Sue LaPointe

Jason Hartman talks with Sue LaPointe, author of: Working Writer Happy Writer: How To Build A Thriving Writing Business From Nothing Business. The only happy writers out there are the ones who are working! Finding writing clients and projects isn’t a matter of luck – it’s just a matter of being shown how. In Sue’s own words… How do I know about this? In May of 2006, I paid a lot of money to get an incredible business coach. My wonderful coach held my hand and walked me through the whole process of building a thriving writing business. Within less than six months, I’d done it. And there’s no reason you can’t do it, too. You’ll learn about:

The books I read. Each one contributes a major piece of wisdom, direction, or strategy. The resources I use. No more trial and error for you! Here are the software, sites, and other goodies I use every day. Write Happy – a free newsletter filled with the hottest tips for growing your business.

Informative teleseminars on topics including:

  • What should I charge?
  • How do I find clients?
  • How can I be sure to get paid?
  • How do I write a winning proposal?
  • What’s an ebook, and how do I do one?
  • What’s ghostwriting, and can I do it?
  • Writing for search engines
  • Writing for academic publishers
  • How can I get into information marketing?
  • and more! (let me know what else you’d like to learn about)

Lots of would-be writers make the same mistake I did. They think the only way to earn a living as a writer is to write a best-selling novel, like Steven King or JK Rowling. What a bunch of hooey! Sure, that’d be great – but the odds are less than favorable. Or, they think the only way is to write articles and submit them on spec to magazines. Baloney! Again, very glamorous and all, but who wants to write on spec? No way!

Your life as a freelance writer can be all that you dream of – if you learn how to do it right, so it doesn’t become an unsatisfying nightmare. The key is to find high-quality clients who pay what your expertise is truly worth, and to stay as busy as you’d like to stay. It’s definitely not a get rich quick scheme, because you’ll have to actually do the work! But if you do, you’ll build for yourself a business that’s very rewarding.