Shameless Self-Promotion

Sell your proofreading skills, or self-promote your book, post submission calls, or whatever else you want. Be shameless! (Please, no vanity press posts.)

Happiness Surrenders

»Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Shameless Self-Promotion, Sharing With Friends | Comments Off on Happiness Surrenders

Happiness surrenders
To the unknown powers
That guide the soul
In the right direction

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Microfiction Collection – Free

»Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in Shameless Self-Promotion | Comments Off on Microfiction Collection – Free

Dear All,

This is my first post here, though I have long been an admirer and submitter to Prolific Press.

I’m excited to share with you my 78-page collection of microfiction and poetry, itzathomthing. The title relates to, where all these pieces were first featured. It’s a curious new site that is a wonderful place for short grease to other writings or just short procrastinations.

I’ve posted this on my Patreon page free to any and all readers:

Consider supporting my work regularly at Patreon for as little as $1 a thing (about once a month or so – individual poems and other short pieces are offered free to patrons).

Best wishes for continued flow of creative words –


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WritingBiz: the business of writing

»Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Shameless Self-Promotion | Comments Off on WritingBiz: the business of writing

WritingBiz: the business of writing

Like many of you I’m a professional copywriter and blogger making my way in the world of business. Writing is the medium I use to collect my thoughts, plan my future, rationalise action and experience nature. It is writing that calls me to connect with the divine power and draws me closer to our creator.

Writing is all these things to me and, because it’s also the source of my income, it’s my business too. As a business, writing must be treated with the same professionalism, principles and practices that apply to any commercial entity.

After years of blogging poetry and personal stories, earlier this year I added the WritingBiz section to my website. It’s the place where I share those principles and practices that apply to any business (but most especially to writing and the creative industries). In writing and developing the posts and resources I’m drawing on my practical knowledge from more than 25 years owning and operating small businesses, managing hospitality venues, undertaking consulting work, as well as my professional experience as a freelance writer.

For those of you striving to make writing your career (or at the very least make money writing) I hope the posts will provide you with ideas on how to find clients and customers within your niche as well as how to setup a writing business and run it profitably.

I’m not a bestselling author or an award winning scriptwriter (not yet anyway), but I am a writer making my living from writing. WritingBiz is my way of reaching out to the writing community, a channel for my own growth as a writer, a place to share my ideas and also listen to yours. I invite you to check out my posts and hope they will be helpful to your own journey as a writer and facilitates the growth of your writing business.

Thanks for stopping by.

Melinda J. Irvine
Professional Copywriter, Poet and Business Blogger

PS: if you aren’t freelancing you can still check out my personal blog. I share poetry, photography and stories from my dual lives between Australia and the Philippines: being an adopted mum to a little boy I met roaming the streets of the Philippines in 2015, and trying to make sense of my increasingly blurred national identity.

Melinda J. Irvine poet and blogger

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“Ghosts of My Own Choosing” published by Flutter Press

»Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Shameless Self-Promotion | Comments Off on “Ghosts of My Own Choosing” published by Flutter Press

“Ghosts of My Own Choosing” published by Flutter Press

In October, Flutter Press published my first poetry chapbook, Ghosts of My Own Choosing. I am extremely grateful to Sandy Benitez at Flutter Press for accepting my work and working closely with me to get everything sorted out for publication. Please visit the Flutter Press website and check out the great poetry available there. My chapbook, as well as many others, are available for sale through the website. http://Flutter Press

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