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Four Ways to Sustain a Freelance Writing Career

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With thanks once again to the National Freelancers Union, here’s a great article about starting and sustaining a freelance writing career. Kudos to author Tyra Seldon!

Here’s the article:

Every week, I come across publications, outlets and individuals who are seeking freelance or contract writers. Some want people with extensive portfolios, while others are not concerned about experience or pedigree. As I have perused these various calls for writers (and as I have experienced in my own writing career), there are certain things that freelance writers can do to position themselves for sustainable writing careers.

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Tell Your Story

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This article really resonates with me, since I’m a writer and have been writing stories since the first grade (Tumiki and the Elephant – I still remember the title!). This following article applies basic storytelling principles to your business development and marketing. It teaches you how to tell your story, and explains why that’s important. No one starts a friendship by talking about their widgets or their professional offerings. Why should your business relationships be any different?

P.S. Let me know if you want the plot of Tumiki and the Elephant, at least as much of it as I can remember!

 

3 Steps to Connecting to Your Ideal Clients
by Justine Clay

I LOVE meeting new creative professionals and business owners; it’s one of the main reasons I do live presentations and workshops. Each and every person I speak with is passionate, unique and motivated to use their skills to create a positive impact.

So why do so many freelancers and creative business owners struggle?

Because the world doesn’t know what you do, why you do it, how it benefits them, and what they need to do to work with you. It’s not about talent or passion (you have that in spades!), it’s how you convey your message to people who genuinely want and need your services or product.

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Beautiful Thought, Unfortunate Grammar

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Beautiful thought, but can you see the problem here?

“…learn to be it’s master and not its slave.” Gosh, they were almost there! It’s = it is. Without the contraction, this sentence would read: “learn to be it is master and  not its slave.”

I’m a communications purist, I know, and I’m sure I make my fair share of mistakes. But this one is critical. For all you newsletter writers out there, make sure you’ve got a grammar-checker handy! People will notice. I guarantee you that.