challenges and achievements
It has been a very difficult year for many of us who live the life of a professional writer. The tanking economy in several of the world’s leading nations in addition to the expansion of “citizen journalism” and individuals willing to contribute for free to numerous sites and publications have greatly diminished the number of good paying markets for freelance writers. Sure, there are an increased number of “markets,” but so many of them want free content or writers to write merely for the privilege of gaining greater “exposure.”
I’ve got plenty of exposure thank you very much. What I, and many of my professional colleagues need are more magazines and websites that cherish the contribution of quality content written with flair, preciseness and value (whether that be by way of expertise for a certain topic or in relation to a writer’s built-in following or appeal.)
Being the last post of the year, I wanted to celebrate the life of a freelance writer and toast our achievements, in addition to acknowledging our challenges … so that we might overcome, conquer or find ways to work around them.
By far, my greatest achievement this year has been my success in building my author’s platform. I have worked tirelessly promoting my book on volunteerism, tweeting on Twitter, blogging, expanding my network through the development of my online chocolate paper, Chocolatour News and sharing my chocolate research with the world in preparation for my next book, Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate. What a journey it’s been!
In the same vein, my biggest challenge has been that my efforts never seem to be enough. I’ve been sold by several agents that they love my writing and the topic for my book, but that my platform still isn’t big enough! (One suggested that I would need my own TV show on the Food Network to attract the attention of a worthy publisher.) Not exactly an easy goal to achieve!
So I’ve been pondering my options, and come January, when the writing of my book begins in earnest, I will let destiny takes its course and put my faith in my ability to make the right decision regarding those options. Self-publishing has certainly come to the forefront, and judging by the multitude of you who contributed to the discussion we had on the subject in the guest post led by Yvonne Perry, it may be my choice for the first edition of Chocolatour. Stay tuned!
What about you? How has 2011 fared for you? What has been your biggest achievement? And your most formidable challenge? I’d love to hear from you, and I know that readers of this blog love sharing and supporting one another with our knowledge and insights. We’re all in this together!
At this point, I’d like to wish you happiness, health and prosperity, and hope that your achievements will far outweigh your challenges when we reflect back on 2012 in one year’s time.
This is the last post on the blog at this address. I will be migrating the content over to a self-hosted site.
Thanks so much for helping build the community we have created here since February, 2009 when the blog was launched. I hope the transition to the new site will be a smooth one, and that there are no technological bumps along the way. Ciao for now!