There’s nothing like depositing cold, hard cash earned from hours spent at the keyboard. Money to pay the bills, afford a vacation and buy the things you need. In small bursts of time, writers will be surprised at what they can accomplish in short projects to boost a bank account and improve self-confidence.
Such vital victories propel writers forward, Loriann believes. She has seen this in her own writing career, which began both out of a desire to be share information and be publishes as well as out of necessity. Loriann never saw herself as a published author when she began decades ago, graduating from college in the midst of a recession in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. It was hard to find full-time jobs for those with a liberal arts focus, let alone a writing or broadcasting major. This didn’t daunt her forever and she still smiles when she remembers the compliments paid by some college friends—namely how she took her passion for writing and found ways to earn money from her skill set.
That’s precisely what she did as a contributor to newspapers and magazines. She was a contributor to the Pittsburgh Press, which merged with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette years later. Loriann contributed community news, business profiles, health and lifestyle features. She went on to write a monthly work-at-home column for the Pittsburgh Business-Times.
Concurrently, she contributed to community, bridal, parenting, and senior magazines working her way from small contributions to airline magazine cover stories. Loriann represented Elegant Bride magazine on numerous press trips to contribute honeymoon travel articles; she increased her income by re-slanting that research to other markets, namely Parents, Parenting, The Saturday Evening Post, USAir Magazine, and regional parenting publications. Teaching others the techniques to become published themselves, Ms. Oberlin taught freelance writing at community colleges, at the informal program of the University of Pittsburgh, Writer’s Digest School, and at many writer’s conferences.
Books and More Books
In 1995, Writer’s Digest Books featured her knowledge in Writing for Money, which got featured in the Writer’s Digest Book Club, Literary Guild, and Doubleday Book Clubs. This book’s success started her down the path of book authorship. Years later, AMACOM published Writing for Quick Cash, which became a course in the former Barnes & Noble University.
Current titles in print include Surviving Separation and Divorce, The Angry Child and Overcoming Passive-Aggression. After a move to Maryland and subsequently to the Eastern Shore, Loriann wrote two novels using the pen name of Lauren Monroe. Letting Go: Book One of The Maryland Shores and Second Chances: Book Two of The Maryland Shores are women’s fiction novels featuring strong, career-minded women who re-start their lives after losses of various kinds. She’s at work on a third.
In 2006, Loriann Oberlin completed her master’s degree in clinical counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She admits to not writing much beyond a progress note or resume during those years she completed the requisite clinical hours and beginning a private practice. But as always happens when attending a writing conference, Loriann took to the keyboard again to create novels under her pen name of Lauren Monroe and additional non-fiction.
Make $$$ Writing
Writing to Make Money is her new series for writers, students, retirees, or professionals and small business owners who want to capitalize on their writing skill to add income to their bank accounts, promote their products or services, enhance their images, or simply write for self-expression but earn money in the process. She’s uniquely equipped to be the cheerleader for writers with her base of cognitive-behavioral tips and encouragement to set realistic goals, work efficiently, save money, and steer clear of get-rich-quick fantasies. As has always been the case, Loriann writes real.
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