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Article by Wendy McCance
I started my day by unsubscribing to a few writing advice sites. I was getting tired of getting bombarded almost daily with what sounded like a good topic, only to read through and discover a badly hidden call to action. It seems that some of these writer sites will email me way too many times a week and provide no information unless you sign up for a course.
Back when I began writing, these were the sites I looked up to. I wanted to be one of the “popular writers who blogged” who seemed to know all of the other popular writers who blogged. These were the people who I thought had figured out how to make unlimited incomes and knew all the ins and outs to becoming a freelance writer. I’m sure they are just that, but I didn’t like the idea of making most of my money by selling the information I had learned.
It took a ton of reading and picking through many sites to get at the good information that would really help me achieve a life as a writer. It didn’t take long before I was worn out from the pop-up’s, the signing up for emails to get a free information packet full of writing advice and the onslaught of courses offered to me straight to my email box.
Sadly, I found very little solid information in the “free” packets and the longer I looked at some of these sites, the more frustrated I got. There was that same regurgitated information with a bright bow and shiny new title. Although the titles were always compelling, I would get to the end of an article without the answers that were supposedly going to be provided.
If , for instance, I was looking to find out how much freelance writers were charging, I wanted to know actual numbers and not a wishy-washy answer like, how much do you want to make and charge what you feel you are worth.
Here is a list of the actual fees I charge: http://www.searchingforthehappiness.com/pricing-chart/
If I wanted writing advice on how to write an email to a person seeking a writing assignment, I wanted an actual template, not a sign up form where I could pay for a course.
Here is an article with a template like the one I use:
If I was searching for a way to set up my business and find clients without using an online content mill, I wanted some good advice, not just a general piece on how I should just write to a company that interests me. I wanted a little more hand-holding so that my confidence was up when I took a chance and wrote to them.
Here is a free 3 week course I put together to help you take you step by step:
If you have any questions that aren’t covered here, type in the word writer or writing in the search bar and I guarantee you will find several topics to choose from. If you still don’t have the answer you are looking for, ask it in the comment section. I will either guide you to an article about it, answer it (if the answer is short) or I will write an article about it (I have done this many times).
I hope you enjoy this blog and get all of your writing advice questions answered. I will never make you sign up just to get a free guide, you won’t deal with pop-ups, and I won’t charge you a fee just to help you get off the ground in your own career.
To contact Wendy McCance about a writing or social media assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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