All posts by Fox Emm

A freelance writer, editor, and blogger from rural Virginia. Find out more on the 'About' page!

Paperless Post Review

Online invitations are rapidly becoming the norm for everything from birthday party invitations and RSVPs for weddings to corporate events. They’re popular because of their ease of use and their flexibility. They can also be used in conjunction with online event scheduling websites. As a stationary addict with a small apartment, I loved the idea of getting to customize and send greetings or invitations without the hassle and expense of having cards printed up and mailed. I was contacted by Anagram Interactive about reviewing Paperless Post invitations. They provided access to the Paperless Post service in exchange for an honest review of the service.

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Screenshot of Paperless Post

The best part of Paperless Post is probably the wide variety of designs and occasions. I don’t typically mail Christmas cards or birthday cards – but that isn’t due to lack of interest. I started browsing the Halloween section because I love October and all things spooky.

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Choose Your Design

Paperless Post has a very intuitive, user-friendly interface. Once you choose your card design the site allows you to make changes. The text customization options are incredibly extensive. Some of the nature-themed cards like this Birchwood invitation could easily be used for any occasion, or for no reason at all. The electronic greeting card game sounds like the perfect way to begin sending simple one-off cards.

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Pick a Design

The text can be modified in a variety of ways. You can change the content, change the font size, change the font face – whatever details exist can be tweaked to customize your experience. The envelope and postage customization options are also neat. Since the envelope front is what appears in the recipient’s inbox, these details can make all the difference. The choices made on those customizations also appear in the animation when the recipient opens the card. The customizations cost “coins” rather than set dollar amounts. Check out the different details they have for the interior, exterior, and backdrop.

The cards themselves can also serve many purposes. The cards can be “just for fun,” collect RSVPs or information, or link to a separate website like your gift registry, wish list, or social media event. If you’re sending a “just because” card, the only message that is necessary is the one in the card, and Paperless Post doesn’t mandate data collection.

 

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Email Preview

After you’ve set all your details, you can send test emails. The email will contain a version of your card to proof. The email your recipients receive will show the exterior details you selected, and then once they click the card it will open. Once you’re certain the content, layout, and details of your card design are right you can send the emails to your entire mailing or contact list. The coin rate is listed per card, so calculating your expenses for Christmas cards or wedding invitations just got a whole lot easier!

The thing I like most is the fact that once you’ve created a card format and customized the interior message, you can send emailed greetings to friends, family, and business associates at any time. If you create general ‘thinking of you’, ‘get well soon’, or ‘thank you’ cards you can add email addresses of recipients whenever appropriate.

The email distribution page is straightforward. You enter the name you’d like your cards to be sent from (“the Smiths”, “David and Rob”, “The Truman Family”, etc.), the subject you’d like to go in the email, and then load the email addresses you’d like to send to. You can add emails individually, import files, or link your address book for maximum convenience. You can also schedule it so the emails can go out on a certain date/time, so if you’re trying to get a leg up on holiday cards you can work on them whenever you have time in between shopping and other duties.

paperless post review email listOverall I love what Paperless Post is doing. Whether I’m working on invitations for an event, birthday cards, or holiday cards, I’ll be using their services rather than resorting to the USPS.

Content Marketing for Coaches

Blog Ideas for CoachesTo be an effective coach, you know you need to stand out. The market for business coaches and executive coaches is heavily saturated – which is great. That proves there’s a need. Unfortunately, when you’d rather be creating badass group coaching programs and helping your clients reach their maximum potential, it can be difficult to spend the necessary time and energy on your content marketing strategies. Content marketing for coaches is challenging because there are so many coaches trying to market their programs and services, but there are things you can do to help yourself.

What if I told you it was possible for you to take a shortcut on blog posts for the rest of the year? You’d still be writing them so your clients will be getting your same authentically you content and advice, but you won’t have to waste your time and energy on attempts to brainstorm ideas. You’ll be able to spend the bulk of your time on creating the products and services that keep your business thriving without sacrificing content that will entice potential clients and keep existing clients engaged.

First, use my free general blog content resource. As the title implies, it is absolutely free and is designed for business blog content ideas that will wow. Now these blog post concepts are general and ‘one size fits all’, but I attempted to leave the ideas open-ended so that they could work for any industry. Enter your info here and it will download immediately – you don’t need to wait on an email. It’ll come straight through.

content-for-coachesIf you’d like ideas and content strategies tailored specifically for coaches, I have recently created a specialty resource – here! That guide contains 104 blog post ideas specifically for coaches. The best part? Several of these ideas can be recycled or turned into post series or recurring articles, so you actually get slightly more than a year of content ideas.

How’s that for a bang for your buck?

Want to schedule a consultation to have blog content done for you? I’m happy to help.

Generating Ideas That WOW

Finding things to write can generate-ideas-that-wowbe challenging. Generating ideas that wow is not something that comes easily to everyone. Honestly, content marketing, in general, is often very difficult for people who aren’t writers by trade. While business owners can easily talk about their topic of expertise, give presentations, or spend hours actually working on things for their clients, but for some reason, writing poses a particular challenge.

That’s where I come in. I’m a copywriter and content marketing strategist with a knack for turning the day to day functions of your business into content that will grab the attention of your would-be customers, existing clients, and potential collaborators.

I put together this list of ideas which are applicable to any industry, regardless of whether you produce physical goods or offer services for businesses or individuals.

 

 

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When you provide your information the content guide will download immediately.

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But Wait, There’s More!

If you love this resource and are a coach (life, business, health, or something else), check out this resource designed just for you. See 104 different blog ideas for coaches.

Bouncing Back From Setbacks

Back in February I had surgery. The plan was to take the required week off to recover, but I didn’t schedule any additional client work for the remainder of the month out of concern that there would be complications (you never know with exploratory surgery), and I didn’t want to push subpar work if I was still on pain medicine.recovering-from-setbacks

I ended up needing to take two weeks off of the day job, though I did take on some new copywriting business while in my second week of recovery, and once I started back to work, my copywriting and editing loads were minimal. I spent a lot of time resting because, in theory, my doctor wanted me to take 4-6 weeks off. Unfortunately, the cabin fever set in after two weeks and I needed to do something productive.

Once I returned to some semblance of normalcy in one facet of life, it became more daunting to pick up all the other chainsaws I juggle. For the first time in months, I was making REAL progress on my fiction. It is difficult to convince myself I needed to begin actively seeking out new clients and starting new projects when I still had a novel to finish. (After all, that’s essential work, too!)

I began working with clients again. I ran a giveaway for International Women’s Day and wrote the content for those prizes. it was fun, and because of the limited number of projects, it felt more like stepping into the wading pool than jumping off the diving board. It was great.

Now I’m three months out from my surgery and am not back to writing and editing full time, yet. Part of that has been life-related – I’ve moved six and a half hours from home to another state. I took on a promotion and the day job and whenever I moved I began job hunting. Those are things which take time and the internet (the last thing is especially significant because I didn’t even have data service on my cell phone at my old place.) and when you’re short on both, something is bound to fall by the wayside.

Here are five things I’m going to do to get back on track, and I hope you can follow these steps after your own misfortunes. (Though I would wish that you experience very few of them.)

1. Remember Why You Started, and That What’s Done is Done

When you experience a setback it can be challenging to remember why it’s worth it to keep fighting. Depending on the size of the setback, it may be difficult to want to try again. You may find yourself feeling defeated (check), unproductive (check), or flat out incapable (check). It’s in those moments that doubts like to creep in. They make me wonder if, had I been better or more prepared, the setback could have been avoided.

While it is good to see how bad things that happen could have been avoided so they do not happen again, dwelling on events which have already passed doesn’t help anyone.

By refocusing on what fueled your initial interest, and remembering that the setback has already come to pass, and that will make it easier to overcome the doubts.

2. Do the Work

Getting started is challenging. Getting re-started is even more difficult. Aside from finding motivation to return to work, actually doing the work – that is to say performing the actual day to day tasks which make it possible, is the most difficult part of the process. Whether the setback is in your health and wellness, your career, or something else – getting into the habits of success is essential.

That’s it. Essentially it’s a two step process. Remember why you started and not dwell on the past, and putting in the time, energy, and attention to make it happen – that’s it. I posted a quote on Instagram which sums up what I’m trying to maintain:

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So here’s to hoping all goes well. I’ll keep you posted.

…Hopefully for real, this time.

International Women’s Day Copywriting Giveaway

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Hello there!

If you are a follower of mine through my fiction, copywriting content, or small business work – then you know that I am a huge fan of women helping women. I love the thought of being able to empower and support other women-owned businesses, women-run organizations, or other solopreneurs who are out there working hard every day to make big things happen.

The week of International Women’s Day, March 8th, I want to give back to the supportive business women community which has been so helpful in my first two years as an independent copywriter.

I’m giving away 4 blog posts, that’s a whole month worth of content to one lucky business owner, organization, or solopreneur who wants to have totally new content for April that is both on message and on brand about the topics of your choice. I’ll also throw in up to an hour of research for each blog post, and one round of revisions to make sure the posts sound like your brand and are set for your audience.

If you would like to be considered, please fill out the below form. Be sure that you are receiving emails from me because I anticipate there being a high response rate, and I want to be sure everyone is properly notified/I can reach the winner. I will notify everyone 3/11 regarding the organization who won.

Thank you! I hope to work with you soon!

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How to Take a Creative Hiatus When You’re a Pro

creative-hiatusI’ve only notified my clients at this point, but here is my formal announcement – I’m taking a 7-day hiatus from 2/10-2/17. I’ve made no secret of my chronic pain battle, and on the tenth I’ll be going under the knife again. (Hopefully for the final time.) I’ll be getting a hysterectomy after fighting the medical industrial complex for the last eight months.

I don’t want children. I never have. What worries me most about the procedure is the thought of going under (I have severe anxiety about going under anesthesia), and the thought of going seven whole days without work.

7 days of no email. 7 days of no discovery calls. 7 days of radio silence. 7 days of obligatory rest and relaxation while my body heals.

I’m actually having the operation 7 days before it was originally planned for. (Super convenient this is the same week Rings came out, eh?)

Let’s be real, folks. I am terrified.

Here are the steps I am taking to make the thing less scary for me. I hope that you never have to take a similar hiatus, but if you do, hopefully this breakdown is useful for you. I want to keep my creative business afloat while trying to stay sane and give myself time to recharge.

 

Letting Clients Know You’ll Be Gone

Pending projects for February have pins in them until I am back, and everyone I’m working with knows why I’m gone. I don’t expect to need longer than the 7 days the doctor has given me to recover, but since it is a medical procedure I’ve let them know so if I take longer to recover then I will be able to take the time without guilt.

A One-Size Fits All Autoresponder

I’ve drafted a badass autoresponding email. It is for my clients, my potential clients, and for interview/review inquiries for all my journalistic pursuits. It links to relevant onboarding surveys and my call schedulers so I can set up work for once I return, and things will run seamlessly once I’m back.

Do it Scared

I don’t know why you need to take a break. Maybe you’ve just had a baby. Maybe you have a chronic illness like me. Maybe you just need time to relax or recharge after a long period of working too hard for too long. Whatever the reason, take the time you need. It’s terrifying to stop working, even for a little while, but if you need to you can. Your people will be there for you when you come back. If you have a real, human connection with your customers/brand, then they will understand when things happen.

 

For the record, I appreciate those of you who have been patient and continued to read along with me. I have taken something of an unofficial break from contributing to the blog because client work has taken up most if not all of my spoons the last few weeks. I’ll be back (and hopefully better than ever) soon and will hopefully have a load of fabulous content to make up for my absence. If there’s something you’d like to see, hit me up! (Hey, drop me an email after tomorrow and see my rockin’ Autoresponder. 😉 )

Jessie Tyler on Disability and Working From Home

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Recently, I’ve come out on online as having Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, which is called Schizoaffective Disorder. I’ve been diagnosed for awhile now but I have to be honest I’m a little ashamed of my diagnosis. People are afraid of Schizophrenia. People think Schizophrenics are violent, when actually they are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime. When I was considered Bipolar 1, a lot more people understood (or thought they understood) what exactly that means.

I have taken my medicine faithfully every day since my first hospital stay at the end of August 2009. I have had bouts of psychosis since that very first time even while on medicine, but no where near as severe. Right now I am on a pretty good combo of medicine and I don’t really have breakthrough symptoms. Honestly my biggest issue is the combination of mental illness and chronic pain and the difficulty it causes with keeping my house clean. My personality could be described as “flat” and people that don’t really know me assume I’m in a bad mood even when I’m not. Sometimes it’s hard to get in the shower everyday. Not because I don’t care about personal hygiene, but just because it is difficult to find the motivation. Sometimes I get paranoid, but I fact check with my husband about what I’m thinking. I have diabetes, and I don’t have a way to know if it’s my weight or my medicine that caused it (seriously). My meds keep me pretty stable though and I don’t mess with them.

Work From Home

I have come a long way since I first got sick. I feel strong enough to contribute to our income through freelance writing and my blog, www.jessietyler.com. My biggest tip for anyone disabled looking to work from home is to research “blogging” or “work from home” on Pinterest. You will find many blogs dedicated to that very subject, besides my own. Read absolutely everything you can get your hands on. Do not be sucked in by expensive courses. Most of the information is available for free on the internet, it’s just a matter of being dedicated enough to find it.

I’m also in the works to go back to school. I have tried college twice but never graduated, but now I think I can do it. I plan on majoring in Journalism or English to make more work from home opportunities available to me. It’s never too late to go back. You can also check with Vocational Rehabilitation in your state to see if you qualify for assistance going back to school based on your disability.

Benefits of Blogging/Work From Home

If you are disabled, you may have a lot of free time on your hands. Writing and blogging three or five times a week gives you a structure to your life. You have things you need to accomplish on any given day. It gives you something to plan your life around.

You may want to make money from blogging or even write a book through your blog. Writing and blogging give you an opportunity to set goals. Goals are a way to measure progress. Goals make you push yourself to do better. Goals improve your life.

If you’re anything like me, you might need some help in the organization department. Creating an editorial calendar is really fun for me. I have to plan things in advance and organize my thoughts and plans for what to write about.

Writing helps you communicate with others. It’s good to improve your writing skills for a lot of aspects of your life. As a disabled person, you may occasionally have to advocate through yourself through writing. It’s a good skill to have and one I use quite often. Best to keep those skills sharp.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, writing and blogging is a creative outlet. It’s a way of expressing yourself. It helps me get things out. I have to brainstorm. I have to take photos, choose fonts, and design my website.

Bio:

jessie-tyler-2Jessie Tyler is a freelance writer and blogger. You can view her work on her blog at, www.jessietyler.com. You can also find her on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/jtylerwrites) Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/jtylerwrites) Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/jtylerwrites) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/jtylerwrites). She writes about mental health, work at home for people with disabilities, her life with her  emotional support animals (4 awesome parrots!), and product reviews.

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Diversity, Creativity & Chronic Illness: Tristina Wright

I discovered Tristina Wright in a very unusual way. tristina-wrightLet me rephrase, while it’s not unusual for me to find other writers via social media, it was strange for me to hear about her GoFundMe campaign before I became familiar with her work. Someone I follow and respect within the YA/Sci-Fi writing community had shared a link asking to help a bisexual author trying to bring diversity to Sci-Fi and YA. Her upcoming novel features a group of queer teens racing against the clock to save their cultures from extinction (click to preorder). Clicking the link to check out her work was a no-brainer for me, as I’ve openly campaigned for the support of out LGBTQ+ characters in fiction.

What I didn’t necessarily expect was that Tristina would be a fellow bisexual lady and chronic illness sufferer. The money a family friend was asking for was to help offset living and medical expenses. When I read more about her health issues, her experience with a grant program that ultimately denied her request for funding, and about her dedication to the writing craft I knew I HAD to speak to her for my creativity and chronic illness series. I’ve expanded the title to include diversity, creativity, and chronic illness because they are key parts of her life experience and passion.

Fox Emm: What drives you to write what you do? (Continuing to create when faced with chronic health issues is not easy) – What do you get out of creating? – What do you hope your writing does, or what would you like your writing to do?

Tristina Wright: The first three questions sort of combine for me so I’ll answer them together here. My writing gives me an outlet for all the stories in my head, but also a distraction from my every day. Writing allows me to keep my own schedule, which I can tailor to what my pain levels are on any given day. I’m unable to work a standard 9-5, M-F job because of my health. Writing, and being creative in general, gives me the ability to be productive, and show my kids that I’m strong no matter what might physically or mentally hold me back. I want them to see their mom as someone who kept going and kept writing and kept creating no matter how much it hurt or how bad things got.

FE: What were your favorite books growing up?

TW:  So many. I was that stereotypical nerd with her nose buried in a book. I read everything I could get my hands on and wore my library card ragged. I was the one who ordered a ridiculous amount of books from the Scholastic order form. My favorites were anything pertaining to mythology – fiction or non, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew (and the crossovers), The Boxcar Children, A Wrinkle In Time, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, pretty much everything by HG Wells. I really loved science and biology journals, too. My parents had a nice set of them in their room and I’d often lay on the floor of their bedroom and pore over them, trying to figure out why I had to wear glasses or why my back hurt all the time or what puberty was.

FE: What would it have meant to you to have books like yours?

TW: I would’ve had to hide it, first off. I grew up in a very conservative household. Anything “not clean” was banned, which very much included queerness. But to have a book where teens openly and comfortably identified as bisexual would’ve been eye-opening for me. It might’ve saved years of confusion and guilt and depression. I wanted to claw out of my own skin when I realized I was attracted to girls too. I didn’t understand and thought I was wrong or bad.

As far as disability is concerned, it would’ve helped to see characters taking medication for mental illness. I might’ve sought help a lot sooner. It would’ve helped me to see characters with anxiety or chronic pain still saving the world right alongside dealing with their ailments. Maybe they weren’t the most conventional hero, but they were still a hero and so could I.

FE: Who do you hope to reach with your work?

TW: Queer teens, disabled teens, marginalized teens. Anyone who’s been sidelined in books. Anyone who’s always been relegated to the sidekick or the comic relief. Anyone who’s never seen themselves as the hero or the love interest.

(( Sidenote from Fox. If the above comment doesn’t bring a slight tear to your eye, you might be a robot.))

tristina-wright-interviewFE: So, about your illness, what health issues do you have that make writing difficult?

TW: + Degenerative Disc Disease

+ Physiological Tremor in both hands

+ Generalized Anxiety Disorder

+ Migraines

FE: How do they hinder you?

TW: DDD basically means three discs in my lower back (lumbar region) are disintegrating at a fairly steady pace. This means the discs frequently slip out of alignment (i.e. my back goes out) and put pressure on the nerve bundles located along the spinal column. The nerve bundles along the spine connect to places all over the body. The ones around my problem areas go down the legs, which means I often have trouble walking and need to use a cane. This also means sitting at a desk can be difficult, some days impossible. I have to recline a lot. On a good day, I can nest on the couch at an angle with my laptop. On bad days I have to stay in bed and lay flat on my back, which means no typing.

The tremor means my hands tremble. It isn’t an essential tremor, which is good. But the physiological nature means that it’ll worsen with age. I can mostly control it with medication now, but some days are worse than others. Shaky hands mean writing by hand is difficult. It means detailed tasks like measuring, putting on makeup, helping my kids button their clothes, etc. are difficult, if not impossible. It also means parts of my hands are permanently weak, like the outside of my left hand, for example. A minor, but annoying, effect of this is that it’s hard to push the Z key on a keyboard. Not the end of the world but somewhat irritating when you can type fast.

The anxiety is trickier because so much of it is mental, but it can also manifest physically and/or exacerbate current physical symptoms. My tremor can worsen. My pain can heighten. If my blood pressure rises because of an anxiety attack, that can worsen the nerve irritation and make walking more difficult. So with the anxiety disorder (which is medicated), there isn’t any one hindrance I can point to but a number of different things and side effects that can happen.

FE: What is a typical day like for you?

TW: Lots of rest! I try to conserve energy as much as I can, which can be difficult with a four-year-old but she’s very great at getting things to color next to me on the couch or bringing a puzzle to the coffee table we can do together or picking out a movie she can watch while I write. My spouse does as many of the errands as he can, but on days that I can move around better, I try to tackle a grocery store trip or picking up our six-year-old from school. I’m very, very lucky to have someone who helps without hesitation.

I break things up into small pieces, depending on my pain levels and tremors. I’ll sit for a while and address emails or write something. Then I’ll get up and do a small chore – like a load of laundry or putting dishes in the dishwasher or wiping off the table. Then I’ll stretch if I can, maybe shower, then sit down again with a heating pad. Repeat.

FE: What keeps you going?

TW: My family. It sounds cliché but I want to make them proud of me. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m a burden to any of them. I feel guilty enough as it is not being able to work a job that pulls in a “normal” paycheck so I do everything in my power to ease my own conscience while still taking care of myself. Like I said, I’m lucky to have the spouse that I do but I don’t ever want to take his generosity and understanding for granted.

FE: What advice would you give other folks with similar health issues?

TW: Take care of you first. If you can find a doctor you trust and can afford, keep up with your regular appointments and be honest with them. Even if it feels like you’re complaining or it seems insignificant. Take your meds. Do something nice for yourself as often as you can. Paint your nails when your hands aren’t shaking. Buy some bath bombs for those mandatory tub soaks. Get a cane with a badass design. Forgive yourself the bad days and don’t push yourself. Rest.

FE: What would you like folks reading this to know about you, about your writing, or about your condition?

TW: I’m often scared about the future. While none of my conditions are life-threatening, they do affect my quality of life. And, with the current uncertainty surrounding our political climate and healthcare, things could get worse. But I draw strength from my family. From my kids. From my community. From my writing. I write stories with characters like me, with characters who aren’t like me. I want to give everyone the chance to be a hero, no matter what. I want to show the world that I deserve a happy ending too. That folks like me, that others with various chronic conditions and disabilities all deserve happy endings and heroes’ capes. That we are here and we’re scared and we’re strong.

That I’ll never stop fighting, even if it’s from flat on my back in bed while staring at the ceiling.


From the bottom of my heart, thank you Tristina Wright for sharing your experience and your writing goals with us. Especially after losing such a powerful voice in mental health advocacy with the recent passing of the late, great Carrie Fisher, it’s important that other writers continue to represent marginalized groups and those suffering with physical and mental illness with grace, dignity, and by giving them the power and agency they have so long deserved.

If you would like to follow Tristina Wright, you can find more of her work on her website TristinaWright.com, on Patreon, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Planning 2017

Year planning is always frightening to me. Setting expectations and goals means that, as well as having a target to hit, I also have a target to MISS, and that can be terrifying.

planning-2017Planning 2017

What makes 2017 different is that heading out of 2016 I had a rush of copywriting sales. (Having a Black Friday sale was my best bad idea in a long time.) I realized how much demand there could be for copywriting in small, bite-sized chunks for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Even though I am still planning to work on some more specialized Whitepapers for larger businesses and flesh out a full portfolio, I don’t have to cut out the small business work that made me fall in love with writing and content marketing in the first place.

I realized that although I would like to niche down and become more specialized, part of what makes me passionate about the work I do is knowing what a huge difference I can make “for the little guy”. So, in essence, I’ve realized that I want to niche down but also want to game the system and do lots of work for small businesses who don’t necessarily need someone specialized to their industry just yet.

So What’s the Deal?

By June 2017 I want to have enough contracted copywriting clients on retainer that I can drop to part time hours at the day job. What does that mean? More time working on things I’m passionate about like fiction for my Patreon, and copy for small businesses, and who doesn’t want more of that?

The tentative plan is for me to have 160 hours per month accounted for with writing or editing contracts. I’d like to have 160 hours for each month allotted in 2017. So far I have 8 of those hours accounted for on a regular, monthly basis. (Several others are in negotiations at the moment, so keep your fingers crossed for me.) Now it’s time to lay it all out and work on getting the other 152 laid out.

Where do you come in?

You get the benefit of my years of experience, research skills, education, and resourcefulness but don’t have to pay me to work for you, exclusively full time.

content-for-allWhat Would You Do With a Writer on Staff?

For many small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups it isn’t practical or feasible to have a full-time content writer on staff. While you’d love to have a pro take a crack at your blog posts, newsletters, and social media content it may just not be practical to have someone on hand full time.

That’s where I come in.

I want to be your writer on call. I want to be able to take an idea you have and run with it. Nothing would make me happier than to help get your business featured on the Huffington Post or Buzzfeed, but to make that happen we need to work together.

Thankfully, I’m a pretty easy chick to collaborate with. It’s a simple, three-step process. First and foremost, fill out this form. It will give me some insight into what you do in your own words, and who your clients are. By knowing more about them I’ll learn more about what they like, and what types of branding they respond well to.

Secondly: pick a package from the options below and pay for the listed number of hours.

Vier Plan - Up to 4 Hours of Copywriting/Editing Work
$120.00per month
    Sounds Great!

    Get up to 4 hours of copywriting or editing work per month with this package. You will be invoiced at the beginning of each month and as work is sent to you, you will receive an update on the amount of time left in your package. You will have the option to add time a la carte if you have larger projects than your monthly plan allows for.

    Acht Plan - Up to 8 Hours of Copywriting/Editing Work Per Month
    $240.00per month
      Pick Me!

      Get up to 8 hours of copywriting or editing work per month with this package. You will be invoiced at the beginning of each month and as work is sent to you, you will receive an update on the amount of time left in your package. You will have the option to add time a la carte if you have larger projects than your monthly plan allows for.

      Sechzehn Plan - Up to 16 Hours of Copywriting/Editing Work Per Month
      $480.00per month
        Largest Offering

        Get up to 16 hours of copywriting or editing work per month with this package. You will be invoiced at the beginning of each month and as work is sent to you, you will receive an update on the amount of time left in your package. You will have the option to add time a la carte if you have larger projects than your monthly plan allows for. - If you need to add additional time to this package, you will be able to add hours a la carte at HALF PRICE, $15 per hour.

        Thirdly: sign and return the contract you’ll receive via email.

        That’s it!

        From there on out, all you need to do is send me projects to work on as they become available or send a huge list for me to work through throughout the year/six months/whatever term you’d like to work with me. NO REALLY, THAT’S IT!

        If you’ve been thinking about hiring a writer on a temporary or ongoing basis in the upcoming year, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line. I’d love to help us both knock one more item off our mutual to-do lists.

        Choosing a Niche and Sticking to It

        As a copy writer choosing-a-nichethere is one thing that I’ve been putting off doing for the last two years. That thing is choosing a niche. I’ve loved having the freedom to gauge projects individually based on my interest in them and availability. I’ve also relished in having the opportunity to work with so many different business owners.

        That Isn’t Enough To Be A Pro

        The problem with being a Jack of All Trades, Master of None approach is the fact that only masters of their trade get to command decent wages. If you want to be able to make a living as a freelancer, you need to become an expert in a niche. I wish that wasn’t the way of the world, but it is.

        You cannot command the rates you deserve unless people know you specialize in the area they need help with. The only way folks will believe you are an expert at what they need help with is if they think that is the only thing you do.

        What’s a Writer To Do?

        Pick a specialization. Create a website or portfolio to showcase that work, exclusively. Then wait. Choosing a niche is a lot like choosing to write. It takes moxie and a sort of fake it until you make it enthusiasm. I might be a decent writer, but am I good enough to claim to SPECIALIZE in things?

        That’s what I’m going to find out. My specialization up until this point has been small businesses. That means tight budgets. That means lots of work with little compensation. If I want to be able to fully spread my wings and shed the work I don’t want to be doing in favor of more fiction writing, then I’m going to need to niche-down and locate what it is that I’m best at. (Providing, of course, that it is also somewhat lucrative. The starving artist trope is so tired.)

        So please, accompany me on this journey as I try to find my niche in copywriting. I’ll share my experiences trying to build a LESS DIVERSIFIED portfolio, because that is a thing I need now that I want to be able to survive, and will let you know what it’s like as someone who gets distracted and disinterested very easily as I try to work on doing JUST ONE THING.

        Wish me luck, folks. 😉