Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Got questions? I may have answers.
It's no secret that my passion is fiction. In fact, my ultimate dream is to have a beautiful home on the beach with a glass-encased office with a fabulous view, where I will spend all day, every day, creating characters, plotting story lines, and pumping out novel after novel. Not to mention answering bags of fan mail, signing copies of my books, and doing radio interviews.
What? Delusional, you say? Way to crush my dream.
Seriously, it could happen. In the meantime, until I earn enough money writing novels to pay for this fabulous house on the beach and everything that goes with it, I will continue to freelance. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful to be able to stay home and do what I love to do - write. And getting paid for it? Hello.
So that brings me to the point of this blog post.
I by no means consider myself a freelancing guru. I probably would not even consider myself successful. I'd describe myself as someone who has experienced good timing, some nice breaks, and whom, for some reason, God has chosen to shower with a little extra favor. But I guess I do know a little about submitting work to publishers, and I have learned a couple things over the past few years about the business of freelancing. At least, enough to be earning some okay money doing it. And enough to fool other writers into thinking they can learn something from me.
Next month, I'll be teaching a workshop at the FaithWriters conference called This Little Writer Went to Market. I'm excited, but I'm also extremely nervous, since this will be the first writing class I've ever taught and because public speaking is my greatest fear (see this post). So as I am beginning to prepare my material (I really hoped to have it done by now), I'm desperate for your help.
As I said, I've received many emails over the past few years from beginning writers asking various basic questions about submitting work for pay, where to find freelancing jobs, and asking for advice on how to get started. And now I'd like to hear from you. If you are just beginning to wade into the freelance writing waters, particularly the Christian market, what would you like to know? If you will be at the FaithWriters conference, is there anything you would want to see covered in this class? If you have a specific question about anything related to freelancing, please let me know. I want to include information in my workshop about the things you're most interested in learning.
After the conference, I'll be sure to post a recap of the class with the answers to your questions.
Thanks so much for your help!