Janice Hanna Thompson—a south Texas native—is the author of over sixty novels and non-fiction books for the Christian market. She supplements her fiction habit by writing magazine articles, devotions, write-for-hire books and more. One of the chief joys of Janice’s life is training writers to earn a living with the written word. Check out Janice’s “Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer,” course at www.freelancewritingcourses.com. The ten lessons in this course were developed to strategically train freelance writers to earn top dollar. Each lesson includes an audio file (mp3 for download), a corresponding audio script, a downloadable worksheet, a power point video, a bonus feature, and full access to the site’s forum. Email Janice at booksbyjanice[at]aol[dot]com to learn more, or visit her website at www.janicehannathompson.com.
Supplementing Your Fiction Habit
Attitude Is Everything!
We’re marching into spring, friends! What better way to face the new season than to set attainable freelance-writing goals?
Over the past couple of months we’ve broken down the word GOALS into bite-sized pieces. In January we looked at the letter G (Go for the Gusto). In February we examined the letter O (Over, Not Under). This month we’re tackling the letter A (Attitude Is Everything). Specifically, we’re going to talk about using writing and speaking to affect the attitudes of those we come in contact with.
I love this definition of the
word attitude from Merriam-Webster:
Have you made up your mind to succeed as a freelancer? If so, you’ve got to come into this business with a great attitude. Why? Because attitude changes lead to discipline changes. And when we change our attitudes, the internal shift can lead to attitude changes in those we come in contact with. Isn’t that the point? After all, we writers were put on this earth to bring hope. We are lights shining in dark places, offering flickers of hope to people who often feel they have none.
Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure” (AB). When we have hope, we are expectant. We can’t see what’s coming, but we have the uncanny sense that it’s going to be good. That’s how we want our writers to feel after they’ve read our pieces. Expectant. Like the best is yet to come.
Where are these people we’re supposed to bring hope to, and what does this have to do with earning money as a freelancer? Everything! Marketing and attitude work hand in hand.
I once heard someone define the word marketing this way: Find your audience and stand in front of them. This month, as we discuss attitude issues, I want to talk about standing in front of your audience . . . literally.
Change Your Attitude
Here’s my suggested list of places where you can speak. (Remember, the goal is to affect the attitudes of those in attendance, so be thinking about how you can do that at each of these places):
WRITING-RELATED ORGANIZATIONS: writers groups and guilds, online chat classes for writers, Webinars.
EDUCATIONAL: schools, homeschool groups, expos, colleges, libraries. (http://www.christianschooldirectory.com/)
CHURCHES/MINISTRIES: churches, Sunday school classes, senior citizen groups, singles ministries, women’s ministries, retreats, reading clubs/groups. (http://www.usachurch.com/texas/houston/churches.htm)
CIVIC GROUPS: Visit your local Chamber of Commerce to find civic groups: Lions Clubs, DAR, Rotary Club, Kiwanas, women’s clubs, Knights of Columbus, scouts, garden club, political groups, ABWA, historical groups, retirement groups, and so on.
Here are ten ways you can
enhance your speaking experience (thereby affecting the attitudes of
those in attendance):
Suggest that the company/organization run an article in its local paper
or newsletter before you arrive. If it cannot, consider sending out a
press release yourself.
I’ll leave you with twenty
suggestions to further enhance your speaking experience, thereby
improving both your own attitude and the attitudes of those in