F.A.Q.

What writing services do you offer?

Check ’em out!

Do you do any ghostwriting/ghostblogging?

Yes!

Where can I see your portfolio?

Right here.

What are your rates?

It varies from project to project depending on how much work is required. Fill out this form for a free price quote and mini-consultation.

Do you place the articles you write?

Nope. Here’s why.

What does “LittleZotz” mean?

LaurenTharp_LittleZotz“LittleZotz” is my nickname. Hi! I’m Lauren Tharp, the owner of LittleZotz Writing and LittleZotz Teens.

I got my nickname when the man who invented the term “sci-fi” gave me his Zotz coin (from the movie of the same name) and my family suddenly became known as the “Zotz Family.”

I, being the youngest and shortest, was “Little Zotz.”

How do I get over my fear of pitching?

Writing comes with its own set of fears; however, freelance writing takes all those fears, amplifies them to the max, and then adds a new set of fears of its very own. Not only do you have to face the usual fears that no one will like – or even read! – what you write, you now have to worry about that same writing feeding yourself and your family that month.

Forget those fears. They’re only holding you back!

That’s right: Forget your fears about rejection. Forget your fears about clients. And forget your fears about career instability.

The only real thing you need to fear as a freelance writer is burnout – from trying to do too many amazing things at once!

As an Editor, I’ve had to reject literally hundreds of writers. Rejection is definitely a possibility when you pitch your work. But it’s not something you have to let get you down.

Either you pitch and get rejected or you pitch and get accepted. But if you don’t pitch at all, you’re automatically rejected. So why fear trying? By not pitching, you’re already living your worst fears.

A rejection from a publication doesn’t mean banishment forever. It just means “not now” or “not this piece.” Keep trying. And keep learning.

That was really awesome advice! Do you offer mentoring?

Thank you! I offer one-on-one and group mentoring. 😀

Can I be a freelance writer part time?

Absolutely!

May I write a guest post for LittleZotz Writing?

No, thank you. I write all of the blog posts on this site myself and have no intention of changing that.

If you’re looking for places to pitch to, I recommend downloading a free copy of The Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs.

Can I be a part of your “People I Know” interview series?

Maybe. I have two requirements for being an interviewee for that particular series:

  1. You need to be a freelancer. Preferably a freelance writer/editor.
  2. I need to have known you for over a year. Any less than that and it would be “Some Random Person I Just Met” interviews, you know what I mean?

Do you write/speak in any other languages besides English?

Nope.

Can you design my website?

Nope.

When is your blog updated?

Every other Wednesday. (For an exact date, you can check the calendar).

Where are you based?

Los Angeles, California.

I want you to speak at my school/webinar/office party/family picnic!

Write to me and we’ll try to figure something out. 🙂

Who draws the illustrations for this site?

A very talented man by the name of Ramiro Roman. He’s normally a horror artist, so be careful if you try to look up his other work online.

Who’s the cat in all the illustrations?

That’s Robert!

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May I see pictures of both of your cats?

Sure! The black one is Robert and the orange one is Ringo.

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What’s your favorite book?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It’s a great book for anyone looking to experience the joy of wordplay and a sense of humor with flair for puns similar to that of the Marx Brothers’. It’s a children’s book, but it has timeless lessons for everyone – namely that we should make the most of each “boring” day we’re alive.

And if you’re up for a second book, check out The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa. I have a portrait of Scrooge McDuck on the wall of my office because he’s one of my entrepreneurial heroes. [laughs]. Scrooge believes in the value of hard work and fresh ideas! It made him the richest man (duck) in the world. And Don Rosa’s graphic novel following Scrooge’s rags-to-riches origin story is beautifully illustrated, brilliantly written, and incredibly inspirational.

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