The Say WEN Newsletter – “Measuring Success”

How do you measure success?

Book sales?

The quality of your writing?

The fact that you finished your book at all?

My column in the October edition of the Writers and Editors Network newsletter is called “Measuring Success”, which discusses how you should measure yourself by your accomplishments, not your royalty cheques.

You can learn more about the Writers and Editors Network by visiting their website.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

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The Say WEN Newsletter – “The Power of Podcasts”

We all know and love YouTube. It’s a worldwide sensation where millions of viewers can watch videos by would-be movie makers from all over the world.

But wouldn’t be nice if these millions of viewers were watching a video that promotes your books?

Have a look at my column in the September edition of the Writers and Editors Network newsletter. It’s called “The Power of Podcasts” and will hopefully inspire you to take advantage of this exciting medium.

You can learn more about the Writers and Editors Network by visiting their website.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

The Say WEN Newsletter – “Shopping for an Editor?”

Think all editors are the same? That’s like believing all writers are the same when they’re clearly not.

So for all you authors who are looking to hire a freelance editor but unsure of how to choose the right one, my column in the July edition of the Writers and Editors Network newsletter is called “Shopping for an Editor?” Hope you find the information useful.

You can learn more about the Writers and Editors Network by visiting their website.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

The Say WEN Newsletter – “Don’t Forget Your Roots!”

I’m a firm believer in success. But I’m also a firm believer in remembering where you came from and, more importantly, respecting people who are still there.

So, my column in the June edition of the Writers and Editors Network newsletter is called “Don’t Forget Your Roots!”

You can learn more about the Writers and Editors Network by visiting their website.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Degree in Journalism? Pshaw!

Writing a novel is an ambitious undertaking. For many authors it’s a labour of love.

And I shouldn’t wonder how many any part-time writers dream about a career in copywriting. Why not get paid to do something you love?

Clearly you have the passion and the talent. And you’ve read the work of some of those MSN news “journalists” (not to sound pedantic, but basic English spelling and grammar skills seem to escape them sometimes).

A quick scan of these career opportunities will, more often than not, ask for a Degree in Journalism. For those who don’t have one, it can be dream-deflating realization.

But is the degree really necessary?

This came up during a conversation between myself and a well-seasoned PR executive. He told me that many companies, while preferring to hire someone with such a designation, are really looking for someone who can communicate with their audience. Talent is talent, degree or no.

Getting past the gatekeeper might prove a little more challenging, but arming yourself with references, experience, and writing samples can help you overcome any such obstacles. And network, network, network!

Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to secure one copywriting contract and am working on another freelance project. The plan is to leverage these with the ad copywriting experience I already have to grow my client roster.

Who knows where this can lead?

Well, I know where it won’t lead: to me in my nineties saying, “I wish I would have tried.”

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

The Say WEN Newsletter – May Edition

My column in the May edition of the Writers and Editors Network newsletter is called “The Rewards of Editorial Abuse”. Check it out!

You can learn more about this organization by visiting their website.

See you out there! And Happy Mother’s Day!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

“Clive” – Only Free until Midnight May 1st!

Just a quick note to let you know that my short story story “Clive“, originally published in the Brainstorms anthology, will no longer be free as of midnight May 1st. So click here to download, read and enjoy for free until then.

Downloads are in the hundreds so don’t miss out! And if you’re so moved, please feel free to write a review right on the Smashwords site.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.