Are you considering a career as a f/t freelance writer? I was interviewed by @kjwakefield for @contently on how I got started.

Reprinted from The Freelance Strategist

“I think that only over time do we really understand the effect that our writing has on other people and on people’s perceptions of us.”

“Jennifer Nagy, founder of marketing firm jlnpr and a writer for The Huffington Post, became a freelancer following her divorce in 2011. She pitched a story to the HuffPo divorce section about her particular experience, and the published article received a lot of attention.

“The best part for me was the fact that I had quite a few people emailing or tweeting me saying that I really helped them because they realized that they weren’t alone in a similar divorce situation,” she says.

From there, she branched out to writing public relations and marketing articles for the small business section of the website.

Nagy says that her first year as a freelancer was typical. She had a few great opportunities, but still had to continue working at her PR business full time. This means that her progress is slower since she writes during off hours or on weekends. The biggest challenge, for her, was figuring out her to translate her true self through her writing while still connecting with readers.

“I think that only over time do we really understand the effect that our writing has on other people and on people’s perceptions of us. Especially when you’re writing about something as personal and private as divorce, it’s always tough to balance sharing enough to help people and protecting yourself and your ex.””

Read the full article at Diving In: Surviving Your First Year as a Freelancer.

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