Yuwanda Black's publishing journey reads more like a fairy-tale than a success story.
"Once upon a time" she was doling out her expertise to freelance writers, as the Webmaster of Inkwell Editorial. In addition to self-publishing E-books and producing online courses.
Then one day, she was approached by an acquisitions editor with a traditional publisher, who stumbled across her bio and her blog, liked it, and subsequently offered her a publishing contract with Adams Media.
This giving a whole new meaning to the expression: "If you build it they will come."
The book entitled, "The Ultimate Freelancer's Guidebook" will be released in early September.
(And I'm proud to say that I am a contributing author).
Today, I hope you'll join me in extending her a warm welcome to Pen and Prosper.
Please feel free to ask questions or provide feedback in the comments section.
Now, on to today's post...
Q. Can you tell readers a little about who you are and your background?
Whew, this could be a book within itself. Well, I’m from the south; born in Florida (where my mother’s from); split time between FL and Alabama (where my father’s from); and Georgia (where my stepfather’s from).
Hmmm, interesting question. After a little thought, my answer is, that depends on what one’s definition of “all” is. I never had children, so I have time freedom that a single mom might not have. I’m also divorced, so don’t’ have the demands of a spouse. Again; time freedom.
Q. Did you always want to be a writer…how did you know for sure?
No, I had NO IDEA that I would write for a living until I started doing it and then I just kind of fell into it. It was never an aspiration and to be totally honest, it’s not something I’m ecstatic about doing.
Again, I don’t dislike it; it’s just that it’s not a burning passion.
Q. What would it surprise others to know about you?
That I’m an introvert when I work. Personally, I’m a social butterfly; I love interacting with people. But professionally, I like to be given a project and left alone to complete it. It’s another reason freelance writing appeals to me.
If I’m writing a book, yes, I write every day. When I’m not in the middle of a book, I may write three or four times a week, blog posts, update old books, write an article marketing piece or a guest post for another blog, etc.
When I am writing a book, I give myself a daily word count and I get that out of the way first thing in the morning. That way, I stay on track with deadlines (which I’m notorious for missing for my own projects). I never miss them for a client project though!
The most helpful piece of advice I can give is to get a body of work out there. I got this contract because an Acquisitions Editor ran across my blog, read my bio, saw all of my work – and was like, “Hey, you’d be great fit for this project.”
Q. How is the writing industry different than when you first embarked upon your journey?
It’s way more technical. In the old days, we had an Art department where covers were done. Now stuff is either outsourced or done with technology that doesn’t require a whole department.
Q. What advice can you give in terms of handling online criticism from readers or customers?
Don’t read your reviews. I used to – and still do intermittently, but for the most part, I don’t read reviews of my work. I kind of like the following philosophy:
"I don't read reviews because by then it's too late - whatever anyone says, the book won't change. It is written."~Jeanette Winterson
I’ve been working on getting an internet marketing (GetaMobileCareer.com) site live. I’m working on building up a stream of more “auto pilot” income. I’ve dibbled and dabbled in internet marketing for years – so am formalizing this income stream.
You’re very welcome Jennifer and thank you for sharing your space with me.
Also, once again, thank you for your extremely insightful contribution to the book on branding. You’re awesome and I feel so privileged to be featured on your highly acclaimed blog.
Yuwanda Black is the webmaster of InkwellEditorial.com and the author of The Ultimate Guidebook for Freelancers (Adams Media, 2016). Pre-order on Amazon and get bonus, free content; a special report entitled “5 Things You Should Know about Freelancing in a Global Economy That Will Land More Clients.” To get it, email your pre-order receipt to info[at]InkwellEditorial.com. Put "Pre-Ordered UFG" in the Subject line. On Sept 1st, you'll be emailed the special report.