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Life and times of a freelance writer

I mentioned in my Vegas post that my full-time job had come to an end. And although it was bittersweet to see LV Mag and The Dot close after more than two years, I’ll confess I’m terribly excited to strike out on my own as a full-time freelance writer. And yes, you have my permission to check back in four to six weeks to see if I’m still spouting this much enthusiasm. Here’s hoping I haven’t turned to the vodka by then 😉

My days are now spent producing copy and stories for various KC and national outlets, including online publishing model KCFreePress.com, which has garnered quite the following despite it being just a few months old. So far my clips include an event preview and today’s feature, which examines how Kansas City businesses are using social media to their advantage–and why this strategy can be crucial to success.

I’ve got a few things on my plate to finish, but I’m back at the point where I’m needing to pitch stories or–gasp!–send out queries. I had lunch with a fellow freelancer on Monday and we agreed that query letters are a special form of torture (although I will gladly lump them in with cover letters!) Freelancers out there, feel free to chime in with your thoughts!

Hope you enjoy the stories, and that things in your life are going well! As long as I’m going down the road of shameless self-promotion, here’s where I’ll remind you that my first book, Moon Kansas City, will be released March 30. If you’re on Facebook, won’t you stop on by and join the party?



Vegas or bust!

Las Vegas! Courtesy of http://www.Mediabistro.com

In a little over 7.5 hours, I’ll be on a plane headed for Las Vegas (by way of Denver). It’s my first vacation in just over a year, and I’m so, so excited. I’ll be joining 10 fabulous ladies for a joint 30th birthday and bachelorette party for one of my best friends, Laine, and I know we’ll all have a fantastic time!

This trip also comes at an ideal time as, at the end of last week, I found myself at a career crossroads. The day job has ended, but I’m now pursuing my freelance writing full-time, a decision that I admit has had me buoyant yet focused throughout the week. Based on my growing amount of projects, clients and publications, this couldn’t have come at a better time, and I’m excited to carry the momentum into the end of March (also known as the month in which my book sees the light of day!!) and throughout the rest of the year.

I’ll be sure to share stories and pics (well, the G-rated ones, anyway) when I return this weekend, and after that, you’ll have lots of Kansas City goodness coming your way, including an in-depth look at KC Design Week and a new lust list. Until then, have a great rest of the week!