I’m a wearer of many hats. However, this blog is meant to be a catch all only for the writing aspect of my life. This is the one area where I’m still a relative noob, so I’m cataloguing the process of breaking into freelance writing.
So recently, having decided I want to write, freelance, full-time, I set to find a mentor. I posted a chutzpah filled listing on Craigslist asking for one on one mentoring. I said I would pay 5$ per query the would be mentor helped me with. Just in case you’re thinking, Oh no Priya, you didn’t, let me assure you – Yes, indeed I did. But I sweetened the deal with something else too.
I offered 25% of my earnings on each gig I landed from the queries. In my defense, I can’t afford much these days. Also I needed a mentor who would take personal interest in my queries.
Predictably enough, not many people bit. I got responses recommending online courses. Been there, done that, hon.
However, one amazing lady replied. Her name is Anne Zieger and she is a B2B writer for healthcare, hospital and finance trade magazines. She said her focus was not on consumer magazines, (which is mine), but that she could still help me. She wasn’t offended by my peanuts offerings. Instead, she asked if I could help her with setting up a WordPress or Joomla magazine. Or my researched opinion on some drugs that are coming in the market.
I just have to say this is the best opportunity ever. She and I have a set day of the week when we talk for about two hours on my writing/pitching progress. We’re planning to meet in person so I can help her with the website. Win-win-win.
If I survive long enough to become an established magazine writer, I swear I will pay-it-forward and help a struggling writer, the way Anne is guiding me. Thank you, Anne!
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