We’ve been focused on professional writing on this blog since August 2006: that’s eight years, and over 2,300 posts. During the the first few years, we tried to make sense of the new reality for writers: the Web. Then in 2007, Amazon produced the Kindle. Perhaps it’s hyperbole to suggest the Amazon’s Kindle is changing the writing world as professional writers know it, but immense changes are happening, and we need to be ready for them.
Earlier today, I sent out a message to ezine subscribers, and I’ll reproduce it here, because I discussed what we’ll be covering on the blog, going forward.
Going Forward to 2015
I can’t believe that the third quarter of 2014 is well underway. Once we reach the fourth quarter, it’s a mad rush to get everything done, and then 2015 will be here before we know it.
With that in mind, be aware that professional writing is changing. It’s becoming much more entrepreneurial. Which means that I’ll be creating much more blog content on writing as a entrepreneur. Watch for material on crowdfunding, etc.
We’ve covered the elements of freelancing pretty well over the past eight years. Please search the blog for the basics on getting clients, etc. I’ll be updating that older content regularly to bring it up to date. Going forward, look for fresh ideas and insights, and ways to do more with what you’ve got, even if you’re new to professional writing.
We’ve got new products in the pipeline too; most are focused on the entrepreneurial aspects of writing. So over the next month or two, we’ll be whittling down products in the online store. They’ll be available as lower-priced offerings, then deleted, without promotion.
Here’s why. Dean’s inspired me to do more tracking, so I’ll be focusing on creating FRESH content. There’s a LOT to cover. Therefore, please don’t be offended if something is just taken down. By all means contact Julia if you’ve had your eye on something that’s gone; she’ll fix it for you.
To summarize: we’ll cover more entrepreneurial stuff on the blog going forward. I’ve been updating older material when I get a free moment. Sometimes I make few changes, with other posts, I make a lot of changes, because a lot has changed. Most of the material stands up well, even material published in 2006. So search the blog if you’re looking for something specific.
Why more entrepreneurial material? One reason. Competition.
Freelancing Is the New Normal, So…
Many thanks to Carol for this article Stop Doing This Now to Explode Your Freelance Writing Income, and the link to Forget The Jobs Report – Focus On the Freelance Economy.
If you’re not making the income you could be making please read Carol’s article: remember marketing.
The article on the Freelance Economy is interesting too, and reports:
The number of freelance workers is projected to outpace full-time workers by 2020. The economy is rapidly shifting to a more contingent workforce, with recent estimates by the Freelancers Union of 42 million American independent workers, up from 10.3 million workers in 2005.
You can look at the growth of freelancing in many different ways. We’re interested only in how this phenomenon affects professional writers – us. There’s a big challenge for all freelancers going forward: competition.
Diving Into the Blue Ocean and Making Competition Irrelevant
If you’re not familiar with the Blue Ocean, here’s a snippet from Wikipedia:
In blue oceans, demand is created rather than fought over. There is ample opportunity for growth that is both profitable and rapid. In blue oceans, competition is irrelevant because the rules of the game are waiting to be set. Blue ocean is an analogy to describe the wider, deeper potential of market space that is not yet explored.
We’ll create our own blue oceans of entrepreneurial writing in many different ways. Since more kids are crowding into our freelance sandbox, we’ll build new sandboxes.
I’m hugely excited about our potential as professional writers. Our tagline is “professional writer for love and money.” It used to be: “when writing isn’t just a career, it’s a life.” And with that in mind, we’ll see where the vast opportunities of professional writing take us, in 2015 and beyond.
As Bette Davis said in All About Eve:
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!”
Take Advantage of the Opportunities for Writers Today
The more you know, the more you earn. SYWON 2 (Sell Your Writing Online Now) has helped many writers to build satisfying careers; they earn while they learn.