That’s a good question, and I wish I had a good answer.
The truth of the matter is, as some of you might know, I lost my momma in August and the world has not been the same since. I’ve been trying very hard not to fall into the Abyss of Depression, but it’s been a difficult battle. Words don’t come as easily now as they once did, and this causes me no small amount of angst.
I guess everyone deals with a Major Life-Changing Event in their own way, and I have to constantly do a self-check — and I have to stop being so hard on myself. Why is it so difficult to be as kind to myself as I am to other people? Dunno. A Mystery of the Universe, at least for right now, because it’s too damned early in the morning to do an intense self-examination.
In writing news, Duotrope has posted some great new paying markets, especially for speculative fiction. If you’re a spec-fic writer, it’s worth signing up for their weekly newsletter. I have never gotten any spam of any kind by sharing my email with them.
Although I have been primarily focused on writing non-fiction lately, these professional paying markets are nudging me toward submitting fiction again. Most of my pieces need a good re-haul before strutting out on the street again, but I’m thinking it might be worth it to do that. I’m really trying to pick up the pieces; it’s fitting them together that’s been the challenge.
For non-fiction work, the Core Creative Group is back up and running after a few months on hiatus. I’ve applied for a couple of job openings I found there — it’s nice not to have to scour the interwebz for this stuff, and to find it all in one place. They only post the highest paying gigs, so you’re not wasting your time writing for pennies. Although in this economy, every penny counts. I’ll let you know what happens, as it happens.
Funds For Writers, edited by C. Hope Clark, is another fabulous resource for writers. If you haven’t checked her out yet, I highly encourage you to do so. She also puts out a very informative newsletter, spam-free.
Last but not least, a newly revamped World Wide Freelance offers markets, information and free articles to use on your website. They also have a weekly newsletter and premier services available for a small fee. (I’ve stuck with the free version, at least until my pennies start turning to dollars.)
It’s a lot of work, looking for work. Sometimes it takes as much or MORE time to look for markets than it does to write the piece in the first place. Still, that’s part of the job and I know these websites and newsletters has made it easier for me — I hope they do for you, as well.
Here’s to better writing days ahead.
*Author’s note: I am in no way affiliated with the above websites and I receive no payment or compensation in any way, shape or form by featuring them here.