I have been fortunate enough to have landed paying freelance gigs with several local and national publications. I’ve seen my byline in Birmingham magazine and on Magic City Post. I’ve written for national magazines like Heart & Soul, a fitness publication for women of color, and Hispanic Executive, which afforded me the opportunity to interview the fabulous Nina Garcia. And I am very proud to say that I am a regular contributor to USA Today. 

Those who know me well know that I have a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley, but if you think for one second that I landed those freelance gigs because of that degree, think again. All the aforementioned opportunities landed in my lap because of people I know, people I met at internships or people I met during my old job as a features reporter in Louisville, Ky, or people I met through See Jane Write. Sure, I had to do a good job in those positions or the folks I met along the way wouldn’t have wanted to work with me again, but that old saying is true — it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

If you’re a freelance writer in the Birmingham area and you’re looking for more opportunities to make money and/or get exposure, you need to get in the face of local editors. You could have the opportunity to do just that on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 22.

On that day See Jane Write will host its first Meet the Press Media Mixer, presented by Hamer Law Group. This event will give you the opportunity to meet editors of local publications to discuss freelance opportunities and more. As of now we have editors from Birmingham magazine, B-Metro magazine, the Birmingham News/AL.com, Southern Living, and The Terminal who have agreed to attend. 

This is a special, invitation-only event only open to See Jane Write members, See Jane Write Magazine contributors, and See Jane Write sponsors. 

Learn how to become an official member of See Jane Write here

If interested in sponsoring See Jane Write, contact me at javacia@seejanewritebham.com