Funny How Things Appear When You Need Them Most

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Article by Wendy McCance

Have you ever hit the wall when you are trying to achieve a lot at once?  I have been getting impatient with the process of how fast I can build my business.  I have to admit, I am being a bit unreasonable with myself.

If I had the projects that I currently have a year ago, I would be through the moon with excitement.  I have 6 quotes for writing projects that I am waiting to hear back from, I just landed a permanent spot writing blog articles for a wine company, I have gotten several inquiries from companies interested in sponsored posts on this website and I get offers to do product reviews at least 3 times a week.

Although I am thrilled to see the hard work paying off, it’s the writing assignments that have me pacing.  I tend to second guess myself when it takes longer than I expected to hear back from companies interested in using an article of mine.  I know logically that it’s the nature of the industry.  Things come up and the project a company wants me to do is no longer a priority.  Many times there is a middle man (when working with marketing companies and pr firms).  The company is in limbo too as they are waiting for a decision from their client before they can proceed or the client decides against the additional social media work altogether.

With all of that in my head, I went out to do some errands with my daughter yesterday. We needed to stop by the local college to pick up the fall list of available classes and then we were going to do a little window shopping in the downtown area where the college is located.

After we picked up the class schedule and we were wandering through the downtown, we decided to go into a bookstore (I can never resist a bookstore).  I went off to the reference area to look at what books were available on writing.  My daughter went off in search of  style and beauty books.

When my daughter found me, I was sitting on the floor with five books laid out in front of me.  I looked up and told my daughter that I was in trouble.  I had found too many good books and didn’t want to give any of them up.  She laughed and said that I should follow her.

We walked to the other end of the store where she had been and she pointed out five books neatly stacked on a chair.  She said that she was in trouble too and needed help figuring out which book to get.  The whole thing was pretty funny.  We both found five books and were having trouble narrowing them down.

We sat down and discussed the virtues of each book and dissected the most positive reasons for choosing one book over another.  When all was said and done, my daughter had one book and I had two books that we bought.

It’s funny how you can take a break from your worries and inadvertently get some help about what is on your mind.

Those books I got were just what I needed.  The first book I picked up was Secrets of a Freelance Writer-how to make $100,000 a year or more, by Robert W. Bly.  I have to admit, I looked at the book because I was amused by the title and thought I would get a good laugh.  The title had really turned me off, but I just had to look and see what was inside.

The book actually blew me away.  Not because I feel that I will make $100,000 in a year, and actually I rather hate the title, but because the book had answers to so many of my questions I felt like hugging it.  This book was like finding that mentor who you respect and has all of the answers when you are wading through the unknown.  Next to the Writers Digest, this is now my favorite writing book.

This book has the most complete information about starting a freelance writing business, how to keep track of sales leads, writing a query letter, how to submit a copy platform, self-promotion through newsletters, speaking engagements etc…, sample contracts and fee schedules, how to get paid if a payment is late or a client refuses to pay and so much more it’s unreal.  The best part is that any subject that is talked about, has several complete examples that go with it.

Even though I have written quotes, query letters and have kept track of possible clients, the information in here is so much more in-depth that I am learning quite a bit from this book.  It’s honestly the best book I’ve bought in quite a long time.

The second book I picked up was a book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.  I love these books, but had never seen the one I grabbed up.  Chicken Soup for the Soul- inspiration for writers, by Jack Canfield is fabulous.  Each story is written by a different author who was going through a difficult time.  There are stories about how some authors started out, how an author got their first book or article published, how authors handled rejection and so on.

Between both books, I was able to knock the frustration out of my system.  There is something so comforting when you read about someone else who is going through a similar situation.  That knowledge that you are not alone is very calming for your soul.  I feel fortunate to have also found a book that can give me quick answers when ever I feel stuck and need a piece of advice.

After my daughter and I bought our books, we decided to stop by 7-11 for the promotional free slurpies for 7-11 day.  By this point we were both pretty happy with our slurpies and new books.

We went back home and sat on the porch with slurpies in one hand and books in the other.  It was gorgeous outside and the perfect end to a day that started with me feeling so off kilter.


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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 6 local papers online, including the Oakland Press.The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

To contact Wendy McCance about a writing assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: [email protected]

9 thoughts on “Funny How Things Appear When You Need Them Most

  1. I just checked my g-mail and see you must be so happy to know that it Isn’t just me that you inspire you inspire so many others. As I hear tell that I do the same and that is one of the reasons that I know that it is waaaaaaay past time for me to start doing 2 things that I am meant to be doing. The other the person that will be training me say’s the same thing that you say about me and blogging/writing it will be allot of fun as it is time for things to come full circle. My turn as I am working on my happiness as I don’t really need to search anymore but it enjoy it as well as share it as I continue to work towards Peace and Unity. Doing my part as That is the generation that I was born into working to change the world towards being a better place than it is. Thank you my friend keep doing what you do best inspiring others as I know it makes you feel good. Bet you will have a smile or 2 on your face As I hope that you have the Happiest Tuesday that you can. Peace and be well.

  2. As always you are quite welcome. You are helping me to start to follow my passion. I am actually excited as I am starting today to work on a couple of blog’s that I got jobs with a month or 2 ago. Now that I am almost unable to leave the house because of the reality of my health. I am finally OK with it also because of a song and words of wisdom that I shared and you looked @ “You Get What You Give. Thank you once again. I am glad that someone else agree;s with me. Peace and be well and you enjoy your weekend as well.

  3. Wendy, I echo Jackie’s sentiment. Just when we feel like throwing in the towel, God uses you to enlighten us. When I had my practice, I would also become impatient, as I felt that the ones who wanted my services, were too slow in getting back to me. Had to learn the art of waiting. You did, and got to spend quality time with your daughter, and in the process, came across some valuable information. One never knows what’s around the corner. Blessings.

    • Thanks so much for your comment. I can’t tell you how good it feels hearing that someone else had the same experience about waiting. Even though it’s unreasonable, when you are in the middle of a frustrating time, it’s amazing how you lose track of the fact that others have gone through the same thing. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and have a great weekend. :)

  4. Wend, Wendy Wendy, Per usual you are right on time AGAIN! There is a reason that I think of you as my Guardian Angel when it comes to writing. It feels like you are right there and are saying OK you keep saying that you are going to start blogging and getting to writing and haven’t seen anything yet and every time I read your blog there is another tool for my kit you are telling me about like a hint and nudge letting me know that you have not forgotten your suggestion.
    We both seem to feel the same way about book stores as well as books and probably about writing as well. Honest I am just about there. It makes it harder when you have to dodge bob and weave through the nightmares that I am constantly and alone. You once explained to me that blogging can be therapeutic I see what you mean and it is past time to spill. Thanks again as always

    • Jackie, thank you so much for the wonderful comment. Believe me when I say that getting comments like this makes me feel like i am on the right track as well. Have a great weekend, and thanks again for your comment. :)

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