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Living the Writer's Life: Cris Johnson

Cris Johnson’s life was nothing but fun from the outside looking in. But the reality of life as a magician kept him on a grueling schedule, away from his family, and chronically exhausted. The upside was that it led him to copywriting. Discover why pursuing the writer’s life won out in the end, and how he’s kept some “magic” in his life.

How a "Caged" Employee Made the Leap Into Online Writing Freedom

For nearly a decade, Steve Maurer juggled and built his freelance writing business around a demanding manufacturing day job. He finally made the shift, and is enjoying online writing freedom today. Here's how he went from part-time writer to freelance B2B industrial copy and content specialist.

How to Become a Successful Ghostwriter Like This CPA Has Done

See how CPA Liz Farr changed careers and became a successful ghostwriter for clients in the accounting industry. Her quick momentum will fascinate you, especially if you're interested in ghostwriting. She offers her top advice for writers interested in becoming freelance ghostwriters.

Living the Writer's Life: Brian Whitaker

We first interviewed Brian Whitaker a decade ago, right after he’d left a successful career as a marketing manager for life as a Barefoot Writer. At the time, Brian reported corporate life had been keeping him from his family, community, and other interests. He wanted balance. Find out how, 10 years later, he not only found that balance but said goodbye forever to the feast-or-famine cycle and is thriving with new projects and tools (including AI!).

New Freelance Writer Creates Career Success in Just 4 Months…

Sometimes a refusal to “wait for the perfect moment” can take you far when you’re just starting to figure out a path to freelance writing career success. Here, Jill Weberding maps out how she created her quick path to copywriting success in just four months...

Living the Writer's Life: Latifat Abifarin

In Latifat Abifarin’s words, “I’m one piece of evidence that there are talented and good people from Nigeria.” Over the years, Latifat has struggled at times to connect with potential clients who judge her or assume she can’t speak English. But, she’s persevered and built a successful writer’s life working as a content writer, ebook designer, and scriptwriter.

How This Freelance Writing “Tortoise” Hit Career Breakthroughs

Jill Wright, freelance copywriter and web content writer, was not an overnight success. But this slow-and-steady achiever found her own path to career growth by joining AWAI mentor-led programs. Find out how, and see her words of advice for new writers...

Living the Writer's Life: Jessica Vine

When Jessica Vine first entered the world of paid writing, she wanted to be a travel writer. But she strayed from that dream for too long, writing $10 articles on a topic she wasn’t passionate about. Then, she did something profound… She decided she wanted to be paid more. It was a turning point where Jessica started to see real success, especially with her RV blog. Today, her goal is to exceed $100K per month! And, you know what? She’s going to reach it! Here is her story.

Living the Writer's Life: Scott Martin

Scott Martin has been working as a successful direct-response copywriter for 33 incredible years. But he’s still surprised each winter when he works part time as a ski instructor… There are just so many ways to apply the skills of a marketer to everyday challenges. Read on to learn Scott’s tips for how to find clients on LinkedIn and why it’s important to never be viewed as just a commodity.

Living the Writer's Life: Katie Sanders

Katie Sanders has five young children under the age of 12, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing a successful writer’s life focused on helping nonprofits. Her writing desk is often the kitchen counter (while she’s cooking dinner for her family), and she thinks up ideas for projects while running around after her two toddlers. Katie’s writer’s life may look different from others, but she is determined to make things work for herself and for her family.

Living the Writer's Life: Dan Magill

It’s been seven years since we last checked in with Barefoot Writer Dan Magill. Since then, he’s been building his career and working on SEO blogs, fundraising campaigns, and sales pages. Because of his writer’s life, Dan was recently able to keep his 2-year-old son home from day care to enjoy extra family time before his wife started a new job. He also traveled to Nepal in 2017 to see a finished project he helped promote. You’ll love Dan’s five tips for new writers who are struggling to find clients.

Living the Writer's Life: Pat McCord

She’s a fiction writer with three published books, an AWAI $10K winner, and… oh yeah… she wrote a book for famed copywriter Bob Bly! As one of AWAI’s early students, Pat McCord is the perfect example of someone who took the copywriting skills she learned from her first course and ran with them. Here are her tips on how you can achieve satisfaction through writing by doing “everything” your first writing course suggests!

Living the Writer's Life: Charles George

It’s a special thing when you come across a writer whose emails are like a ray of sunshine in your inbox. That’s what it’s like to talk with Charles George. His passion will inspire you to soak in everything this writer’s life has to offer. Here are some of Charles’ thoughts on using newsletters to connect with clients, positive thinking, and the importance of focusing on family.

Living the Writer's Life: Jon Stoltzfus

We last checked in with Jon Stoltzfus back in 2016 when he was still writing on the side and maintaining a full-time career as an engineer. Now, six years later, Jon has succeeded in building a writer’s life filled with projects he loves. In this “where are they now” interview, you’ll learn why Jon says it’s so important to follow through on commitments as a copywriter. Plus, you’ll discover his secret weapon that helps him write more efficiently when the big projects come knocking!

Living the Writer's Life: Karmin Gentili

Karmin Gentili is still kicking herself for a missed opportunity when she was first starting in the world of copywriting. She was working on AWAI’s Masters Program for Six-Figure Copywriting when she disagreed with the feedback of her tutor... and decided to quit. It was a tutor who just happened to be master copywriter Paul Hollingshead! “Can you believe I threw that amazing opportunity away?!?” Years later, Karmin gave things a second try and has been building a cherished writer’s life that allows her to care for her aging parents. Here’s her story...

Living the Writer's Life: Craig Grossman

Inspiration can come from anywhere. For Craig Grossman, inspiration comes from various aspects of the AWAI courses he’s studied or even from his clients. He’ll take one idea and turn it into a blog article or use it to enhance a website. That is just one of the skills this gourmet-food-brokerage-owner-turned-copywriter uses to run his new B2B copywriting business. Today, Craig truly is an artist and writing is his creative outlet. Enjoy his story…

Write a Quick Case Study Headline — and You Could Earn $200

Practice is the best way to keep improving as an online copywriter. Follow the “client brief” to do this practice assignment, using tips from a master.

Living the Writer's Life: Holly Emery

When Holly Emery took AWAI’s Master Certification for Direct Response Copywriters, she was hoping to build a career to take her away from a job in the private sector. Then, a chance referral from a friend who introduced her to a client in the mindset coaching niche. In this interview, you’ll learn how Holly was able to navigate this first big project and even secure a monthly retainer. Plus, you’ll find out how Holly avoids ever having to write under pressure. Her “nightstand trick” may just help you sleep better too!

Living the Writer's Life: Rachael Gray

When she first started, this young woman took the copywriting world by storm — achieving incredible success while still in her 20s. Today, her name is a bit different and her outlook on life has evolved to include meditation, better self-care… and still… incredible copywriting skills. You’ll love this peek into the daily life of copywriting rock star Rachael Aurora Gray.

Living the Writer's Life: John Diamondidis

When did you first decide you might have some writing skill? Was it because of a writing contest? A blog article? Or, like John Diamondidis, was it on a TV set while filming a promo for your professional wrestling career?! We hope you’ll enjoy this interview where John shares some of his top tips for new writers. And remember, when in doubt… “Writers write!”

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