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Freelancing Classes: 30 Days, 30 Queries

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Need to bump up your freelance career? Want to learn and earn more?

This is the place. 30 Day, 30 Queries. Thirty days of usable, applicable lessons from someone in the trenches.

When I needed to make headway with my freelance writing, I turned to one of my writing idols, Mridu Khullar Relph. I’d followed Relph and The International Freelancer for several years. I’d vacillated about taking the 30 Days, 30 Queries class for at least two of those years.

(Note: This post contains affiliate links. Although containing affiliate links, all opinions are true and my own.)

Last year, after much deliberation, I signed up for the class. I ended up completing thirty-one queries that month and got acceptances on four of them. That’s acceptances from four markets that I wouldn’t have tried for before. The payments I received from all four assignments were almost triple what I’d paid for the class.

I’m still learning from that class. Every month or two I find myself going back to one of the thirty lessons for a refresher course. Almost every day I log in to the Facebook group, just for 30/30 students. I’ve gained as much, if not more, from what others in the Facebook group share as I learned in the class. The other students themselves are an invaluable resource and are ready to help one another out – with advice, inspiration, consolation, editor’s names and emails, and general support and encouragement.

Relph writes, “Where most writers will fall down when it comes to pitching is this: They don’t pitch enough and they don’t pitch effectively. In this course, I’m going to teach you to do both and I’m going to provide you with the support, motivation, and kicks up the ass that force you to get up, take action, and work with the numbers that produce real results.”

Here’s what the 30 Days, 30 Queries e-course consists of:

  1. 30 lessons, delivered to your e-mail daily that will show you in a step by step fashion how to send 30 query letters in a month. I’ll also share tips with you on the best ways to write effective pitches that get more assignments and more money.

  2. Lifetime access to the 30 Days, 30 Queries Facebook group that will consist of all participants—current and former—of this e-course. This will be the hub where you can interact with all the other writers who are taking this challenge to get support, cheer each other on, and share goals. I pop in occasionally as well to answer questions and help you navigate through the challenge.

  3. Dozens of sample query letters, a list of high-paying markets, and links to resources that will make your marketing streamlined and simple.

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Take a peek. Check out 30 Days, 30 Queries. All thirty lessons in the class curriculum are listed. See how much there is to learn from this one class. It’s worth every penny. (One satisfied student’s opinion.) And if you don’t agree, there’s a 30-day money back guarantee.

 

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Book Review: Shut Up and Write, by Mridu Khullar Relph

Shut Up and Write: The No-Nonsense, No B.S. Guide to Getting Words on the Page

By Mridu Khullar Relph

Shut Up and Write, Mridu Khullar Relph’s newest book, is exactly what her tagline calls it – a no-nonsense, no b.s. guide to getting words on the page. Some of the statements and beliefs that are mentioned are things that most of us know. But even though we know it, too many of us allow ourselves to get stuck. We don’t write, we aren’t productive, or we keep stalling. Relph is correct in one of her early statements – reading and talking about writing is not writing.

shut up and writeRelph challenges and motivates us through 29 different chapters of ‘Picks.’ Pick Your Beliefs. Pick Your Excuse. Pick Your Days. Pick Your Responsibilities. Pick Your Tools. What’s consistent with all these topics is that WE PICK. We choose. We are in charge. We are ultimately the ones responsible for whether we get any words written or not.

My two favorite chapters were ‘Pick a Production Schedule’ and ‘Pick a Project’. Both spoke to issues that I’m currently dealing with in my own writing.

In Pick a Production Schedule, Relph discusses the realities of what we can and can’t get done. I think we both suffer from having an unrealistic idea of what we can accomplish in a year. The difference is, Relph has chosen to work through her difficulties of wanting to accomplish too much, and has learned to focus on what she can realistically complete. As with the other chapters, she always includes personal anecdotes throughout, showing us that she writes from personal experience, growth, and knowledge.

In Pick a Project, she states, “I have a habit of overwhelming myself with possibilities.” The finishing. That’s where she, I, and many others stumble. Consequently, we never push through to ‘The End’. Relph stands behind us, gently prodding, giving us that little nudge we need. She’s the slight push in the small of our back, as she whispers in our ear that she’s been there herself, she’s gotten through it, and she knows we can too.

I received an ARC of Shut Up and Write. But if I hadn’t read it first here, I’d be first in line to get my copy. She speaks to many writers, asking us to face our fears and assess our commitment. On that thought, I’m out of here. I have to go pick a project and then sketch out a production schedule for the rest of the year. Thanks to the motivation in Shut Up and Write, this is my year of ‘The End!’

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