I am inspired by some of my favorite later-in-life authors, so I have decided to jump in with both feet to the idea of becoming a full time writer.Getting started as a freelance writer is actually much easier and more complicated than I had imagined. My first response to a Craig's list ad for content writers was accepted and I got my first real 'writing gig'. It paid almost nothing - but to be honest I was just so excited to be a "PAID" writer that I did not care what I was paid.
I began doing what I assume many others also do when considering jumping into writing, I started researching the do's and don'ts of writing. Needless to say I was quickly overwhelmed. There is so much to think about when getting into writing. Should I freelance and do short articles and blog posts or should I just focus on the fiction writing that I really want to do. I have experience as a Non-fiction author (the eating disorder book) is that relevant to publishers if I submit fictional work? See how quickly it gets crazy and overwhelming for a newbie.
And then you have to consider marketing your 'brand'. I have begun to work on my social media presence (making sure my profile on facebook, twitter and linked-in all have me listed as a freelance writer) which apparently is something very important to do. I got busy working on my personal blog again (as I had been very inconsistent with posting in the past few years) and I began sharing my blog posts on my facebook and twitter accounts when I published them. I updated my list of publishing credits - to send to potential clients/employers. I even ordered some business cards - as a just in case marketing tool (vista print was having a sale so for the mere investment of $8.00 I decided it was worth it).
With all of this - I am still a bit overwhelmed, but it is an exciting sort of overwhelmed, tackling a new opportunity. I'm sure I will make several mistakes along the way, but I expect that, and I am so excited to be going forward with this new and exciting challenge.
oh and a BIG shout out to https://www.facebook.com/BeachCottageLifePhotography for the incredible pictures that I used here. These pictures are such a positive influence on me and I hope you like them too. She does sell these and many other amazing prints so check out her facebook page for details.