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Marcia Peterson has a collected a great bunch of pieces to answer “1 Big Question” (her words) about how to survive as a writer during a recession. Yes, I’m quoted in the article, but that’s not the only reason it’s a great read! ; )
I was just interviewed by Susan Johnston of the Urban Muse Writer. She asked me about common mistakes writers make, staying organized and motivated as a freelance writer, advice for other writers and more. Read the interview and then sign up for The Urban Museletter to get your monthly fix of writing tips and tidbits. It’s good advice; Susan has written for The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, SELF, WomenEntrepreneur.com and Yahoo! HotJobs, among other places. She also teaches and does copywriting. Here’s her other Web site: www.Susan-Johnston.com
Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned From the Cat
101 Stories about Life, Love, and Lessons
Cats have always been wonderful companions and playmates that brighten and enrich our lives but they are also amazing teachers. We want cat lovers, both lifelong and reluctant, to share the lessons they have learned about life from their furry companions. The stories in this book will delight readers with the often humorous, heartwarming, poignant and always inspiring lessons taught to us by our feline friends and family members.
We are looking for true stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. Remember, these stories should be about lessons learned from your cat rather than general stories about your cat.
Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:
Learning to heal
Learning to forgive
Learning to know who is really in charge
Learning how to not take yourself so seriously
Learning to put things in perspective
Learning about unconditional love
Learning to overcome adversity
Learning about loyalty
Learning to be kinder
Learning to say goodbye
Learning about family
Learning to have courage
Learning about humor
Learning that beauty is in the eye of the beholder
… Anything else you think is interesting and inspirational about our feline teachers
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story.
SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.
The deadline for submissions is March 31, for publication in September 2009.
Trevas Walker was kind enough to share a TON of resources with us. First of all, he’s GIVING AWAY his ebook for writers on eBookGuru.org. Here’s a direct link to the announcement of the Freelance Package:
Next, here’s a list some of the sites that the book itself compares and teaches about. In the main body of the book you’ll find links to:
The Freelance Sites – for Finding Online Freelance Work (The Main Ones)
1. Elance – http://www.elance.com
2. oDesk – http://www.odesk.com
3. Guru – http://www.guru.com
4. Rent a Coder – http://www.rentacoder.com
5. Get a Coder – http://www.getacoder.com
A Great Site for Finding Traditional Freelance Work
In the resource section of the book Traves has added:
http://www.freelancewriting.com/freelance-writing-jobs.php (Pulls writing jobs from various sources on the web.
Traves says that eBookGuru.org will soon have some teaching resources for writers, so you might want to bookmark it and check back.
Three notes from Traves:
1. Don and I are working on a series on how to market an eBook (with a slant towards fiction), and Charlee Compo (http://www.windlegends.org/) has offered to write an article on building a successful writers site (her site gets about 5000 visitors each month).
2. I also wrote a feature on ePublishing with the help of Chapmagne Books
3. We also have an ePublishing article by Carol North (http://www.carolnorth.com/) posted here:
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I saw this quote in FreelanceDaily.net (If you don’t subscribe, it’s totally worth it!) and it reminded me of the writers vs. wannabe deal. I can’t tell you how many people come up to me after (or before) my class, “Breaking Into Freelance Writing” and talk about how they have “always wanted to write a book” or “always wanted to be a writer.” How can you WANT to be a writer? I hate to sound like Yoda but there is no want…you just do.
This is the only difference b/n us and them. We write and they talk about writing. That’s why I stopped going to writers’ groups. So frustrating. I have much more respect for people who write and submit and get rejections (especially if they learn what to fix) than those who don’t even try.
Of course, I write for a living – not “for fun” (though I love what I do!) – so I”m a bit biased. ; )
A fellow freelance and I were just talking about how to stay focused when there are so many distractions calling you during the day. We’re both moms (and wives) and are trying to find a way to juggle chores and work without asking, ‘Where did the time go?’ when our kids get home.
For me, this means designating a time to do non-writing things. One trick is to get up just 15 minutes before the rest of my family to put in a load of laundry, feed the dogs, unload the dishwasher and make my husband’s lunch. (Yes, he’s spoiled.) Also, I get lectured a lot about taking breaks during the day to stretch my back. I take frequent breaks and use each one to do a five-minute task, like folding laundry, stripping the bed, loading the dishwasher, etc.
What tricks do you have to juggle chores and writing so you don’t squander your day?
For me, not very long. Probably 10 hours max, and I’d have to be sleeping for most of it. I’m headed to Denver tomorrow for a biz trip and won’t be able to check email until around 10pm. I think I’m having an anxiety attack. It’s especially tough if you’re juggling clients – the ones who want you to be available 24/7…or at least 9 to 5. What’s the longest you’ve ever gone w/out email and how did you feel?
There’s some controversy on this issue. Some writers swear the only way to make money is by creating a name for yourself in one particular area (travel writing, romance novels, food writing, etc.) I can see where this would help you develop a platform and a following (“When’s your next romance novel coming out”) but at the same time, I can tell you that I make my living (and fight boredom) by diversifying. Here are just some of the ways I make money: articles, essays, reviews, short stories, poems, greeting cards, copywriting (products, brochures, Web sites), press releases, book editing, magazine editing, ghost writing and books.
Would anyone like to share how they make money – in a niche or by being diversified?