>Have you seen these sites?

>Dear friends,
I admit that I have been missing in action lately. In addition to being sick (still), I’ve been dealing with my husband’s illness, which is very bad and has me commuting 140 miles every other day. So, today I am sharing some sites that will give you plenty of good reading and resources while I’m off dealing with life beyond the computer.

If you don’t know about the Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ, check it out. This link,http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/freelance/?p=575 tips on freelancing for newspapers, will give you tips on freelancing for newspapers. From there, you can easily click to the home page and find out about the many benefits of joining SPJ or just reading their website.

Marcia Yudkin has been offering wonderful advice to freelancers through her books, articles and blogs for years. Her Freelance Writing FAQ is just loaded with information.

One of Writer’s Digests top 10 websites for writers is Michelle Rafter’s WordCount:Freelancing in the Digital Age. You’ll find plenty to keep you busy there.

Enjoy. See you when the smoke clears.
Have you purchased your copy of Freelancing for Newspapers yet?


>Choose the conference that’s right for you

>I have attended five writers conferences this year and have another one next week. Every conference is different. If you ever thought about attending a conference, don’t just pick the first one that you hear about or the one that’s closest to home. They’re too expensive to waste your time on the wrong conference. Pick the one that will blow your mind and set your career on fire.

I feel as if that’s what happened for me the last weekend of September in Georgia. I was there to teach. If the terms weren’t so lucrative, I wouldn’t have gone. I flew from the Northwest to the Southeast part of the country, and I don’t want to see another airport for a long time. But at this small conference in Columbus, I had a long, leisurely talk with an agent who is very interested in the book I’m working on. More important, she had great suggestions that made sense.

Although I know this is a newspaper-writing blog, I write poetry, too, and I had the most inspiring classes with Memye Curtis Tucker. It’s as if somebody literally turned a light on and I can finally see what I’m doing.

If you were looking for a newspaper freelance class, mine was the only one, and I wouldn’t fly across the country just for one class. I’d buy my book and look for a conference that had more workshops for freelancers.

Other conferences are heavy on fiction or put most of their emphasis on pitching books to agents and editors. If you’re not writing fiction or don’t have a book to sell, save your money for something that will help where you are right now in your career.

If newspapers are your thing, seek out journalism conferences put on by organizations that focus on article-writing. The Society of Professional Journalists  and The American Society of Journalists and Authors both offer great conferences. Search for “journalism conferences” and you’ll find more. Conference season is almost over for this year, but it’s not too early to start making plans for next year.