You’re a writer? Can I hire you?
Yes and probably yes. Check out my services page to see if I’m a good fit for you! 🙂
When does your blog update?
Whenever I feel like it. It’s more-or-less a personal diary made public, so I update it whenever I have something to say. As a general rule, that tends to happen about twice a month — sometimes more.
LittleZotz Writing; however, updates every other Wednesday. So if you’re looking for freelance writing advice on a set schedule, go check that out.
How do I get over my fear of pitching?
Writing comes with its own set of fears; however, freelance writing takes all those fears, amplifies them to the max, and then adds a new set of fears of its very own. Not only do you have to face the usual fears that no one will like – or even read! – what you write, you now have to worry about that same writing feeding yourself and your family that month.
Forget those fears. They’re only holding you back!
That’s right: Forget your fears about rejection. Forget your fears about clients. And forget your fears about career instability.
The only real thing you need to fear as a freelance writer is burnout – from trying to do too many amazing things at once!
As an Editor, I’ve had to reject literally hundreds of writers. Rejection is definitely a possibility when you pitch your work. But it’s not something you have to let get you down.
Either you pitch and get rejected or you pitch and get accepted. But if you don’t pitch at all, you’re automatically rejected. So why fear trying? By not pitching, you’re already living your worst fears.
A rejection from a publication doesn’t mean banishment forever. It just means “not now” or “not this piece.” Keep trying. And keep learning.
That’s great advice! Do you offer mentoring?
I sure do!
I want you to speak at my school/webinar/office party/family picnic!
Write to me and we’ll figure something out. 🙂
What’s your favorite book?
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It’s a great book for anyone looking to experience the joy of wordplay and a sense of humor with flair for puns similar to that of the Marx Brothers’. It’s a children’s book, but it has timeless lessons for everyone – namely that we should make the most of each “boring” day we’re alive.
And if you’re up for a second book, check out The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa. I have a portrait of Scrooge McDuck on the wall of my office because he’s one of my entrepreneurial heroes. [laughs]. Scrooge believes in the value of hard work and fresh ideas! It made him the richest man (duck) in the world. And Don Rosa’s graphic novel following Scrooge’s rags-to-riches origin story is beautifully illustrated, brilliantly written, and incredibly inspirational.
May I see a picture of your cats?
Robert’s the black one; Ringo’s the orange one.
How old are you?
I was born on January 7, 1985.
Where are you based?
Los Angeles, California.
What’s the best advice?
If it doesn’t smell right, don’t eat it.
What’s the best writing advice?
Freelance writing is all about the Ps: Patience, Perseverance, Pitching, Practice, and Personality. Success isn’t going to come overnight — you need patience and perseverance. You need to get yourself out there by pitching. You need to keep practicing and honing your skills. And you need to have a good attitude — personality will take you a long way.
Also: Take breaks! One time I went four months without a day off and quite literally ended up in a mental institution. Don’t burn out!
Quick! What are three fun facts about you I should know?
- I was born without my right hip, but Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles built me a new one. (I make a donation to them every year for giving me the ability to walk!).
- I’m a second-degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate (SKK).
- Both of my parents are freelance artists.
HELP! My question wasn’t answered here!!
Don’t panic. Just write to me and I’ll answer you. 🙂