This is the first time I am facing this dilemma and really am not sure what to do with it. I have been assigned my first article with a magazine and need to interview somebody for their inputs but it looks like the person I am supposed to interview is not much of a professional. They keep confirming times for an interview but when I call, I am asked to reschedule. Emails are of no use as they wont respond to that. Typically when someone is being featured in media they are very professional about it but this person clearly does not care one bit. On one hand, I want to stick to this no matter what as it is my first experience writing for this new magazine and I'd like to have a long-term association with them. On the other hand, I feel like a professional who is this unprofessional is really not worthy of a magazine article. What to do? My deadline is tonight!
My brother's visit to Atlanta was simply lovely, a great break for him and for me. Glad to be back in action, rejuvenated and happy! Since tomorrow is Feb 14th, I wanted to show some love towards the networking groups I am a part of for this business. Since I have another business specializing in green products from India, I have to network specifically with groups pertaining to these businesses.
I am a member of the Freelance Forum of Atlanta as well as the Atlanta Independent Women's Network. You can check them out here and here. I am also chapter President for Ed2010 - a networking group for professional magazine editors and those who want to pursue a career in magazine editing. It is open to editors, writers, reporters, and pretty much all folks in the publishing industry. Check out the Atlanta page right here.
I enjoy meeting people, networking, connecting. As a member of AIWN, I have had the opportunity to meet some very established professional women working on successful businesses. One of them is Veronica Brown and she is with http://www.truefruit.com Check them out sometime. They are also presenting later this year at one of AIWN's meetings. Cant wait!
One of the magazines I write for wanted to cover this event by celebrity lifestylist AJ and so off to the W Downtown I went nice and early in the morning. It was a great event - small number of attendees so the interaction level was high. AJ is a great person, a ball of energy, always a smile on her face, ready to answer questions, very approachable and personable. I will have a link to the blog post here soon as well as a link to the article which should be published next month! Meanwhile see who stopped by at AJ's workshop :)
I work from home most of the time. I meet clients at co-working spaces, their offices or coffee shops, or even lunch or dinner if we can spare the time. I typically prefer smaller coffee shops, indie efforts, as those are usually less crowded than the typical Starbucks or Caribou. My recent fave, introduced by a friend of mine, is the Walton Coffee House by Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, and it is located inside an apartment community looking over the Chattahoochee River. Something about working in there with the river in view seems to make me feel more inspired and focused each time. I love working there mornings when there is usually no crowd. You can see from the picture why!
One of the organizations I am a member of is the Freelance Forum Atlanta chapter and this month's meeting was a talk on how to become a Wealthy Freelancer presented by Ed Gandia of the International Freelancers Academy. He is also the author of the book 'The Wealthy Freelancer'. I try my best not to miss these meetings if I can help it, and I am sure glad I did not miss his. I even got the book and got it signed by him too. I update the blog for the organization so watch out later this week for a link to the blog post on their site covering what Ed spoke about. I just began reading his book as well so end of this month you should have a book review on here!