Wednesday, January 30, 2013


We’re all familiar with the Serenity prayer, right? Asking for the serenity to accept what can’t be changed, the courage to change what can be changed and the wisdom to know the difference.
Well, I’ll give you a hint—the only thing you can really change is you—your reaction to a situation, your behavior. Try to change anyone else or change the situation without changing your behavior, and they call that insanity in another commonly used idiom. Seems simple enough, yes?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"Stay Gold, Ponyboy"

In the past month or so, in this series of blog posts, I've touched on five basic areas of freelance writing:
  1. Researching markets
  2. Researching/writing articles
  3. Pitching the right story to the right editor
  4. Handling rejection
  5. Getting published & working with editors
So what else is there to cover?
Oh my gosh--so much! I don't know that I've really even scratched the surface of the topic.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

So You Wanna Be a Freelancer: Step Four

You're slogging away in the writing trenches. You're doing all that you can to be active writing, submitting, rewriting, researching, not overreacting when you get a rejection. And then, one day, usually when you least expect it, it happens.
Dear writer, We are interested in printing your article about widgets in our publication's issue about widgets.
You've gotten the response that you've hoped for! And now it's time to get working on the next step in the process.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

It's not you; it's them

This was supposed to be the post about working with editors, handling edits, navigating different personalities, that sort of thing. But that's not really the next step in this process.

The next step in the process is waiting... and dealing with rejection. Rejection is a natural part of the process. As a writer, you may face a lot of rejection before you finally find success. But those old sayings are true: from adversity comes growth.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

So you wanna be a freelancer: Step Three

Okay; so in step one, you’ve identified a few different publications that might be a good fit for your writing.

In step two, you’ve gotten to work and written some samples, some articles or essays that you feel might be a good fit for these publication.

Now what? Now, you get to pitching.