I’m looking for entry-level writing work and, though I have some writing experience (grant and sales proposal writing, and copy for marketing collateral) I don’t have enough to compete for most posted jobs or projects.
I’d like to find people to follow on twitter who can point me in the direction that’s most appropriate, given my experience level.
How would you suggest I get started with this as a twitter beginner?
Thank you for your time,
Why do you think you don’t have “enough” experience to pursue the higher paying grant writing and copywriting for marketing collateral? How much would be ‘enough’?
I can tell you that if you’ve written one successful grant and/or written one decent sales proposal or piece of copy you should start applying for those gigs if they are the jobs you want.
I don’t know where people get the idea that, as freelancers, they need five, 10 or 20 or 100 samples or whatever number you’ve got in your head before they can apply and actually get some writing work that pays decently.
You’ve got experience that may let you avoid so-called entry-level gigs altogether. Those low pay gigs are, at best, training wheels and frankly the truly low pay writing jobs should probably be avoided altogether.
Sure, if you’ve only written one grant, for example, you won’t find it as easy to get grant writing jobs as if you’d written more, but quit belittling your experience, please. Put together your website, you list of credits and start applying. I suspect you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
I’m totally mystified by your question re twitter. Although there are some jobs that appear on twitter, I’d think you’d do better joining LinkedIn and polishing your profile there and beginning to establish contacts with others in the various writing groups. Search for groups that make sense to you – perhaps grant writing and copy writing and join them. See what you can contribute. That often leads to work.
Or maybe I’m missing something. Am I wrong? Is twitter a good way to find writing jobs?