I don't know about you, but this is the first time I've ever had a Merry-Birthday. Seriously. My night began with a tree decorating session. I know what your thinking <"It is not even Halloween yet!" Well who said that I liked orange anyway? So, there we stood with gleeful faces hanging memories on a plastic tree. It was the best birthday ever. I am sure the neighbors have confirmed their suspicions that the Turnage family are odd to say the least. The night ended with jackets being placed over pajamas and standing on the street gazing at our own home of twinkling blue and white lights of true joy over the true joy of Birthdays: Enjoying our odd-ball family. Who needs Pumpkins and trick or treating when you have the real candy right inside your very door. Merry- Birthday everyone!
So, lately, I have been thinking about ways to offset income and build a portfolio while attending college. Although the $ would be a great addition, I think there is more to working part time now than only providing extra income. Thinking about it, I realize that just about every major in college has an internship prerequisite attached to graduation requirements. This is a way for the students to gain not only experience in their chosen field, but also maybe an "in" at the very place the internship is completed. Let's face it: No experience, often means no JOB.
Thus, writers have a two fold problem. First, there is not an internship attached to our major, and second, who is going to hire someone who hasn't a track record nor a decent portfolio that includes published works. I know, I know, we all have clouds in our heads and plan to "write" that first selling novel and make it big. Okay, coming back to reality now....
I also realize that most big publishing companies will not pick an unknown up in the first place. I know, I know, you say, " I am just going to self publish". I don't even want to get started on the possible stigma attached to this as a beginner. The viscous cycle: You aren't able to get a publishing house to pick you up, so you self publish could = the dreaded stigma of a second rate writer perceived by that very publishing house you are looking to get in at. Anyway, these are just a few of my thoughts as I decide to see how to fix my problem.
Here is my plan: While in college, I am going to free lance, submit to magazines and add any work published to my portfolio. You may be saying, "How do I do this?" This will be the first subject I want to attack, because the sooner we get started on this the better. I found this great blog today that has sites attached to it that hires beginners and professionals: http://www.freshbooks.com/blog/2013/01/16/freelance-jobs/
Please share your ideas and any advice you have. We would love your comments... LuAnne
Just wanted to remind you all, in case you are still in "student mode" This site is for all stages of fun and creativity. Let us not get bogged down with worrying about the polished works... Post anything, spelling errors and all! I promise, unless you ask, there will be no red marks or circles here.... So get creative and be real! Write on ...Writers!
I Just finished the best class in the world. No, I am not exaggerating! My classmates were the best support a girl could ask for! Thanks to those of you reading this that helped make this possible. In fact, we all grew to lean on each other so much, that I got to considering a way to keep in touch and support each other for years after the class ends. Let's just call this website the result of such efforts: "The class that never ends!" I hope this website keeps us all together until the end. Not only can we keep track of each other, but it will be great to have a network of writer friends through out the United States. We never know when we may need that extra reference or a line on a job:) I plan to post at least once a week from here on out. Please feel free to make any suggestions as we go. Eventually I will finish this thing fully. But for now, this is a good start. Don't forget to check out the forum area! ~LuAnne
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