You’re a new writer. Breaking into markets is your goal. You know how to write a query letter, and you’ve researched which targets are a good fit. Can new writers land clients without clips? Yes, you can. Let’s talk about how.
The short answer is—yes. You’re ultimately in control of your writing ideas. How you present them and capture your reader’s attention is how you’re making them new. Some say there’s nothing new anymore. That everyone is rehashing the same old ideas over and over again.
Have you ever read submission guidelines where you see the phrase, “no simultaneous submissions?” Freelance writers dread that phrase for many reasons. Under most circumstances, you’ll see it when markets have long response times. When this happens, it gives the editors exclusivity when considering your work. They know no one else is reading it, or that there’s a chance it may be published elsewhere.
It sounds simple at its core. Do you have writing work? Are you working as a freelance writer full-time? Answering these questions determines how you’ll fill your time. If you don’t have work and you’re a full-time freelance writer—your job is to find freelance writing work. Instead of getting up each day and writing, you’ll be spending your time differently.
When you post links to blogs, articles, or other pieces of content to your social media accounts, are you using hashtags? Before we get into whether or not you’re doing this, let’s talk about why they’re essential on your posts.
When you see a writer disappear from social media, what’s your first thought? Some may not notice. Others may wonder where they are—particularly if this writer has a prominent presence. These writers may be talking about tips, posting memes, or sharing their work regularly.
What does it mean to become a new writer daily? When I started writing, I was excited, invigorated, and terrified. The “newness” is what drove me to want to do better, learn more, and connect with other writers. I couldn’t wait to find new opportunities, hear about what others were doing, and find out about new techniques. I could taste the excitement. Some days it the experience sweet and others it was bitter.
Do you have an interest in launching a lifestyle blog about your travels? Is it your dream to see your travel essays in print or on a travel website? If so, having life writing or autobiographical skills is your first step in those directions. Instead of writing about why you believe your trip was the best, instead, you’ll be inspiring your readers with your stories.
I’ll be away from my desk between July 4th until July 7th. I’ll be resuming my regular schedule on Monday, July 8th. Have a great holday everyone!
Throughout my career, I’ve heard many people refer to themselves as “aspiring” writers. Some of them put this tag on themselves even though they write daily. Others do so when they talk about writing daily and haven’t made a move to begin their career.