Outdated Software

When I bought a Flip camera in 2008, I also grabbed video editing software. Before buying the software, I researched for a good editor that wasn’t fancy or power-packed. Just enough to get the job done without spending much time with the user manual. With new software, I can usually dig right in. However, past … Read more Outdated Software

Life Lessons from the Olympics

I love the Olympics and look forward to them especially the summer Olympics. You can always count on the Olympics to bring out every feeling in the book. Sports also teach wonderful life lessons about endurance, perseverance, goodwill, respect, tragedy. Tragedy: Sad to say, we’ve seen tragedy. A suicidal man stabbed and killed the father-in-law … Read more Life Lessons from the Olympics

The Freelancing Flexibility Advantage

A previous blog entry discusses Freelance vs. Full Time Writing. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been discovering a big benefit of working as a freelancer. My mom role collided with my freelancer role when my son’s medical challenges erupted. Not to worry — he’s fine. I don’t mind talking about it, but it … Read more The Freelancing Flexibility Advantage

The $75,000 Writer: Follow the Dollars to Freelance Commercial Writing

Imagine This: The editor of a magazine you’ve written several pieces for says yes to a recent query. You outline the parameters of the piece and the conversation turns to money. He says, “Let’s try something a little different this time. Figure out how many hours you think it’ll take to do the piece. Factor … Read more The $75,000 Writer: Follow the Dollars to Freelance Commercial Writing

Telling the Hard Truths of the Writing Life

The winner of one full copy of Spinword PC game from Joyboost from the How to Become a Freelance Writer entry is Karen Swim! Congratulations again, Karen. It’s possible to win more than once in the blog entry prizes. This entry’s prizes are a book by Tara Calishain and AWAI’s Accelerated Six Figure Copywriting program … Read more Telling the Hard Truths of the Writing Life

How to Become a Freelance Writer

I’ve been reading Anne Wayman’s stuff for a long time beginning with her About.com page for writers. Then, I followed her to The Golden Pencil and About Freelance Writing. I don’t know how she finds the energy to manage two sites, do her regular writing work, post at least 40 writing gigs every couple of … Read more How to Become a Freelance Writer

How I Became a Full-time Freelance Writer

I generally don’t talk about myself as I accept that people don’t come here for my personality. Instead, people like you come for the information I provide that I hope helps you in your life. From reading other blogs, it looks like many love to hear how writers and freelancers went full-time. So here’s the … Read more How I Became a Full-time Freelance Writer

Sometimes the Answer Is Simple

I admit it. For a long time, figuring out rates and providing quotes was a weak area for me. It took time, practice, and hard lessons to arrive at the point where I can confidently and calmly provide a quote. Before, I’d be figuratively biting my nails as I submitted my quotes and second-guessing myself. … Read more Sometimes the Answer Is Simple

Advice from a Long-time Freelance Writer

Yuwanda Black wrote a two-part article sharing her 19 years of experience as a freelance writer. She shares wonderful insight that I’ve discovered in the past few years. Here is her list with my comments on some items: Staying abreast of technology is crucial: Lucky this isn’t an issue with me. Writing is a skill: … Read more Advice from a Long-time Freelance Writer