Monday, June 24, 2019

7 Reasons Why You Should Sign-Up for The Freelance Writers' Den before Time Runs Out!

June is the season to be jolly especially if you're a freelance writer. Why? Because Carol Tice is opening the Freelance Writers Den to new members! And it's a great community.

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What is the Freelance Writers Den?
It's an exclusive community of freelance writers and gurus sharing tips they've learnt over the years when it comes to freelance writing. Whether you're writing blog posts, web copy, white papers, e-books, or anything in between, you'll find a ton of resources. 

And if you don't find the topic or resource you're looking for, you have a forum to ask questions, where over a 1,000 freelance writers with experience ranging from a few months to decades can answer your questions.

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What do I think of the Freelance Writers Den?
I've been a member for a year and a half, and while I could have used my membership more – yes there's a membership but it's not what you're thinking and more on that later  here is what I like and dislike about the Den.

First the cons:
-         Because I live in Egypt, the pricing mechanisms are completely different from my local market. For example, people can charge $0.50 per word and sometimes $1 per word, if you're in the Middle East and Egypt, your eyes – like mine – are probably glazing over these rates. Still, these rates can guide you when dealing with international clients.
-         Sometimes I feel that the content provided is a bit repetitive
Now onto the pros
-         I like the community. Everyone wants to help you. And being surrounded by people from all walks of life, who don't know you but want to help you is priceless.
-         The fee is affordable – just $25 a month (That's less than EGP 420 at current rates, which less than any course you'll find and there little to no writing courses in Egypt to begin with!)
-         Then Den is great for newbie and seasoned writers alike. There's a lot of food for thought and lots of topics to be discussed. Plus you can get your work critiqued in the forums. (Like if you have a blog post idea you want to get feedback on or if you think your email marketing needs a boost...etc)
-         I enjoy the bootcamps and have learnt a ton from them.
The Den offers quarterly bootcamps, which are 4-week online workshops with a specialized freelance writer from a certain field (ex: ebooks, selling, social media…etc) alongside the Den's founder (aka the Den Mother) Carol Tice or Moderator Angie Mansfield – both with over a decade of experience in freelance writing. During these 4 weeks, you get to either pay a discounted $97 for the course, study the content, do homework and get expert feedback OR you don't pay at all and work the course material on your own.
-         You can study old and new bootcamps any number of times you like. You download the PDFs, listen to the audio and presentation, and you can do the homework and get feedback through the forum. This feedback won't be from the "expert" giving the bootcamp but you'll definitely find others who've had some form experience with what you're working on.
-        There is also a section called the Resource Library where you'll find audios with freelancers who talk about particular topics for an hour. Now, I'll mention that some of the experts they bring in the resource library are amazing and some not so much. There were a couple of audios that I didn't complete because I felt the content wasn't strong – but that could be that the content didn't relate to me.
-      There's also a job board, where you can find some freelance writing assignments. I'll confess I've not been able to use it much because many ask for freelance writers within the US but it's there and it can give you an idea sometimes about fees and available freelance writing gigs.

For me, two of the bootcamps, I absolutely loved and have learnt greatly from were Writing Persuasive Sales Copy with Belinda Weaver and Writing E-books with Steve Slaunwhite. Since then, I've been following Weaver's blog and taking on any other bootcamps by Slaunwhite.

So, would I recommend The Freelance Writers' Den?
The answer is: Yes.

Is there a fee?
Yes, but don't fret. I pay $25 a month.
Not a hefty sum, and while I haven't been making maximum use of my $25 monthly payment, I will be doing exactly that in the coming period.

How do you pay?
There are PayPal and a Credit Card options.

How can I get the maximum value for my money?
Log in as much as you can. There is no limit to how much of The Freelance Writers' Den trainings you can study in a day, week or month. So, make time and gobble up as much information and training as you can.

How many people are currently in The Freelance Writers' Den?
Over a 1000!

Can I get a taste of The Freelance Writers' Den?
Yes! Here's a free PDF on 8 Ways to Get Editors' Emails

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As I said The Freelance Writers' Den is an exclusive community, which means it's not open all-year-round for anyone to join. It opens twice a year.

At the moment, the opportunity to Sign Up for the Freelance Writers' Den. And as a Den member, I recommend you give it a shot. If you don't like it, you can get a FULL REFUND within 14 days of signing up or you can opt out any time afterwards.

I've been on the Den for a year, and there's lots I still need to go through.

Last but not least, while my intention was to grow my freelance writing skills and establish myself in the field, I picked up a LOT about marketing and writing in general that have helped me in my current and previous full-time jobs.

If you're still unsure if this place is for you, check out some writers' success stories – how people have grown their freelance writing businesses or scored retainer clients after joining the Den.

Hurry up! Just a little time left!

If you feel you're not yet ready to commit $25 per month to self-help, well that's you BUT Tice has written several books on earning better as a freelance writer and generating income from your blog.

Please use the above links to check out The Freelance Writers Den. If you consider subscribing, use the link above, which is an affiliate link that helps me and my blog.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Takhayyal Writing Prompt 97: Music in the Woods

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen, Artists, Poets, Writers, Authors, Dreamers, Friends and Family; Welcome EVERYONE to Nadaness In Motion's MONTHLY picture-prompt writing challenge Takhayyal or Imagine.

Arabic for Imagine, Takhayyal is a challenge for writers of all ages and genres; a place to spark creativity and explore new genres.

The newest image has a bit of spring and for some reason reminds me of the introduction of Nightwish's song "While Your Lips Are Still Red."

So grab your pen and paper, or an empty word document, and may be some music and let the image and the notes inspire you :) 

Your post can be in English or Arabic, prose, poetry, short story, flash fiction, an imaginary situation, an artistic thought; you name it and write it.

General rules:
·        No nudity, violence, and/or abuse.
·        Leave the link to your post in comments below OR post your piece as REPLY to this post
·        Your piece MUST be inspired in some way or other by the above picture
·        Multiple entries allowed
·        It is not required but it is a nice and encouraging gesture to comment on others' pieces.
·        Feel free to add your Twitter handle (@....) so I can tag you in my tweets!


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Exclusive Interview with Author-Poet Sophie Schiller

Today I'm featuring an author and poet whose poems just spoke to me. Meet Sophia Schiller, whose poetry collection On a Moonlit Night in the Antilles I read and reviewed recently and gave a 5-star review.

The interview and review were originally planned to published in April 2019 for National Poetry Month, but due to some setbacks from my end, both were delayed.

About Sophie Schiller

Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She is a novelist and a poet. Kirkus Reviews has called her "an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer." Publishers Weekly called her Island on Fire, “a memorable romantic thriller,” her Race to Tibet, "A thrilling yarn," and her Transfer Day, “a page-turner with emotional resonance."

On a Moonlit Night in the Antilles is her first collection of poetry. She graduated from American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is presently working on a novel about a Founding Father. 

Connect with Sophie Schiller via Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

On to Nadaness In Motion's exclusive interview with Sophie Schiller!

Q: Did you do anything special for National Poetry Month?
Sophie Schiller: I conducted a giveaway on my Facebook page for 5 free copies of my poetry book. I’ve been posting my poems online to get people to take a few minutes of their day to look at the world a little differently, through the lens of poetic verse. Almost any topic can become more salient through the use of poetry. Poetry allows us to discover more about ourselves.

Q: Your poetry collection On a Moonlit Night in the Antilles was inspired by the Caribbean, what other countries have inspired your writing?
Sophie Schiller: No other countries, but other poets have inspired my writing, such as Emily Dickinson, Derek Walcott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Rudyard Kipling, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats. Their poetry inspired quite a few poems in my collection, such as “I Found a Danish Skilling” which was inspired by “I had a Guinea Golden” by Emily Dickinson, and “Annaberg” was inspired by “To Helen” by Edgar Allan Poe, and “A Song to Hugo Larsen” was inspired by “Ode to Salvador Dalí” by Federico García Lorca.

Q: Where else do you plan to travel in search of other adventures and inspiration?
Sophie Schiller: I think the West Indies is the place where my soul is most at home, and where my creativity comes alive. I would love to see St. Vincent, Nevis, and St. Lucia, not necessarily in that order.

Q: I noticed that your poetry mostly rhymes, do you have difficulty with rhyme while not making it sound forced? Have you tried writing in free verse?
Sophie Schiller: During the course of my writing I have found that for every problem (in rhyming) there is a solution. If you work on a poem for a long time and it’s not working, in other words, it if sounds too forced, it probably means you have to approach it from a different angle. The solution will come to you eventually. Sometimes you have to put the poem away for a few weeks or a few months and approach it from a fresh perspective. I have never tried writing in free verse. I would have to take a course in it to really understand the technique and the artistic elements of it.

Q: I see you have several books of historical fiction. Are you a history teacher?
Sophie Schiller: No, I discovered late that I love history and stories set in the past, so all my novels are historical. There’s so much to discover!

Q: What are you currently working on? And what books are set to be released in 2019?
Sophie Schiller: Currently I’m working on a novel about Alexander Hamilton’s boyhood in the Caribbean. The novel should be released in 2020. The only book I released in 2019 was my poetry book and it has turned into one of the most fulfilling projects I have ever worked on.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Sophie Schiller: Never give up. Nothing good ever came without some sacrifice.

Check out more exclusive author interviews on the Nadaness In Motion book blog.