Don’t forget to register before the end of day tomorrow for Anne and my Webinar, Writers! Unlock Your Hidden Profit Potential. You’ll save nearly six bucks by doing so…. Plus you get a ton of freebies worth more than you’ll pay for the entire Webinar (I added them up – the five freebies are worth nearly $140. The registration link is here.
Neat news: Anne and I are going to hold a pre-Webinar Tweet-up! Join us Thursday at 9 am PT/ 12 pm ET by using the #writingsquared hashtag. Bring questions, concerns, and get ready to discuss your writing career!
Yesterday was busy. I put on my marketing hat and got busy. I researched some top ways to get word out about our Webinar, then I hit the ground running. By noon I think I covered most of the Internet. At least it felt like it. Anne’s site went down somewhere around noon, so we were delayed in getting word out to her blog audience. Technology is great until it isn’t….
I was noticing some advice being bandied about the blogosphere. For the most part, writers are giving some super advice. It’s rare I see anyone floating advice that’s antiquated or just plain bad. But it does happen. And when it does, I usually pray the readers are able to look at the advice logically and with a healthy amount of skepticism. Maybe it’s because when I first started I nearly fell victim to bad advice.
The advice I received then that nearly had me hanging it up before I started tops my list of the world’s worst freelance advice:
Write what you know. And if you’ve lived in the same small town for 35 years, how will that help you? That was my dilemma when I’d first heard this advice. Instead,
Write what interests you. Much smarter way to learn things while you present saleable, compelling copy. Find something that sparks your interest and go for it.
Start a blog. Why is this bad advice? Because not everyone has something to say, nor is it possible for everyone who starts a blog to build it and maintain it. Instead,
Become a blog guest poster or regular commenter. Some of the smartest writers I know don’t own or operate a blog. They frequent blogs, and they build a lot of face time and credibility that way.
Send your article proposal to just one place. Conventional wisdom used to dictate that sending your query to one magazine was good manners, good form, and expected behavior. However, simultaneous submissions are just good business. And here’s why it shouldn’t matter:
Extend the life of your idea by brainstorming new angles. You’re not going to send the same query to Woman’s World that you’d send to Fortune. The idea may be one that fits both magazines, but they’re each going to require a different focus that reaches a different audience. For example, if you’re writing about retirement, Woman’s World may want an article on how the transition affects your relationship with your spouse, while Fortune may want to see a Six Tips for Retiring Before You’re 60 article.
Content farms are great places to start. No they’re not. They’re the worst places to start a career. In fact, they’re great places to go if you want to kill your career before it begins. Instead,
Seek out jobs that pay what you need in order to meet your earnings goal. That means work for nothing under minimum wage (a hint – if you have to use a calculator to justify how much you could potentially earn per hour, it’s a lousy job) and always aim higher than where you are today.