30-Day-Coaching Program: Get Ready to Land Your First Freelance Writing Gig!

(*cue dramatic, rousing, optimistic, exciting musical jingle-thingy for the…*)

Special Deal – 10 spots available till December 22nd, 2018

New Coaching Program

for

New Freelance Writers

to start a freelance writing business in the

New Year

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Hey! This program has not even officially been launched yet – but WHY NOT do a little warm-up before the official start? After all, THIS is the long weekend of SPECIAL DEALS!!

For those of you who want to launch a freelance writing business in 2019: You can write, but you don’t know how to start getting paid for it, too?

I’ve got you!

In other words:

Join my 1:1 online coaching program

8 Lessons
+ Additional Mentoring
in 30 Days

to get you ready for your first freelance writing gig – and beyond!

10 spots are available

for a special introductory price of

(*drumroll*)

179 USD

(Oh, did I mention this is a special deal?)

Learn more about how to position yourself online, to find your right audience and niche, to find publishing opportunities, to gain exposure, develop you writing portfolio and:

How to get paid!!

Contact me for more info, and to secure YOUR SPOT 🙂

A Sunflower for Rainy Days (World Mental Health Day 2018)

Sunflowers…  I remember taking this picture, ages ago, with what was probably my very first digital camera. Digital photography was new and exciting for me, and I was perhaps simply thinking they’d make a pretty picture.

Thinking about it now – maybe I also wanted to preserve a little bit of “sunshine” for a rainy day…

I am familiar with these “rainy days” – figuratively speaking. I don’t even remember when they started, but they’ve been with me for a very long time. Sometimes the rain is like a very fine spray that you hardly notice. Sometimes the falling waters seem to drench you to the bone.

But there are sunny days, too, and though the sun might often be hiding behind clouds, I know it’s still there. I have to keep reminding myself though, and maybe a sunflower picture can serve as a little visual help.

I am thinking of you, sisters and brothers and fellows.

I am sending my love out to you.

You are not alone.

There is help available, and admitting that you might need it is a sign of strength, not of weakness. YOU. ARE. STRONG.

~ ~ ~

The following is copied out from a comment I left a while ago for somebody on Facebook, a fellow blogger with apparent depression. I don’t know them personally, but I had wanted to reach out and show some love and support, and possible sources of a little comfort.

For what it’s worth, I’d like to share it with you: Continue reading

Linguistically Empowered!

Okay, granted: This post does contain affiliate links, but the subject as such is something I would have written about anyway because it is SO VERY relevant to me: English grammar, spelling, and all that jazz.

Grammar? Spelling? So what’s the problem?

I am a professional writer [duh!], so language is my working tool. The thing is, I was raised in German, so writing in English (correctly, that is) still means a bit more work for my “little grey cells.” And often enough some additional research.

So, for the sake of

  • productivity
  • a less inhibited “Muse”
  • and therefore a better communication, output, professionalism, self-esteem, public image, fame, fortune…

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This Week, I’ve been Sweating (… the Small Stuff!)

It is another hot (surprise!!) summer day here in Florida – but this particular blog post is less about perspiration and more about organizing.

Self-organization, to be exact.

Self-Organization: “Priorities” and “The Big Picture” vs. “Sweating the Small Stuff” (?)

When it comes to organizing (be it yourself or something/someone else), setting priorities and recognizing the proverbial “Big Picture” are both essential skills. When you have a small window of time (as in a deadline) for an important task, prioritizing that particular task is probably a no-brainer.

I mean, you cannot clone yourself, and multi-tasking does have its limits, right?

So you focus on the task at hand and ditch/defer/postpone some other to-dos that you consider to be less urgent and/or important. I get that – I do it in some form or other every day. Continue reading

Der 5-Minuten-Schreib-Tipp

Hast du mal eben fünf Minuten Zeit? Wunderbar! Dann habe ich nämlich einen Schreib-Tipp für dich!

Fünf Minuten – mehr Zeit brauchst du für diese Schreib-Übung nicht

  • Fünf Minuten, um das Schreiben anzuregen bzw. zu trainieren
  • Eine Schreib-Übung, um neue Ideen zu entwickeln
  • Um schnell ein paar Gedanken aufzuschreiben, aus denen sich vielleicht irgendwann eine komplette Handlung entwickeln könnte
  • Oder sogar als Therapie gegen den ewig dräuenden … (*flüster*) … Writer’s Block

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Die meisten unter uns “Schreibenden”, die einerseits ihren “regulären” Job, der die Miete bezahlt, mit ihrem Familien-/Privatleben UND ihrem Autoren-Dasein jonglieren, kennen das Problem: Wie finde ich die Zeit, um zu schreiben? Und selbst wenn wir dann die Zeit finden, kann es dazu kommen, Continue reading

TED-Ed: 11 Online Lessons To Check Out…

…if you want to dip your toes into the subjects of online learning and continuing education.

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After all, one of the qualities of a good writer is to keep reading and learning… and apart form that, “getting informed and inspired” sounds much better than “procrastinating”… so here’s one possible place to go… 😉

Online Learning for Writers and other Freelancers

I have to admit, I am slightly obsessed with the idea of continuing education, learning-on-demand and online learning. Continue reading

Make Sure That Google & Co. Can Find Your Website

Search Engine Optimization for Writers. Is that important for, let’s say, a novelist … a poet … or an author of cook books?

Well, YES!

Search Engine Optimization for your Website

I mean, you are a (professional or aspiring) writer, right? Then you probably have a blog, homepage or some sort social media profile. (If you don’t, I strongly suggest you’ll get yourself at least ONE of these.) And of course, you want your online presence to be found – otherwise, what’s the point, right? That is where Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes in: seo-2192823_640You want to create or optimize your website/online content in such a way, that it gets a good ranking with Search Engines like Google, Bing, etc.

Why? Continue reading