Didn’t manage to catch our FB Live with Chan Li Jin about making it as a writer?
You can watch the replay below where she spoke about writing as a business and career.
Li Jin has 20+ years of experience as a writer and health journalist. She made writing her business because she was a young mother with children and her tourist guide job couldn’t be counted on to sustain her family.
What’s amazing is that Li Jin started only when she was 30 years old and over the next 20 years, she worked so hard that she nearly went blind! She said that her writing produced a five-figure income which helped put her children through school and university!
Jin has written for Reader’s Digest Asia, Urban Health, and Malaysian Women’s Weekly in the past two decades. She turned her childhood writing passion into a career when she turned 30 – she began writing articles for websites!
Over time, she decided to specialise in health writing as she was passionate about medical and health issues. Soon after, she involved herself in advocacy, humanitarian work and community development.
We got Li Jin to answer these questions that every newbie writer or freelance writer or copywriter has in mind:
- Can you actually make money from writing?
- Can you teach me to become a better writer? How and where do I get started?
- Is there a secret formula to getting paid writing gigs?
- How do I carve a niche for myself in a saturated writing market?
- Do I need to specialise to make it as a writer?
She eventually came to co-author the book, ‘Immunisation Controversies’ with two of Malaysia’s leading paediatricians, and served in several medical NGOs before settling in a health technology company driving medical innovations today.
Besides writing, Li Jin who is a mother of four grown-up children holds a certificate in Permaculture Design by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and was the founder of SUBUR Community Gardens, a social enterprise that hopes to encourage people to learn about sustainability and understand their food source.
This Johor native who has made her home in Kuala Lumpur is a keen gardener with an interest in sustainable living such as composting, companion planting, soil creation and seed-saving.
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