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Freelance Lies . . .

Freelance writing can be very lucrative but demands hard work and intelligent risk-taking.

Freelance Writing

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Back in 2012 I wrote a post called Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing?


Today I want to share some info from an article on Business2Community—7 Lies About Freelance Writers You Believe.

I’m only going to list the 7 Lies here—do check out the full article for the Truth :-)

#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

Have you ever freelanced?

Do you freelance now?

Think you’ll freelance in the future?
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Scratch, Scratch, Who’s Got The Money?

I’ve done 22 posts here featuring or mentioning Jane Friedman. ( If you take that link you’ll see this post, #23, since I’m tagging it with her name :-) — just scroll down a bit for the others )

Well, Jane has launched a new magazine that treats of writing and money

If you’re about to click away from this post, from fear of money or fear of writing, please first look at Jane’s Bio—extremely unique and worthy of emulation

She’s teaming up with Manjula Martin—“freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant. She has worked in different editorial capacities with KQED public media, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), Chronicle Books, Zoetrope: All-Story, POZ Magazine, and private clients. As a communications strategist, Manjula has worked with, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Net Impact. She collaborates regularly with branding firms Aid & Abet, Free Range, and Mission Minded.”

Scratch is a quarterly and will cost $20/year (with a discount if you subscribe before the first “official” edition in January) but with Jane and Manjula as editors it should be well worth the cost.

Also, they’ve released a first edition of Scratch that’s Free.

Here’s Jane revealing the purpose of Scratch:

“Very few people or publications speak openly about the economic realities of the publishing business. In our bare-it-all media culture, frank talk about money remains taboo. Writers often lack the context or insight to understand our own industry, even as that industry undergoes massive structural and economic changes. Scratch provides a home for open and sustained discussion of these experiences through high-quality content. Yes, we publish advice for writers—but we also go further, investigating the nuances of writers’ relationships to money, work, and publishing.”

Scratch will have an ongoing column called Who Pays Writers which, even though Scratch costs money, will be free to access. Here’s their description of that column:

“Who Pays Writers…collects and reports information from writers about how much magazines and websites pay. We post these reports pretty much as you submit them. We seek to be informational, not judgmental.”

Scratch also has a blog. Here’re some of the first posts’ titles ( with links :-) :

Construction Pays, Writing Doesn’t

A note on the experience of being edited

Adam Weinstein on the un-specialness of feeling poor

Atlantic’s Guide for Freelancers

Congruity: about writing and money when you’re young and a girl

I think they’re going to be rather innovative with the structure of the blog

A final word from Jane:

“If you find Scratch’s content useful, then I hope you’ll subscribe before the first issue releases in January—you’ll get a special rate if you do. Or, if a subscription isn’t for you, but you’d still like to support our mission, then consider a donation.”
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