Friday, February 12, 2010

Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver

We're really excited, the Olympics start in Vancouver today. The kids have the day off from school, and I'm making some time too - so you'll find us in front of our telly watching some of the ceremonies.

For those who'd like to view the Olympic Village and get a better idea of what Vancouver's downtown looks like, here's an excellent link:

Click on the cameras to get a close up shot, or drag to the selection you want.

Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What Editors Really Want (In A Query Letter)

The following link is to an article I had written for my ezine, Getting It Write! It's a summary of what editors really want to see in query letters.

Brigitte Thompson, author of Bookkeeping Basics For Freelance Writers, runs a super blog entitled Writers In Business. She liked the article and has very kindly published it on her popular site. You can view it here:

Hope you enjoy it!

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Social Networking: Why Your Freelance Business Needs It

Mention Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter a decade ago and you would have got a blank look from your clients and colleagues. In fact, the very term social networking is a recently coined one. Yet, with the inception of these sites, corporations large and small have jumped on the bandwagon, most claiming to see results and business growth within months of adopting these new marketing techniques.

As a freelance business owner, what are the implications a social networking site has on your business?

For one, using a networking site to boost your campaign can be a cost effective strategy. It is also interactive, allowing you to pull in more visitors. And finally, it’s allows you to grow your visibility with 24 hour, 7 days a week marketing strategies which can be easily implemented by even those with basic Net knowledge.

Select your correct target audience and you’ll find a social networking site that allows you to effectively target them. Need feedback or advice? You’ll find a site appropriate for that too. Want to gain a larger audience following? There’s a site for that, and so it goes on. Cultivating individual and personalized relationships will allow you to forger stronger client relationships.

Some of the sites to network on include:

Facebook –
Myspace –
Youtube –
LinkedIn –
Friendster –
Stumbleupon –
Hi5 -
Stickam -