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A Traffic Jam of Ideas By Diane Stark

A Traffic Jam of Ideas By Diane Stark

Sitting in that traffic jam, I attempted to count up how many article ideas and query letters I had sitting half-finished on my hard drive. I lost count at more than 30.…

How I Landed A $50,000 Editing Gig…With No Professional Editing Experience! By Laura Pennington

How I Landed A $50,000 Editing Gig…With No Professional Editing Experience! By Laura Pennington

One of the greatest accomplishments of my freelancing career was landing a $50,000 book editing deal less than 18 months in. Bear in mind that up to this point most of my experience with editing had been quite small in comparison. I had looked over a couple of people's academic papers and edited my own master's thesis. But I had never handled a project of this size.…

Make Money By Putting ALL Your Eggs Into One Basket! By Monica A. Andermann

Make Money By Putting ALL Your Eggs Into One Basket! By Monica A. Andermann

OK, I'll admit it. Sometimes I'm a chicken. I prefer the tried and true to going out on a limb and experiencing something new any day. I shop in the same stores, vacation at the same resort and order the same entree at my usual restaurant. I never even crack open the menu. It works for me, so why change?…

Three Paying Christian Markets For Writers By Julie Guirgis

Three Paying Christian Markets For Writers By Julie Guirgis

After writing for secular publications, I was looking for a new market to tap into. I knew that having a wide net of markets to write for would increase my chance of publication, and add to my income. I turned to writing for the Christian market as it incorporates thousands of publications that touch nearly every aspect of life and faith. With its diversity of markets, often boasting large readerships and broad spectrums of content, the Christian niche presented a wonderful opportunity for me.…

From Layoff, to Chronic Illness, to Amazing Freelance Writing Success! By Wendy McCance

From Layoff, to Chronic Illness, to Amazing Freelance Writing Success! By Wendy McCance

Back in 2009, I would never have been able to predict that I would end up in a dream career working as a freelance writer. I also would never have predicted how hard I would truly hit bottom before I saw my dream become a reality. The year 2009 was right in the middle of the economic fallout the United States was struggling through. Back then, I had a big home in an upper-class neighborhood and my husband and I both worked for a truck plant. When the economy took a turn for the worse, the plant closed. My husband and I ended up losing our jobs, home and savings. With three children, we scrambled to get our footing.…

How Translating One Poem Led To A Profitable Spin-off Service! By Pamela Allegretto

How Translating One Poem Led To A Profitable Spin-off Service! By Pamela Allegretto

Until I stumbled into this little side gig of translating Italian poetry, my idea of poetry didn't go much further than "Roses are red..." etc., etc. Occasionally, I read, and reread, and tried to understand some of the poetry published in The New Yorker. First of all, it didn't rhyme, so that threw me off. Then, on many occasions, even after a third or fourth read, I was still asking: "Say what?" I must have snoozed through the poetry segment in English class because all this free flowing thought was a puzzle to me. And now, I was being asked to translate it.…

The Profitable Pros and Concerning Cons of “Single-Subject Writing” By Wendy Hobday Haugh

The Profitable Pros and Concerning Cons of “Single-Subject Writing” By Wendy Hobday Haugh

Getting extra mileage from an interview by writing multiple articles on the same subject, each with a different slant, not only nets bylines and paychecks, but also helps freelancers develop a more intuitive, multi-dimensional approach to interviewing. This may sound like a no-brainer. But, sometimes a writer gets so caught up in pursuing exciting new topics it becomes incredibly easy to overlook the many additional stories that a past interview might provide. …

10 Creative Book Signing Tips to SELL MORE BOOKS! By William S. Creed

10 Creative Book Signing Tips to SELL MORE BOOKS! By William S. Creed

Half or more of published books are now self-published. I published my books myself and was set to 'reveal' by wonderfulness to the world. However, after selling it to friends and relatives, I still had boxes in my garage. My writing career was talking a dip! It was obvious, if I were going to sell those books, I would have to be my own promoter...…

Caring For My Dad Inspired Me To Return To The Writing Life By Julie Guirgis

Caring For My Dad Inspired Me To Return To The Writing Life By Julie Guirgis

When my father's dementia started to decline, I cut back on work to look after him. Facing the constant barrage of demands of looking after someone with dementia, my soul was craving more. I needed an outlet to stimulate my mind and something outside of caring. Not only did I want something to distract me from looking after Dad, but also something I could profit from financially.…

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