Hi friends, it's Homer the Freelancer here!
Recently I happily stumbled upon the page of the lovely Miss Hazel Fluffypants, a freelance writer just like me! We exchanged intermews, and I'd like to share our Q&A with you :) Follow Miss Hazel via her webpage or Facebook for more info!
1. Why did you get into writing?
Well, initially, the keyboard felt warm on my paws. I also intermewed quite a few social media cats in my first year of blogging, fascinated by the community we are not otherwise able to have due to our limited communication infrastructure. We have stories to tell, good stories, and I want to help.
I also love making my readers laugh and feel good at the same time, and as a cat, I am pretty good at it. Sometimes I do goofy things, like when I close the door in your face, or knead you in the pudge, but if you are upset, I will snuggle you, and if you are fixing a broken sink, I will be there, ready to help as if I was a plumber in a previous life.
2. Did you find it difficult to find work due to discrimination against feline writers? I often use my human's name to book jobs.
I just ran into this problem last week! The internet has made us famous because we do so many funny things, like yesterday when I figured out how to get on top of the fridge. Unfortunately, though, some people tend to take our work less seriously, but that's okay. We just have to work twice as hard, and sleep only 22 hours a day instead of the average 25.
3. What is special about your person?
My Pops is the best. He lets me use his keyboard to write and also throws me pieces of my dry food, and I try to catch them. Sometimes I do!
4. My step-sister Minnie Mew is a calico like you, but she is grumpy and won't let me play with her. Can I play with you?
Yes, please! No one plays with me, even though literally everyone plays with me all the time, but I meow as if they don't.
5. What is your favourite thing to write?
Holiday stories! I am working on one right meow for Halloween!
6. Is everything you write on the computer, or do you do a bit of pen-and-paper scribbling once in awhile?
Pawing at a keyboard is more expedient due to my conspicuous lack of thumbs, but I do find it important to use my paws to paw-write things, since it uses the part of the brain associated with the subconscious. If I am stuck on a part of my story, I just paw it out on paper and find the answer was there all along.
7. What is the worst writing job you've ever had?
Hmm, I don't think I have one! I have been lucky to work on some wonderful projects in my short life so far.
Thanks for chatting! Headbonks and purrs to you <3
What's the number one factor that determines whether you will succeed in this industry?
Pitching your freelance writing ideas to editors.
Like it or not, you've got to pitch, pitch, pitch every month and possibly several times a week if you are still trying to hit a more comfortable financial level.
I hate pitching, and you probably do too. It isn't because I lack ideas, but because the process feels so time-consuming and often fruitless. Spending time writing and sending queries - not to mention vetting publishers and trying to find editors' full names to address them personally - is not something a struggling writer feels he or she has time for.
The thing is - this is the only real, proven method to finding work and repeat clients. So? Just get it done.
I prefer to set apart an entire work day for things like pitching, researching publishers and coming up with new query ideas. This way I don't spend the day frustrated at how these important chores are taking away from my "real" writing time.
There's no great secret to pitching, except that once you have the hang of it, it will go more quickly.
Make pitching your freelance writing ideas a part of your routine sooner, rather than later, and you won't regret it!
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