I announced previously that we would be hosting a sort of round table interview series here with 9 (now 7) successful freelance writers to discuss querying, platforms, networking, and the process of landing gigs.
While I fully support the query-free way of doing business because of my own background, I know it's not the only way to manage your freelance writing career, and I'll never pretend here that it is. It's just one option (and a great one if I will say so myself). But I don't want you to do what works for me. I want you to know your options, so you can find the best route to success for you.
Other writers have been successful in their own methods, and this week they'll be sharing some of their thoughts here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Today is the first in our series with several freelancers. Get to know them a bit below (in alphabetical order):
Chris Bibey is a freelance writer and author based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to his regular workload, Chris mentors more than 20 students per month through his freelance writing course.
Angela Booth is a copywriter, writing teacher and author.
In almost 30 years of professional writing, she's learned many tricks of the writing trade, and shares that information with writers in Web sites, blogs, ebooks, and writing courses. You'll find a list of her writers' products here: http://fabfreelancewriting.com/Buy/buy-ebooks.html
You can subscribe to her weekly writing tips here: http://www.freelancewritingezine.com/
Jenna Glatzer is the author or ghostwriter of 18 books, including Celine Dion's authorized biography (Celine Dion: For Keeps) and The Marilyn Monroe Treasures. She's also the author of several books for writers, the most popular of which is Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer. She's also a contributing editor at Writer's Digest, and has written for more than 100 magazines and web publications, such as Woman's World, Prevention, Physical, Women's Health & Fitness, AOL, MSN, and Salon.com. Please visit her site at http://www.jennaglatzer.com to buy her books and learn more about Jenna.
Virginia copywriter and consultant Kristen King has been writing and editing for business and publication for 5+ years.
She holds a Master of Professional Studies in publishing from the George Washington University and a BA in English from the University of Mary Washington.
Visit her online at Inkthinker Blog, Inkthinker Communications, KristenKing.com, or http://twitter.com/kristenking.
Allena is a full time career freelance writer specializing in helping new freelancers at http://www.freelancewrite.about.com. Her firm GardenWall Publications holds contracts with major publishers like ME Sharpe and Gale Cengage, and her work has appeared in regional and national magazines such as Latino Leaders, Adelante, and Positively. She is profiled in Kate Lister’s work-at-home bible Undress for Success; the Naked Truth About Working at Home. She teaches classes and seminars on writing, blogging and social networking through Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. In her “spare time” she is a book reviewer for Sacramento Book Review and Apex Reviews.
Anne Wayman has been freelance writing over 30 years. She writes for writers at http://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com, coaches writers and ghostwrites books. Her credits are at http://www.annewayman.com.
I had previously also confirmed Linda Formichelli and Peter Bowerman as guests. Unfortunately they each had to pull out due to other constraints (such as Peter's new Well-Fed Writer book due for release soon). Before you get too upset, Peter has agreed to be a guest in an upcoming separate interview, and I promise to try to set up the same with Linda Formichelli. In the meantime, you can read a recent interview I did with Linda for All Freelance Writing on writing nonfiction books--a great topic if you're considering nonfiction publishing as a part of your writer platform!
Remember to check back again tomorrow, when we'll get into the meat of the interviews finding out what type of work each of these writers is most often involved in and how they they get most of their freelance writing jobs.
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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media -- a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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