Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Are you Sabotaging Your Writing Success? Ways We Miss Out On Money...
Ever see the commercials and online ads that would have us believe that many of us may have cash unclaimed just waiting for us? This windfall from an inheritance, class action suit, or closed account unidentified.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the average person wouldn’t dream of bypassing
this hard-to-come-by cash. Yet, freelancers do it everyday, in the form of missed opportunities and operating mistakes.
I discovered this recently while doing online research for some creative projects.
Here are five common oversights that can cost you in your efforts to increase your exposure and your bottom line.
How many of these are you guilty of...?
1. Being a “recluse” when it comes to social media
Like it or not, social media is a powerful communication tool. A “Tweet” from your peeps, or a popular post that goes viral, can catapult you into overnight success and help you to “win friends and influence people.” In addition, it’s great for networking. Sites like Linkedin and FaceBook allow users access to a vast network of professionals. As they say, sometimes “it’s not what you know but who you know that counts.” Your next client or business partner could be awaiting.
2. Not having a website or Blog
I am totally amazed that we are approaching 2013, and there are still numerous writers and creative artists that don’t have their own online spot. Really?
If you are one of them, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. Not only does it convey an “amateurish” status, it says that you’re probably not very profitable in your freelance business. Besides showcasing and centralizing your work, a site can allow you to sell products, and make money through advertisers and affiliate programs. Even if you don’t have all the bells and whistles, a modest one can be just as effective. Keep in mind, you can always upgrade later. Go ahead and bite the bullet. :-)
3. Not getting the most bang from your Bio!
Bios, though brief in nature, tell a lot about who you are, your expertise, and your exposure. Ideally, you should have multiple ones for different projects and purposes. For example, when I’m applying for a blogging gig, my Bio reflects top-tier sites that have featured my work. If I’m writing for an anthology project, I make sure to reference my work with Simon and Schuster’s Chocolate for the Heart series. Get my point?
4. Overlooking the compensation provided by contests
Competitions abound. Google “writing contests” and you’ll yield more than a million query results. Contests offer big “pay days” in the way of cash, prizes, books, discounts, and publicity. Here’s a site to get you started: http://writingcontests.wordpress.com/
5. Not updating Blogs on a regular basis
I recently participated (and placed as a finalist) in a popular contest for writers whereby 15% of the total scoring was assigned for blog post frequency. Folks, it’s important. Regularly updated blogs convey a sense of seriousness, and it also helps to sustain followers and fans. Updates need not be lengthy, but they must be quality.
Don’t let missed opportunities cause you to miss out on a profitable career and a promising future.
Are you guilty of any of these? Thoughts?