Today’s Armchair BEA topic is moving beyond your blog by freelancing or writing for other sites or publications. I barely have time to keep my own blog moving forward, but I love the idea. So far I’ve posted reviews on two other sites (not for pay). One is Laura Carroll’s Live True Books site, which I mean to go back to with other ideas. She posts short reviews about nonfiction self-help type books, but since I’ve been reading a lot of those lately her blog is a good fit. Carroll has written a number of books on not having children, a personal interest of mine. The second site I’ve posted on is BlogCritic.org. You can sign up to post reviews there; there’s some kind of selection process although it’s not clear to me exactly how that works. You have to post your review on BlogCritic and then once it posts, you can post to your own blog as well. I posted my review of The Sisters Brothers there a few months ago.
Yesterday’s posts about networking have really gotten me thinking about whether I should try to post in local community papers or websites, or how I could work with bookstores and libraries in my area. You can see I have lots of ideas but lack the time to really implement. I always wish I was better at interacting more in the book groups on GoodReads or posting more reviews on Amazon but I just don’t get to it often enough.
I recently took an online class on freelancing by writing magazine articles. I’ve always wanted to publish essays or do something closer to journalism, and this sounds like a fun (although labor-intensive) way to do it. I was surprised to hear that most magazine articles are written by freelancers, not staff writers, so there really is a market for all the things we know about and like to write about. The flip side is you have to write lots of query letters and prepare for lots of rejection – or writing for free until you really establish some credentials.
I would love to hear from others about what they’re doing.