Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy 2010!


Hello lovelies! It's a day early, but I wanted to wish you all a happy, prosperous, successful and fabulous 2010! Thank you for all your support; it is very much appreciated ♥

P.S.- If you have anything in particular you'd like to read on here, please let me know!



Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Letting go of fear

Like many people, I have let fear keep me from doing and pursuing the things I really want. While I still have little bouts of fear, I now try to tell myself that fear is only False Evidence Appearing Real (it works sometimes, other times, not so much).

And of course, pursuing a writing career can be daunting, and can cause you to worry that you won't make enough money, that you're not as good as the next person, the list goes on and on.

Fortunately, there are ways to overcome your fears. Check out this post I saw on one my favorite websites, Freelance Writing Gigs called 5 Solutions to Prevent Fear from Hindering your Success.

How do you overcome fear in your writing career or life in general?

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

My Career Goals 2010

I'm sure you all are aware that at the end of the week we'll be bringing in a new year! A new year means new goals (at least I hope so). My goal is to basically take my writing career to the next level and make x amount of money. Here's my game plan:
  • Obtain work (that I enjoy) to make the amount of money I want.
  • Get published in a national consumer magazine (more than once).
  • Have at least two well-paying pieces published per month.
  • Have 50 subscribers to for colored gurls by the end of the year.
  • Redesign fcg website & revamp MW website.
  • Attend networking events.
  • Really promote.
  • Continue honing my skills.
  • Assist people through this blog.


(I recently wrote a column about setting goals- and reaching them. Check it out here).

So it's your turn; what are some of your writing goals for 2010?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!


Just wanted to wish you all a safe and fun-filled Christmas (if that's your thing)!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Getting readers for your blog

It can be discouraging when you start a blog and the only people reading it are your friends and family. Not to worry, there are ways you can get dedicated readers for your blog, but it takes time and work.

Problogger, the go-to website for bloggers, has a post with 23 ideas for finding new readers for your blog. It's kind of old (from '07), but I think the tips are very useful, so check them out here.

Please feel free to share any tips you have about getting blog readers. Happy blogging!

Why I freelance

Some of you might wonder (or not) why I choose to freelance instead of working with a publication. Well, here's my reason:

Ever since I can remember, I've loved to read and write. When I was in fourth and fifth grade, I devoured The Baby-sitter's Club books, and since I was around 11-years-old, I've wanted to be some type of writer (just didn't know what kind at the time). Starting in middle school, I read the newspaper daily and every week, I would get a new magazine, usually Seventeen, YM or Teen People. This began my obsession with magazines and the media.

Unfortunately, the only 'journalism' class my high school had was yearbook, so I didn't get much experience there. Anyway, I went to college in '04 and after changing my major from marketing to English, I ultimately changed to the best major (hehe)- mass communication (with a print concentration). Regardless of what people say, it is not an easy major, but I loved it!

So, I graduated last year, and I had an internship with a startup magazine, which didn't turn into a job like I thought (but, thankfully, I did have a part-time job at the time). After the internship, I looked for media jobs but couldn't find anything, which is one reason I decided to pursue freelancing.

Also, I knew there were particular things I wanted to do (like write primarily instead of editing), and I knew there were certain things I wanted to write about and you can't really choose what kind of work you want to do as a staff member at a publication. As a freelancer I can write about what I want and about things I think people should know, and that's important to me. I also get to learn and write about different topics, and I get to help people develop their businesses.

That's my story, so...

Why do you freelance or why do you want to pursue it?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thoughts on writing- *12.18*

If you're like me, you might find yourself comparing your writing, your success or even yourself to other writers. I'm guilty of it myself, even though I try not to do it. I have gotten better at it though.

To counter my negative thoughts, I often think of this quote:

"If success takes a long time and takes a lot of persistence to happen, you're lucky. Because if you get success too fast, you blow up too soon. You're the flavor of the month, everyone wants you, and you don't have the know-how and expertise to deal with all the projects you get. Slow and steady sets you up for a longer career."
~Kimora Lee Simmons

Here's something I wrote last month:

As I go on with my daily routine of writing, blogging and looking for work and all that good stuff, I get somewhat discouraged because at times I feel like I'm going nowhere fast. I mean, it obviously takes time to get established when starting your own business and being a freelancer, and I've only been doing this for about a year.

Anyway, I thought about this quote today, and I'm really trying to get this in my head and stop stressing about it so much. Very rarely is anyone an overnight success, and if he/she is, it generally doesn't last long. I want my career to last as long as I choose to work, so I have to practice the two p's: patience and persistence. It gets difficult at times when it seems that others are getting more successful in shorter periods of time, but I'm realizing that a) I'm not them, and b) Success is different for everyone. For some, it's money, cars, material things, but for me, I want to be happy, do what I love and live a comfortable life. I don't really want to make all this money...

I guess I say all this to say I'm gonna keep hustlin' until I get to the top = )

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Procrastination...ugh










So, I should be writing an article right now, but it's not happening. I keep finding all these other random, fun things I could be doing instead (like the Internet- ha!) Somebody help me, please!!! Lol

Seriously though, how do you deal with procrastination? What works for you?


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Stay on track!

If you're going to be successful as a freelance writer, you have to stay on track with your writing. Luckily, Anne Wayman of About Freelance Writing shares 11 tips that she uses. She:

-Writes down her goals for her business & clients.
-Breaks down larger projects into smaller pieces.
-Lets the client know in advance if she's going to miss a deadline(sidenote: don't miss deadlines often).
-Takes time off because it keeps her fresh.

Check out the rest of her tips here: How to stay on track with your freelance writing business


Monday, December 14, 2009

5 Freelance Writing Resources

Happy Monday! Hope you had a fun and fabulous weekend!

Today, I want to share some of my favorite resources for freelance writers. Hopefully this will help someone!



*Freelance Writing Gigs: Created by Deb NG back in 2005, this site features daily job leads and info about freelance writing and blogging.

*Freelance Folder: This site has some awesome posts for all types of freelancers and has how-tos, marketing and productivity tips.

*Freelance Switch: Another website for all types of freelancers; it has job leads, a blog and a forum among other things.

* About Freelance Writing: Website about freelance writing created by Anne Wayman, who has been freelance writing for over 30 years (!). This site also has job leads and ebooks about freelancing.

*Problogger: Started by Darren Rowse, problogger has "blog tips to help you make money blogging." It also has job leads for bloggers.
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What are your favorite freelance writing resources? Please share them with us!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How a freelancer can help you in the new year

The new year is quickly approaching (only 22 days)! Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

Of course you are! And one way to do this is through your words. Your copy should be well-written so you can properly convey your business's message and its quality.

Some benefits of good copy:
- Your business will stand out among others.
- Good copy will assist you in gaining an instant connection with potential customers.
- It allows you to clearly tell potential customers the advantages of selecting your product or service.

You can do this yourself, but here are five reasons to consider hiring a freelance writer to do it for you:

1. A freelance writer frees up your time so you can focus on other aspects of your business.
2. As an experienced professional, a writer will take the time needed for your project and complete it in the best possible manner.
3. Promotional material attracts more customers and clients for your business. A freelance writer can create the copy that will help you reach your intended audience.
4. A writer offers a second set of eyes. You don't want any mistakes in your material, and a professional writer will clean your copy and give it a polished, professional look.
5. Presenting a consistent image through your words helps brand your business; a freelance writer can assist you with that as well.

Hope this helps, and please contact me (jamiefleming@mochawriter.com) with any questions or for more info!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

So you want to be a freelance writer? (Part 2)


You can check out part 1 here. Now, on to Part 2, the other five questions to ask yourself before becoming a freelancer:

6. Are you organized? In addition to keeping up with your budget, you have to handle your daily schedule, interview notes, fact-checking material and so on. Wearing all the hats in your freelance business can be a little intimidating, but you must stay on top of everything.

7. Can you separate work from the rest of your life? (Admittedly, I struggle with this.) Working at home can be overwhelming, and if you're like me, you might be of the mindset that more work= more money. And if you really love what you do, it can be more difficult. However, problems can arise when you spend every waking moment staring at your computer screen and work is all you think about. You have to keep a good balance between your work life and the rest of your life.

8. Can you be your own boss? You have to be able to get your butt in gear because you are your own boss and you are the only one accountable for your paycheck.

9. Can you sell yourself? As a freelance writer, you have to do a lot of self-promotion to be successful. If you can find the right words to illustrate your skills and ideas, you will be on your way to a successful career.

10. Can you say no, and can you handle it when someone else tells you no? If you take on every project that comes along, you might end up with more work than you can manage. You have to be able to deal with rejection as well. So, don't take on too much just because you're able to, and don't get discouraged when work doesn't seem to be coming because it will happen.

11. Do you have many interests? You need to be open and curious about what's going on around you to be a successful freelance writer because if you're not, you won't find enough ideas for pitches. The writers with the best story ideas are the ones full of curiosity- make sure you're one of them.

Hope these questions helped you. For more info, check out the book, Get a Freelance Life: mediabistro's Insider Guide to Freelancing Writing.

Do you have any tips for freelance writing? Please feel free to share them below!

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