Are we a match made in freelance writing heaven?
Look, not everybody is meant to be, and that’s definitely true for the client-writer relationship. I’ve worked with clients who I can’t stand but who love my writing, and I’ve worked with clients who I love to bits but who can’t stand me. And then sometimes everything aligns perfectly, which means we either both hate the other or love each other.
This is kinda how it works here, too. We may be a perfect fit. Or maybe one of us is going to go to sleep tonight wondering if it was me, not you.
To start, let me just say that, somewhere deep inside, I really do love all writers. I may not like everyone’s motivations to become a writer, I may not like the actual words you put down, and I definitely don’t love egotism of any sort, but if you’re a person who puts pen to paper (or fingertip to keyboard) and you feel like you have something that has to be said, then on a very raw, primitive level, we are alike.
That said, I’m not here to teach anybody how to write. There are a lot of sources out there for that, but I’m not one of them. You may have natural talent that doesn’t need any tweaking, you may have natural talent that could benefit from some tweaking, you may not have a drop of talent at all right now but you’re an excellent student and can learn… I don’t know, and it’s not for me to decide or coach.
Here’s what I do care about, though:
- You have some positive track record of producing copy that clients like. For example, you’ve had clients return to you for more work or you’ve had direct positive feedback, even just once.
- That positive feedback has come from someone who knows what they’re talking about and who doesn’t have a reason to sugarcoat it. So, your aunt doesn’t count, and neither does that person who you just wrote a rave review for and they therefore have to be nice to you.
- You understand that being a freelance writer has a lot – a whole lot – of admin and customer service and un-fun business things to it, and you’re okay with that
Didn’t quite fulfill those guidelines above?
Don’t go away just yet. We can still chat to discuss things like:
- What does it mean when a client seems happy with my work but they’re giving me the silent treatment?
- I think I did excellent work for a client, but they’re not running their business so great. How does this impact me and my portfolio, and how much should I care about their feedback?
- I’m totally up for anything and everything that comes with being a freelance writer, but … what does come with being a freelance writer?
Ready to move forward?
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what’s going on with you, career-wise. I’m also open to hearing about any horror movies you’ve watched lately.