Hi Everybody! This post should have been up for Friendly Friday, but I have worked hard to get the word out about the book this week, and then got to visit with an old friend I haven’t seen in twenty years. All in all, a pretty great weekend, including a much-needed evening out!
I do have a few awesome new people to introduce you to today that will help with your writing career:
John Soares writes the Productive Writers blog. Work Less ~ Earn More ~ Live More– he could not have a better tagline for writers. He recently wrote an article about being more productive and writing faster– Write Faster: 12 Top Tips for Freelance Writers, and talks about over-researching, perfectionism, and meeting deadlines. Another post on his blog introduced and reviewed Cuttings.me, which is a site where you can build an online portfolio site easily to show potential clients, and editors. Spend a few minutes on his blog and you will find some tips that will definitely help you to be a more productive writer, which of course translates to more money.
Another good writer I came across this week (surprisingly enough on John Soares’ blog) is Linda Formichelli. She co-wrote The Renegade Writer in 2003, and they keep up a blog by the same name. A
recent article of hers that is important for freelancers to read is On Writing for Peanuts. This post points out the mistakes many new writers make by feeling they need to get a paying job at any ridiculously low price offered. No, working for peanuts is NOT a given, if you know where to look for work.
Another blog I want to introduce you to is OddBlogger. Holly Jahangiri shares ideas on blogging, promotion, SEO tools, and marketing on her site; these are all things that writers need to learn more about in today’s business environment. Her latest post discusses negative comments that you might get on your posts, and how you should actually view these as positive. Tips for Dealing with Negative Comments definitely puts the positive spin on the negative!
One last person I think you will all benefit from knowing more about is Mavis Nong. Mavis writes a blog,Attraction Marketing Online. Her blog teaches you about building relationships online, gaining a reputation and becoming established as an expert in your field. She feels that you should help others free of because along the way those same people will come back and buy your products and services. This is something I’ve always tried to do…and intend to follow more of her advice going forward. I think she’s just awesome! Check out 101 Surefire Ways to Attract Targeted Prospects for a sample of what she has to offer.
You owe it to yourself to read what these smart people have to say! They will make you think and stretch yourself in ways you need for success. Make time, go to their blogs; you will be glad you did! Which of these articles do you like the best? What did you learn that you can apply TODAY?
On a more personal note, my first attempt at making a video (just yesterday) is now up and posted on my “How to Write and Get Paid” Kickstarter project. Please check it out and give me some feedback– positive or negative– I can take it!