Write. The. Book.

New writer on Facebook to a group that’s supposed to be helpful: Should I write the book? (gives details of a novel that is historical fiction)

Wannabe writer 1: No, you shouldn’t. You’re not a history teacher. You have no business writing that.

Me: Write the book. I’m a paralegal with textbook credits in books used for doctorate students. Don’t worry about experience – write the book.

Wannabe writer 2 replies to me: Hers is different because it’s fiction. She shouldn’t write it because she doesn’t know what it’s like to be poor and live back then.

Me: I said it once and I’ll say it again. Write the book. Don’t worry about these other people who don’t have experience and shouldn’t tell you what you should (or shouldn’t) do since they don’t have experience. I don’t care if it’s fiction or a textbook. You have a world of knowledge at your fingertips. Write the book.

Yall, stop trying to tell people they shouldn’t write books if they don’t have direct experience. There are interviews, research books, and websites that can help them create their book. Just because YOU feel inferior doesn’t mean you should place your feelings on others. That’s called projection.

Job post changes

Hey everyone,

I know some of you follow me on social media and know that I post writing and editing jobs throughout the week. Of course, Buffer made that relatively easy to do…load and go, right? Yet, it was inconvenient for those of you who don’t have all day to sit around and watch my social media accounts for that. Even with Buffer, it was time consuming…but my main concern was making sure you all got the most updated lists. And…the more links I post on social media, it seems the fewer followers get reached.

So, you can now find curated job posts in one document on my Patreon account. It’s a PDF document and it will be updated on an almost daily basis now that I’ve spent time (hours) setting up the template.

There is a monthly fee of $5 to access the jobs. Why? Because it saves you the time of having to find all these jobs on your own. It’s a convenience service. You’ll also get access to other Patreon exclusive content as I make it (such as videos and live chats). I spend a lot of time every day going through these job postings to bring you great content. So, help me have time to help you.

Pro Tip for New Freelancers

So, for those who don’t know, I post freelance writing and editing jobs every week on Twitter, G+, LinkedIn, and Facebook. I do this as a service to the writing community. Inevitably, though, every week on at least two platforms someone comments on at least one post saying, “Hire me.” So, I have a new pro tip for new freelancers (and it doesn’t matter if you’re wanting to be a writer, editor, web dev, researcher, or whatever).  Read more

The Best Advice You Could Ever Get about Business

From time to time, my image gets circulated around on Facebook because I bought a certain book (I liked the book – I’m not avoiding the name of it or the author because I have anything negative to say). So, I’ll get message requests and friend requests because people don’t think I’m a real person. I just demolished a 2-pound bag of chicken nuggets. I can assure you – I’m very real.  Read more