Hi, readers...and all 106 of my followers!
To celebrate hitting the 100+ mark, I'm offering a special giveaway...an hour's worth of time with me and a free copy of Six-Figure Freelancing (if you don't have it already...which you should!). You can have me review and critique query letters, ask for advice on growing your career, have me help with marketing your business, you name it.
So how do you participate? Post a comment on this thread and tell me about an aspect of freelancing you'd like to know more about--or a specific question you'd like me to answer in the future, by Tuesday, September 14. I'll then have my five-year-old son pull a name at random, and will announce the winner here. Then the winner and I can set up a phone consultation.
Thanks and I look forward to working with the winner! :)
Writing Is Hard Work
4 years ago
I'd love to know more about outlines as part of a nonfiction magazine query. (How detailed should they be, and how long, etc.) Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great blog, and the opportunity! I'm about to embark on a year-long U.S. road trip, and would like to pitch freelance articles about solo female U.S. road travel (or variations on that theme) along the way.ReplyDelete
For years I wrote for regional magazines and small newspapers, but only have one glossy clip, and I got that purely by luck. I've since tried pitching that glossy and another magazine with ideas, but no go. (I know - two tries is nothing.)
So I'd like a bit more information about generating pitch ideas - I struggle with coming up with new angles on well-worn topics (e.g. U.S. travel).
Thanks again for all you do.
Hi Kelly! I love your work. I have soooo many ideas for queries for articles, and I need to get these ideas DONE and SOLD. Local editors respond to queries; national editors don't. Need tips on the business end of selling these; and maybe a "system" for queries in, queries out. Keep up the good work!! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the raffle! I'd like to know more about what writers should be doing to keep up with social networking. I'm amazed at how quickly social networking has taken hold. What should writers do to keep up?ReplyDelete
You got me started on the path to freelance writing when I met you at your workshop at the Claremont Hotel. I would love to learn more about ghostwriting. I have your book and it's been a fantastic resource! Thanks!
I don't have your book yet, but I am learning so much from your blog! I'm just beginning to try freelance writing, so I'm in the gestational stage. How do you get started when you have not been published yet?ReplyDelete
Thanks for such great advice here!
What an opportunity you're offering. I've given this question a lot of thought and what I've really been wondering is this: I've read a great deal that advises writers spread their net far and offer many different forms of writing like copywriting, resume writing, articles, essays, ghostwriting, etc. Would you agree, or do you think that one could make a living just freelancing and then, once a platform is developed, focusing on a non-fiction book.
Thanks for your input. I really appreciate your blog!
Hey Kelly ~ReplyDelete
I love the raffle idea :) I actually have a topic I'd love to see you cover: Getting reprint permission for newspaper or magazine articles (written and published by someone else) to include in a book. How would one go about doing that? I'd love to know! Thanks for all your fabulous advice!
Thank you so much for this opportunity! I'm new to the freelance game and I've bounced around between trying out magazines to writing newsletters for companies!ReplyDelete
I received a letter from American Girl stating that they are interested in my query for an article but they would like to see it first before they publish. I would love to have your feedback on my piece!
Thanks again for this great blog and wonderful opportunity. You rock! :)
I have all your books already, of course! I've been burned (not paid) when writing for a website, and wonder if you have tips on how to protect myself in the future.
Oh, Kelly, this opportunity makes my heart sing. I loved your one-hour-turnaround tip and have put it to good use. I'd like more tips on keeping the pipeline full. I'd like to see samples of queries that sold. I'd like more of your gentle encouragement. Thanks for the great work.ReplyDelete
Great idea! I'm interested in exploring how to enhace the effectivness of my website. I'd also like to get suggestions on how to make my query letters better.
This is terrific! Thanks Kelly!ReplyDelete
I'd like to figure out how to take my writing to the next level of publications. I have solid clips at the level I'm at but I want to write for bigger/better places for more money.
Kelly, I know you don't write FOBs, so I'd love your tips on moving from front of book to the feature well. Linda gave me some great tips on this front, but I figured you'd have some ideas, too! Thanks.ReplyDelete
Hi Kelly. Thanks for the fabulous opportunity! I already have the book, but...ReplyDelete
I'd love to learn some tactics for pitching articles to promote an upcoming nonfiction book. I'd also like to learn how you go about getting speaking engagements.
Hi Kelly, I just bought the book & loved it. I'm trying to start a freelance career & have more questions about starting up. Thanks for the giveaway & all the advice!ReplyDelete
Kelly, I'm so glad I heard about your blog when you did the Renegade Writer teleclass. My main problem is having the confidence to go out there and get work, so that's what I would want to focus on. Thanks for the letting me enter!ReplyDelete
I would love to know more about attracting national and local editors. I have written for Chicago Tribune, had a column in newspaper in northern Wisc., had a column on bookstores nationwide in UW-Madison literary magazine, and lots more. However, I was only paid for the Trib article. I need to figure how to make more money through national publishing. I teach creative writing and give workshops, have two tv shows - but it is my paid freelance writing that lags behind.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the milestone and here's to the next 100!ReplyDelete
As a writer currently living in India, I'd love to chat about what I can bring to publications in the US and similar markets. I've already got articles in TIME and Marie Claire, but want to use that experience to find new places to write for.
Just finished your book and found it incredibly helpful! I'd love to learn more about contracts - it seems that most national mags insist on all rights - is that true or is there wiggle room? I'd also like to learn more about indemnification clauses - what to suggest to editors as an alternative. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Heard your fantastic interview with Linda Formichelli. Led me here!ReplyDelete
Looking forward to hearing more of your fantastic tips!
I've been interviewed in tens of publications, but would like to know more about how that compares to actually bylining the piece!
Thanks for all the wonderful advice on your blog. I recently heart your interview on The Renegade Writer and found a lot of useful information in that.
What I'd really like to know is how to go about researching story ideas, finding experts to interview before and after getting an assignment.
Thanks again. I look forward to reading more of your blog. :)
Thanks for this great opportunity.
I write for quite a few small publications but I guess the future is on the web.
How do I find websites that pay for articles? How can I tell if the person whose website it is, writes all his own copy as most of it isn't bylined?
Yay, contest! My question is about transitioning from writing for the web to writing for more magazines. ALL of my clients right now are web and my queries for print magazines have not been as fruitful. But my clips are getting old--can I use web clips for print magazines to transition? Also any tips for switching over? (Or finding better paying web markets?)ReplyDelete
Hi Kelly, I would love the opportunity to pick your brain! My main questions right now revolve around how to identify and interview magazine article experts. Where does one find the "experts" and how does one go about getting them to talk to you? Thanks for all you do!ReplyDelete
Great idea, Kelly!ReplyDelete
I'd love to read more posts about how to spin the same idea for different markets. I'd like to start getting more mileage out of research I've already done to break into new markets.
Hi Kelly, It's Tuesday morning and I've just come across your blog! How do I transition my blog from weblog to money making blog, leading to possible book?ReplyDelete
Loving your blog! It's so practical and helpful.
My question relates to writer's websites: what's the best way to showcase your publishing experience? A list of all publishing credits? PDF's of a few key ones?
Am I too late? I just read your post on Writing for Dollars. Great points!!!ReplyDelete
I'm just starting to make a teeny bit of money from Google ads on my blog. I want to know how to approach companies about paying for advertisements on my blog.
Thanks for your help!
Hello, my question would be how to generate ideas. AND the issue of finding images for articles (this was asked of me once for a national magazine).ReplyDelete
I'd like to know how to go about selling a syndicated column on Elderly Security and Safety.
Should it be a blog? Newspaper or magazine? Or?
Excellent suggestions...thanks to all who participated and congrats to yvonne, the giveaway winner! Yvonne, please send me an email at kelly at becomebodywise.com and we'll connect. :)ReplyDelete