Jonathan Fields has a wonderful guest post today called The Hacker’s Guide to Finding a Job: 9 Tactics No One’s Using written by Scott Dinsmore of LiveYourLegend.
With some minor changes this article could have been written for writers looking for freelance writing gigs. Oh, I don’t know if we could apply his “90% of jobs come from people you know, or people who know the people you know.” That may be a bit high, although I know writers who get 100% of their business that way. Have you asked for referrals recently? Try it.
He’s absolutely right about how chasing job sites should be kept to a minimum. He’s also right that with today’s connectivity the opportunities are huge.
Here’s a bit of re-interpretation for writers:
Know what you want to write. Start with the idea and find the market for it is a far better approach than trying to fit yourself into a job listing.
Start and keep an idea list. I have a couple of idea lists. One in Word on my computer, another on a 3×5 card in my purse that I add to when I’m out and about. When the card gets filled I add those ideas to the one on my computer.
Get some support. Create a Mastermind group and/or join or a writer’s group. At a minimum get acquainted with a couple of writers you can talk with on the phone. Make sure they are supportive and not only involved in kvetching.
Find your way in. Use Writer’s Market or your local newstand to find a market for your idea. Make some cold calls to companies who might be interested in your service or ideas. Use Google to search for a literary agent and approach them the way they say they want to be approached.
Now, go read the rest of Scott’s article and come back and tell us how you applied his suggestions.
How do you find your writing gigs?
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