It’s great to connect with another writer who feels passionately about sharing their knowledge. Suzanne Alicie is one such writer. She has a great list of resources for freelancers and bloggers, and she includes some very smart advice in her interview below. Enjoy!
You’ve got several different blogs going right now. Tell us a little bit about each.
Oh my goodness it seems like I start a new blog every week, some I keep up with and they do great, others I tend to let fall behind. The main ones are:
- The Weekly Writer– This blog is a great joy for me! I get to interview other writers and share the interviews over the course of the week. A new writer is featured each week and I am loving learning more about all of them.
- My Work From Home blog is one that is designed to provide all people who work from home with legitimate opportunities and to inform them of scams to avoid.
- My Blog Goddess Award blog is to share all the fascinating women written blogs that I find with my readers and to show some recognition to some really amazing blogs.
- Frugal Life and Times is all about living frugally, either by choice or by necessity and how to do so without being miserable.
Blogging is fun for me and also helps promote my other work.
How do you juggle writing for so many different sites? Any tips for other writers?
Honestly I don’t know how I keep up with it all, and at times it seems to pile up and topple over on me. At times like that I have to step back from the blogs and my websites, and devote a few days to paying sites and clients. When it comes to advice I think all writers should not only worry about the weekly pay that they earn but should also build other residual income streams that will continue to grow over time. As far as organization, all writers need organization, but it is different for each writer, it is important to find a schedule and system that works for you.
Tell us about your ebook, Freelance Writing Online: A Guide for Beginners.
My eBook, my FIRST ebook is a short and simple walk through, with step by step instructions for beginning freelance writers. The book takes the reader from choosing a name to write under all the way through getting their first article published. I have found myself answering those questions for several potential freelancers through email and decided it was time to tackle writing an eBook. It was a learning experience for me, and I am very proud of it.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I am participating in NaNoWriMo in November to attempt to write a complete novel in one month. I am also in the middle of my next eBook, a much longer and involved book called Blogging Made Simple, I plan to have it ready to go by the beginning of November. My websites Freelance Writer Online, Aging with Grace and Marriage and more… all need some work because I have fallen behind on keeping up with them. My goal is to have everything current and fully optimized by the first of the year, as well as weeding out and working on some of the many blogs that I have at the moment.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Book you’re currently reading?
Breaker’s Reef (Cape Refuge, No. 4), a murder mystery by Terri Blackstock. I read a little bit of everything, literally. If there are no books on hand I have been known to get quite involved in the back of the cereal box over breakfast.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
I feel that of course making a living or a good income as a writer is one measure of success. But to me the feeling of satisfaction and pride in a piece of work whether it be an article, book, website or blog is my main measure of success. Sure I love making money, and wish to continue to do so, but the feeling of seeing someone share something I’ve written, or reading complimentary comments are a personal encouragement to me to keep going as a writer.
Advice for other writers?
Learn everything you can from other writers. I wouldn’t be doing what I do if it weren’t for all the helpful writers who gave me advice and shared their knowledge with me. The other piece of advice is one that I can’t stress enough: Diversify! Don’t spend all your time and effort writing for one site, spread out and make sure that you have a full, well rounded list of writing opportunities to avoid losing income drastically if something happens to one site.
Where can we learn more about you?
My personal website, it contains links to all of my main projects,and if you really want to know me or more about me I practically live on Facebook- Suzanne Alicie.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Freelance Writer Online is full of advice, lists of paying sites and job boards, eBooks (including mine) and lots of other resources for online freelance writers. The site is free and can be very helpful to freelancers whether they are new or experienced writers.