Spring Started Early! Posted Monday, April 9
Spring seems to have arrived early for both the weather and the busier time of year for fundraising copy. The usually calm first quarter work pace never really happened, which was both surprising and fun! I am curious to see what that may mean by the time the fall frenzy arrives?
But, the timing couldn't be better for me. With my "Mom's Taxi Service" now defunct, new pockets of time are popping up and fitting nicely with new client needs.
If you're interested in learning more about a career as a freelance fundraising copywriter, please contact me. It's a truly rewarding career with some of the nicest folks you'd ever want to meet.
If you're one of those nice folks in the fundraising arena and we haven't met yet, I hope we will soon!
Enjoy the longest, best spring ever! Mary
Midwest Flooding Discount-Donation Posted Monday, June 13
The beauty of the internet has allowed me to do my freelance copywriting for clients across the country from my home in the Midwest. And, from where you live, the Missouri River flooding may only get a thirty second blurb on the news. For me, it’s watching the water cover my hometown.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve spent many hours away from my desk helping friends evacuate, packing my own basement to protect it from likely groundwater issues and helping with volunteer efforts. I’m happy to say that after an amazing tri-state community effort, we’re as prepared as we can be with levees, walls and sandbags in place.
Now, we wait, watch the water rise and hope for the best. (Photos over the last few days by one of our local photographers: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673851802#!/media/albums/?id=100001115134839 )
As I sat back down to work this morning, I wondered if there was anything else I could do? And, I thought perhaps making a special offer to clients might generate funds for the relief efforts that will be needed as the waters recede...and for those who’ve already lost their homes.
So, with every copy request generated by this posting, a donation of $100 will be donated to the Siouxland Flood Recovery Fund opened by our local United Way. Perhaps this will coincide with a project you already need copy for or feel free to send fall/holiday copy requests a bit earlier than usual.
And, thank you for your business past and future. We’re all learning some very valuable lessons in appreciation we won’t soon forget, courtesy of Mother Nature and the Mighty Mo!
Make it a great day!
Copywriting is Good Storytelling! Posted Wednesday, April 13
After reading recent excellent examples of great copywriting in the SOFII website's "How I Wrote It" article series (www.sofii.org), I was reminded of why I love the fundraising niche so much. It's so creatively rewarding to find the right words that engage donors and motivate them to give to organizations doing so many good things! And, when it comes to finding those words (as my mentoring students will atest to) if you wouldn't say it that way to a friend over coffee, it doesn't belong in a fundraising appeal. And, if you knew they were only going to listen to you talk for 60 seconds, you'll find the heart of the story much faster.
Enjoy the process and tell a great story along the way...that's the joy of copywriting. Cheers!
Time Really Does Fly When You're Having Fun!
Posted Wednesday, February 16
Yes, time is flying by and I'm having loads of fun...and that's both professionally and personally! Now in my tenth year as a freelance copywriter, I can't imagine any other job being as much fun. I get to wake up every day and help great organizations do great work.
And, because time has flown by and my cherubs will soon be flying the coop, well, the first one anyway, I'll soon have a little more time to write! The youngest daughter will be driving herself soon and for any of you parents reading this, you know what that means...a little more free time and a lot more worrying.
So, if you're in need of compelling copy and appreciate experience, fair pricing and an easy to work with writer, please drop me a line or call 712-281-5623. And, if you live in my neck of the woods, be on the lookout for new teen drivers!
Phew! What a Busy Year! Posted Tuesday, January 19
My intention to update this column more frequently went by the wayside when 2009 became the busiest year ever at The Write Answer! My sincere gratitude to the wonderful writing and mentoring clients who made that possible. Fundraising is such a rewarding arena to work in and the people so marvelous to work with.
In order to focus more on those terrific folks, I'll be putting the Solution Sandbox Blog on the backburner for a bit and tweets are likely to be few and far between on my Twitter account.
If this is your first visit to my site, welcome. Please look around and feel free to contact me with any questions. It's always fun to hear from colleagues...and yes I'm happy to fill you in on the weird weather in Nebraska, whether we're having a blizzard or a heat wave!
New eBook for Women Released! Posted Monday, August 31
My Life: The Sequel A Girlfriend's Guide to Personal Success is now available for purchase at www.mylifethesequel.com. This new ebook can help you jumpstart your own goals or makes a great gift for your favorite gal pal. Filled with real-life advice and practical tips for helping women reach their goals even with their already busy lives. It's a fun read for real change! Learn more about the ebook at www.mylifethesequel.com.
The eBook is Here! Posted Friday, June 27
Thanks for stopping by The Write Answer to hear the big news...my new eBook is finally ready! It's called, How to Make Money as a Freelance Fundraising Copywriter and it's the book I wish I'd had when I started out!
As a fledgling fundraising copywriter, I was truly "winging it" when I began searching for clients, trying to figure out who to ask for once I found a company and even, how to price my work. In my new eBook, edited by Bob Bly, you'll find all the tips and techniques I wish I'd known long ago to break into fundraising copywriting.
And, it's not just my experiences you'll benefit from - I tapped over 100 years of fundraising knowledge by talking with many experts in the industry. Chapter 10 is an entire interview with an actual client who answers all the questions freelancers want to ask. That information alone would've saved me endless hours of agonizing over what my clients were really thinking about and wanting from me as a freelancer.
I hope you'll check out the book at www.ctcpublishing.net/cmd.php?Clk=2467470. If you're interested in learning more about getting into the fundraising niche, you can also check out my mentoring plans by clicking on the Services page.