Build a better scammer trap, and the scammers...well, they don't get smarter, but they DO try different tactics. This time around, they're trying to avoid speaking entirely by claiming apraxia - and claiming legit identities.
It feels unreal to say this, but my little writing business officially turns three this week. I can't believe, looking back, that it's been that long. Or that it HAS been that long. Talk about a rush!
What's the one thing everyone's doing this time of year? Looking back over their highs and lows, of course. And here at Antihero Kreative, I'm no different. So let's see how 2022 stacked up compared to my previous two years of business, shall we?
Social media is an important marketing tool for writers. And a rather easy one to use. But as you check off your boxes, you may tend to overlook one: LinkedIn. It isn't as glamorous as the others, but it works in exactly the same way. And it can provide plenty of networking and marketing opportunities.
Writer brains tend to overflow with ideas. And while there's nothing wrong with writing up a story or essay, it helps to know you can place it somewhere FIRST. You can blindly pitch your thoughts. Or you can keep an eye out for calls for pitches. But knowing when editors are looking for certain themes or stories is a lot of work. Which is why having resources like Sonia's Newsletter is so important.
Writers have full schedules. And that includes marketing yourself and your skills. Luckily, you have plenty of tools available. And if you're even a TINY bit graphic savvy, Instagram is an easy platform you can use to accomplish those goals.
If you've hung out in a professional forum such as LinkedIn, you've probably come across the phrase "quiet quitting" recently. It sounds negative (and plenty of corporations make it out to be terrible). But I'm here to tell you to embrace the trend - especially if you're a freelance writer.
Writers are creative - no one doubts that. But what we paint with words we may not manage to do with graphics. And we don't usually have to. Stock imagery exists for a reason. Does that mean you SHOULDN'T learn to play with graphic designers? NO! Canva is one of the easiest platforms out there - and it's free!
Spend a few minutes cruising the internet or social media, and you'll find dozens of people with templates and advice on how to structure your writing business. They all omit one detail, though: YOU'RE the only one who can decide what that business path will look like. Because YOU aren't THEM.
"I'm a freelance writer, so I can do whatever I want!" True - to some extent. But if you dive into your work headlong and forget to set boundaries (for your clients AND yourself), you're setting yourself up for a world of hurt.