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
See It!As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer
the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will,
and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.
G: Go for the Gusto
This month we’re focusing on the letter S: See It!
Here’s the deal, folks: faith is key to the freelancer. What you believe about yourself, the words you speak over your situation . . . these things are all critical. It’s time to start seeing yourself as successful. No, I’m not talking about success as the world defines it. This isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme or even a “you can have what you speak” sermon, though I do believe that our words have power. I’m simply talking about seeing yourself as someone who makes an impact for the kingdom of God, someone who takes full advantage of the gifts he/she has been given. If you “see” it in the spiritual, (i.e. in faith), you are much more likely to see it in the natural.
It’s All in the Attitude
Let me make one thing clear: I’m not talking about a “fake it ’til you make it” mind-set. Faking it gets you nowhere. Trusting God gets you everywhere! But we have to see that trust has everything to do with our attitudes. With that in mind, here’s a link to a fun little piece I wrote years ago called “The Be-Happy Attitudes for Writers.” I wrote it partly to pacify myself and also to make others chuckle. I hope you find it uplifting.
So, how’s your attitude this month (as it relates to freelancing)? Who, what, when, where, and why do you see yourself? Maybe you’re a bit blue, wondering if you will ever make any money with your writing. Attitude check! Turn that frown upside-down. Even if you haven’t yet tasted success, don’t give up. Remember what we’ve discussed over the previous months.
By way of a refresher. Here’s the Janice Hanna Thompson “Quick Start” method for nonfiction freelancing success: Start with short pieces. Check out http://www.writersmarket.com/ to see who’s buying. Once you’ve established yourself with short pieces, give thought to piecing them together into nonfiction books. As we’ve already discussed, statistics prove that nonfiction books sell far better than novels. Only one in about four books published is a novel. Readers buy them in droves. Did you realize, for example, that The Purpose Driven Life sold over 20 million copies? Contrast that with the typical novel, which is lucky to sell five to ten thousand copies. If you’re still unsure about the process of writing a full-length nonfiction book, you can check out my course. Think of a nonfiction work as an expanded article. The primary difference is in how you weave the topics/chapters together. It’s a similar process to braiding your hair. You’re taking a lot of ideas, tons of research, lots of individual topics and forcing them together. In the end, you have created a word that flows seamlessly and makes sense to the reader. For those of you who write novels, think of this in much the same way as you would your plotline. The thread has to move in and out, up and down, taking the reader on a journey.
Of course, “seeing” yourself as a successful freelancer isn’t just about what you write; it’s about how you market yourself. Your platform is critical. So is your ability to think outside of the box. If you’re going to be successful, you must think of every piece you write (short or long) as part of a “whole.” This is a brand you’re building, folks. Always keep that in mind.
God is the one
responsible to meet my needs:
I don’t have to worry
about my career!
God is working it
together for my good!
Even the tough stuff
ain’t so tough for God!
Be on Guard!
Be strong and
courageous! Do not be afraid or terrified of them,