Thanks, David Bloom for joining us for the September Write On Meeting on Blog Talk Radio yesterday. David spent two decades as an award-winning staff writer for major metropolitan newspapers in Tennessee, Texas and California, and with Red Herring and Variety. He currently consults entertainment-business news site Deadline Hollywood, among other clients.
David offered a lot of practical advice for freelancers for developing their expertise/niche and getting noticed in this every-changing age of technology.
“Adapt or die,” he says. “We’re in a new era of severe climate change for writers. You need to evolve to accommodate all these changes.”
David also suggests:
1. Invest in yourself. Take some classes, access the many free or cheap online lessons, learn some new skills.
2. Invest in your brand. Learn the basics of Twitter and LinkedIn and use them, both as a source of news in the areas you’re interested in and as a way to tell the story about your own career and capabilities.
3. Get out there. Don’t just network with other writers. Network in the fields you care about. There are sites such as Meetup.com that make it easy to find groups focused on your fields of choice. Meet people in those areas.
Listen to the entire show.
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LA Writers and Creative People, join us Wednesday, September 18, for the Write On!/Guided Goals Hangout for Writers & Other Creatives at Capital One 360 – Los Angeles Café, 11175 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, from 1 to 3pm. Swing by the cafe for coffee and conversation. Like the cafe on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. RSVP on Facebook. Remember, parking is free in the building.
On September 23 join us for the #140la13 Mini-Conference: The Rise of Listening in the Era of Social Media at Cross Campus in Santa Monica. Hosted by Jeff Pulver and Debra Eckerling, there will be speakers on Love, Passion & Chocolate; Romance, Speaking & Hearing from the Heart; Engaging Your Community; Transforming Entertainment through Social Media; Paying it Forward; and more. Check out all the speakers. Register here.Tags: David Bloom Expertise Freelance Writing Niche Non-fiction Social Media Write On! Meeting Write On! Online