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Freelance Writing Challenges


Are you a writer who needs more money?

Writing for Money

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My experience shows that most writers need more.

I wonder how many feel they’re capable of doing some freelancing…

Here are a few past posts I’ve written.

Freelance Lies . . .

Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing?

Scratch, Scratch, Who’s Got The Money?

But, to get more specific about how to prepare for freelance writing, I’ll reference an article from Living Well, Spending Less called, How to Make Money as a Freelance Writer.

Naturally, if you have a strong interest in freelancing, I suggest you go read the full article; but, here are the bullet points:

1. Determine Your Writing Niches
2. Start Acquiring Samples
3. Establish a Web Home Base
4. Develop a Pitch
5. Pitch, Pitch, Pitch

Obviously, listing the skeleton like that makes it look simple, even if full of work…

Reading the article will nicely fill-in the experience and expertise of author, Ruth Soukup.

Of course, to freelance you need time; and, if you’re a creative writer, you may feel you just don’t have enough time.

Try this article from Make A Living WritingHow I Found 70 Extra Hours a Month to Boost My Freelance Writing Career.

But, even with the time to do that freelancing, you may need some help

Freelancers Union has the article, 5 Free Online Tools for Freelance Writers.

And, The Write Life has, 9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs.

To round-out this primer on freelance writing challenges, I’ll quote from that first, past post of mine, Freelance Lies:

#1 – Freelance writers must have deep tech/industry experience

#2 – Freelance writers need an English or journalism degree to be good

#3 – Freelance writers outsource the work and sit back collecting your money

#4 – Freelance writers are schedule-free spirits

#5 – Freelance writers have an easy job

#6 – Freelance writers overcharge

#7 – Freelance writers have low overhead so it’s all fun and profit

If you’ve done freelance writing, perhaps you’d share a bit of your experience in the Comments?
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How To Find The Right Editor and Other Exciting Adventures


The other exciting adventures in the title refer mostly to my experiences with typos, in my books and others’.

If you can’t conceive of that being exciting, you probably haven’t slaved away on a piece of writing, looked for typos, had others look for typos, published the piece, then found typos

I’ve related some of my experience with typos here before and, in case you haven’t noticed, even the highest quality books from most prestigious publishers can have a typo or two.

Of course, editors come in different flavors and some only report typos for fun, paying attention to other things like story structure, voice, and continuity.

And, you can read other posts on this blog about adventures with editors.

Before I share some tips on finding the right editor, I want to give a shout-out to the editor who worked with me on Notes from An Alien and will be there for my next two books—along with a woman who will also be editing those next two books who just happens to be an author and my best friend :-)

My first editor, Laura Linneman, is willing to be contacted for work; and, a friend of mine from virtual world experiences is also someone worth contacting, Carole Cudnik.

But, just because an editor worked for me or interacted with me or is my best friend is no reason for you to consider them for your own work.

Do you have a method of judging whether any particular editor is right for you? [and, if you haven’t even considered writing a book, you may someday write an article for work or a newspaper; or even, want an editor for a blog]

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you probably seen a number of posts featuring Jane Friedman.

She “has spent more than 15 years in the publishing industry as an editor, publisher, and professor. Currently she serves as the web editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), based at the University of Virginia, where she also teaches digital publishing and online writing. Her newest digital media initiative is Scratch Magazinea quarterly magazine all about the intersection of writing and money.”

Jane recently had a guest post by Stacy Ennis, “a book and magazine editor, writer, book coach, and speaker

That post, 5 Ways to Find the Right Freelance Book Editor, might be information that could help you in searching for the right editor.

I’ll list the titles of those 5 ways to find the right freelance editor but encourage you to go to the article and read it for what Stacy has to say about them:

1. Look for someone with experience.

2. Find a qualified editor that brings good energy to the process.

3. Look in the right places.

4. Interview the editor’s past clients.

5. Interview the editor and work on a sample chapter together.

If you have tips or experiences to share about finding the right editor, please share in the Comments!
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