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Freelancing The Baby Boomer Market By Steven King

Freelancing The Baby Boomer Market By Steven King

It may seem ironic but one of the reasons I left my self-imposed retirement from freelance writing is due to the number of people who are entering into retirement age.…

I Flunked Math But I Earned $3K Writing About Economics! By Marcie Rendon

I Flunked Math But I Earned $3K Writing About Economics! By Marcie Rendon

We are often told as writers to write what we know. If you are going to make a living as a writer, it sometimes requires writing what you don't know, what you don't like, or what you find difficult. I make money by rarely saying no to a writing assignment or request.…

How A Trip To The Mall Launched My Writing Career By Steven King

How A Trip To The Mall Launched My Writing Career By Steven King

Most people would have been panicking about flying home or begging for their old job back but, rather than get all worked up, I decided to take a trip to the nearby shopping mall with hopes that a change in scenery would brighten my outlook...…

A Positive Problem! Too Much Writing Work! by Jane Thomas

A Positive Problem! Too Much Writing Work! by Jane Thomas

I remember looking out at the white mist so thick I couldn't see a tree ten yards away, and morosely contemplating the fact that this was not quite what I'd had in mind when I decided to move to Africa. Swaziland, it turns out, gets remarkably cold in the winter ...…

How Walking Filled My Mind with Creative, Lucrative Images! By Julie Guirgis

How Walking Filled My Mind with Creative, Lucrative Images! By Julie Guirgis

One day, I was sitting at my desk, in front of a blank computer screen, trying to convince a creative thought to leap from my vacant mind, to my willing fingers, and onto the page. After much strain and effort, nothing was happening. The only thing I could do was walk away, which I what did.…

Write What You Love By Jayne Thurber-Smith

Write What You Love By Jayne Thurber-Smith

Fifteen years ago, I picked up The Sports News, a new monthly wrap-up on sports activities in our Niagara Falls community, at the grocery store. Having been raised in a household with five active brothers, I am a sports fanatic. As I sat down with a coffee to read up on the different events, I noticed an ad stating the magazine was in need of a sports writer.…

I Don’t Despise My Humble Beginnings as a Writer by Julie Guirgis

I Don’t Despise My Humble Beginnings as a Writer by Julie Guirgis

At the beginning of my writing career, armed with a few publication credits, I convinced myself that it was the right time to take on higher paid publications. I eagerly scanned through magazine markets willing to pay top dollar. My eyes lit up whenever I came across listings that paid high rates ...…

How I Landed a Newspaper Column That Ran for 15 Years! by Linda Harris Sittig

How I Landed a Newspaper Column That Ran for 15 Years! by Linda Harris Sittig

I launched my freelance career by becoming a weekly newspaper columnist. My plan was to review the newest and best of children’s literature and feature accompanying tips for parents, teachers, and grandparents on how to instill the love of reading in children. As a ten-year teaching veteran, I wanted my column to provide our community with exposure to great books for children ...…

From Microsoft Layoff to Successful Freelance Career! by Sabrina Zackery

From Microsoft Layoff to Successful Freelance Career! by Sabrina Zackery

Writing has been in my blood from the day my Honors English teacher gave me an A- on my final paper. Up until that moment, I thought I was going to fail the class, never graduate, and my mother would have my head. I did graduate and went on my merry way, living a life full of twists and turns. Subsequently, I wound up putting my writing career on the back burner. When my position at Microsoft was off-shored in 2008 ...…

How to Track Your Writing Milestones for Future Inspiration! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

How to Track Your Writing Milestones for Future Inspiration! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

It's important for freelance writers to have cheering sections - supportive parents, spouses, children, friends or fellow writers. But, it's even more important for a freelancer to be his or her own biggest cheerleader. Doubts, stumbling blocks, and perceived failures abound in a writer's life so the ability to bolster one's spirits and get on with the work at hand is paramount to long-term success.…

How My Writing Led to a TV Appearance! By Monica A. Andermann

Diversify, diversify, diversify! Anyone with an investment portfolio knows this is wise advice. Don't put all your eggs in one basket, we are told. A good idea for investors perhaps, yet does this sage counsel apply to writers as well? In my experience, the answer is 'not necessarily.'…

Surprise! How a Private Online Compliment Turned into An Editing Job! By Stephanie Allen Crist

In the final year of my graduate Written Communications program, I was writing the first draft of my memoir about raising three children with autism. I worked the special education discussion groups on LinkedIn to build up my platform. In one of these discussions, a parent "expert" with a chip on his shoulder kept haranguing a guy with a doctorate - a real expert in special education. On a whim, I sent Dr. Lauer an encouraging private message. Little did I know what I was getting myself into!…

Lesser Known Magazines Provide Less Competition for Writers! By Sue Carloni

Lesser Known Magazines Provide Less Competition for Writers! By Sue Carloni

I was visiting my elderly neighbor, Agnes, when she handed me a copy of a regional magazine that I was unfamiliar with. She had picked up the free publication at the local hobby store. Agnes was aware that I was a published author. "I thought you might be able to write stories for them," she said with a smile. Her granddaughter was visiting with us. "Oh, Grandma," she scolded. "A free publication is not going to pay writers." But, I had no idea if that was true... …

Small, Niche Publications Are This Writer’s Bread And Butter! By Cindy Ladage

The freelance road is an exciting, albeit rocky one. To achieve the goal of publication, you have to be dogged, polite, tough skinned and tenacious. I always wanted to write, but was an environmental scientist in my day-to-day career. So, how did a biologist end up with several freelance writing gigs, enough to keep me busy during my retirement days? …

Sell Your Books At Art Fairs! By Kimberly Carlson

Sell Your Books At Art Fairs! By Kimberly Carlson

I was a bit skeptical of the idea of selling books at art fairs even though the idea was mine. But, I have been willing to step out of the box in order to sell my novel, Out of the Shadows. As it turned out having a little booth at art fairs has been profitable, and I sell more books than I have at book signings at Barnes and Nobles or independent bookstores. …

Create A “Possibilities Folder” And Keep Those Ideas Coming! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

Create A “Possibilities Folder” And Keep Those Ideas Coming! By Wendy Hobday Haugh

At some point, all freelancers experience brain-drain. The creative challenge of brewing and executing fresh ideas, coupled with other daily demands - children, grandchildren, aging parents, health issues - can lead to sensory overload and burnout. How can creativity thrive when it's buried beneath the worries of the world? Getting down to work when you're already ëdown' can be intensely stressful. That's when a 'possibilities folder,' thoughtfully prepared ahead of time, can be a lifesaver.…

I Finally Found Freedom! How I Quit My Corporate Job, Moved To The South China Sea, And Became A Freelance Writer By Walter (Walt) Simms

I Finally Found Freedom! How I Quit My Corporate Job, Moved To The South China Sea, And Became A Freelance Writer By Walter (Walt) Simms

Most of my life I've worked in high powered executive jobs. Power dressing, power speaking and power working - all of which came with a powerful lot of stress. I was in my mid thirties, sitting in another corporate office, beavering away for a six-figure salary I was never going to have the time to enjoy. I wanted freedom, freedom like I'd never had. Freedom from the grind of daily life, freedom from slaving away to pay the bills and, most of all, freedom to enjoy some of my time before I completely ran out of time to enjoy! …

Want To Turn ON Your Muse? Turn OFF The Internet! By Diane Stark

Recently, my home Internet service was out for three days. When my teenage children awoke and discovered this travesty of justice, they joked that they may as well go back to bed. I wasn't happy about it, either. After all, I'm a writer, and I need the Internet to work... …