Sometimes when you need something very badly you have to say it out loud so the Universe can hear you. In November, I stood in the middle of my dining room and decided that I wouldn’t turn my nose up at certain PR freelance jobs and said, “Universe, 2014 has to be the year I increase my income.”

A few days, later more work assignments started coming my way.  I also launched my SimplyScrivener niche website because I was inspired by Mridu Khullar Relph’s posts about her own niche website experiment. I’m pleased to note that the site is slowly making some money that pays for the hosting, but it also is generating interest from organizations that want me to teach online courses. So if I had not read Mridhu’s posts, I probably wouldn’t have been inspired to launch the site.

Now did the Universe have any play in this? Was it because the economy is pulling itself of the deep pit? Or was it simply being proactive on my part? I suppose saying it out loud that I needed more work psyched me to get busy. Busy generates more busy, and this first quarter has proven to be fruitful.

However, apart from the tutorials, the magazine, and the PR freelance gigs, I still need more work. My move to the Adirondacks is costing a mint and I need to recuperate what was spent, but also increase my income.

Because I’m moving to a completely new area, I’ll be sniffing out potential stories that I hope might make it into big market publications. However, I need some help to get those queries out, to shape these story ideas, to challenge me to go beyond my comfort zone. And what happened today? I receive Mridhu’s newsletter announcing that she’s offering her fabulous 30 Days, 30 Queries online course in April. It’s exactly what I need to jump start my freelance writing and get noticed by editors.

The 30 day schedule runs like this and I’ve highlighted the classes where I know I need the most help:

Day 1: Where Will You Be in 30 Days?
Day 2: The 30 Target Markets
Day 3: Creating Workflow
Day 4: Psychological Barriers and Easy Wins
Day 5: Who Are They? What Do They Pay? What Do They Like?
Day 6: Why The Idea is The Most Important Part of the Process
Day 7: 30 Ways to Package Your Story Idea (Part 1)
Day 8: 30 Ways to Package Your Story Idea (Part 2)
Day 9: 30 Ways to Package Your Story Idea (Part 3)
Day 10: Finding Story Ideas That Sell
Day 11: Brainstorming Techniques for Idea Generation

Day 12: The Sources of Good Ideas
Day 13: Finding Unique Slants to Common Story Ideas
Day 14: The Anatomy of a Query Letter
Day 15: The 6 Traits of Good Query Letters
Day 16: You Ask, I Answer – Part 1
Day 17: You Ask, I Answer – Part 2
Day 18: You Ask, I Answer – Part 3
Day 19: Avoiding Overwhelm and Burnout
Day 20: The Different Types of Query Letters
Day 21: How to Get Quicker Responses
Day 22: The Art of Building Relationships
Day 23: Writing Confident Queries
Day 24: Your Pitches Aren’t Creative Writing, They’re Marketing
Day 25: Staying in Touch With Editors on Social Media
Day 26: 9 More Query Letters That Sold
Day 27: Why Editors Don’t Respond and What To Do When You’re Rejected
Day 28: Why 30 Queries Matter and How Not to Give Up
Day 29: The Marketing Habit: How to Create It, Nurture It, and Stick to It
Day 30: For Every One Yes, You Can Get 30 More

Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Mridhu is offering readers who want to take her course a free spot. To get in you can either tweet, write a Facebook update, or blog about the course. Once you’ve done that, email her at or tweet her @mridukhullar to qualify. Fingers crossed that I’m the lucky one!