WHEN I started blogging, things seemed simple. I wanted to provide information for families with twins, triplets or more, who don't feature as much as they could in mainstream media.
But after three years, as time went on, I strayed from the original premise behind this site and started to feel more comfortable writing about my own experience. The support and friendship found through blogging has been phenomenal.
Several bloggers have been in touch with me asking bits and bobs of advice about breaking into freelance writing.
I'm happy to help.
I've also been working with Karen Sherr from Musical Minis, suggesting a blog was a good idea and that she could offer advice on child development, thanks to her experience as a play specialist and child psychology background. So I'm taking my own advice.
Through my company, we offer various training courses for writers. I've contributed to various publications and edited a few. My work 'spiel' reads:
FROM detailing the horror of receiving big pants for Christmas in Bella, to reporting on the heinous crimes of Fred West for regional media, my career has spanned nearly two decades and seen work published in dozens of publications.
In recent years, I've written on subjects including technology, parenting and journalism for titles including The Guardian and Press Gazette. A former news editor on the Wolverhampton Express & Star and the Worcester Evening News, I have also worked as a senior reporter at several regional newspapers.
Publications I've edited include Tamba’s Twins, Triplets & More magazine and the St Petersburg Press in Russia. My company Passionate Media, founded in 2003, supplies commercial writing services for national and local clients. These days, we're also working on podcasts, blogs and other social media malarkey.
When Karin from Cafebebe got in touch to ask for advice on a specific aspect of freelance writing, I thought I should do something as a regular feature.
I quickly asked last night on Twitter - what could I call an advice slot?
Marketing whizz and writer Sue Hunter came up with Write Away. I like it because it's so simple. A bit like me, of course. A copy of my book is winging its way to Sue, thank you.
My answer to her query will form the first Write Away column.
I'm not sure how regular it will be yet. I'm hoping weekly, but as we know, life can get in the way. This will be advice on the business aspect of writing - how to make money from it, not on the 'craft' of writing itself. If you are realistically expecting to do the first, you should have mastered the second...okay?
Please do send me any questions you'd appreciate help with.
You can do that by leaving a comment here or by emailing me linda[at]passionatemedia.co.uk.
I won't be able to reply except to say thanks by email. Please bear with me, I don't know what the interest will be like yet, but as I say, I am happy to help.