For eighteen months I wrote a “non-paid” column for a newspaper—I did receive a free paper if you call that payment. When I first contacted the editor she said all stories must be something happening in Cass County. I live in Douglas County, but I wanted the experience. Fortunately, I had unlimited long distance phone service.
What did I learn?
♥ Find the story–often they were ‘cold calls.’ (Author friends said, “Can’t you find out something about the church online?” But no, these are rural churches and most of them did not have a website.)
♥ I tried to have one article ahead, but most material was time-dated.
♥ I learned to submit a clean, well-written article on time.
♥ The newspaper goes to 2000 homes. My stories carried a gospel story. I felt like a missionary and my mission field grew beyond the 2000 homes.
♥ Those cold calls introduced me to Pastors who scheduled me for speaking and book signing events.
The day I resigned from the job, I felt sad. I’d made friends with the editors and many of the people in Cass County. Wisdom said, it’s time to reserve the time to submit and sell more.
Lesson of the day: Don’t be afraid to write for free. God blesses a cheerful giver.
Still Lionhearted, Kat