Hi! I’m Abbi, and I’m excited that you’re here!
I don’t know about you, but when I check out a new site, I’m curious about the person behind the site. So this is a post that will tell you who I am, why I started this site, and what you can expect to find here.
I’ve worked as a professional writer for most of my adult life. My very first job was writing for an online dating site back in the late 90s (yes, I am OLD), and after that, I started writing for a small digital marketing agency before that was really a thing.
When I was pregnant with my first baby, I spent a lot of time reading the handful of online pregnancy sites that existed. I had recently sold a short story to an online magazine for the princely sum of $25, and I figured that I could write decent articles, too. So I sent out some pitches to the sites where I was already hanging out, and I landed a few jobs, also for ridiculously small amounts of money.
But these little wins built up my confidence, and by the time my baby was born, I knew that I would not be going back to work in an office. I labeled myself a freelancer, and I’ve never looked back.
When my kids were small (I have five children), I wrote a lot about pregnancy, parenting, breastfeeding, and related topics. And then when I couldn’t write one more word about those things, I started writing about health and technology. I accidently fell into the world of online compliance training, and from there to the broader e-learning world. I wrote a lot of content for a lot of companies, as well as articles, app reviews, and more.
I started a personal blog to write about the experience of rearing a child with special needs. That blog was my lifeline for a long time. But over time, I stopped needing to write so much, so the blog was neglected — and then my son was diagnosed with cancer. Boy, howdy, did I write a LOT about that. I wrote about the first days of treatment. I tried to be funny. I wrote about my fears. And then, when my son was finished with treatment and healthy, I tried to move on.
I had to stop working completely when my son was diagnosed — caring for a child with cancer, particularly a child who is also developmentally disabled — is a full-time job. When my son was once again healthy and back in school, I started exploring my options.
I tried several different things for a time, but ultimately, I realized that my passion is helping other people — in particular other moms — get started in freelance writing. (If you’re a single guy, or anyone else, you’re totally welcome here and you may find useful content, but be warned that I do frequently write about my kids and the unique challenges that mothers face when building businesses.)
I started this blog so that I could provide you with all the information I wish I’d had when I started working as a freelance writer all those years ago. This is everything I’ve learned along the way. For example, when I started, I didn’t know how to write a pitch letter to land clients. I didn’t know how to break the feast or famine mindset. I had no idea how to write a great query letter.
This is the kind of information I want to share with you. It’s about setting you — yes, YOU — up for success. I’m excited to hear what’s working for you — and what’s not. I’m excited to share with you any new tips and tricks I learn. I’m definitely excited to tell you about the mistakes I made along the way so that you can avoid them entirely. And if I make mistakes now, I’ll tell you about those, too. (I’ll try to make them funny so I can pretend you’re laughing with me and not at me.)
I would love to hear from you. I’m kind of addicted to Twitter, so feel free to connect with me there. I share new posts via Twitter, as well as links to articles and other information I find useful, funny things my kids say, and random observations. As you do. You can also email me. I read every email I get, and I answer almost all of them in a reasonable amount of time.
I’m really happy that you’re here. I hope you’ll stick around, come back again, and connect with me.