I want this blog to be a place where book lovers can talk about, recommend, and review books. I don’t mean formal reviews. I don’t expect anything you post to be formal. However, as the main contributor, I think I have the right to post actual reviews. My reading time has decreased considerably over the last few months ( 😦 ), but I might have a few reviews up my sleeve.
Before I get into that, I’d like to share a secret I’ve learned since joining the freelance community. You need some kind of a writing portfolio, but your profile pieces don’t always have to match the job description. I have gotten quite a few writing/editing jobs by having a portfolio filled with short articles about the one thing I know: YA literature.
I started applying for freelance writing jobs by sending out three reviews. Well…two reviews and a short article about a literary technique. These reviews had nothing to do with the subject matter described in the proposals. I believe that I got the jobs simply because I proved that I could write casual content for websites and I could write passionately.
That’s the real key. If you can be passionate about a topic, or make the reader believe that you are, you can write about it.
Okay, so that’s the only secret I’m giving away for now. Does anyone want to see one of the book reviews that helped me get started with my freelance career? Pick a number and include it in your comment below. Also, let me know what you think: Do you agree with my reviews? Are you reading a review worthy book right now? Do you have a review you’d like to share? Are you not a fan of book reviews? Or my reviews? Or my personal library? Don’t be afraid to start a discussion if you disagree with anyone. Just share your thoughts. I’m always eager to explain my opinions. Maybe I’ll read and review your favorite book next! 😉
- It’s Not a Love Triangle!, The Host by Stephanie Meyer
- A Fresh Perspective on Dragons, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- From Adult Literature to YA Fiction, Court of Fives by Kate Elliot