UPDATED 74: Place on KICK START YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER WORKSHOP with Linda Jones and Karen Pasquali Jones + signed booksPosted: March 13, 2011
Plus signed copies of The Greatest Guide to Freelance Writing, publication late 2011; Love to Write: A Schoolrun guide to helping your child in literacy (provisional title), publication due 2011.
DETAILS: This workshop is for you if:
* You are considering launching a freelance journalism career
* You need realistic, straight-talking advice on whether this career is for
* You are new to freelancing and would like to add to lessons learned so
* Practical information on setting up as a freelance: Getting started with
tax and other financial matters
* How to find ideas
* How to find work
* How to pitch editors
* How to keep editors coming back for more
* How to get paid on time
The itinerary will include practical exercises to highlight the skills, aptitude and determination needed to have any chance of making it in this most highly competitive of fields.
Leading UK journalist KAREN PASQUALI JONES will be there in the afternoon for delegates to try their hand at pitching. She is a ‘gate keeper’ to stories appearing in top selling magazines and papers and as you can see from her biography below, quite an expert. Karen will provide constructive feedback on pitches from delegates on the course based on advice/tips provided on the day.
BIO: Linda Jones is director of the Midlands-based editorial agency, Passionate Media. The multi award-winning business has built up since 2003 when Linda founded the company to expand her freelance writing career. Passionate Media now has a six-strong team including two more writers and a graphic designer. Linda’s freelance career started in her back bedroom in 1998 as she attempted to work around her twin daughters. She’s a former editor of the St Petersburg Press (Now St Petersburg Times) in Russia and a district news editor at the Wolverhampton Express & Star and Worcester Evening News.
Passionate Media has been running popular and respected workshops for journalists, PR and marketing professionals and aspiring freelance writers for two years. These include how to make more money as a freelance, writing skills and maximising the impact of social media. Linda’s modestly titled — but acclaimed — book, The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World was published in 2007 and shares ‘hard lessons learned’ along the way. It’s now being updated and renamed under a deal with a new publisher to go on sale in late 2011.
Linda is also currently working on a book for parents of primary school children to help them love literacy. She was recently named as Most Inspirational Blogger in a UK parenting blog community’s awards and is also editor of the website Ready for Ten, published by Britvic and aimed at families with children aged six to nine. Linda blogs at www.freelancewritingtips.com, edits the family travel blog Have a Lovely Timeand shares stories of mental illness at Speaking Up, Breaking the Silence.
As a freelance contributor/agency director Linda has contributed to most UK national newspapers and best selling women’s magazines, arguably most notably with stories about getting big pants for Christmas and one entitled: “Mummy, why does that lady have a beard?”
BIO: Karen Pasquali Jones has 20 years experience in national newspapers and magazines. She began her career as a reporter with the news agency South West where she broke the ‘House of Horrors’ story and was one of the first journalist to expose the cracks in Charles and Diana’s marriage.
After working as a news reporter at Today and The People newspapers she joined Bauer, where she became Associate Editor to Janice Turner at that’s life!
In 2000, Janice took her as the Deputy Editor to help launch Real, the first bi-weekly glossy. In 2003 Karen became the Editor of Emap’s Mother & Baby magazine, where she boosted circulation by 12% and launched several high-profile consumer campaigns including the hugely successful Travel Safe campaign, calling for all children aged four and under to travel in properly fitted car seats.
In April 2004, she was headhunted by IPC to create a new women’s weekly magazine, Pick Me Up, one of the most successful magazine launches to date. After working as Contributing Editor at Closer, Karen was poached by News International to spearhead their real life magazine launch, Love it! which sold over 400,000 per issue. Karen now juggles caring for her two young children, stints acting as the deputy editor of the UK’s biggest-selling magazine, Sky – with over seven million readers – and writing features for the national newspapers and magazines. She is also a regular contributor to TV, radio and was called the country’s ‘leading real-life journalist’ when she took part in a Cutting Edge documentary on journalism earlier in the year.