The Freelance Life: Revisiting a Writers’ Roundtable

Some interesting thoughts here about freelance writing. I particularly appreciate the advice of writing on your own blog if you want more exposure. This has been my own path, and it has served me well! Of course I have written for free in the past, and continue to write for other publications for additional exposure. Either way, it’s important that these kinds of publications help to build your brand and your portfolio.

The Daily Post

Earlier this year, we talked to four professional writers about the freelance life, getting paid to write, and writing for free and exposure. If you missed it the first time, be sure to read this roundtable, full of great advice for new and aspiring writers in particular.

Here are highlights from the Q&A:

Give us a breakdown of your typical day.

Every day is different. I start by reading the New York Times. I listen to BBC World News or two great WNYC radio shows, The Brian Lehrer Show and The Leonard Lopate Show, from which I get story ideas and learn about the world.

I start work by 10:00 am — I’m not a morning person! If I’m working on a story, and usually several at once, I’m seeking sources, conducting interviews, writing, reading, or revising the pieces and answering questions from my editors.

Like most working…

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New Publication: Women’s Adventure Magazine (.com)

A number of years ago I attended an outdoor writing conference in Boulder, Colorado, hosted by Women’s Adventure Magazine. This conference was my first real exposure to this magazine, and ever since I’ve had it on my radar to contribute to it at some point. Their female-specific content is very refreshing in the realm of outdoor publications, which I find are generally quite male-dominated. The magazine allows women to be inspired by stories about other women and to tap into interests that ultimately need to be catered to the female experience.

Recently, I connected with their online editor, Susan, and am excited to announce that I will be blogging from time to time for Women’s Adventure Magazine. While I still have my eyes on the print magazine and would love to contribute there at some point as well, the website will be another great outlet for my words and ideas around adventuring as a woman.

You can read my first post here! The Adventures in Parenthood: Counting Down the Days.

My author archive is here: http://www.womensadventuremagazine.com/author/meghan/.

Highlights of 2011

I don’t know about you, but the end of each year brings me the opportunity to take a glance at the previous years and all the joys, challenges and trials that came with it. Scrolling through my blog from this past year brought back many happy memories and, most of all, heaps of gratitude for the adventures and new experiences that came my way. Here’s just a sampling of the highlights from this past year! Thanks to everyone that have made my dreams a reality.

January/February

30 Day Yoga Challenge – I kicked off my year with a kick in the rear!

February

Launch of The Campsite Blog – A new home to write about inner journeys and the outdoor world.

Joined the team at Highline Magazine as the new Editor.

March

Launched the new meghanjoyward.com.

April

Took a trip to Nunavut, including a 5-day ski touring trip through Auyuittuq National Park (pgs. 20-21) and the Arctic Circle.

June

Launch of the new HighlineOnline.ca – a brand new website for Highline Magazine.

Hanging out with Everest on Gokyo Ri, Nepal.

July

Got to try mountain street luging with CBC – check out the footage!

Had my first cover feature story, an article about ultrarunner Ellie Greenwood for IMPACT Magazine.

Published The State of the Mountains Report with the Alpine Club of Canada – a 27-page report on climate change from the perspectives of Canada’s famous mountaineers and scientists.

August 

Wrote a brand new consumer brochure for Banff National Park.

September

Attended the Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, British Columbia.

October-December

Published the Winter 2012 Issue of Highline Magazine – my first as Editor.

Launched the trailer for Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies, a timelapse film for which I am writing the script.

Spent 9 weeks hiking in the Nepal Himalayas and researching the impacts of mountaineering and tourism on the local culture.

Here’s to a wonderful and amazing 2012! 

Interview on Park Radio

I was recently interviewed on Park Radio about my life as a writer, my journey there, my thoughts on social media and more! You can listen to the 14 minute podcast by clicking this link.

Thanks, and feel free to comment below after listening to the podcast.