What’s it like to write when it’s your job?

What does the writing life look like when you become a working writer? What does a day or a week look like? How many hours? 

And what about marketing and getting an agent? 

How important are writing conferences? 

How important is reading?

What changes when you get published?

In this episode, award-winning novelist Katherine Reay talks with hope*writers co-founder Emily P. Freeman about a favorite subject of writers - the craft of writing and the life of a working writer.

So what’s it like to be a writer when it’s your job? 

Let’s listen and find out!

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So how do you take your writing serious? How do you commit and show up? 

One important way is to begin looking at yourself as a working writer. Even before you get paid.

So what focus and mindset does a working writer have that’s different from a hobby writer?

Author Joshua Becker was a pastor. That was his job. His writing was a hobby. He wrote for himself like most of us start out. 

Then he shifted, he transitioned. On purpose.

We’re going to see the shift he made and how it changed everything.

And we’ll learn he faced imposter syndrome like we all do when we start getting serious, that little voice that says, “who are you to do this, some kind of expert?”

We’ll learn how he overcame that challenge and ended up with 3 published books and a blog with a million readers a month. 

So what does moving from hobby writer to working writer look like? 

Let’s listen and find out!

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You CAN make progress as a writer. You can find clarity. You can focus your message and find your reader. And you can make real writing friends who ‘get’ what you’re going through, because they are too. 

To take a real step toward being a working writer go to hopewriters.com/join. But only through Friday. (Then we close to serve hope*writer members.)


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Spending money on facebook ads can be scary. You want it to work. You don’t want to waste your money. 

Well how do you know if it’s working? How do you know which posts to spend money on? And why would a writer want to run facebook ads? What are they and how do they work? And that pixel thing? Can I do that myself? 

Amanda Bond is an expert on facebook and buying ads and she answers all these questions in this episode. BTW, there are a few things to do BEFORE you buy facebook ads - that’s the previous episode, “Episode 47, Facebook for writers, before you run ads.”

Once you’re ready, how do you run Facebook ads and make them count and not waste money? Let’s listen!

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