Geanie M. Roake
Freelance Writer / Blogger
9609 Royalty Lane
South Jordan, Utah
Wordpress Blog 2013 – 2016
The Library Lady Writes was a humor blog where I had a great time discussing whatever crossed my mind. This included everything from “Night of the Tarantula” (spider taking up residence in my underwear drawer), to “The Weed Wacker of Doom” A treatise on the absurdities of yardwork.
Fiver 2014 –2017
Web Content Writer While working for Fiverr.com I was employed by a variety of clients. I completed 624 articles and blog posts from 400 – 5,000 words apiece. Topics ranged from travel, real estate and current events to lighter subjects like the “Joys of Bounce Houses”. All requested orders were completed and received five-star reviews.
WordPress Blog February 2019 – Present
The Library Lady Travels This blog covers some of the fun experiences I’ve had while traveling. In addition, I highlight amazing libraries I see along the way and reveal some embarrassing moments in a series entitled Travel Blunders.
2013 – Present
Salt Lake County Library System – “Library Lady”
My days are divided between two great loves; the local library where I’m employed, and my home office where I spend many happy hours as a freelance writer and blogger.
I’ve included a link to my writing website, which includes a brief writing history. Also, some links to my favorite published articles:
St. Chapelle’s – Prepare to be Amazed – A fabulous cathedral in the heart of Paris.
Women Dancing – A favorite cruise memory.
Mysterious Caves of Drach – A life-changing travel experience.
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Talking About Your Writing – It’s a Good Thing
Well, that was embarrassing. I shake my head as I contemplate my failed attempt at describing my freelance writing business. I had just bumped into a long lost friend at the mall and she asked what I what I was doing these days.
“I’m a freelance writer,” I replied with confidence.
“Really, so what do you write?”
Here’s where I dropped the ball. “I um, write articles . . . and blog posts.”
“Oh,” she said. “What’s a blog?” (I know; my friend needs to get out more.)
Don’t Miss the Boat
Luckily, in this case, my lackluster response wasn’t a big deal, but it could have been. What if my acquaintance had been a potential employer or a friend of someone who was looking for a freelance writer. I’d have missed the boat. Here’s the thing about being a writer – word of mouth is important. And that day, my mouth wasn’t working.
So why did I stumble over my job description? Because I usually rely on my writing website – that perfectly choreographed depiction of my best writing self. Ideally, I don’t have to describe what I do, I simply link potential clients to my writer’s website, and shining examples of my craft pop up on the screen.
Unfortunately, we can’t always rely on a remote interaction or written version of our abilities. Occasionally, even in this high tech world, we need to talk to real people and promote ourselves face to face.
Fortunately, this is not as frightening as it sounds if you give it some thought ahead of time.
Write the Script
I once attended a writing conference where would be novelists could sign up to pitch their book ideas to an agent. We were advised to prepare a brief summation of the plot, along with an explanation of why this book would change the world. We each had two minutes to sell our idea. In retrospect, this seems like good advice for freelance writers trying to promote their writing skills.
If you had one minute or less to describe your freelance writing business and how you stand out in a crowd, what would you say? Do you have a niche? Do you write business plans, or host a website on bitcoin? Are you a technical writer or a home and family blogger? Take a few minutes to think of a short and snappy answer, then commit it to memory.
Needless to say, I’ve done some repenting for my previous lack of preparation, and the next time someone asks me what kind of writing I do, I might say something like this.
“I write content for personal blogs and businesses. I also write product descriptions and newsletters, but I specialize in real estate and travel. “
“Well since you ask, I‘m currently working on a neighborhood review for a real estate agent, I’m writing web content for a friend’s business blog, and a travel article for a vacation site. I also host a couple of blogs of my own, and of course, I’m writing the great American novel.”
“Wow, you stay pretty busy.”
“I know, I like it that way. If you know anyone who needs a freelance writer send them my way.”
And there you have it. The next time anyone asks what you’re up to, you’ll know exactly what to say. Talking about your business is a snap when you’re prepared, and now you have a new way to promote yourself – face to face.