Drop Everything and Do THIS!

One of the hardest things about my job as Editor of Barefoot Writer is that I constantly want to jump ship …

That is, from one writing opportunity to the next. It has everything to do with the fascinating people I interview.

Gordon Graham made me want to quit what I was doing and be a white paper writer. Jen Stevens talked me right into travel writing. Michael Katz made email newsletters the obvious choice. Casey Hibbard had me kicking myself for not launching a career in case studies.

And this month, thanks to bestselling author, Darynda Jones, I’m ready to drop everything to write paranormal thriller novels.

So, if you’re new to the Barefoot Writing World and you’re having trouble deciding which opportunity to focus your writing career on …

You’re not alone! Take heart … even those of us who’ve been in this world for a decade still struggle with choosing the best option.

But I think the root of this “problem” is that you really can’t go wrong. Meaning it’s a terrific problem to have … loads of choices, each of which can lead to well-paid assignments and a lifestyle where you’re in control.

And as our publisher, Rebecca Matter says, “You can do it all … just not all at once!”

Her advice — which I second — is to pick a path and get moving. You’ll know when you’re ready to add in the next opportunity.

Heather Robson is one of my favorite writer success stories because she’s found a way to do it all — or a lot, anyway. She’s a notable copywriter, is well-regarded in the web-writing world (and even runs the membership site, Wealthy Web Writer), and she’s authored three novels.

In our February issue of Barefoot Writer, Heather gives an eye-opening overview of just how wide and varied the opportunities are in the paid writing world.

You’ll also read about how and where to find the adventure in writing, what some of the newest trends are shaping up to be, and how to balance a wide load of varied writing projects in both a tidy and actionable way.

I’m grateful for the team of contributors we have this month. Enjoy the issue, and let me know if it leads you to any new frontiers in your own writing career.

Click here now to read your February 2018 issue of Barefoot Writer.

You may not realize that many of our contributors came to us through our essay contest. We liked what they wrote, so we hired them. It could happen to you … see page 21 for this month’s Barefoot Writing Challenge.

Think you’re ready to get paid to write, be your own boss, and work from home? A lot of writers want this. What holds them back is the need for a roadmap.

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Published: February 2, 2018

1 Response to “Drop Everything and Do THIS!”

  1. Hi Mindy, as a newbie to AWAI I am captivated by the point you made that having many paths of interest is a good thing. Just pick one and get moving. I'll know when I'm ready to add the next opportunity. Usually, I feel flakey because I have so many intestes rather than one or two to really focus on. This is the first time I am in the company of like-minded people. Yeah, this is a good thing. Now I can put it to work. Thanks, Mindy.

    CJacksonFebruary 7, 2018 at 5:29 pm


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