Success Story

Freelance Success Story By Karen Johnson Zurheide

As an author of two books for parents and dozens of magazine pieces in over 20 different publications, plus spiritual lessons for adults and greeting card copy, I am here to testify that most of the advice put forth in books and websites for writers--like WritersWeekly.com, for instance--is true and well worth following. Here are two standard recommendations that have helped me to dramatically increase my publishing success rate in periodicals in recent months: …

I Had An Oprah Moment by C.S. Paquin

I recently had an Oprah moment. After my fair share of reporting on county-board ditch discussions, interviewing CEOs and staying up all night because I had an article deadline and I'd left it till the last minute AGAIN, I realized I don't LIKE reporting, or interviewing, or querying markets with half-hearted ideas. At age 33, my nasty habit of letting life get in the way of self-discipline was always going to be a bad habit, unless I wrote what I felt passionate about -- unless I found my niche. …

I Found My Dream Job By Jim Howard

I found my dream job recently, I am a freelance writer who has been legally blind since birth; that is, I have one-tenth normal vision after correction by refractive lenses. …

BUCKING THE ADVICE OF OTHERS TO SEE “WRITER” ON MY W-4 by Tracy Powell

Pursuing one's proclivity early in life is an important career move, particularly in the word industry. Here's the story of a kid who bucked the advice of family and high school teachers, all who encouraged putting pen to paper, to strive for the big bucks a business degree offered. The consequence: no degree at all and 12 years in restaurant management, and a burning desire to see "Writer" on each of those year's W-4s. …

Breadcrumbs of Passion Can Put Food on the Table by Brad Swift

In 1995 I attended a retreat to explore the spiritual laws of prosperity, where I learned that everyone has a divine life purpose. Returning home, I knew that part of my own life purpose was to assist others in identifying and living true to theirs. I decided to follow that breadcrumb of purpose and passion to see where it would take me. …

HOW ONE PRINT ON DEMAND BOOK LANDED IN 58 BOOKSTORES! by Ken Kinnett

Bottom is not the place to be on the learning curve, but that's where I found myself. I'm betting you've experienced it, too - unless you're famous and have a giant publisher. This is how I've made progress in marketing my wife, Loyd Kinnett's book, Beyond the Affair: The Healing of a Marriage. Loyd and I are strongly motivated by our intention to have as many people as possible know there is an alternative to separation and divorce in the face of betrayal. In this case it was me, but it is just as likely the wife - fifty percent of all marriages are affected by infidelity. We also hope the book will build Loyd's personal coaching practice and our relationship skills workshops for couples - both of which we love doing. …

To Catch a “Z” By Loralei Walker

Sleepless days, sleepless nights. As my eyes try to focus on the screen, my head keeps telling me "Just one more little thing," The only Z's for me are in the word "e-zine." …

Tuning In by Pauline Gauthier

I have kept most of my writings. Even stories I wrote over ten years ago. "Your Missal" (as in prayer book, not rocket ship) was special to me. It was a tribute to my late father and was accepted for an anthology entitled "Gifts of the Fathers." But, at the last minute the editor made some cuts and "Your Missal" was discarded. …

When I Grow Up by Carol Sjostrom Miller

When my daughter, Stephanie, was 2 1/2, she started thinking about her future. One day, she told me she wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up. The next day, it was a chef. Later, a ballerina. And I always said the same thing: "You can be anything you want to be." …

A Psychic Told Me I’d Be A Writer by K. Marie O’Brien

First of all, I don't spend a lot of time going to psychics; in fact I've only been to one once. Secondly, I'm not sure the psychic's prediction was a deciding factor in my fate, but it's always interested me nonetheless. …

Freelance Success Story By Eva Marie

"Everyone wants to write fiction," author and speaker Ace Collins said to me during a phone conversation. "How is it that you get to so quickly in your writing career?" …

Freelance Success Story By Linda Oatman High

"When a man can observe himself suffering and is able, later, to describe what he's gone through, it means he was born for literature." A writer named Edouard Bourdet said that in 1927. Many years later, those words still speak to this writer's soul. …

Guilt-Free Freelancing by Dawn Stanton

I've always felt guilty that I never seemed able to hold a "regular" job. My husband has worked as a technical writer in the same company for six years. He likes it. During those six years, I've worked as an Editorial Assistant, Office Manager, Marketing Associate, and ESL Teacher, not to mention lots of forgettable temp jobs. Even in the most interesting jobs, including one where I worked onsite at a conference in Paris, France, I got bored, or else I recognized limited opportunity for advancement. (When you work in a three-person company and the other two people are the President and Principal Consultant, you know your options are limited.) …

An Immodest Story of Modest Success by Kenneth A. Champeon

Frankly, I have never taken authors' recipes for writing success seriously. "Those who don't know, teach," as the old saw goes. In any case, it is quite easy to make money writing. Infinitely more difficult is caring about what you write, without enduring the enervation and stupid inefficiency of the query/rejection-letter cycle. …

The Accidental Real Estate Expert by Dan Rafter

Four years ago, I didn't know a thing about real estate. I didn't even own a house. If you would have asked me then if I knew what an ARM was, I would have told you, "Yes, in fact, I have two of them." …

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