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Writers’ Week at Suess’s Pieces

I just wanted to pop in and tell all my wonderful readers that Emily from Suess’s Pieces has declared this week Writers’ Week over on her blog. She’s offering a bunch of awesome things for you to enjoy there, including an awesome writing contest (with prizes), resources for writers, and more (for the full week of wordy goodness, check out her schedule, here). In addition to prizes worth $726 Emily has promised scattered prizes throughout the week, including several amazing books (Stephen King’s 10th anniversary edition of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, for example). 

Oh, and one more thing: she asked me if I’d be a judge for the writing contest. So sharpen those pencils (dust off those keyboards?), check out her prompts and  link to your contest entry over on her blog. I can’t wait to see some familiar names and sites as part of the contest.

Recommended Reading: How to Be Amazing

This week’s reading recommendation was written by Lindsey Donner on her blog, Field Notes from the Writing Life. In it she explains for readers How to Be Amazing at Everything. She writes,

“Amazing people are not mistake-free Type A-ers. On the contrary, they make mistakes, but you don’t care, because they are masters of delivery. They come through early, and then they do something extra. Not too much (that’s for the Type A-ers). Just enough. Just enough to make you wiggle in your desk chair.”

And that’s exactly what she does with this post. Continue reading it here.

Recommended Reading: 4 Tips From Glen

Freelance Folder’s 4 Tips from Someone who has Hired Over 25 Freelancers provides readers with a must-do list from the one who matters most: the client. Glen, who wrote this post, has hired numerous freelancers over his career for a wide variety of jobs. He sets out what makes the difference between a freelancer he’ll use again and one whose business card and contact info he plans to lose.

He writes:

“During my first few years online, I spent a lot of time working as a freelancer, consulting for firms who wanted internet marketing services. For the last few years, however, I’ve been on the other side of the fence. I’ve been the client. The employer.

I tried very hard to be the best freelancer I could be (and charged a fair rate) but there are some things I just didn’t know that I could have been doing better for my clients. I didn’t know these things…until I discovered that I wanted them from other people.” Read the post here.

Recommended Reading: The 24-hour Rule

I wrote the other day about the need to get right back up and start again whenever you receive a rejection letter, and about my goals to do exactly that. So Kelly James-Enger couldn’t have chosen a better time to post her piece on The 24-Hour Rule and Why It Works.

She Writes, ‘Within 24 hours of receiving a rejection, or “thanks, but no thanks’ (what I call a “bong”) from an editor, I would do two things. First, I’d resubmit the query to another market; I call this a ‘resub.’

Second, I’d send a new query to the editor who had rejected me, starting with language like, ‘Thank you very much for your response to my query about women and weight-lifting. While I’m sorry you can’t use the idea at this time, I have another for you to consider.’ Then I’d include my new query.” Read the rest of her post here to find out why she uses this method and to find out the kind of results she typically experiences (and while you’re there, subscribe to her blog — it’s worth it).

And check out my post, Preparing For A Freelance Career, on Freelance Folder yesterday.

“I’ve been planning to become a freelancer since college. During my second year of school I picked up a copy of Media Bistro’s Get A Freelance Life (by Margit Feury Ragland) and decided to do an independent study around learning to become a freelancer. I studied it the same way you might study math or a Victorian novel. I picked apart the pieces of what it meant to become a freelancer; the ways all the great freelance writers shared in their books.” Read More…

Recommended Reading: Freelancers Are Chickens

This week’s reading recommendation comes from friend and fellow freelancer P.S. Jones.

Over at Diary of a Mad Freelancer, P.S. Jones breaks down the difference between being a chicken and being a pig this way, “Either you can be a pig or a chicken. When it comes to making breakfast, there are two levels of involvement. The chicken is pretty involved. It creates and passes an egg through its hoo-haw. Then, it donates it to the  breakfast cause. However, the pig is extremely dedicated. It lays down its life for breakfast. While a chicken will go on to be a part of many other breakfasts, a pig has everything riding on this one.”

Therefore, she says freelancers are chickens, while employees are pigs. Not convinced? Read her piece here.

And since I haven’t caught you up in a while on what I’ve been writing about elsewhere… Continue reading…

Recommended Read: Finding Experts

Over at Dollars and Deadlines today, has posted a great piece on how to find experts for your queries and articles. She writes:

“I’m often asked about finding sources for articles and books (and it’s smart to suggest experts in your query letter). So for today’s post, let’s take a look at how you identify and find potential sources for your work.

First off, you have to decide who you’ll interview for the story. Perhaps your background research has uncovered potential sources in other newspaper, magazine, or medical journal articles. In other cases, you’ll start from scratch. There are a number of efficient ways to find qualified experts, and the methods you use may depend on the topic and nature of the expertise you seek.” Read her piece, with 5 places to find expert sources, here.

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