What’s Your Niche?
As a writer, are you aware of your niche? If not, take the time to discover your talent! Each and every one of us is a unique being, with differing talents and special abilities. Yes, you are a writer…but what kind of writer? Are you an open and honest writer, connecting to your audience by sharing raw emotion? Or are you more of a sarcastic, dry writer, pointing out mundane idiosyncrasies of everyday life that strike a chord with your readers?
If you are unsure of your niche in the writing world, take the time to write—or rewrite—your bio. Describe yourself, your background, your driving force in two to three short paragraphs. Here’s mine:
I am a writer, editor and social media expert with 13 years combined experience in the journalism and publishing fields, both online and in print. Originally a small town gal from Tennessee, I grew up in the Atlanta area. After marrying my college sweetheart I relocated to Pennsylvania where my husband and I are now raising our son and daughter in the suburbs of Philly.
I became a Traveling Soul at my mother’s insistence that I meet a friend who was starting a publishing company. I was out of work for the first time in my career and looking for my next venture. I was lucky enough to land a job in my chosen field of journalism straight out of college, and remained there for 12 years, moving up through the typical ranks. Now I was looking for not just a job, but a creative and purposeful outlet. An outlet that not only benefits me, but one that inspires those who come in contact with my work. And that’s where Robyn came into the picture.
Sometimes people come into your life exactly when you need them to arrive. After several months of searching for my meaning, my purpose in this new life I was creating for myself, I finally met Robyn. She now tells me that she knew a year out from our meeting that our paths would eventually cross. I am so glad they did. I believe I have found my own purpose here with The Traveling Soul Press, a place for spiritually minded people. I have a lot to learn about the spirit world, but I feel an attraction—a grounding, really—in the knowledge that we are holistic beings with a mind-body relationship. As I open my mind and fill my being with purpose, I look forward to helping others on similar journeys.
From my bio, you learn that I am a wife and a mother, and that I am a southerner transplanted in the north. I also reveal that creative expression is essential to me, and that I have a strong faith that most everything happens for a reason. That, my friends, is my niche—my specialty area…writing about life as a Yankee-belle, raising my two kids alongside my husband while trying to remain free-spirited.
Take a look at your bio. What stands out to you? After writing those two to three short paragraphs paraphrasing yourself, what two to three sentences stick out as YOU? There’s your niche!
(I’d love to get a glimpse of our blog readership! Please feel free to post your bio and your discovered niche in the comments section.)