybody. ❤️

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    How to Do Your Big Creative Projects (While Still Doing All Your Other Work)

    This episode is all about PRIORITIZING YOUR BIG CREATIVE PROJECTS. I wrote two novels in 18 months, and I'll share everything I learned in the process.

    After you've listened to this episode, I'd love to learn more about the big creative projects you're working on, as well as any successes/frustrations/roadblocks that are coming up as you work.

    You'll hear me mention a paid subscription in this episode; this podcast was originally released under a freemium/subscription model, but I have since decided to make it free for everybody. ❤️

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    How to Write When You're Busy

    Decide THAT you're going to do it, then decide WHEN you're going to do it.

    Also: I have improved my audio CONSIDERABLY since the first episode, but I still need a pop filter. I'll have that by the next podcast and then the audio should be PERFECT. ❤️

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    How to Write Quickly

    How do I write 20–30 pieces every week? By drawing from common structural patterns that I've internalized to the point that they've become instinctual.

    In other words: I know the framework, and all I have to do is put the words in.

    You'll hear me mention a paid subscription in this episode; this podcast was originally released under a freemium/subscription model, but I have since decided to make it free for everybody. ❤️

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    How to Pitch

    This episode of Writing & Money is all about pitching: which sites to pitch, what types of stories to pitch, and the four elements that should be included in every pitch.

    You'll hear me mention a paid subscription in this episode; this podcast was originally released under a freemium/subscription model, but I have since decided to make it free for everybody. ❤️

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