Plot Twist! Transition, Horses and Grant Writing

Angela TagueThis week I embarked on a new adventure.

I was offered the opportunity to turn a long-time passion into a career — and continue writing.

For the past six and a half years I’ve volunteered with a local animal-assisted therapy program in my community. I spend my evenings in a barn walking alongside horses mounted with riders working through physical, emotional and cognitive challenges. We play games to learn. We sit on the horses backwards to stretch. And most of all, we laugh. I think the program is just as therapeutic for the clients as it is for me.

Earlier this spring the organization’s Executive Direction position opened up, and I decided to apply. I was encouraged to go for it, and now I’m celebrating my first week in my new role at the Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School (STARS) in Sioux City, Iowa.
Plot Twist! Transition, Horses and Grant Writing
I’m focused on educating the community about the therapeutic benefits of working with animals, fundraising, grant writing, handling administrative tasks and launching a big project that I’ll get to share in the near future!

I’m excited about this time of transition, the opportunity to continue writing in a new capacity through grant writing and ultimately to work with an organization that’s close to my heart and brings health and healing to the lives of so many people in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

I will continue to write for a handful of my journalism and marketing clients, but on a much smaller scale.  Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn HERE.

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5 Things Never to Include in Your Blog Pitch

5 Things Never to Include in Your Blog Pitch

I’ve been sorting through guest post proposals for Web Writing Advice. Wow. I’m a little surprised at the information people like to share when asked for a brief pitch and angle for a guest blog post. If you want your application for a writing opportunity to land in the recipient’s trash folder, just include one of these!

5 Things Never to Include in Your Blog Pitch

  1. Link to Your Affiliate Program
    I understand you’re trying to make money online, but double-dipping is a no-no, especially when the guidelines clearly outline that no affiliate links are allowed. Start your own blog and social media accounts to showcase affiliate links there if they’re your focus for online work.
  2. Link to a Spam Site
    I’m shocked at the number of people who tell me they what links they’d like to embed in the text, and they point directly to an illegal, competing or unethical service. Um, no. I won’t work with you on a guest post opportunity. Period.
  3. Profile of Someone Other than Yourself
    One newbie writer had the nerve to use the name and profile information from a respected published author. I knew something was amiss when this professional writer couldn’t manage to compose a complete sentence in her email inquiry.
  4. Topics Unrelated to the Assignment
    If you’re applying for a writing opportunity that relates to cooking, would you pitch an idea about car repairs? Nope. Be sure your proposal actually fits the website topic and audience. If you haven’t read the publication you’re pitching, the person reviewing your application will know.
  5. Writing Samples You Didn’t Write
    Finally, don’t even dream of passing off someone else’s writing as your own. Yes, I’ve seen it done before.

If you want a website owner or editor to take notice of your writing, be honest with them. It’s really that simple. Explain your ideas, background and why you’re a good fit for the opportunity.

Have you been shocked by a writing application or proposal? I can’t be the only one! Tell me your craziest experience in the comments below!

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