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Advice for Freelance Writers: How to Land Freelance Writing Jobs During the Slow Summer Months

The slow summer months are almost upon us. I’ve sensed it in my business (and quite frankly am looking forward to slower times), and have received emails from a few worried freelancers who are new to the game.  

Following is an excerpt from one email I received that kinda sums up what many freelance writers — especially newbies — are feeling right now.

March was a terrific month for me; my best ever. So I was pumped. I figured the beginning-of-April slump was Easter-vacation-related. But now it’s almost the end of the month and it’s still exceedingly slow.

My incoming work is at a trickle. Naturally, I’m very concerned, seeing as I’m the main breadwinner for my family . . .  of course, I’m VERY concerned because the slow season — summer — is coming fast. So stress is my real middle name right now.

Just so you know and don’t freak out, freelance writing tends to be a cyclical profession — just like many others. Here is the workflow cycle of the editorial industry.

summer-marketing-tips-for-freelance-writersThis email sent off bells for me because every year around this time I get these types of questions. A couple of years ago, I wrote a “Summer Marketing Tutorial” for freelance writers.

It outlines 6 ways to keep your income stable during the slow summer months. You may even be able to increase it. So don’t let this slow time throw you. It’s all part of the game.

Photo: This is my “office” view in Jamaica. It’s a little ocean-side pub I work from sometimes. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to my move there so I can enjoy the slow summer months.

Freelance Writers: Are You a Believer?

As I told one freelancer I spoke with via phone the other day:

I don’t know if you’re a person of faith, but when you get up every day and do what you’re supposed to be doing to bring in work, you’re just gonna have to believe that it’s going to work out.

I’m not a super religious person, but I do believe in fate, karma, a higher being (God, I’m christian). The “power superior” as my ex-husband who was more spiritual than religious used to call it, rewards effort. What you put out in the universe does come back to you.

And the universe (God, Buddha, Allah, etc) asks no more from you than your best effort.   When you put that forth — consistently — things have a way of working out like they’re supposed to.   So keep your nose to the grindstone and trust that.

Now, “church” is officially over (I do live in part of the “Bible Belt” after all). You can even skip Sunday school this week if you want. 🙂

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