In my absence, I’ve been following my passion!

In my absence, I’ve been following my passion!

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If you are or were a loyal reader of this blog, you probably noticed that I haven’t posted since the beginning of September. That said, I thought I’d offer a few updates and try to explain my absence.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong–far from it! In fact, I have been following my passion and loving life. So, without further ado, here’s the story.

You all know that I’m the co-founder of The WM Network, which includes The WM Freelance Writer’s Connection, The WM Parenting Connection, The WM Review Connection and The WM Pet Connection. Some of the time, I’ve been working with my partner Alyssa Ast and our wonderful bloggers to continue to build and grow our network. We have made many positive changes in the sites and have grown our communities to include a dedicated LinkedIn group, which has quickly become very active.

Some of you may also know that I released my first book, The Practical Freelance Writer’s Guide to Author Websites, in September of this year. After a couple of revisions and some major formatting stress, I’m pleased to say that sales are going well and I’m generally satisfied with the outcome! The book launched with great reviews! Of course, the marketing challenge goes on, but it’s all worth it in the end. It turns out that the book has been really helpful to many of my fellow freelance writers, so I feel like I’ve done my job here! Plus, as part of my promotional efforts, I’ve been offering free website reviews.

Also, in October, I launched The Lit Chick Show along with fellow writer, Sylvia Massara. Originally, I was the show’s co-host, but there are only so many hours in the day, and I had to cut back on the time I spent working on the show. So now, I’m serving as the show’s technical consultant and occasional guest reporter. Sylvia is now hosting the show on her own, which is ideal since the original concept was her idea, and as a novelist and former actress, her adorable personality shines through on camera.

And in addition to a few new private clients, I have recently accepted a position as a freelance reporter and feature writer with   I am writing for Hazelwood Patch, which is my neighborhood edition that will be officially launching at the end of this month.

So far, I’m really enjoying the gig. I have met my editor personally (which, as many writers know, doesn’t always happen in this digital age), and I am getting the chance to cover local news stories. And in addition to assignments that I’m thrilled to take on, I have successfully pitched two stories to my editor already–just in the first week. Journalism has always been a passion for me, so I’m thrilled to have this new opportunity.

(Note to all my writer friends: Patch is hiring for many different local editions in several states. Click here to find your local Patch if you’re interested.)

I also recently began offering basic website design and maintenance through my freelance business. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a list of some of the sites I’ve designed. 

All of that said, I have also been enjoying spending time with my amazing children and husband, as well as friends and family, and generally focusing on being positive and healthy. I am very happy, but I do miss my blogging here at In Pursuit of Fulfillment, so I am adding this blog back into my weekly schedule.

So tell me, dear readers, how have you been following your passions lately?

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