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My Niche is Life

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Someone asked me recently how I would categorize my blog.

This is important:

Niches MAKE a freelance writer’s career! 

I know this from the multiple webinars and classes I’ve attended given by successful freelance writers; writers who make enough to support themselves with their writing; writers who are well-known by editors and get major assignments for feature articles; writers who are paid to ghostwrite books for uber-busy CEO’s, who sell every essay they write for a nice amount; writers who…do I need to go on to convince you? Probably not.

So when asked that question, I began to mini-panic because even though the questioner is not a freelance writer and therefore doesn’t know all this, it’s still important for me AS a freelance writer AND a blogger to have a well-prepared sound byte.

Which I don’t have because I don’t have a niche for my blog.

As a writer, I like to write creative nonfiction pieces about spirituality, self-improvement, travel, and education. These are my passions. I love to write personal essays about those singular seconds in life that snap us awake like alarm clocks blaring in the predawn. Do you know these seconds?

The second you heard your newly born child or grandchild cry, or coo, or say your name.

The second you spotted your soulmate.

The second you got your first big career break.

The second you had your first loss.

The second you heard bad news from your doctor.

The second you shared your darkest secret with a friend and realized she would never judge you for it.

These are the seconds that change our lives and they fascinate me because in that tiny space of time, a pinpoint is poked in the fabric of the universe and light pours in like a laser tattooing a new synapse in the network of your brain. Nothing is ever the same…and it was just a second.

You could have ignored it, missed it. But you didn’t.

That’s what I love to write about. How do I collapse that into a sound byte?

So, when my questioner asked me to describe my blog, I said I like to blog about life, and insights, and enlightenment.

I wasn’t satisfied with the answer and I’ve been trying to edit, rewrite, and re-phrase for a week.

My blog is about those seconds that poke holes in our lives so our universe can expand.

How’s that?

Let me know what you think, so the next time someone asks, I’ll be able to answer with something that sounds at least an iota more writerly.

 

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Make Writing Your Business: How to boost your income through freelancing

Hey, all my writing friends!

I recently joined The Freelance Writers Den so I can build my writing weakness, which is the business end of writing. (This is my Affiliate link which does NOT increase your cost by one penny!)

In the past month, I’ve taken 1 and a half BootCamps and 2 webinars for free.

I just signed up for a 4-week Master Class in Journalism, where I’ll learn how to pitch feature articles for magazines!

Pitching and querying are my weakest links!

Even if you aren’t quite ready to take the course, check out Carol Tice’s blog, Make a Living Writing, where you’ll learn so much about turning your passion and hobby into an income stream!

I hope to see you in class or at least in the forums with the 1200 writing pro Den Members who post regularly…and the wannabe pros like me who ask a bookload of questions!

Conferences, Writing Business

Social Marketing for the Writer

I went to the Erma Bombeck Writing Conference in April.  There are a lot of great workshops offered at this conference that’s offered every two years, but this year I had the great luck to sit in on Nettie Hartsock’s presentation about social media which is one reason this blogsite and my writing website have gotten a facelift!   Here are some of the most important points Nettie discussed at the Erma conference:

  1. limit your social media time to 15 minute sessions three times a week
  2. update your LinkedIn profile and if you don’t already have one, GET ONE…publishers, editors and agents are looking at LinkedIn for their next authors.  Also, the better your on-line platform, the better your chances of publishing.
  3. Link your Twitter and Facebook accounts with LinkedIn so that you can update all three at one time
  4. Create pages on your blogsite or website that will trigger the most search engines bringing the right people to your site.  In other words, if you write humor, one of your pages should be humor; if you write romance novels, one of your pages should be romance novels.

To see more of Nettie’s tips, visit her website.