From insecure writer with a drawer full of unfinished books and rejection letters, to full-time writer helping other writers reach their own writing goals.
DREAMS OF WRITING
Growing up, I dreamed of writing full time: going on extravagant book tours organized by my publisher who adored me and my books, and enjoying all the luxuries of a big paycheck.
Then I woke up and learn the truth about writing and publishing. It’s hard work and I didn’t know jack!
My writing life changed forever when I attended my first writing conference and took online writing classes.
The biggest lesson I learned was that I needed a writing routine to finish my book. Two years after my first conference, my first book was published by Crimson Romance now part of Simon and Schuster.
ACCIDENTAL FREELANCE WRITER
I started CayWriters with the intention to help writers in the Cayman Islands connect with each other and to promote authors in the community. But, it became so much more.
I pitched Cayman Airways Skies magazine about promoting local writers in their magazine, and ended up with a contract to freelance write with them instead. Thanks to referrals, more clients dropped in my lap, and I became an accidental freelance writer.
While it wasn’t a direction I intended to go, the lessons I learned were invaluable.
FROM HOBBY TO PROFESSION
When my family relocated to the US in 2015 I started writing full-time. I had three clients and one book half written and two books outlined. I had tons of time to write and money from freelance writing and book sales to sustain me. Perfect situation right? Nope!
I ran into immigration issues so I was unable to pitch new clients in the US.
My clients disappeared over the course of a year due to company changes.
I neglected writing and promoting my books to focus on freelance writing and my writing stalled and my book sales plummeted.
These hard lessons helped me realize:
My writing is not a hobby but a business
A writing routine is a crucial to a successful career regardless of what’s going on
Tracking ALL my numbers is a MUST, not just likes on social media
Writing full time is NOT the same as writing as a side hustle
Focus on progress, not perfection
Keep moving forward
I needed to outsource certain business tasks so I focus on writing and creating new content
Systems and processes are vital to building my business
After putting these lessons into practice in my own writing life-and launching Jumpstart Your Writing Routine-writers in my CayWriters group have achieved their own goals: started writing their book, taken their writing to new levels, reached word count goals, and shifted out of their comfort zone to participate in Camp NanoWriMo and NaNoWriMo.
Are you ready make REAL change in your writing life?
To Start or finish WRITING your book?
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