I feel like I am finally breaking into the local magazine market in Ocala. Yeehaw!
Orlando has a ton of local publications and since I lived there for eight years, I felt like I had a good grasp on the local magazine scene when I was first trying to break into freelance writing. This made it easy to know which magazines fit my writing style. Since I was a long-time reader of many of the magazines, I felt more comfortable pitching story ideas to them.
When we moved, I made it a personal goal of mine to get involved with local magazines in Ocala.
I’ve been gathering every single local publication I can get my hands on in Ocala whether it be at the gym, local coffee shops, the grocery store or local restaurants. Like I mentioned in my Freelance Writing 101 post, I really try to keep my eyes peeled for publications that I might be able to write for every where I go.
While I’ve had some success in the past few months, I feel like I’m finally getting repeat assignments and it feels good to have a steady stream of work, even if it’s not raking in the big bucks. (Local freelance work rarely pays incredibly well.)
I have Lindsay, a new friend of mine, to thank for getting me an “in” with one of the publications. I had a chance to meet up with Lindsay after lunch today for an hour or so. Talking with her was so much fun because she has lived in Ocala her whole life (except for four years in Pittsburgh for college) and has a lot of knowledge to share about “must try” restaurants and fun hot spots. Plus, she’s getting married at the end of March, so anytime I can talk with someone about weddings, I’m all about it!
Before getting together with Lindsay, I ate a produce-packed lunch that included a salad made with arugula, green and red peppers, tomatoes and goat cheese.
Sides included strawberry banana Greek yogurt and two clementines.
I had a feeling I would be hungry fairly soon after lunch since my meal wasn’t very large, so I popped up some Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn to stash in my purse to bring with me to the local coffee shop where I met with Lindsay and am currently working.
Have you guys seen the new pop up bowls? Pretty cool!
Even though I’ve never been classy enough not to eat popcorn straight out of the bag, I can appreciate the easier “shareability” of the new pop up bowls.
I am actually participating in a month-long partnership with Orville Redenbacher and a few other bloggers and had a conference call last week where I got to speak with Bernie, a former contestant and at-home winner on The Biggest Loser, who is also working with the company.
What an amazing change, huh?
Ryan and I were big time Bernie fans when he was on the show and found his energy and optimism so inspiring. He’s just as bubbly over the phone and has a serious passion for helping others get healthy.
I am actually allowed to submit one reader question from one of you guys for Bernie to answer during the week of January 30! He’ll answer the question via video that I’ll then be able to share with you guys. Pretty cool, huh?
If you have a question you’d like for me to pass along to Bernie about anything and everything (I asked him to spill juicy secrets about The Biggest Loser when I talked to him!), feel free to post it below and I’ll pass it along.