I believe that one reason writers aren’t in higher demand is our collective shortcoming in marketing our gifts and their value. We have a tendency to wait until people see a need for us when we should be telling them why we’re so damned valuable. When you’re rainmaking, that’s exactly what you’re doing.
I don’t think it’s enough. Getting work is wonderful, making it is even better. Writers need to put their creative thinking, experience and skills to work to create new projects.
You want to make a living writing.
Here’s how I do it. It may not be a good way for you to do it. Then again, it might be advice that transforms you from a feast/famine disaster into a consistent earner.
I’m not celebrity-obsessed. I’m barely celebrity-interested. As such, excuse me if this rundown of recent events lacks the feel of a well-written gossip column. There is a television show called America’s Got Talent, which is a US-based knock-off of a show called Britain’s Got Talent. Former Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, Susan Boyle, was supposed to appear on America’s Got Talent. She was planning to sing Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”. A few hours before Boyle’s planned performance, the folks at America’s Got Talent learned that Lou Reed refused to grant permission to sing his song. Susan Boyle found the news very [Read more…]
I’m excited to share our job leads with you today! It may be hump day for some, but we’ve got some good stuff for you. Before checking out the list of job leads, make sure you welcome Ahmed Bilal to FWJ. Also, don’t miss Carson’s post – Three Bags of Gold. It will really get you thinking. Now, for the hump day quote of the week: Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what’s right. ~Isaac Asimov New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Ahmed Bilal Joins the Freelance Writing Jobs Team Three Bags of Gold Freelance [Read more…]
If you’re asking the right questions, you’re opening doors to additional opportunities.
Those five articles may have turned into ten articles, some additional web content, a better squeeze page, a white paper or special report for list building, a regular blogging gig, assistance in constructing additional content for inbound link creation and who-knows-what-else.
Those questions are business multipliers.
Without further ado, here’s an overall look at what folks around here had to say about getting things done more efficiently.
Thanks again to everyone who commented. My apologies if I somehow forgot to reference your particular remarks in this post. Every shred of advice provided had real value.
Anyway, I wanted to do two things before walking away from that post and implementing those good ideas. First, I wanted to write a “wrap” post about the recommendations, noting the prevailing themes, providing my reactions to them, etc. Second, I wanted to give away the free nacho prize.
You’ll note that this post is labeled “Part One”. You’ll see “Part Two” next week. I’m going to use “Part Two” to break down all of the advice, to provide kind words of thanks to the geniuses who provided it and to come up with what I hope to be a few Marvelous Insights of my own.
I’ll make a few guesses:
* Most writers have these moments of inspiration and ideas to do something new, different, creative, smart or interesting.
* Most writers don’t revisit those ideas with any frequency.
* Most writers don’t transform their ideas into actual work product.
* Some of those ideas have the potential to be Truly Great.
There’s a lot of ape-killing going on out there, folks. That statue of the Lawgiver is weeping again and this time the tears aren’t open to multiple interpretations. It’s all about sadness stemming from our transgressions.
The comments to a recent FWJ post are a great example. There are enough dead apes to dissuade a number of writers from engaging their peers.
That’s writing, isn’t it? It’s the ability to un-mangle the twisted bumpers, to tend to the wounded and to find something in the whole chaotic mess.
I’m curious. What are you doing on this front?
Are you playing with video? Are you updating your blog with little clips of you chit-chatting directly to your audience? Are you peppering your site with video?
Are you providing video services to your clients or do you regularly collaborate on video projects?
Subject matter specialization has its advantages and I’d never steer anyone away from being the “go to” person in their particular niche–unless the niche is crazily limited in popularity. However, there is room for those of us who don’t necessarily want to write in the same topic area day after day, too. I’ve found that works for me because of what I’ve learned “off the page.”
So, FWJ readers, are you specialists? Budding specialists trying to establish credibility in a particular niche? Generalists who’ll write about everything from skirt styles to barbecue ribs? What works for you and why?
I’m guessing we’ll all agree that a belief in your talents is good stuff for a freelancer. I’m wondering if any of you have some tips for those who’d like to develop more of that confidence.
Who’s willing to put on their self-guru cap to share a few ideas?
Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s call for bloggers. We received over 250 applications and I spent most of the weekend reading through them all. You’re all so talented it was very hard to choose. However, several applicants were no-brainers. Please welcome three new bloggers to the Freelance Writing Jobs blogging team. Carson Brackney: Carson is going to offer news you can use. He’s going to take a look at the freelance writing world and offer practical tips for getting the job done. Carson and I go way back, we both began writing blogs around the same [Read more…]