Saturday, September 12, 2009

My new endeavor

On October 24 I will launch a new endeavor. I am offering a workshop on the business of making money with words and pictures. It will be from 9 - 12:30 p.m. at the Fincastle Library in Fincastle and will cost $50. No pre-registration necessary.

What makes me qualified to do this? Well, if money is the measure of success (I happen to think it's not, but other people do), then I would hope the fact that I've earned over six figures through my freelancing efforts counts.

Other measures of success would include having published more than 1,000 articles in publications like OurHealth magazine, Cooperative Living, Valley Business Front, The Fincastle Herald, The Roanoke Times, The New Castle Record, The Roanoke Star-Sentinel, The Salem Times-Register, and The Cave Spring Connection. I have also won awards for my nonfiction, fiction and poetry.

I will talk about how to establish a successful home office and how to find stories and pictures to sell. I will explain local, regional and state markets, discuss the best way to approach an editor, and examine other forms of profitable writing and photography, including Internet writing.

Handouts will include a list of local and regional markets, suggested reading and examples of successful query letters.

I hope you will join me. It should be a fun 3 or 4 hours.


  1. Best of luck with your new endeavor, Anita! Sounds like a very useful workshop.

  2. Teaching what we know and passing that along to others is what it's all about. Wishing you much luck on this, Anita!


  3. You have quite a resume!

    Well, I can't go and you'll probably understand why soon, but may I suggest that you tell writers how to keep track of all the different guidelines and requirements of publications? I'd always felt overwhelmed by that. How to remember everyone's tone, word count, style, etc.? I even get the publications themselves mixed up, Laker this, Laker that...


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