Outdated Software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

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

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

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

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

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