Wow, this is sad, isn't it? I'm in... not a rut, so much as a ditch, really.
One thing that's got me stuck: Say I want to pitch a story, or apply for a writing or copy-editing job. My weak point is self-promotion. How do I convince potential employers that I am better than everyone else they're sorting through, when all I know about everyone else is that they are at least as qualified as I am, or they wouldn't be my competition. How do I figure out what I, and no one else, has to offer, that makes me better for the job than anyone else? (Besides the fact that I'll work cheap -- I don't want to advertise that too much!)
How do you figure it out? Do you have any helpful hints?