Seasons Greetings from Mandy Eve-Barnett


Wishing all my followers and fellow freelancers a wonderful festive season. No matter which ‘tag’ you place on the holiday, enjoy time with family and friends and recharge those writing batteries for the projects you will work on in 2019.

All the best for 2019 with happiness, success and new connections.


Dress Code for Freelance Writers

With a day job as well as a freelance business, I tend to think of myself as rather a chameleon. When at my day job, I wear suitable clothing in line with the other employees. It is a socially accepted mode of ‘uniform’ in most workplaces, we wear the ‘appropriate’ clothes for the work we are doing. However, when in ‘freelance’ mode there are two options, firstly the working at home in front of the computer can be any of these:

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Aren’t these illustrations just the best? We all know, we have dressed like this at one point of another (or constantly!) and it is one of the perks of the digital age that we do not have to actually meet clients per-say on a daily basis but can pick and choose the mode of communication. Some clients might be in another country or state/province and emails, Skype calls etc. allow us contact without leaving the house.

When we are meeting face to face, however then we need to consider how we want to project our ‘freelance’ image. To arrive in any of the above would surely have any client running for the hills. We must dress to impress, give our client a professional image to enlist confidence in our ability and competence. I am listing clothing for women in particular but of course men should consider a suit or smart jacket and casual trousers/pants. 

A business casual look can be a simple chiffon shirt, jersey top, turtleneck or patterned blouse partnered with a blazer or jacket for a smarter look. In cooler temperatures opt for a pea or trench coat or a thicker fabric jacket. Matched with either suit trousers, chinos or a dark-coloured dress, simple skirt. Footwear can be loafers, brogues, pumps or shorter heels. Keep your jewelry understated.

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As with any job interview, we need to ‘look the part’ and show our client we have the credentials to produce a great product, no matter what kind of project that may be.

An extra tip, I use, is to browse the company or person’s website – it can give you an idea of the ‘culture’ and the ‘look’ of their employees. You can tailor your look to match.

What tips can you share about image for a freelancer?

And it’s Published – Journey to the Summit

 So excited to announce the publication of a superb hybrid business-fiction book, I assisted in writing.

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If you are looking to improve your business marketing, then this is the book for you.

‘This book is dedicated to marketing managers, and CMOs of B2B organizations around the world, who are tasked with bringing transformation to their organizations by creating a functional Marketing Department that is 100% Revenue Driven, while being challenged with the ultimate ‘mission impossible’ on the planet – Sales and Marketing Alignment.This book is also dedicated to CEOs, who know that marketing is critical in bringing them 10X or more exponential growth for their B2B organization, and to VPs of Sales, who are 100% frustrated by the marketing effort. They are praying, each day that their team can help them by bringing them closer to their Annual Revenue numbers.Also, to the Entrepreneurs, CEOs and Business Owners, who are working hard every day to build an organization, who are tasked with exponential growth and who believe that marketing should be doing more than just branding and storytelling. You are not alone, and this book is also for you.’

The Secret’s Out – Hybrid/Business Book Project



I wrote a unique hybrid fiction/business book over the past several months with a client and it is now ready for pre-purchase. My client and I believe it is the first of it’s kind and I am honored to have been part of that journey.

This project took a while to come to completion but the project itself was exciting, engaging and a learning curve for myself and my client. Working with a client, who has a vision and makes it into a reality is quite the buzz. 

With regular meetings whether in person or via video conference calls, the project was tailored to my client’s vision of how he wanted the book to relay information, some of which was quite complex, in an easy and engaging manner. The final book has made that dream come true.

Journey to the Summit

A Business Novel by Saher Ghattas
Begin your Inbound adventure.

Journey to the Summit is the only book of its kind for the Canadian business landscape — and it’s available for pre-order right now. All our secrets in an engaging, informative format primed to help businesses embark upon successful growth expeditions. Our new book, Journey to the Summit, is officially open! Be among the first to read this business novel compiling the latest in marketing technologies with years of experience solving the challenges of companies seeking exponential growth. Sign up here:

I hope you will read the book not only for the fictional story but the incredibly useful marketing information, which will propel your business forward.




Time Management


My sincere apologies for my lack of posting on this blog (my author site is three times a week: I have been coping with an ‘extended’ deadline with a client. The project started in October 2017 and was supposed to be completed by January 2018. However, the client has been rather too busy to complete their part of the project, hence we may have a completion date of 1st August 2018.

As you can imagine this has complicated my other projects but as it is an exciting and unique project I have been happy to postpone to ensure my client gets the finished project – a book – to his expectations.

Have you encountered an extension of a project like this? I would love to hear about it.

In the meantime I am sharing this helpful article.

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