About Lauren Tharp

CoolHairLauren_CroppedHey there!

My name is Lauren.

I’m a Freelance Writer Who Develops Brands Through Blogging

In 2010, after over a decade of writing as a “side job,” I started my own business — LittleZotz Writing — and made writing my sole source of income.

Through LittleZotz Writing I’ve worked in the writing & marketing departments of a television mini-series, an online radio station, a designer headphone company, and countless small businesses around the world.

I take the dull and the drab and turn it into the wow and the fab.

Here’s an example:

Do readers clamor to read a “Blog” run by a paper company?

Heck no!

But, do brides-to-be rush to read “Invitation Ideas?”

Heck yes!

And with that seemingly small change, along with some creatively-written blog posts, I helped increase Miami Envelopes profits by a little over 10% in less than a year.

I could do the same for you.

I help entrepreneurs with a vision give that vision a voice. And since I work primarily as a ghostwriter, you can rest-assured that the voice will be yours.

But that’s not all I do…

WritingAwardsLZWI’m Also a Freelance Writer Who Advises Other Writers

In addition to giving out free e-books, sending out bi-monthly newsletters, and offering one-on-one mentoringI run a multiple award-winning blog for freelance writers looking to become better freelance writers right here on LittleZotz Writing!

I’m also the Managing Editor for Be A Freelance Blogger, a resident expert/”queen” for the Freelance Writer’s Academy’s “Kingdom of Paidalot,” and the Editorial Assistant for Copyblogger.

I’ve been a guest on podcasts & radio shows, I’ve done interviews for newspapers & blogs, I’ve taught online webinars, and I’ve spoken at several schools.

love my writing career. I have my dream job! And I believe that everyone who wants to have a career like mine should get the chance to. That’s why I dedicate a huge chunk of my time toward helping adults and teens get started as freelance writers.

And, of Course, I’m a Writer Who is Also a Human Being

RoboLaurenDespite what some illustrations may lead you to believe: I am not a robot! I’m a human female who was born in the 1980s. I’m short, have blue-ish eyes, and (spoilers) red isn’t my natural hair color.

My parents are both freelance artists. As is my significant other, Ramiro; the man who draws the illustrations for my blog posts. I guess it’s true what they say: People always end up marrying their parents in some form or another…  But I don’t really like to think about it too much ‘cause it’s weird. *shudder*

I was born without my right hip; however, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles built me a new one, free of charge. (I make a donation to them every year in an attempt to pay them back). Despite my initial physical limitations, I managed to earn a second-degree black belt in martial arts – and even taught the children’s classes at my dojo for nearly four years.

In my free time I like to:

  • Read. Fiction and comic books mostly, but I’ll also tackle non-fiction when the subject piques my interest.
  • Play games. I adore my Nintendo 3DS and I’m part of a DnD group.
  • Watch stuff on Netflix and YouTube. I’m a big MST3K fan.
  • Eat amazing food. Though a decent sandwich can be “amazing” in my book. So long as there’s no soy (I’m very allergic), I’m pretty easy to please!
  • Brag about my cats. Don’t get me started on my cats — they’re my babies! Robert the Cat is sort of the LittleZotz Writing mascot. He’s very involved in the writing process (by which I mean he routinely sits on my laptop as I try to work). Ringo, the orange one, prefers to stay out of the day-to-day business grind, but will sometimes offer a consultation.

But, mostly, I write. Whether it’s for work or for fun, writing is the one thing in life I most enjoy doing.

And there you go! That’s me.

Feel free to contact me any time to say “hi” and tell me all about you! 🙂

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