Post # 1
I have expressed to many of you in the past my distaste for my current career as a teacher. I have an English degree and have made the decision to pursue writing freelance work more seriously in order to gradually move away from teaching and into full-time writing.
How did you get started?
What’s the best way to attract visitors to a blog?
How did you advertise yourself?
I would appreciate all the advice I can get. I know there are many hard-working professionals on the Bee who can give me some great advice. 🙂 My resolution this year is to stop complaining about my life and actually do something productive to get what I desire out of it and feel self-fulfilled. This is one way I believe I can do so. 🙂
Post # 3
@brideatbeach: I don’t have any advice, but I am interested in the responses you get.
Post # 4
I have been writing since I was 11!
I just recently started blogging with blogger.com. Once you sign up there is a lot of information on how to attract visitors and maybe even get paid for your blogs, but I honestly haven’t had the time to look into it too deeply yet.
Barnes & Noble has something through their website called PubIt! which allows writers to publish their work online for free and family and friends (or strangers if you promote it a lot) can buy the books. Amazon.com has something similar I believe.
Also if you are interested in writing for children at all (anywhere from preschoolers to young adults), check out The Institute of Children’s Literature.
I’ve taken 2 correspondence courses with them and they REALLY help with getting you ready for the entire publishing process!
Good luck! Good to see other writers out there!
Post # 5
I can only speak toward the journalism-side of freelance, but you should easily be able to do that. There’s a decent amount of freelance work available on the internet if you’re willing to work a bit cheap.
First of all, you’ll definitely want your own blog so you can showcase your work. Include stuff that’s been published if you have any, and on another page, just write fresh content. It doesn’t really matter what it’s about, and variety is always good.
From there, you should sign up for a site like Writer Access. When you respond to casting calls, include your blog’s URL and a nice description of your experience. You can also write for sites like Livestrong, Suite 101 and Demand Media, who may not pay you, but they’ll at least give you places to publish.
If you want to go a traditional journalism route, you should be able to do that as well, depending on the size of your local paper (small-to-medium is good). Write a few samples of 600 word articles and call the paper to see if the correct editor is in (usually their title is ‘special projects’ or it may fall to the managing editor). Drop by and give them your clips and your resume and ask them to call you if they ever need any help.
If you have a story idea, you can also write it first and show it to them to get your foot in the door.
It’s honestly a lot harder now to get freelance work because the journalism market tanked. It also doesn’t exactly pay well. I would definitely start building up your portfolio before you stop teaching. :/ Good luck, though, and feel free to PM me if I can help you at all!
Post # 6
@jo.lee: I really appreciate the feedback and will be taking your advice once I get some more free time. I fully intend on remaining a teacher until we have kids someday, but I would like to jump-start my writing so I can gradually ease into it and do it from home once we have kids. Thinking ahead. 🙂