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How to get started as a nurse-writer - page 2

I field a lot of questions from nurses about how to break into freelance writing. I always enjoy interacting with my fellow nurses and helping them get started in a new career as a writer. I thought... Read More

  1. Visit  TheSocialMediaCoach profile page
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    I am very new to Writing...I am still on point Number 2....brushing up on Grammar!! Yet I will say I got by first Non Healthcare Byline by Networking. My tip, offline networking is key to Social Media sucess in this manner. Another company just Tweeted me asking for help with a re-write, time will tell. As always great tips Beth! - Amelia J. Roberts The Social Media Coach
  2. Visit  Eat_Pray_Love profile page
    #14 1
    Hi Amelia, nice to meet you. I clicked on your twitter page. Glad to see another nurse interested in social media
  3. Visit  Eat_Pray_Love profile page
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    Quote from rxrunner
    Beth,

    This is a timely post, I'm a pharmacist who teaches at a nursing school. I'm at AWP in Los Angeles this weekend (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) with 12,000 other writers and I'll share my own writing path as a reply to those who are thinking about it.

    I always battled the wanting to write vs. wanting to have a job, so my undergraduate major started as chemistry, then finished pharmacy school (we don't need a bachelor's) then went back and graduated with my English degree 21 years after I started college, but there were fits and starts where I wrote for Arizona State University's newspaper The State Press, I was always helping other people with their writing, then I got a job where I could take free undergrad classes and just finally finished that humanities degree. It wasn't until my daughters (triplets) were born, that I needed to write, it was touch and go so often with their 13 week early premature birthsday, that writing allowed me to really express how I felt in the NICU.

    I think Lee Gutkind is here at around noon tomorrow who will be presenting some health care writers, I think he edited the I wasn't strong like this when I started out anthology.Anyway, I wanted to clarify the types of writing. A post already mentioned fiction, but creative non-fiction is writing nonfiction, but in an engaging way, but the freelance writing you seem to be talking about is the kind of stuff freelancers on Upwork do and the specialized medical knowledge you have as nurses really commands a bit of a premium.

    Anyway, long story short, instead of freelance writing, I do DIY writing and employ freelance editors like you guys to make sure my work has as few a mistakes as possible.

    It has allowed me to put my own book Memorizing Pharmacology together for my students, it's free for anyone who has Amazon Kindle unlimited or Amazon prime without having to deal with hoping an agent will like me / my work , etc. It's kind of unfair to have pharm without organic chem in many ways and my book takes a humane approach to the topic.

    I'm working on finishing the free videos for it, I'm TonyPharmD on YouTube, but I think if you're going to be a paid writer, as some have posted, you just go to go into the core of what it means to be a health professional, to be of service to others and as Beth said, you'll find plenty of people who want that service.

    I paid $900 to the freelancers who edited and proofed my book and the voice talent who will record and master the audiobook will get $400 pfh. So, it's a good gig, I think.

    Hi, where do you advetise for voice talents? I have been told I have a great phone voice. If you need help with any upcoming projects, I'd be happy to help get it off the ground
  4. Visit  tnbutterfly profile page
    #16 1
    If you enjoy writing and would like to start writing, allnurses is a great place to try out your skills. Many of our members enjoy trying out and honing their their writing skills for the allnurses community. Some of the well-known nurse writers/bloggers got their start right here on allnurses.

    For more information on how to get started read How to Submit an Article.
  5. Visit  TonyaMarie profile page
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    Thank you for your information. I joined the American Medical Writer's Association (a suggestion from someone's blog) a few months ago and am overwhelmed with the amount of information and have no idea where to start. All the seminars etc. are physician and pharmacist driven. I'm not sure if I will renew my membership next year.

    Again thank you Elizabeth for your post.
  6. Visit  TheSocialMediaCoach profile page
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    @TonyaMarie, BSN There are Nurse Writing Groups on LinkedIn as well as Facebook. I am unsure if I am allowed to list them here.
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    Quote from TonyaMarie
    Thank you for your information. I joined the American Medical Writer's Association (a suggestion from someone's blog) a few months ago and am overwhelmed with the amount of information and have no idea where to start. All the seminars etc. are physician and pharmacist driven. I'm not sure if I will renew my membership next year.

    Again thank you Elizabeth for your post.
    Hello Tonya Marie

    There are several professional writers here on allnurses. I'm sure they would be glad to help you. Read through the threads and posts here in the Innovators Hub. Feel free to start your own thread and post any questions you have.
  8. Visit  Nurse Beth profile page
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    Quote from TonyaMarie
    Thank you for your information. I joined the American Medical Writer's Association (a suggestion from someone's blog) a few months ago and am overwhelmed with the amount of information and have no idea where to start. All the seminars etc. are physician and pharmacist driven. I'm not sure if I will renew my membership next year.

    Again thank you Elizabeth for your post.
    Hi Tonya, what kind of writing are you thinking of? Many of us here do different types of "gigs".

    I'm a blogger (my own blog) and have blogged for other sites as well (paid by the article). I also do content development, procedure reviews, and serve as a subject matter expert (all paid contract work).

    Let me know if I can answer any specific questions you have, or point you to an expert
  9. Visit  TonyaMarie profile page
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    Hi Tonya, what kind of writing are you thinking of? Many of us here do different types of "gigs".

    I'm a blogger (my own blog) and have blogged for other sites as well (paid by the article). I also do content development, procedure reviews, and serve as a subject matter expert (all paid contract work).

    Let me know if I can answer any specific questions you have, or point you to an expert

    Hi Nurse Beth,
    I actually have a gig with an online study site writing lessons for nursing students (contractor). The jobs I was looking at are with pharmaceutical companies and I don't have a background in that field. My career has taken a turn since my last post so for the time being I'll continue to build my portfolio with the study site. It brings me joy knowing that my work is getting published. It's not much money for the amount of work involved but I love it.

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