Carol Tice’s Freelance Writers Den is a membership site dedicated to helping people serious about freelance writing increase their chances of success. The site opened a few weeks ago, and since I’ve been an active member since the get-go, I’ve watched closely what Carol has done — and I’m quite impressed. In this review I explain what’s inside the membership site and who would most benefit from it.
What’s Inside The Freelance Writers Den
There are currently 3 live events per month for members. Most feature interviews with prominent writers and experts, and there’s always plenty of time for Q & A with listeners. All den members get links to recordings of the events. (And I’m one of the people she’s already interviewed.)
The Learning Corner features in-depth courses on:
- Business basics
- Marketing basics
- How to break in to freelance writing
- How to move up and earn more
- Overcoming fear and finding inspiration
- And more…
Very Active Forums
I’ve been quite surprised at the high level of activity in the forums. Writers are asking for help in querying editors, finding new markets, time management, and much more — and they’re getting good answers.
Some current forum discussions:
- “How to rewrite my writer resume?”
- “How do you determine what rates your prospective target market can bear?”
- “How Essential is a College Degree”
- “Writing a Proposal”
How Active Is Carol Tice Inside The Freelance Writers Den?
So far — very, very active. She’s delivered on all the events and courses discussed above, and as of the writing of this blog post — September 5, 2011 — she’s posted 335 times in the forums, and the site’s only been open for about 6 weeks.
Who’s Inside The Freelance Writers Den
There’s an excellent mix of beginning writers, writers who are well on the way to launching a successful career, and quite a few successful freelance writers. Some examples of the latter category:
- Renegade Writer Linda Formachelli
- Urban Muse blogger Susan Johnston
- Writer’s Market editor Robert Lee Brewer
- Travel writer Bob Howells
Who Should Join The Freelance Writers Den
Anyone who is truly serious about making a decent income as a freelance writer and who has an open mind and a willingness to learn — and is ready to apply that learning. And it’s not just for beginners. All freelance writers, even people like me who have been doing it for decades, can improve their marketing and writing skills. And I really appreciate having other writers to talk to and just hang out with.
And If You Don’t Like It, It’s Easy to Leave…
It’s 25 bucks a month, month to month — no initiation fees or sign-up fees. If you ever feel you aren’t getting the value, you can easily leave.
I’ve joined several membership sites over the last few years, and most were disappointing. I’ve seen site founders virtually disappear from the forums and not deliver on promised information and benefits. I don’t know Carol really well, but we have exchanged 20 or so e-mails and she interviewed me for a teleseminar podcast last July. From what I’ve seen I can say that she’s kind, energetic, hard-working, and very knowledgeable, and she’s genuinely motivated to help freelance writers succeed. I also know that she’s been very active inside the Freelance Writers Den in the forums and that she’s delivered on all her promises so far.
That said, I can’t say that a year from now that she’ll still be as active, or that the forums will continue to be humming along with lots of great questions and lots of great answers to those questions.
And I’m active in the forums, but there are times I’m hiking or traveling or busy with my own work and I don’t have the time to pop in as much as I’d like.
Finally, I’m an affiliate (rare situation for me). If you click my link and join, I make money.
Get lots more info at the official Freelance Writers Den website.
If this post and the Freelance Writers Den website haven’t answered all your questions, then ask below and I’ll answer or get Carol to answer.