How I Make Money Writing and Editing Books: Freelance Income Report February 2017

Last month I posted my very first income report because I have found there is a serious lack of these reports for experts in my field (namely, books), and I want to provide some hope to those of you thinking of entering it. I want you to know that it's possible. You can feed and … Continue reading How I Make Money Writing and Editing Books: Freelance Income Report February 2017

Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

  Last week, I broke down the Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing. I've also done a three-part series covering The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of print-on-demand publishing. So what's left and why should you care? There are two main branches of self-publishing still to discuss: true self-publishing and hiring a "vanity" publisher. While … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing

When you work with manuscripts, like I do, it's important to have knowledge of the publishing industry to share with clients. Not only does it help you establish yourself as an expert, but being able to present a ghostwriting or editing client with their viable publishing options also gives you that "extra mile" reputation that … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing

Make Money with Your Fiction: Tips for Publication

If you choose to work as a freelance writer, most of your work will be commissioned and dictated by other people. It still beats the hell out of other jobs, believe me, but the job sets inherent boundaries. You have to write content relevant to a client's blog. You have to turn the client's words … Continue reading Make Money with Your Fiction: Tips for Publication

How Long Does It Take to Become a Freelance Writer?

If you're thinking about starting a freelance career, especially if you want to drop a 9 to 5 job and start freelancing full-time, one of your biggest initial questions/worries is how long it's going to take you to establish yourself. You have bills to pay, mouths to feed, all that jazz. Switching a stable job … Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Become a Freelance Writer?

Elitism in the Writing Community

Since becoming a freelance writer and editor, I've interacted with many self-publishing authors. Some become clients, and they send me their manuscripts to make sure that they produce the best product possible. They work hard, and they are good writers. Some have best-seller potential in my opinion (but, hey, what do I know, right?). That's … Continue reading Elitism in the Writing Community

Expert Roundup: The Scariest Obstacles Freelancers Face

You're in for a treat, fellow writers, because over the past two weeks I've had the privilege of chatting with ten talented, kick-butt freelancers who have agreed to give you input on some of the most daunting obstacles they faced starting out in their careers. The fact that all ten are women is a coincidence … Continue reading Expert Roundup: The Scariest Obstacles Freelancers Face

Serialized Literature is Back with Channillo

  Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Alexandre Dumas all published novels in serialized form. (The Count of Monte Cristo took 139 installments to complete!) Channillo.com is bringing back the tradition, but instead of printing out the stories in the paper, they are all accessible online for a small monthly subscription fee. When I was first … Continue reading Serialized Literature is Back with Channillo

Step 1: Land an Internship…or Several

To make money writing or editing, you have prove that you can actually do it. Listing how many manuscripts, short stories, essays, and articles you've written on your resume doesn't prove you're any good if they're all as-of-yet unpublished. But being unpublished doesn't mean you aren't good. It's a rather vicious cycle. Senior year of … Continue reading Step 1: Land an Internship…or Several