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?
But, do brides-to-be rush to read “Invitation Ideas?”
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 help entrepreneurs with a vision give that vision a voice. And, since I work primarily as a ghostwriter, you can rest-assured the voice will be yours.
But that's not all I do...
I’m Also a Freelance Writer Who Advises Other Writers
In addition to giving out free e-books, sending out newsletters, and offering one-on-one mentoring; I run a multiple award-winning blog for freelance writers looking to become better freelance writers right here on LittleZotz Writing!
I was also a full-time content editor for Syed Balkhi’s Awesome Motive. Plus, I was the Managing Editor for Be a Freelance Blogger for over five years, a resident expert for the Freelance Writer's Academy, and the former Editorial Assistant for Copyblogger.
I've been a guest on numerous podcasts & radio shows, I've done interviews for newspapers & blogs, I've taught online webinars, and I've spoken at several schools.
I 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 towards helping adults and teens get started as freelance writers.
And, of Course, I’m a Writer Who is Also a Human Being
Despite what some illustrations may lead you to believe: I am not a robot! I’m a human female who was born in the mid-1980s. Before I married the love of my life, my name was Lauren Tharp. I’m permanently short, I’m temporarily fat, I have blue-ish eyes, and my hair is constantly misbehaving (I sometimes look very mad scientist-y – thank God I work from home where no one can see me!).
My parents are both amazing freelance artists. My husband, Frank Spear, is an extremely talented ghostwriter.
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 have a PC, Xbox One X, and a Nintendo 3DS. I also love board and card games.
- Watch stuff on Netflix/Hulu/Prime/Shudder/YouTube. I try to watch one movie every weekend.
- Collect dolls. Creepy or cool? You decide!
- Eat amazing food. Though a decent sandwich can be “amazing” in my book. So long as the meal has no soy (I’m very allergic) and isn’t overly spicy (insert joke about me being white [here]), I’m pretty easy to please!
- Brag about my fur babies. My cats and hamsters are a constant source of entertainment and enjoyment for me, so I tend to share their adventures with others.
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. If I missed anything here, I probably tackled it on my FAQ page!
Feel free to contact me any time to say "hi" and tell me all about you! 🙂