In 1992, I was a UK betting shop manager and aspiring travel writer. With more experience in odds than words, I journeyed to the local library for knowledge. Fully educated in query letters, contracts, copyright and the prospect of rejection, I joined the local writer’s group. It was run by novelist Elizabeth Lord who was very supportive and offered helpful criticism. Not everyone was so positive. My husband (now ex) derided the prospect of me being a writer. Undaunted I posted five query letters. My husband found it highly amusing when two rejections arrived. ‘I told you so’ he laughed. Then three commissions came and promptly wiped the smirk from his face.
One of the best ways to ensure steady income as a writer is to ensure that you never run out of material to write about. For the beginning and seasoned writer alike, the following seven strategies, will help ensure you never run out of material again. 1) Always keep an ongoing journal. The goal of […]
In order for me to catch a glimpse of success, I first had to quit my day job. I know that doesn’t sound like a practical thing to do, but in my case it became necessary.
Would you like to earn a great living as a writer on a steady basis? If you answered yes, consider technical writing. It isn’t sexy, and it won’t make you famous. But working as a technical writer has provided me with a terrific income, and exponentially increased my creative writing skills. Furthermore, I’ve enjoyed my […]
After college I started submitting personal essays to freelance newspaper columns that receive anywhere from 200 to 500 entries a week. In one, I wrote about a relationship falling apart as if it were a divorce. Another was a tribute to my family doctor on his retirement. A couple of my articles were published, which gave me hope that I might have some talent.
Editor’s Note: We receive lots of letters of praise over the course of a week and we appreciate each and every one. I save them all in a “kudos” folder in my emailbox and read them when I’m feeling down (usually after I’ve had to deal with a “jerk”). Since Tony Amato’s book was made […]
Everything is not always rosy here at the “Home Office.” With the blessing of having a financially successful home-based business also comes the dread of dealing with jerks on a frequent basis.
The Christmas my first book was being published, my younger daughter gave me a beautiful pen engraved, Johnnie Gaskill, Author. As I blinked back tears over the gift commemorating my arrival at that significant milepost, I realized I could never have reached that destination without the help of other writers.
Today we’re featuring a free excerpt from Writing Lessons Learned: We Learned The Hard Way So You Don’t Have To by Shelley Divnich Haggert and Linda Sherwood. The easy-to-read Q&A format of this book makes finding the answers to freelancing questions a breeze. In Writing Lessons Learned, the beginning writer receives sage advice from not […]