July 19, 2011 With the sustained recession and the inevitable decline of many print publications, the market for freelance writers is difficult, but Nashville-based journalist Rob Simbeck has some advice for aspiring writers. In an interview with Freelance-Write-Now, Simbeck—author of more than four hundred published articles, and editor or author of six books—explains that diversity is one key to survival: “I’ve written about religion, the funeral business, running, the oil industry, criminals, cops, wildlife, astronomy, music, and much more,” he says, because wide interests and expertise allow a writer to submit to more publications.
The other key to writerly success: actually writing. “The single biggest problem young writers have is their inability to keep their butts in their seats long enough to turn out prose. Period.”
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