Thought of the Week
The bottom line is writing for free has to pay somehow. Not in the ambiguous manner like “I need some exposure that I am a writer.” That’s a slippery slope. You enjoy seeing your hard-earned byline, thinking you’ve stepped up a notch. So you write another one, and another one. Soon you’re writing for free for whomever will accept you. You’ve spent a year “promoting” yourself and not made a dime.
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The fact that you are producing your own fiction plus non-fiction books and FFW (in three different versions) AND blogging, Facebooking and tweeting all those helpful links multiple times daily is nothing short of miraculous. I don’t know of any other writer doing the range of things you do, and doing it all so well! You are a true mentor and that’s invaluable to the rest of us.
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– Michelle Vachon
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– Bob Perks, Author “I Wish You Enough” www.bobperks.com
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– Kevin A.M. Lewis
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