Meet ByCharliMills, a busy freelance writer who still manages to carve out time for writing here on Squidoo. She’s penned some terrific reviews already (with one Review Lens of the Day honor) and a yummy recipe lens that you should check out just as soon as you finish reading our interview.
What brought you to Squidoo? Through blogging, I met a group of writers, poets and artists who also happened to be Squidoo Lensmasters. In fact, I’ve known the “Books for Kids” contributor (Ruthi) for many years. She once supplied one of her poems over a beautiful photo of oranges for display in a natural foods retailer where I was the marketing communications manager. I’m a huge fan of hers, and love her as a friend. She began nagging me, as friends do, about getting me to write lenses. I had retired from marketing, moved to rural northern Idaho and was writing my first novels (yet-unpublished). So, I resisted. Then the other Lensmasters I met also encouraged me. And I resisted. But I enjoyed reading lenses and I signed in to Squidoo so I could comment. One day, I selected a “review” somehow thinking it was part of the commenting process. Unwittingly I wrote my first lens and I’ve been hooked (or tentacled) ever since!
So far I see a few reviews and a delicious-sounding recipe on your lens list. Anything new coming up in the near future? Before I get too distracted with possibilities, I’m working on an “About Me” lens and one for my blog. I printed off the Squidoo article, “20 Recipes for Lenses to Make” and listed ideas all over it. I’m especially excited by the story-telling element of lenses and no matter what I write, you can expect stories. As a former marketer and a career freelance writer, I’m interested in crafting some helpful lenses for other writers, as well as tips for navigating the publishing industry as I learn all about that new venue of writing. Review lenses (especially on books by new authors) are one area that I’ll focus. Having worked in the natural food industry for 13 years, you can expect lots of food-related reviews and recipes from me, too. And don’t rule out birds, trout-fishing, gardening, historical sites, genealogy and rock collecting as I’m a bit of a naturalist and history nerd. Did I mention, that I’m easily distracted? So much to write about and read!
What can Squidoo do for you? Before ever landing on the site, I knew the quality and friendliness of Squidoo Lensmasters. It is absolutely the most welcoming writer’s forum I’ve ever encountered. I expect to to learn from and connect to other people who write; not people who talk about writing one day, but people actually putting fingers to the keyboard. I find that being around other engaged writers is energizing. I hope to include Squidoo in what is called a “writer’s platform” and have a ready outlet for announcing my books when I do publish in the future. Squidoo understands the authentic human element that really moves effective marketing. And I want to be a part of that and the greater community.