Beginning a new career as a freelance writer can be a scary time. Where do I start? How do I land clients? Having support when you start anything new is crucial. I found that support through a class instructed by Carol Tice and Linda Formichelli. The course is called, “Freelance Writer’s Blast Off”. As the title suggests, you receive a thrust in starting a freelance writing career. This course covers all the basics from finding markets, to setting up shop, and marketing your business.
I made this declaration that I am a professional writer, built a basic website, and came up with a company name, but didn’t know where to go after that. I was paralyzed with inactivity on my writing career. Then I found this offer on Carol and Linda’s websites. It was just what I needed to get me going in the right direction. I knew I wanted to be a freelance writer, but I didn’t have all the tools I needed. Carol and Linda gave me those tools. Throughout the course they give no nonsense advice that is practical, can be implemented right away, and is supportive.
I really enjoyed the telephone presentations, because it felt more personal and information wasn’t scripted. Carol and Linda play off each other and keep the conversation flowing, while students interject questions via the program software. Each week builds upon the previous one and leads you to action. I believe that is one of the biggest hang-ups for beginning writers. They know how to write, but don’t know how to get the wheels rolling on a writing business. All writers have a crisis of confidence from time to time. Most often your confidence will be the lowest when you are starting out. Carol and Linda strive to give you confidence every step of the way. Here are some of the tools you will receive in this course:
· Finding good paying markets
· Using your experience to your advantage
· Making a web presence
· What markets are available and different types of writing
· How to promote yourself and land gigs
· How to negotiate and write up that first contract
· Nuts and bolts to running a business
Having camaraderie with fellow writers is also a huge plus. The group is small with no more than 12 students. You get to know each other and share your experiences. This is not like a traditional college course where professors lecture at you or tell you what to think. This is very much a guidance course where the instructors lead you down the road of freelance writing. This course is designed with the beginning freelancer in mind, and you receive one on one support through email or forum interaction. Another added bonus is you get all of this at a huge discount compared to one on one mentoring programs. These ladies bring their expertise and experience, and are willing to share all their wisdom from their highly successful writing careers. To declare your self a professional is a big jump, and it is very difficult to take that jump without encouragement. This course will help you to take that leap into a freelance writing career. I highly recommend it.