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Please Eat Cake Today and Celebrate: 2nd Blog Anniversary

I have a *HUGE* request to make of you today. Would you please eat cake? We’re celebrating our 2nd Blogversary and it’d mean a lot to us. It doesn’t even have to be cake…cupcakes or brownies are allowed as is any type of cheesecake. We’re flexible like that at The Write Stuff.

I’ve been wondering how old this blog really is if it was being compared to humans. Let’s be honest. There are a lot of blogs don’t last that long. They tend to be picked up and dropped like hot cakes depending on the week, month, or in some cases years. So how old is The Write Stuff? I’m going to say that each human year roughly equals 15 years in blog time…so that makes us 30.

And just like anyone who’s reached this…shall we say milestone, we don’t celebrate on the exact day. No, no, we let it go until it’s 2 months later and we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that time has in fact flown by and we’ve decided we might as well throw a party! You see, our Blog-B-Day was technically on February 11th. So we hope you understand our predicament. The important thing is that we did decide to celebrate despite our milestone! And who can pass up a chance to eat celebratory cake?? 

This is about the spot in the blog post, where I brag tell you all about what the last year has brought me. And since I’m pretty proud, here it goes: 🙂

1) I became a Fashion, Beauty, and Style freelance writer for the online magazine, Betty Confidential, which was over 2 million visitors per month and was voted by Forbes as one of the top 100 websites for women. This position led to a pile of shockingly fabulous articles that plunged me into the world of Gucci and Marc Jacobs. This led to a few other fashion articles for the website, LipglossCulture.com as well.

2) As a result, I had the amazing opportunity to write my first big magazine spread for CHAOS magazine. I interviewed an international fashion designer, Christina Krämer who is located in Switzerland, about her new environmentally friendly label. My article was titled, “Mother Earth in Heels,” and it was 6 pages long! I about died when it came out…and I incidentally should have another article coming out soon for CHAOS!

3) I finally got the chance to dabble in newspaper! I became a Restaurant Reviewer for The Coloradoan, a newspaper that covers news for Northern Colorado. My job was to check out local restaurants in Fort Collins, CO and critique their food which I did for three mouth-watering restaurants. It was a blast. There’s no other way to put it. I also wrote an article for The Woodman Edition, a weekly newspaper in Colorado Springs, CO for a local feature on the hottest hiking spots for summer.

4) Last but not least. My greatest accomplishment to date: I was given the amazing opportunity to combine my degree in Psychology and my own personal research into the field of Health and Social Psychology with writing when I became the Healthy Living Expert for Health Daily Online. My section includes the subchannels: Mind & Body, Sex & Relationships, and Family. If I haven’t said much about this, it’s because I’m busy writing weekly and keeping tabs on the latest research out there for each section.

In fact, I’m coming up on my 300th article in a few short weeks!

5) I wrote my first YA novel. 65,000 words baby. All I have to do now is cut that puppy up into little editing pieces and but it back together. As you can see, it’s a mystery as to why I’ve been putting this off lately.

This year has been full of opportunity and I’m incredibly thankful. I’m *VERY* thankful to each and every one of you that has followed my blog. A writer is nothing without support and interest, so I really thank you.

I also wanted to tell you that changes are coming to The Write Stuff…so stay tuned for my new post next Monday!!!

AND DON’T FORGET TO EAT CAKE!!

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Learn Author Bethany Ramos’s tips on writing Fiction and Freelance!

Debut Author Bethany Ramos is hear to share all her tips on writing fiction and working as a freelance writer! Check out my interview with her and be sure to check into her fabulous chick lit novel, 5 Stages of Grief!

1)When did you decide to pursue a career in writing, was it always a dream or interest of yours? 

I decided to pursue a career in writing three years ago. I was working in laser hair removal as an aesthetician, and I decided that I wanted to write on beauty and health instead of doing it hands-on. My career spiraled from there. I started writing on a variety of topics and began pursuing fiction writing.

2) Congratulations on pursuing and achieving your dreams! You’re also a freelance ghostwriter? How exactly does that work?

I work through Elance.com, where I bid on freelance writing jobs on an individual basis. I can take on as many or as few jobs as I want and am paid individually by each client. It keeps me really busy since I’m working with multiple clients at one time!

3) Thanks for the tip! So how did you become a published author?

I decided to start pursuing fiction writing because I love chick lit. After I finished my manuscript a year ago, I started sending it out to hundreds of agents and publishers, until I finally got some interest.

4) You also have a children’s book coming out! How is that process different or similar to publishing women’s lit?

My children’s book idea was totally random, but I decided to pursue it because it was an interesting idea. And it helped me break into the publishing industry and better understand how literary agents and publishers work. The children’s book publishing process is similar to women’s fiction publishing – except it’s much more competitive.

I sent out my manuscript to hundreds of agents and publishers, until I finally found a small publisher that was interested. I was just happy to have any interest because it is a very competitive industry.

5) It’s hard for me to find time to write both as a freelance and fiction writer. How do you make time for all your avenues of writing? Is it difficult for you as well?

It can be difficult to make time for my personal writing career – i.e. fiction, since ghostwriting is paying the bills. I try to write a little bit when I can, especially on the weekends. I’m working on my second novel now.

6) Tell me all about your debut chick lit novel, 5 Stages of Grief

This book came from the idea of what it would be like to find out that someone had cheated on you after they had died. It sounds a bit morbid, but there’s nothing sad or depressing about the book at all. It’s supposed to poke fun at the whole grieving process. The book contains a bunch of details from my life when I was living in Denver and experiencing the whole dating scene.

7) That sounds hilarious and I just love Denver! CO is my favorite state. So…is there any relevance to real life?

The idea came to me randomly, but the book is full of personal life experiences based on all the weirdos I’ve dated. 😉 In retrospect, it’s funny, but at the time, it was pretty stressful!

8 ) Lol! So who do you draw your inspiration from as a writer?

I love to read chick lit, so that’s my main inspiration. I believe you have to read much more than you write if you want to be any good. I love chick lit authors like Emily Giffin, Marian Keyes, and Candace Bushnell.

9) What tips do you have to give aspiring writers?

My biggest tip is to stick with it! You have to be willing to start out small and get the ball rolling before you have any hope of doing something bigger.

10) We want to know more! Tell me 5 random facts about yourself:

Hmm…

  1. I’m not very good at typing. I actually use voice recognition software instead!
  2. My husband is my best friend from high school.
  3. Weird claim to fame – I have worked as a makeup artist and did makeup on a shoot for one of the Dallas Cowboys.
  4. My husband and I also own an e-commerce business that sells coffee and espresso products, The Coffee Bump.
  5. I make really awesome homemade sushi.

11) And finally…Everyone knows how much writers love coffee…so I have to ask, what’s your favorite coffee drink?

Haha, funny you should ask. I’m obsessed with the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks!

No. Way. I’ll be drinking that same drink until the season is over! It’s my all time fav, except in the off season when I get a 1/2 white mocha 1/2 vanilla iced latte!

Thanks for stopping by The Write Stuff!

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