Good advice for newbies

By Katharine Swan On Saturday, March 01, 2008 At 3:19 PM

I hate it when people assume that writing is something that "just anyone" can do.

Case in point:

Dear Katharine Sawn,

Hey there..!! First and formost I just want to "Thank You" personally for takeing the time out of your personal schedule for takeing the opportunity to read my following e-mail.

I was putting some consideration on freelance writeing, and I just had a few question's to ask of you.

1. My first question is..I want to write on certin topics, and can I sell my personal views or personal the public beside's magazines and newspaper articles?

2. I want to sell my articles on my own with my own materials how much should I charge..?

3. How long does it have to be meaning pages..? Can freelanceing go into writeing book's..?

I think thats all the questions I have to ask at the moment until these questions get answered. Again I just want to "Thank You" personally takeing the time out of your busy schedule to read my following questions..

Sincerely Yours,



Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, before you attempt to sell your work as a writer, you need to work on your spelling and grammar. There are many errors in your email, leading me to believe that either English is not your first language, or you lack some of the necessary education. Writing is not like flipping burgers at McDonalds: You can't start your career without first getting the necessary education and skills.

Writing is a profession. Please treat it like one. Once you have a good understanding of English spelling and grammar, I'd be happy to advise you on your career.

Katharine Swan


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Blogger Kathy@TheFlawlessWord Says:  

Was this an actual real-life email that you received?!

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Yep, I'm afraid so. I received it Friday afternoon. The only thing I changed was to substitute initials for the sender's name -- everything else is exactly the way I received it.


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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