Ruby Bayan is a freelance writer who likes to share her simple joys.
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They Published My Words

~ Online ~

* 2Camels.com
* AbsoluteWrite.com
* AtTheFence.com
* BalitangMarino.com
* Bundok Philippines
* CyberTip4theDay
* Efelisite.com
* eHow.com
* EveryWriter.com
* Families-First.com
* Fitnesslink.com
* Foundation for a Better Life
* iAgora.com
* HelpingOurselves.com
* iVillage.com
* Keystrokes Magazine
* Lodging.com
* Magi21.com
* Meralco Mountaineers Basecamp
* New2USA.com
* OntheBrightSide.com
* Pagewise.com
* PowerhouseGym.com
* RightPet.com
* Soulgear.com
* SoultoSpirit.com
* SpeciesInDanger.com
* Skyword.com
* Stringing Magazine
* Suite101.com
* TechRepublic.com
* Themestream.com
* TotalLifeSuccess.com
* WebSeed Publishing
* WhOOdoo.com
* Windowbox.com
* WorldwideFreelance.com * WriteEdge.com
* WriteForCash.com
* Writer's Resource Center

~ Books ~
* Angels in Disguise: When God Sends Animals to Comfort Us
* LandingYour Next IT Job
* Listening to the Animals
* Simple Touch of Fate

~ Magazines ~
* Batingaw Values
* Daigdig Pinoy
* EcoFlorida Magazine
* EnergyforWomen Mag.
* Imprint Magazine
* LifeLine Magazine
* Link-Up Magazine
* Playboy Philippines
* The Path
* Transitions Abroad

~ Newspapers ~
* The Orlando Sentinel
* Basta Pinoy News


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WRITING ARTICLES

At the top right corner of this page is a scan of LifeLine Magazine, the very first publication that paid me for my writing back in 1996.

Edwin Gobaleza, a dear friend and fellow-mountaineer, who was *impressed* with the monthly newsletter that I wrote/designed/published for our mountaineering club, recommended me to the LifeLine editor. Alex Medina quickly signed me up as a Contributing Editor. My regular column was... you guessed it... "Simple Joys"!

My writing career, however, officially started only after I left my day job and moved to the US in 1998. One of the articles I've written about the writing craft (see link below) touches on how I embarked on writing for the online media (if you're an aspiring writer, check it out -- I assure you, you'll learn a thing or two!).

I've worn many hats since I started working for a living, but my freelance writer hat remains my favorite. Maybe one day I'll surprise the world by coming out with a book.

Inspiring Readers on Opposite Sides of the Globe - Catering to worlds apart, I shift my perspective between American and Asian to effectively relay my message.

Online Writing -- My Ticket to Success - How I jumpstarted my fulltime freelance writing career.

Want to Write Non-Fiction? Get a Life! - I had a tough time writing fiction, so I thought non-fiction would be easier. Not.

Inspiring the Inspirational Writer - There's something about writing inspirational stuff... it makes me feel good inside.

A Writer Needing a Break - Sometimes writers need to know their place in the grand scheme of things.

My regular gigs and latest published articles are listed in my index page.


A Special Section for Aspiring Writers:

"How does one become a writer, Mom?"

"Hmm. Good question, Son. I'm still working (uhm, scrambling) my way to fortune and fame as a writer, but this is the phase (the scrambling phase!) in one's career when the most lessons are learned. I would gladly share these lessons with you in my Web site, where you can visit whenever you have the need to learn something new. And maybe we can have other aspiring writers 'sit-in' and learn the ropes with us."

YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER?
[Tips. Tricks. Thoughts.]


Heartwarmers and Simple Joys:

Hello Ms. Ruby!

You probably don't remember me anymore, but I initially dropped you an email way back in 2005 when I started thinking of venturing into freelance writing. =) I want to thank you again for being so patient with me and answering my questions about my initial concerns. Your advice has been very helpful. I am holding a full-time editorial job, but I'm starting to do freelance writing on the side. ... I wouldn't have had the confidence to start somewhere if it hadn't been for your kind advice. So at the risk of being redundant, I really want to thank you again. =)

Best regards.
Jenny S., Philippines

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Hello Ruby,

Wonderful website. I can't thank you enough for your consideration of others who have a hard time finding the right market. Your website is certainly a boost to one's confidence in getting published.

Thank you so much,
Diana L., Japan

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Dear Ruby,

I'm not really sure how I stumbled onto your web page, but I'm grateful for the valuable information about freelance writing I have received. I've read many of your articles, and they have been very inspiring.

I've been trying to sort out the steps I need to take to get into the freelance writing market for a long time. The information you reveal in your "Tips for Aspiring Writers" draws out the process clearer than anything I've ever read on the subject.

Your words helped me finally take my first steps into freelance writing. Thank you.

Sincerely,
J. T. Lindsey, Great Falls, Montana

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Hi Ruby,

I visited your online writing site at http://www.oursimplejoys.com and was captivated reading several of your articles. I found your nutritional and weight maintainance articles insightful and *very* helpful. Your article on the Magic of Tears on Suite101 was wonderful. I look forward to exploring all of your writing articles and tips. After reading your article about your transition from print to online writing. I have become very inspired. Thank you! I truly enjoy your articles!

Warmest Regards,
Hani F. Saigh, Capitola, California

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Dear Ruby,

What a find! I was at a low as a writer, doubting my decision to try and make it in the freelance writing world. I am an established writer who is embarking on a fulltime freelance career... Now that I'm attempting to drum up work solely on my talent and quest for knowledge, I've begun to grow nervous that I don't have what it takes. I read your writing section on your Web site and feel renewed hope! It is hard out here sometimes and I appreciate the time and effort you put in to helping other writers strive to do and live their best!

Kimberley M., Nevada

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Dear Ruby,

I've been a frequent visitor of your website and your Suite101.com columns for several months now. Last year was a trial for me - first I lost my job, and then my father died. And while I was picking up the pieces, one thing became clear: I should start again and follow my bliss. I've always wanted to be a writer, but I've never really thought of it as a full-time career. Your site has not only inspired and motivated me, it has also given me practical tips on how to get started as a writer.

I'm currently taking courses in graphic and web design, and next month I'm launching my business, doing freelance writing and web design. Thanks a lot for putting up your website, because I'm learning a lot from it - it's like having you as my personal coach or mentor!

Best regards,
M.P.O., Salzburg, Austria

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Dear Ruby,

Well, it's my 39th birthday today. I woke up at 3:30 a.m. with my life on my mind. I won't go into the details. :-) I came across your web site and was very impressed and inspired. I just wanted to thank you. I recently re-started working on a personal experience-observations-inspiration book of my own and I have to re-inspire myself every day to live as well as to write. Your web site helped. I created a new bookmark folder called "writing" and added your site as the first bookmark there. I'll be back to read more. Thanks again.

Ken Freeman

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Hello Ruby,

I just came across your site and it was unbelievably helpful. I want to jump start my career as a freelance writer, and I feel the knowledge you have shared will help me vastly. I am currently a student and a full time mother but writing is my passion. Thank you again for giving me hope that I can make it!

Araceli Ojeda, Illinois, USA

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Dearest Ruby,

Thank you for your beautiful and insightful web page. I am a writer who has spent the last 12 years in publishing. Currently I am an owner of a company I went to work for nine years ago.

My dream has always been to support myself freelancing so that I can spend more time creating the children's picture books I am passionate about. You have encouraged me greatly and I am grateful!

Blessings of great joy in all you do.

Jorrie

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Ruby,

I appreciated (finding) your site. Your approach and information is welcome, and helpful.
...
My first impression of your site was a strong degree of unconditional guidance. The key word being 'unconditional' because from the first word it speaks to the heart of a writer trying to navigate treacherous waters in pursuit of their dream . . . that magical place where we can provide for ourselves (family), and hopefully fund our 'projects.'

Within seconds your reader is fed sound direction (to other sites) that takes them away from your site, perhaps never to return . . . that's faith.
...
Mark H.

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Dear Ruby,

Last night I got word that my job as a Freelance TV Reporter for a news start-up was cancelled because the show folded. Terrible news, to be unexpectedly out of a job. I've been writing a book on the side however, but I never really gave much thought to the fact that I could make writing a full-time career. I guess I was unsure where to start. Your website is simply outstanding. I bookmarked almost all of your links, after checking them out, and I am duly impressed. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel knowing that even though losing my job was not my choice -- getting a new one that I will like just as much is. Thank you for helping me figure out how to take that first step!

Stasha W.
Seattle

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Ruby,

What a wonderful thing you have done. I can't believe someone would put so much time and effort into helping complete strangers with their dreams.

For most of my adult life I've stumbled around from job to job because to the core of my being, I am a writer. I am a poet. But I never knew how to get started. With every term paper or research paper I turned in at college the teachers would say, "have you ever thought about writing for a living", but no one could tell me how to begin.

I am so thankful I happened onto your site. You've provided enough info and tools for me to at least attempt to begin a writing career. I can't thank you enough. God bless you for your efforts.

Sincerely,
Penny

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How To Build A Writer's Site - A Tutorial by Ruby Bayan
How To Build A Writer's Site:
Tips To Effectively Showcase Your Writing
Now Available Online


Tips for
Aspiring Writers

* Where to Look for Freelance Writing Jobs

* ExploreWriting - a UK-based site; "an extensive resource for writers; how to write almost anything."

* Writer's Beat - a writing community; "participate in several writing topic forums and browse thousands of posts."

* Also, you may earn some good money as a freelancer by writing articles with ThePensters.


Links to Writing Links!

* The Writer Gazette - One of the best online resources for writers.

* Writer's Digest - 101 Best Web Sites for Writers


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