Write Your Own Check
Considering a career in freelance writing? Already a freelancer but seeking practical, solid advice on the basics of the business? Get a Freelance Life is the complete guide to all aspects of a freelance writing career, straight from the creators of mediabistro.com—the nation’s most connected, authoritative source for media professionals.
Learn how to:
• Write compelling pitch letters
• Network with the best in the magazine and newspaper industry
• Understand the freelance market and detect its changes
• Self-edit and rewrite your work
• Manage tight deadlines
• Negotiate contracts
• Survive the financial ups and downs of the freelance life
With plenty of insider advice and tips from the most successful freelance writers and editors in the country, Get a Freelance Life is a must-have resource for turning your freelance gigs into a full-fledged writing career.
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|Title of Mystery & Detective eBook: Get a Freelance Life|
|Release Date: 12-18-2007|
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|Publisher: Crown Publishing Group|
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Get a Freelance Life
PART I: Are You Ready to Be Free?
Chapter 1: Is Freelancing Right for You?
Things to Consider Before Taking the Plunge
So you want to be a freelance writer. Welcome to the club. There are many wannabe freelancers out there but only a limited number of talented, dedicated, motivated, hardworking, and successful freelance writers. It’s not that it’s an impossible goal; it’s that freelance writing is hard and demanding work—although potentially very rewarding. It’s doable, if you’re cut out for it. Here are eleven questions to ask yourself before deciding whether freelancing is right for you.
1. Do you like being alone?
Working at home is certainly a luxury—you can sleep in, work in your PJs, take a break when the sun is out, or meet friends for a long lunch. But it can also be lonely. There’s nobody standing at the water cooler (or at your fridge) waiting to discuss last night’s reality-TV program. There’s nobody to vent to after an editor asks you for the third rewrite of a piece that was a bore from the beginning. And you have only yourself to rely on when trying to come up with a catchy headline.
The good news is that many writers have developed creative techniques to deal with this isolation: heading to a coffee shop every morning for a cup of joe, the newspaper, and some conversation; weekly meetings with different editors; a class at a nearby college; regularly scheduled lunches; volunteering a few hours a week; or even partaking in online discussion groups.
Loneliness will kick in, so be sure you can handle it. And have a plan to ni