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Birth of ‘the baby’


Ahhhh.

That’s the sound of relief from the ‘birthing’ my new ebook, “YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 60 Days,” which was loaded onto Smashwords’ website just yesterday.

It was a grueling task but, like any birth, well worth it.

I’m thrilled with my ebook! I know there are several other books and ebooks on the topic but none of them have my particular story, my wit, my past – and that makes mine unique. It’s one of the things I talk about in the ebook: We all have our own story to tell, our own way of telling it – so in essence that qualified us to become writers in our own right.

I’ve had people ask me how I did it, how I broke through and became a writer (as if it’s some magic bullet). And I tell them the same thing I’m going to tell you: I made up my mind to write. I don’t mean to minimize it, but that’s pretty much how it began.

Sure, there are other things I had to implement: a structured plan, tenacity, determination  and (I think this is the most important part) humility to realize that I didn’t have all the answers (or none at all quite frankly).

To put it simply: it took some doing..but not much more of ‘a doing’ than working for someone else and making their dreams and goals a reality.

So there you have it: how I became a freelance writer – and it took FAR longer than 60 days – and that’s why I was determined to write this ebook…so that others (like you) can dodge the missteps that I took and propel to writing success much quicker than it took me.

If you’d like a glimpse of what my ebook has to offer, just download it here and read how YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 60 Days and start making your life over.

I did…and it was well worth it.

All the best,

JBlair Brown / Freelance Writer, PR/Marketing Consultant
Author, “YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 60 Days

Try Anything!


If you’ve followed my journey for any length of time, you probably noticed that I’m always trying new things: freelance writing, which led me to writing for the healthcare industry, real estate, travel, and many other industries; marketing, which led me to become “partner of sorts” to a local entrepreneur with three businesses of his own; public relations, leading me to become publicist for the region’s oldest jazz organization, as well as contributing writer for the area’s only professional indoor football team; online radio talk show host; and now author of the soon-to-be-released eBook, “YOU Can Become a Freelance Writer in 59 Days!”

Whew! I’m exhausted just thinking of this stuff……but my point is this: sometimes you just have to “try anything.” Opportunities are few and far between, and exceptional opportunities are a definite rarity.

So take whatever you have and make something out of that. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or even a lofty goal; it just has to be ‘something.’

In other words: try anything.

Floating on air…


Just gotta share:

I recently picked up two really good clients – both of  which could lead to whole new fields of opportunities for me.

EXCITING TIMES FOR SURE!

The first client is in the fashion industry. Now I’m no fashion plate – but I’m not too old to learn (darn it!). Anyway, I’m simply delighted. I was getting desperate – and had in fact thrown my name into a “whatever comes along” jar to get a gig. (Hey, any work these days is better than none.)

But here’s what’s really weird about this:  I tried several times to break into the fashion industry…they simply weren’t having it. This last time I finally decided to just go hard and (in the vernacular), lay my thang down! But here’s the thing: the precise point I wanted to “Wow!” them with is precisely what didn’t – and the thing I thought was “ho-hum” was the thing that “Wowed!” them. Go figure.

The second client found me through a social network, one on which I rarely post. It’s quite an undertaking, but I’m eager to get things rolling and lick this puppy.

So yeah, you could say I’m floating on air these days, which is a good thing…

…since I’m also suddenly exhausted.

I’m Back – And I’m Bad (I mean that in a good way)


Yes, it’s been awhile.

But that’s a good thing. While it took me nearly two years to get back to this post, don’t think for one moment I’ve been resting on my laurels. Oh, I’ve been working – and how!

The last time I posted, I was merely contemplating going into “the business.” Today I’m proud to say I’m a nationally published (as in a real, tangible magazine “published”) full-time freelance writer.

I have 3.5 consistent clients, which might not sound great from where you sit, but I gotta tell ya’ – I’m not doing too bad on this end. My bills are paid, I love what I do, and I’m not overbooked to the point I can’t give my best to each of my clients. Having said that, I do enjoy taking on one-time projects every so often – just for additional cash flow, and as a means of getting my name out to a broader audience. It’s working out.

So life is good today.

I say “today” because we really don’t know what tomorrow will bring. With the economy in the state it’s in, it’s always best to have Plan B firmly intact. But why am I writing this ominous post? As writers, we have to think in reality. But that’s not always easy because there are two types of writers: those who view writing as some type of romantic experience (which it often isn’t); and those who buy into the notion that a good writer must first “pay his dues.”

Let’s take that first group: the romanticist. I got six words for you: The Down Side to Freelance Writing (http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Down-Side-to-Freelance-Writing&id=1378537). Read that and you’ll have a better understanding of what’s really involved.

To that second group: the “pay your dues” club. To you I say, “Get over it already!” This is a new time and a new age. While paying your dues might not have been optional “back in the day,” that’s certainly not the case today. I’m living proof of that. I’m a health care editor with a national health care publisher – yet I never attended college and wouldn’t even know what an SAT test looked like.

But slow your roll. I’m not trying to tell anyone NOT to go to college. In fact, had I gone to college I’m sure the road to where I am today would have been paved much sooner. What I am telling you is that modern technology has made it absolutely possible for someone like me to eke out a living in the writing field.

The Internet offers a whole world out there for people like me: ones who thought they were destined to certain misfortunes in life because of the lack of higher education. That’s no longer the case.

Today, editors and publishers, agents and scouts, corporations and small businesses are all looking for writers – like me: real people who come from the real world – who can put two sentences together.

Magazines targeting parents finally got the message that parents listen to other parents who’ve faced similar challenges. They need those parents’ stories, in their own words.

Auto magazines are now looking for mechanics who share a knack for writing; just as writing magazines now accept articles written by people who enjoy reading and have a natural ability to write. And the beauty of it is that MOST DON’T ASK WHICH COLLEGE YOU’VE ATTENDED, SO MUCH AS TO VIEW OF SAMPLE OF YOUR WORK. Show a few good samples and you just got yourself a nice side gig—working from home no less.

So if you’re thinking of writing as a part-time gig, think faster. In the time it took you to read this post, thousands of writers have been hired to write an article, a book, or even a screenplay. Thousands of writers like you and me.

And that’s my cue, because in the time it took me to post this, I possibly lost out on a few nice writing assignments.

Darn it.

JBB