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To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. (Luke 19:26, NLT)
Writers are always looking for more freelance writing gigs. But your next assignment is literally under your fingertips right now.
I worked hard on my first book manuscript, although I knew it was for a tiny audience and would likely never sell many copies. I wrote, rewrote, proofed, and then submitted the manuscript to my editor on time. We worked through a few revisions … a tightened phrase here and there. The formatting and marketing processes went smoothly over the course of the next few months. And the book was released about a year later.
About six months after that, I received an email from the editor. “We’re adding some new books to an existing line,” she wrote. “Will you be willing to write one of them?” No book proposal was needed. She simply wanted me to write a quick outline for the book and then jump into the assignment right away.
That particular book sold extremely well.
Although I’m not an outstanding writer, I work hard to turn in clean, engaging manuscripts on time and with little to no drama.
Hard work, even when you have no guarantee of notoriety: it’s a simple and underrated way to get more freelance writing gigs.
Jesus demonstrated this principle in The Parable of the Ten Servants. A nobleman gave each servant an amount of silver to invest while he was called away to be crowned king. Upon the new king’s return, he praised those who had invested what they had been given and gave them more. But the nobleman banished the servant who blew off the assignment.
What matters is not the amount of writing talent you have, but rather how you work at the writing assignment that God has placed before you right now.
Investing yourself thoroughly in the assignment at hand is a vastly underrated route to more freelance writing gigs.
Your current writing assignment can lead to more freelance writing gigs.
You have given me opportunities right now to write for you. Help me to focus on writing the best project possible here and now. I trust you to open the door to other freelance writing gigs.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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