Posted in Freelance Writer, Indie Author, Life Experience

Selling Myself

As an artist, writer, editor, freelancer, and author – I am always selling myself. I have to prove that this product (me, I’m the product) is worth people’s money. I think you do this less when you work a more traditional job. Yes, you still have to go in and do your job, but I am a continual salesperson with Yvonne being the main item I sell. Sometimes before I can even do the work for the day, I have to prove I am still worthy of being the product that does this job for a living.

Different sales tactics come into play depending on which part of me I’m selling (that sounded far dirtier than I meant it to – I meant whether I am selling my art, my crafts, one of my books, or my skills as a writer or editor).

As a freelance writer, I have to continually apply for gigs or send out manuscripts and queries. I have to always have samples on hand, published online with my name on them – something that isn’t always easy when most of your work is done as a ghostwriter.

As a crafter and artist, I have to always be showing that my skills are growing. I have to prove the things I’ve created are unique and worth someone’s investment in them. And, how do I even get people to see them? I have to be on social media, selling them somewhere online and in person.

As a self-published author, I have to do much the same as I do as a crafter. I also have to find businesses willing to stock my books.

Every single day I am selling myself. Every single day I come up with new ideas to do this. How are you selling yourself?

Here are some of the things I am working on right now:

  • I will have my books and The Art of Dreams & Divination items available early next year at a new local business in Hudsonville, MI – Eye Candy for Your Body & Home.
  • I am creating videos to promote my books, and I recently started recording myself reading poems I’ve written to practice for a book signing event I’m doing in January.
  • I spend at least one day a week sharing my articles, books, art, and other things on social media.
  • I come up with new marketing ideas and tools as often as possible… and I just keep going!

 

Posted in Books, Freelance Writer, Indie Author, Life Experience, marketing, Poetry

More Than A Writer

IMG_20180905_191932I named this the “Life As A Writer” blog because this website focuses mostly on my career as a freelance writer – but that’s not all I do. I am more than a poet. I am more than an author. I am more than a freelance writer. I am more than someone who puts creativity into stories, and more than someone who turns the written word into art.

I am an artist. I am a crafter. I am a creative soul.

This year I have slowly, and progressively, been launching The Art Of Dreams And Divination. This is a small business that combines my love for arts and crafts with my passion for divination and spirituality. I do dream interpretations, make dream catchers, and handmake divination items… and so much more!

I have a few items up in my Etsy shop, sold a good amount of items at the Indie Flea Market in October (a local Grand Rapids event that hosts local artists and crafters), and I signed a lease for a 6 month spot at a new shop opening up early 2019 in Hudsonville, MI. I plan to do more… but it takes time.

book_coverNot only do I work with numerous clients each day, but I also have to find time to work on my books and my crafts. This means organizing my time and giving into the creativity bug when it bites!

I love to write – but I also love all things creative. No matter how many times I’ve tried to only be a writer, I always find myself lost in other creative pursuits as well.

Welcome to the life of a creative entrepreneur!