As a professional freelancer who makes a living through the written word, I’m often asked how I do it. It’s not rocket-science but there are certain things I’ve learned along the way that have helped me gain a better understanding of the marketplace and secure some great assignments and clients and I’ll be sharing some tips with other freelancers at an upcoming session hosted by the Association for Women Journalists – Chicago & the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Judith Nemes, a veteran freelance journalist and board member of the Association for Women Journalists – Chicago, is moderating the panel. I’ll be presenting alongside Kate Silver, a freelance journalist and writer for a broad array of markets including travel, food and health and Kelly James-Enger, a freelance writer, blogger and author of several books including “Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money” (which, by the way, I read when I started to freelance). I cover everything from food and travel to business profiles and health.
The goal of the panel discussion is to share our successes and setbacks and offer advice on how to break into a wide variety of writing markets beyond mainstream and trade journalism. Companies, non-profits and a host of various organizations are hiring writers. The trick is to find those companies. They’re out there.
Date: Thursday, May 28
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Columbia College Chicago
33 E. Congress (Wabash/Congress)
Room 219 Auditorium
Closest EL: Red Line, Harrison stop
Parking Garages on Wabash, south of Congress
Will I see you at How to be a Freelancer and Still Pay the Rent: Tips from the Trenches on Expanding into New Markets on May 28?