Article by Wendy McCance
I hope that if you are participating in this month’s series, Jump Start Your Writing Career that you were able to complete last week’s tasks.
If you are just joining in, or want to review last week’s schedule, I am putting up a page specifically for this topic. Each week, I will add the latest writing career information and by the end of the month, all of the material will be available to view at any time.
Week Two List
How to Promote Your Work and Get Writing Assignments
- Add a signature to your email. The signature should have :
Blog link or other relevant link such as your Facebook page
- Go through your email, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter contacts and make a list of people to write to.
- Write up and send out an email to prospects you would like to work for. To get a template of what to write and how to send out your information on LinkedIn, go to this link: Using LinkedIn To Find Writing Assignments
- Create a Word document to keep up on who you have contacted and their reply. The document should have the following information:
How you connected to them
Response to your email
Should you contact them in a few weeks/months ( put a date in if applicable)
- Put together clips of your work and make a price list. You will want these ready to go when a potential client asks for more information. To get an idea of what to charge and how to set up your list, go to: Pricing Chart
Please note that your clips can be more than what was published. You can use posts from your blog, assignments from a writing class or even pick a topic and write about it.
Make sure that the clip is error free and truly reflects your best work. Make sure that if your paper came from a school assignment that any indication that it was a school paper is not on the clip you pass along.
Don’t stress about having professional writing samples. Most of my clients have never asked for samples of my work. You can also submit a resume or send them to your LinkedIn profile if your profile is completely filled out and has recommendations on it. Most have asked for a price list though.
If you have any questions or comments about this week’s tasks, please comment below and I will help with any questions you may have about getting your writing career off the ground.
Have a great weekend!
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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