Linda’s inclination to writing has helped her achieve her goals tremendously. What’s more interesting is that she did not stop after achieving her accomplishments. Instead, she helped aspiring writers become accomplished themselves. Sharing her skills and helping others out is truly one remarkable skill of a Virtual Assistant!
Linda Barnett-Johnson is a Virtual Assistant for authors and enjoys writing poetry, short stories, articles about writing and making up quotes. Many of her articles and poetry have been published. She’s a former editor, former assistant editor of Long Story Short ezine, and former administrative director of Long Story Short School of Writing. She also posts new books, write articles and author interviews on her blog. She is always looking for guest bloggers who would post writing tips, articles and anything to do with writing.
How did you become a writer? Who were your inspirations/favorite authors?
A teacher friend of mine wrote a cute story and got me interested in trying my hand at it. My favorite authors are many — just to name a few: Tracie Peterson; Caroline Fyffe; Lauraine Snelling; and Beverly Lewis. Christian authors are my favorite books to read.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m just like most people. I feed my animals first and then eat. I try and have a morning devotional and then get my laptop to be ready to go. I check my emails and open up a few programs that I will need to help get me going with my clients. I work diligently until my stomach says it’s time for lunch. I would fix a sandwich and then watch some TV then go back to work. I stop around 3 or 4 and watch the news and fix dinner and go back to work for a couple of more hours and then quit around 7. Of course, if I have appointments, I’ll attend those and then get back to work. I enjoy my work. In the evening I enjoy watching YouTube and playing online games to relax. I also read on my kindle before bedtime.
As a writer, what industries do you usually write about, and what is your research methodology?
I write about ‘writing.’ I write for a blog called Writers On the Move. I’ll write about anything that may help a writer with their writing goals. I write about how to handle rejections, where to find ideas, and more. Most of this has come from my past experiences.
What are some of your writing accomplishments that you are proud of?
In the past, I had stories and poetry published in Long Story Short ezine, different blogs, Writers on the Move, and a book anthology. I think most of my accomplishments come from helping other authors achieve their goals. I have edited many books and short stories. Some have received honors.
What philosophy do you follow when it comes to writing, and in your virtual assistant work in general?
Keeping promises is the key. If you have a deadline to make, get it done so you don’t have to stress about it. With my virtual assistance work, I make a promise to my clients and I stick to it.
How do you help authors promote their books?Your Goal is My Goal. Click To Tweet
I build and post to their twitter accounts daily. I post on Facebook, LinkedIn, and their blog. I get blog interviews and sometimes radio interviews. I post on my social media too. I post their book on my website and if their book needs to be launched, I have Denise Cassino with Best Seller Services that will make their book an Amazon Bestseller. After their book is launched, I take over and continue putting the word out about their book. Whatever I can do to make the client happy and successful, that is my goal. My motto is: Your Goal is My Goal.
What advice would you like to share to aspiring writer VAs who would like to build a name of their own?
I started a writing forum in 2001 called “Your Writing Friend.” I had several writers that wanted to write and receive feedback on their writing. So I started that and ran that forum for a few years. Quite a few were published by helping each other’s writing. I would post 3 or 4 topics to choose from and then they would have to post by a certain date and we would give our feedback, and then they would post a final piece. This would be a story per month plus a poem.
I also had a poem forum too. That’s one of the ways I got my name out there. But during this time, in 2003, Denise Cassino and I started an ezine, Long Story Short, where we were Writer’s Digest 101 Best Writing Sites for 9 years. That was a huge honor for us. We sold that in 2015 to Writer’s Carnival, where they still have the ezine going. We helped many writers get published. If we felt a writer is promising, we’d work with him/her to finalize their work for publication. That’s how my name got out there. We were fair, honest and friendly. We got to know many writers from doing that. Then I started editing books and stories for writers. I stayed busy and am still busy now just doing virtual assistant work. So they need to make some name for themselves and get involved in some writing forums and make friends. See what happens from there.