To everyone who’s “concerned about my health” — let’s be honest, you’re not.

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I am unapologetically fat.

I’m a size 18, and I’m not trying to change that. I don’t look in the mirror, forlornly grabbing my stomach, and vow that the diet starts on Monday.

My bingo wings flap when I clap or cheer.

The dimples on my thighs are cute as fuck.

When I dance, my stomach pooch dances with me — albeit slightly out of time.

But I am a warning.

You don’t want to look like me.

You’ve seen one video of me working out, and think you’ve got me all figured out. You, sitting on your sofa. You, with no medical degree. …


Unpaid samples are the scourge of the freelance writing world.

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a laptop open on word processing software, a pen lying on a notebook, and a cup of coffee
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You think you have a great lead on a new client. The job matches perfectly with your experience, and they’re offering long-term work. You haven’t had to negotiate your rates with them. In many ways, they sound like the model client.

The initial discussions are going well, and you’re already drafting up a contract.

Until you get the email that every freelance writer dreads.

“Before we go ahead, we’d like you to complete this 500-word unpaid sample article”

It’s a tough situation, isn’t it?

On one hand, you’ve got a client who’s promising long-term work, and you’re excited about the project. …

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Emma Ayres

Emma Ayres is a freelance writer and blogger from Nottinghamshire, UK.

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