Be A Freelance Blogger’s Pitchfest (and What Editors Look for in Writers’ Pitches)
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Join Valerie Bordeau in an in-depth interview with Lauren Tharp.
Lauren Tharp is the Associate Editor and Community Manager at Be a Freelance Blogger. Lauren joins the show to share the exciting details of an upcoming contest called Pitchfest where freelance writers can perfect their pitches and earn what they truly deserve. Pitchfest is a public pitching contest at Be a Freelance Blogger with a $100 prize to the winner. It starts on June 21st,2014; and the winner will be announced on June 26th, 2014.
Join us as we also discuss:
– How Pitching Publicly Is Different Than Pitching Privately
– What Really Makes a Pitch Stand Out
– What Some of the Biggest “No-No’s” Are When It Comes To Pitching
– The Importance of Paying Special Attention to Submission Guidelines
– And a Whole Lot more….
Lauren’s Recommended Resources Mentioned on the Show
- “Why Your Guest Posts Keep Getting Rejected” – http://beafreelanceblogger.com/guest-post-rejection/ (Pitchfest #1; article written by me)
- “Let the $100 Pitchfest Begin!” – http://beafreelanceblogger.com/open-for-pitches/ (Pitchfest #2)
- “Pitchfest: Win $100 for Your Guest Post!” – http://beafreelanceblogger.com/paid-blogging-contest/ (Pitchfest #3)
- “Your Blogging Audition: How to Pitch Like a Movie Star” – http://beafreelanceblogger.com/blog-pitch-audition/ (guest post by ANCA DUMITRU)
- “Here’s What Real Blog Editors Look For in Your Pitches” – http://beafreelanceblogger.com/how-to-pitch-blog-editors/(guest post by THURSDAY BRAM)
- “The Perfect Pitch Email to Get Your Guest Post Accepted” – http://beafreelanceblogger.com/perfect-blog-pitch/ (guest post by DANA SITAR)
- “7 Winning Ways to End Your Pitch, Query or LOI” – http://beafreelanceblogger.com/how-to-end-pitch/ (by Sophie Lizard)
- “How NOT to Get Your Guest Post Published” – http://littlezotz.com/2014/05/how-not-to-get-your-guest-post-published/(written by me — includes screencaps from my Associate Editor’s inbox!)
- “Forcing It: When You Need Article Ideas FAST!” –
http://littlezotz.com http://littlezotz.com/2013/11/fast-ideas-for-writers/ (written by me)
How to Land a Client in 10 Days With Francesca Nicasio
Join Valerie Bordeau in an in-depth interview with Francesca Nicasio.
Francesca Nicasio is the founder of Credible Copywriting, as well as writer for various Internet companies and a cheerleader for freelance writers everywhere. In this interview, Francesca joins us to discuss the release of her newest e-book, How to Land a Client in 10 Days where she details the strategies she uses to find prospects and turn them into high-paying clients. Get your copy absolutely free by visiting http://www.beafreelancewriter.com .
You will learn about:
-How to set the stage for client hunting
-Getting the word out and spending time on job boards
-Spending time where your clients hang out
-Direct outreach on PR sites and social media sites
-Developing a daily marketing routine
-And a whole lot more….
Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll get valuable client hunting tips from other successful freelance writers such as: Sophie Lizard of Be a Freelance Blogger, Dana Sitar of DIY Writing, Tom Ewer of Leaving Work Behind and many, many more. Get ready to take the 10 Day Challenge and Earn What You Truly Deserve!
Kingdom of Paidalot Member Spotlight: Lynn Silva
Come meet Lynn Silva as she shares her experiences as a member inside the Kingdom of Paidalot. Lynn is a mom of three who is dedicated to helping people incorporate mental skills into work and life so that they can thrive physically, emotionally, and financially. She has overcome so many challenges in her life and now she is helping others do the same through her website Diversimom where she offers a free mental skills assessment.
In this member spotlight, Lynn shares how the Kingdom of Paidalot gave her the courage to leave behind her chaotic and stressful job to pursue a passionate and purposeful career as a freelance writer. She credits the quests in helping her be where she is today. She shares how each individual quest has helped her to grow and become more confident as a writer.
In addition to all the wonderful things she has learned since becoming a member, Lynn especially loves the emotional connection the members inside this community have with one another. The support and encouragement she has received has been a tremendous blessing and now she strives to reach out to give back to others what she has been given. Her life is similar to the following story:
“One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a deep well. The animal cried pitifully for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally the farmer made a decision: The animal was old, and the well needed to be filled in anyway. It just wasn’t worth trying to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.
Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!”
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping-stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Lynn serves as a reminder that we can do anything we set our minds to if we remain open to the help of others and step up to the challenges before us.
Kingdom of Paidalot Member Spotlight: Adam Bailey
Come meet Kingdom of Paidalot member Adam Bailey as he shares his experiences inside the Kingdom of Paidalot. Adam Bailey is the Social Media Manager of The Loop Newspaper in Tehachapi, California.
Adam was fueled as a child with a fiery passion for writing. But after receiving a heart-wrenching rejection, he decided to embark on pursuing another trade. Poor choices, mismanagement, and unfortunate circumstances over the next several years left him disenchanted and steered his direction back home to his first passion.
Now Adam is ready to take on the writing world once again. He shares how the supportive and encouraging family-like environment of the Kingdom of Paidalot is inspiring him to become more self-confident in pursing his dreams of writing introspective essays.
He describes the Kingdom of Paidalot as “Disneyland for Writers”. He shares that not only is there such a wealth of incredible content, but there is also such a unique connection that community members share with one another. Having joined various other writing groups before, he has not seen anything like the community inside the Kingdom.
Here members become online friends who help one another through individual obstacles and personal growth issues. They make each other laugh, support and encourage one another through personal barriers, and hold each other accountable. Here writers aren’t judged for who they are or how well their writing ability may be. Writers are respected and loved. These are values that Adam finds highly important for his success. We couldn’t agree more.
There’s No Place Like Home: Finding Your Authentic Self
Finding your unique voice is one of the biggest problems writers face. Kylie Dunn knows this all too well. She embarked on a one year journey to find her authentic self. It involved completing 21 life altering 30 day activities throughout the year, all based on TED Talks. There were a range of activities from the simple ones, like 30 days of less meat and 30 days of more happiness, through to very challenging and complex activities like 30 days of choice and 30 days of being wrong.
Now she is on a mission to help others create a fulfilled life. She believes the world will be a better place when we are all doing something that makes us feel whole. Come join us as we discuss:
-What inspired her to begin her personal journey
-How the fear of discovery holds us back from being authentic
-The importance of clarifying your values
-How success statements can help you unearth your passion and help you focus on what’s truly important to you
-Defining your why
-How heartfelt commitment is absolutely required if you want to make significant changes
-How to drop the masks that prevent us from connecting with people on a deeper level
And a whole lot more…
Kylie’s Recommended Resources
30 Days of Drive: A Practical Guide From My Year of TED
My new ebook- After the Writing – A Short Guide on Navigating the Self-Publishing World
Q&A post I did with the TED Blog
The ups and downs of my TEDx Talk Part 1 and Part 2
TED Talks to watch
9 posts you should read about My Year of TED
The Year I Found My Heart (And What TED Has To Do With It)
Freelance Writers Academy Member Spotlight: Nida Sea
Come meet one of the newest members of the Kingdom of Paidalot family- Lady Nida Sea. Nida is a Texas freelance writer specializing in producing engaging content for businesses seeking to attract high-quality leads to their products/services.
Her current goal is to publish several articles for online magazines covering topics in small business, entrepreneurship, technology, and computers. She‘s written content for high profile-clients such as Dell, eBay, and T-Mobile. Her primary, long-term goal is to self-publish several novels in the Fantasy/Sci-fi genre.
Her current fiction work is called The Revelations Project. After the Great War, an unlikely heroine wakes from the sound of an unknown voice beckoning to be found. Meeting companions and making friends along the way, she learns that this voice is something more than what he initially seemed. When she does finally meet, only then does the true hell come to earth.
Nida has experience in small business and currently holds a degree in business administration. In addition to writing, proofreading, editing, and market research, her hobbies include PC repair, PC troubleshooting, playing video games, eating healthy, and gardening.
In this candid interview, Nida shares her personal story and her goals for the future. She also gives a behind-the-scenes look into her experiences inside the Kingdom of Paidalot membership community.
To hire Nida or learn more about her work, she can be found at either her portfolio NidaSea.com or at her personal blog My Freelance Life where she aims to help individuals learn how to survive the freelancer’s way of life.
Building Your Ghostwriting Portfolio When Most Assignments Are a Secret
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Join Valerie Bordeau in an in-depth interview with Lauren Tharp.
Lauren Tharp is the founder of Little Zotz Writing and associate editor at Bea Freelance Blogger. Through LittleZotz Writing, Lauren has worked as a writer & marketer for a television mini-series, an online radio network, a designer headphone company, and a number of small business owners around the world.
Join us as we discuss how to build your portfolio as a ghostwriter when most of your assignments are a secret.
-The importance of continued marketing even when you already have clients
– How a new writer can break into ghost writing with clients that pay well
-Some of the biggest mistakes writers commonly make when ghost-writing
-Common problems and pitfalls
And a whole lot more!
Lauren’s Recommended Resources
LittleZotz Writing– Weekly blog posts, bi-monthly newsletters, and free e-books!
http://laurentharp.net – Writing for the young and young at heart. Get a free copy of The Ballad of Allison and Bandit and learn more about me!
Sophie Lizard’s Client Hunting Masterclass– You’ll learn exactly how to find freelance blogging clients, and what to say to win the best gigs
The Writer’s Market books–(I use The Writer’s Market Deluxe).
Be a Freelance Blogger Forum– Ask your questions, share your story, and make new freelance blogging friends.
Careful Cents Club– a free private newsletter and group, where like-minded online entrepreneurs talk business, books and grow with each other
Secrets of a Freelance Writer by Robert Bly -the authoritative guide to making big money as a commercial freelance writer
35+ Resources I’m Thankful for This Year – 35+ more resources I love and use in my everyday writing life.
The Pros and Cons of Ghostwriting (and Why You Should Hire One!)
Video Answers– You ask; I answer!
How to Find and Attract the Clients You Deserve with Sophie Lizard
*Contains Strong Language. Parental Discretion Advised
Sophie Lizard from Be a Freelance Blogger returns to share the scoop behind her new book The Freelance Blogger’s Client Hunting Handbook : How to Find and Attract the Clients You Deserve as well as her best-selling The Freelance Blogger’s Masterclass. Sophie Lizard is a freelance blogger and copywriter on a mission to help entrepreneurs boost their income and professional reputation by blogging for hire.
Why typing “freelance writing work” into Google search doesn’t work well
How to really find clients who will pay you what you deserve
The most effective way to approach clients
How to cut through the bullsh*t when negotiating rates
How even one grammatical error can ruin your sales
How to show a potential client that you can make them look f**king awesome
The importance of checking a client’s budget before you pitch
Red flags to look for when client hunting
Sophie’s Recommended Resources
The Freelance Blogger’s Client Hunting Handbook: How to Find and Attract the Clients You Deserve
The Freelance Blogger’s Client Hunting Masterclass
Kingdom of Paidalot
16 Red Flags: Say “No” to That Potential Client!
Tide Water Murder by C. Hope Clark
Join Valerie Bordeau in an depth interview with best-selling author C. Hope Clark.
C. Hope Clark is a freelance writing expert and author of the Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Hope lives on the bank of Lake Murray near Chapin, SC, where she not only pens mysteries, but also manages FundsforWriters.com, a weekly newsletter service she founded that reaches 45,000+ writers to include university professors, professional journalists and published mystery authors. Writer’s Digest has recognized the site in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for thirteen years.
Hope is married to a 30-year veteran of federal law enforcement, a Senior Special Agent, now a contract investigator. They met on a bribery investigation within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the basis for the opening scene to Lowcountry Bribe. Hope and her special agent live on the rural banks of Lake Murray outside of Chapin, South Carolina, forever spinning tales on their back porch, bourbon and coke in hand, when not tending a loveable flock of Orpington and Dominiquer hens.
She’s published in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Chicken Soup, Next Step Magazine, College Bound Teen, Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), TURF Magazine, Landscape Management and other trade and online publications. She speaks at several writers’ conferences a year. Hope is a member of Sisters in Crime, EPIC, Mystery Writers of America, and MENSA.
In this fascinating interview, C. Hope Clark dishes a behind-the scenes look of her newest book Tidewater Murder. This second book of the Carolina Slade Mystery series continues the adventures of agricultural investigator Carolina Slade who finds herself amid danger and intrigue once again. Hope also shares how she got her start as a writer/author as well as how she developed her platform. We also discuss:
-Why starting with your dream project may not be a good idea
-How to find your voice as a writer
-When to use pen names and gender neutral names/initials
To find out how to get your own autographed copy of Tidewater Murder, go to http://chopeclark.com/tidewater-murder/
If you would like to read my review of her book, you can do so here: Tidewater Murder Book Review. If you would like to know more about C. Hope Clark, you can find her at either one of her fantastic websites: chopeclark.com or fundsforwriters.com.
Create an eBook to Boost Your Freelance Career with Dana Sitar
Dana Sitar is the creator of DIY Writing, a community + services for entrepreneurial writers and writerly entrepreneurs. She’s author of the bestselling guide ‘A Writer’s Bucket List‘, and a contributor to ‘eBooks Suck!’ by Hungry Entrepreneurs and ‘Guide to Self-Publishing’ by Writer’s Digest Books.
Dana will be helping writers share their message with the *right* people and build a thriving community around your Big Idea by writing their own manifestos (#maniwrimo) throughout the month of November.Register now for a free copy of Turn Your Tagline into a Manifesto, special access to our exclusive Facebook group, and more, to kick your butt into gear and start sharing your Big Idea.
We discuss how freelancers can benefit in building a community through social media, blogging, and eBook publishing. Creating an eBook can help you gain credibility on your topic of choice, earn passive income, and grow your audience and network — so you can focus on the freelance writing work you LOVE, instead of taking just anything that might pay the bills.
We will be expanding on the idea of creating an eBook in an upcoming webinar this October 29th at 7pm EST. You are invited to attend. To get all the juicy details, visit http://www.writersbucketlist.com/fwa-webinar/to sign up. The webinar is free to members of Freelance Writers Academy’s Kingdom of Paidalot (Get the webinar free if you join today!), and $10 for non-members. You won’t want to miss this exciting event! See you there!
Listen and Learn How:
-Creating an eBook Can Boost Your Brand Development
-The Most Effective Ways Writers Can Build Their Community
-Strategies and Tips on Effective Collaboration
-Best Writing Software Programs for Converting Your Work into eBook Format
-Best Publishing Platforms for Your eBook
And a Whole Lot More!
Dana’s Recommended Resources
Turn Your Tagline into a Manifesto
On Fear and Not Having the Right Answer
Kindle Match Book
Firepole Marketing: Danny Iny
Tackling Taxes With Carrie Smith
Join Valerie Bordeau as she has an in depth interview with Carrie Smith.
Carrie is a financial strategist who specializes in helping freelancers and entrepreneurs change their lives and businesses, through her blog Careful Cents. This blog is designed to help thought leaders and driven solopreneurs implement practices and techniques to create more money in less time — and with less energy. Carrie shares free systems, tools and resources to help businesses run more efficiently through her free newsletter at http://www.carefulcents.com/newsletter/.
In today’s show, we discuss what everything freelance writers should know about tax time. Gleaning from over a decade of number-crunching experience, Carrie shares her tips and strategies for getting organized, separating your business and personal expenses, and keeping accurate records.
We also discuss:
-Tax Deductions: What You Can Claim and What You Can’t
-Preparing for the Upcoming Impact of the Affordable Care Act Using Health Savings Accounts
-The Importance of Having Regulated Tax Professionals Prepare Your Return
And a Whole Lot More!
If you want to connect with Carrie, you can find her on any one of the following social media links:
Facebook: Carrie [email protected]
Carrie’s Recommended Resources
Financial Tracking Software
In-Depth Articles on Tax Preparation, ObamaCare, and Resources
How to Actually Look Forward to Filing Your Taxes
What the Self-Employed Need to Know About ObamaCare
The Best Health Insurance Options for the Self-Employed
8 Common Tax Questions for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs
Top 10 Apps to Organize and File Your Taxes on the Go
Requirements for Tax Professionals
IRS List of Approved PTIN Tax Professionals
Engaging An Editor From Word One
Join Valerie Bordeau as she has an in depth interview with Kelly Boyer Sagert.
Kelly has an extraordinary list of credits to her name. Besides being a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, She is the author of 11 full length nonfiction books and contributed material to countless magazines, newspapers, online sites, encyclopedias and literary journals. Kelly Boyer Sagert teaches writing classes online at http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com
She served as managing editor of Northern Ohio’s Over the Back Fence for four years and served as the contributing editor for the Southern Ohio edition of Over the Back Fence as well, and she also edited five trade magazines and numerous business directories, community guides and travel planners for the company.
Kelly is a playwright, with several of her plays being performed in the Cleveland area. Her most recent play “Trail Magic” tells the inspiring story of Ohioan Emma Gatewood, who, at age 67 in 1955, became the first woman to solo-through-hike the Appalachian Trail in one season.
She speaks regularly at writer’s conferences and workshops, including at the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) conference in New York City, and at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. She also appeared on an ESPN2 program called “The Top Five Reasons You Can’t Blame the Black Sox.”
In today’s show Kelly shares a behind-the-scenes look at her career as a freelance writer/editor. From covering the Civil War to boomerangs to one of the biggest baseball scandals in the sporting world, Kelly has done it all and shares her advice with aspiring writers on how to grab an editor’s attention from word one.
In today’s jam-packed episode, we discuss:
-The Importance of Understanding Your Audience
– Using Magazine Advertising to Hone Your Queries
-Using the “Rule of 7” to Develop Your Topic
-How to Cope With Rejection
And so much more!!!
If you want to connect with Kelly, you can find her on any one of the following social media links:
1. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kbsagert
2. Twitter: http://twitter.com/KBSagert
3. Google+: Kelly Boyer Sagert
4. LinkedIn: Kelly Boyer Sagert
5. Email: [email protected]
Kelly’s Recommended Resources
Fab Job Guide to Becoming a Freelance Writer by Kelly Boyer Sagert
Kelly’s books include:
- Icons of Women’s Sport (co-authored this two-book series, ABC-Clio, 2011)
- FabJob Guide to Become a Freelance Writer (e-book, FabJob, 2010)
- Flappers (Greenwood Publishing, 2010)
- FabJob Guide to Become a Fitness Club Owner (e-book, FabJob, 2009)
- Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports (Greenwood Publishing, 2009)
- American Popular Culture Through History: The 1970s (Greenwood Publishing, 2007)
- All-Time Greatest Hitters: Joe Jackson (Greenwood Publishing, 2004), a look at one of the most talented — and controversial — athletes of our century
- Birth of Illumination (2001), a work-for-hire book about the rise of the public library system in Toni Morrison’s hometown
- ‘Bout Boomerangs: America’s Silent Sport (PlantSpeak Publications, 1996), which the Australian boomerang coach called “nearly perfect”
Selling Your Services Without Being Sleazy
Join Valerie Bordeau as she has an in depth interview with Francesca Nicasio.
Francesca Nicasio is the founder of crediblecopywriting.net and specializes in writing blog posts, web content, and press releases for startups, Internet companies, and mobile app developers. Connect with her on Twitter @francescaSN or on LinkedIn.
Francesca shares the obstacles she faced getting started as a professional writer and shares her advice to writers everywhere on how to overcome feeling sleazy when selling freelance writing services.
In today’ show, we discuss:
How to sell freelance writing services without sounding like a telemarketer or door-to-door salesman
The difference between the Business to Business Mindset versus the Business to Consumer mindset
The importance of overcoming fear and taking action immediately
Tips and strategies for tailoring your pitches for businesses: what to do and what to avoid
How to develop a wealthy entrepreneurial mindset
And a whole lot more…
Francesca will be launching her new Copywriting 2.0 course in the near future. Sign up for her free newsletter at www.beafreelancewriter.com to get updates on when the course will become available.
Francesca’s Recommended Resources
25 Types of Writing Gigs That Pay Well by Francesca Nicasio
The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman
Making a Living Writing/Freelance Writers Den by Carol Tice
The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli
Be a Freelance Blogger by Sophie Lizard
Copy Hackers Books by Joanna Wiebe
Social Media Groups on Facebook and LinkedIn
A Writers Bucket List Action Team
Newbie Freelance Writers
Freelance Web Writers
How to Skip the BS and Start Out as a Well-Paid Writer
Join Valerie Bordeau as she has an in depth interview with Robert Jennings.
Robert is a freelance blogger, ghostwriter, copyeditor and sci-fi novelist. Robert’s blog is The Freelance Rider where he offers a tough love approach to building a freelancing career. His website body checks writers with reality by smashing false perceptions and getting to the root of freelancing problems and fixing them. Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and has been a member of the US Air Force since 2004. He still currently serves in the Air Force Reserve.
Robert shares his own personal struggles and obstacles he faced becoming a freelance writer and how he overcame them. He can be considered to be a modern day King Arthur of freelance writers. Leading the charge with his knights known as the Freelance Riders, he champions the cause to help writers earn what they deserve. If you would like follow the Knights Errant’s Guide to Finding Clients and want to know how you can join the calvary, click here.
In this resource-packed interview, Robert shows us “How to Skip the BS and Start Out as a Well-Paid Writer”. We discuss how writers can get paid what they are worth by skipping the concept of working their way up and only pitching well-paying clients. As Robert shares in his post The Greatest Writing Job Ever Posted, “If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you can’t take low-paying jobs.”
In this resource-packed interview, we discuss:
The trouble with content mills and freelance bidding sites and why you shouldn’t rely on them to build clips
A simple exercise you can do to help build your confidence as a writer and overcome the fear of rejection from editors
How to maximize your efforts in using LinkedIn to find freelancing work
The right mindset you need to have in looking for freelancing work
And a whole lot more!
Robert’s Recommended Resources
The 2014 Writer’s Market Deluxe will incorporate all the great information writers have to come to expect for 93 years with high profile author interviews, a completely updated “How Much Should I Charge?” rate chart, and thousands of publishing opportunities.
Get the free E-book 7 Resources for Writers by Robert Jennings by signing up at The Freelance Rider.
The Well-Fed Writer & The Well-Fed Self-Publisher by Peter Bowerman- covers commercial writing& self-publishing
Manta- an excellent resource for writers to connect with businesses that may need freelance services
Renegade Writer– Linda Formichelli- help with query letters/letters of introductions and all things freelance writing
Be A Freelance Blogger– Sophie Lizard-Learn to make real money blogging for hire
Make a Living Writing/Freelance Writers Den– Carol Tice- Practical Help for Hungry Writers
How to Start a Blog That Matters– Corbett Barr- This course contains 13 weekly lessons to guide you through starting a blog that matters over 90 days.
How to Kickstart Your Freelancing Career by Robert Jennings is an online course coming soon. The course will be seven weeks long, and will guide you through the first couple of months as a freelance writer. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect:
• Week 1: Determining which markets you’ll write in
• Week 2: Building your website and blog
• Week 3: Branding yourself as a writer
• Week 4: Social media for freelancers
• Week 5: Building your portfolio
• Week 6: Crafting the perfect query letter
• Week 7: Finding clients
Robert also offers a 5-part series of posts to help freelance writers called “5 Reasons Why You’re Failing.” Read the full series here:
Part 1: Why Your Writing is Keeping You From Getting From Writing Jobs
Part 2: Why Your Social Media Presence is Keeping You From Landing Clients
Part 3: Why Your Query Letters Aren’t Getting Responses
Part 4: Why You Can’t Make a Living Doing What You’re Doing
Part 5: Why Nothing I’ve Said is Going to Make a Difference
Interview With Sophie Lizard
*Contains Strong Language. Parental Discretion Advised
Join Valerie Bordeau as she has an in depth interview with Sophie Lizard.
Sophie Lizard is a freelance blogger and copywriter on a mission to help entrepreneurs boost their income and professional reputation by blogging for hire.
In this candid interview, Sophie Lizard of Be A Freelance Blogger shares her inspirational story of the personal struggles she faced and the mistakes she made while getting started in the world of freelance writing.
Discover why the UK may be the best place for freelance writers just starting out, how to overcome the most common mistakes and pitfalls new bloggers face, and why your rates are not high enough and what you can do about it. Learn how to effectively build your audience, monetize your blog, and get clients that will pay you what you deserve.
Recommended Resources Shared In This Interview:
The Ultimate List of Blogs That Pay by Sophie Lizard at Be A Freelance Blogger
Hire Sophie Lizard at Lizard Creative Chaos
Excellent Time Tracking Software to Hep You Get Things Done- Get Harvest
Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. – Get Evernote
Learn How To Effectively Market Your Blog – Fire Pole Marketing
Free Content Marketing Education – Copyblogger
Build a Better Blog/Make Money Blogging- Problogger
Secrets to Building A Popular Blog- Jon Morrow
Keep Track of Everyday Life- Google Calendar
Freelance Writers Academy Episode #1 with Dana Sitar
Join Valerie Bordeau as she has an in depth interview with Dana Sitar.
Dana Sitar is a freelance blogger, author of A Writer’s Bucket List, and managing editor of WritersBucketList.com, a blog and community dedicated to the pursuit of happiness through writing. She shares resources, tips and tools for writers in search of a path through DIY Writing and on Twitter @danasitar.
Dana is also a contributor to the 2014 Writer’s Market, Guide to Indie Publishing, and the Amazon Bestselling guide eBooks Suck! (but they don’t have to). Her writing has been published by Writer’s Digest, Brazen Careerist, Make a Living Writing, SF Weekly, Seattle Weekly, and dozens more writing and career industry blogs and publications.
Dana answered questions from listeners about how to get started in the world of freelance writing. Her wonderful advice covered such areas as how to get clients, what to charge, how to deal with difficult clients, how to approach editors, and so much more!