This concept of a Swipe File is new to me — can you give an example of when you would use this?
I wasn’t sure if anyone else was left wondering, so I asked Karen’s permission to post her question and my response here. Here’s what I had to say: When I’m writing a new query letter, I don’t write the whole thing from scratch. I write up my idea for the article, along with suggested sources and photographs — following the same structure for each query letter. Rather than rewriting a paragraph about my experience as a writer (which doesn’t change from query letter to query letter), I just paste in my standard paragraph about my experience from my swipe file.
I’ve had a couple of requests to compile the Market Your Freelance Writing in 31 Days posts into an ebook, along with the exclusive content I’ve been sending out in the newsletter each day. I’ve decided to go ahead with putting together an ebook. I’ve actually got more material than I’ve been able to use in my posts and an ebook would give me a chance to share a lot more of that information.
I’ll be telling you more about the ebook as we get closer to the end of the month, but my plan is to make it a bigger resource than what I’m posting this month.
Is there anything in particular you’d like to see in the ebook? Parts of my personal swipe file, maybe? Or my monster list of social networking sites? Let me know in the comments.
Don’t forget: If you’d like to ask a question about freelance writing, just leave it here in a comment and I’ll post it in next week’s edition. Really, you can ask me anything.