Got a question about freelance writing, search engine optimization, blogging, media, PR or something similar? Maybe you’ve filled out my contact form or talked to me on facebook or twitter, and I sent a brief response that may not have answered your question completely.
I’m reinstating Open Office Hours, as inspired by WordPress whiz Wendy Cholbi. What this means: I‘m going to answer questions by phone for an hour each week. The fine print: Calls will be taken on a first come, first served basis. I’m going to try to limit each call to 10 minutes or less. If I don’t pick up, I’m talking to someone else–please call back in 10.
If there is enough demand, I may increase this to two hours a week–I will keep you posted.
When I do brief brainstorming sessions with clients or friends, 10 minutes is how long it normally takes for me to figure out their biggest problem (or two), share a few resources that might answer their most pressing questions, and come up with their next two or three steps to take (or two to three options to consider).
But I need to talk to you right now! And it’ll take more than 10 minutes!
If you’re an active client, or would like to discuss a potential project you may want my help on, please feel free to contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!
If you’re looking for advice and it just can’t wait, I do have a profile on Clarity.fm, where you can set up calls with me for as long as you’d like. (My consulting rate is $100/hour, but Clarity bills by the minute. A five-minute call will cost you $8.34; 10 minutes is $16.70. Like I said, I can usually help brainstorm solutions and next steps in 10 minutes or less… but it’s up to you.)
Does this mean you won’t answer my questions on facebook/twitter/email/etc.?
I try to answer every question sent to me no matter what the medium, but my answers are often really short…and I typically ignore my phone while working if I don’t recognize the number. You are always welcome to contact me, but I thought this would be more helpful for you–and less time-consuming for me.
I called during office hours and you didn’t pick up!
This’ll be first come, first served. Try again? Also, I do travel to attend conferences or events from time to time. if I can’t do office hours on a certain week, I’ll write about it on twitter–so keep an eye out. (As mentioned, I may increase office hours to two hours instead of just one. I’ll write that on twitter as well.)
Read this first
- If you’re looking for resources on finding an agent, you should check about.com.
- If you have basic questions on freelancing, you’ll want to find the From Query to Print resources on this site. (If you’re in Minneapolis, I also teach a one-day 4-hour class on this at the Loft Literary Center once or twice a year.
- For basic SEO information, check out Copyblogger’s SEO writing report. (You don’t have to buy Scribe. I wouldn’t.)
- If you have fears/insecurities about blogging, check out Havi Brooks’ blogging therapy series. (There are 15 posts; I linked to the first.)
- Want to learn PR for your startup? I have a video course on sale.
I’d love to really help you figure out what you’re stuck on after you do a bit of research/legwork on your own. It’s more useful for you and more interesting for me. 🙂 So check those out and then hit me up with the questions you still have.
Can I ask you about something else entirely?
Sure–as long as it’s appropriate. But that goes without saying.
- Call me on Fridays at 3pm-4pm Central Time to ask me your questions about freelancing, SEO, copywriting, blogging, etc.
- If I pick up, I’ll do my best to help you for 10 minutes or less.
- If I don’t pick up, try to call back–or check on twitter to see if I’m traveling/occupied that week. It happens.
- To maximize our time, you’ll want to scroll up and look through the “read me first” resources above.
- My cell phone number is (715) 456-4273.
- I look forward to speaking with you!