Want to break into your dream market, make more money as a freelancer, or maximize your time? Specialize. When you develop a writing specialty, you set yourself apart from other freelancers, save time researching and writing articles and command higher fees for your work. Contrary to what you might think, you needn’t be a PHD, or recognized “expert” to focus your writing in a particular area. Your educational background, life experience, and interest in certain subjects can all be translated into a writing-related specialty.
Best of all, using your background and experience can help you get your foot in the door with editors, nab your first writing assignments, and build a lucrative career. In the second edition of Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money (Marion Street Press, 2008), you’ll hear from dozens of talented, successful freelancers about how to break into the field, find and interview sources, develop relationships with editors, and treat your writing like a business. You’ll also find samples of 20 queries that nabbed assignments from new writers to use as templates for your own query letters.
You’ll also learn:
Why you should develop a niche of your own and determine which areas of your background can be mined for writing ideas:
- What the top ten writing specialties are and how to break into and write about each one;
- How to better market your work and research and write more efficiently;
- How to find sources, research, data, and experts for articles; and
- How to maximize your time and income—and make more money as a freelancer.
Kelly James-Enger escaped from the law in 1997, but don’t worry—she’s no fugitive. Since then, the former attorney has maintained a successful freelance career for more than a decade, writing for more than 50 national magazines including Redbook, Health, Self, Woman’s Day, Runner’s World, Family Circle, Complete Woman, The Writer, Parents, and Continental. She’s also the author of books including Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money and Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money.
Kelly lives in the Chicago area with her husband, son, and golden retriever. In addition to writing, James-Enger speaks at events throughout the country on topics ranging from health and wellness to time management. She’s a frequent collaborator and ghost-writer with experts on book projects and is an ACE-certified personal trainer. Visit www.becomebodywise.com for more information about her.
Kelly was my inspiration for my habits of successful writer mamas section in Writer Mama. She is just so productive, it’s amazing. We can all learn from her.
Think about this for a few minutes: how could YOU be more productive and therefore more successful? What habits could you change for more prosperous and productive habits? Be gentle with yourself but clear, that you can and will learn from your past and apply what you’ve learned so far to a more profitable future. What new productive habits can you start tomorrow?
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