Tag Archive: business of writing

I need good business cards, cheap, and without murder

Business cards are still a thing for some damn reason. I’ve had them over the years in my capacity as an editor, journalist, social media dude & advertising agency guy, and so on, but I do not have them as a freelancer. Just never really needed them, since most of my business comes by referral. I feel like I’ve got to remedy that, though, and they’ve got to look professional. And design, maybe. I probably need a good, basic, but attractive design. So your recommendations are not only welcome, I’m asking for them! There are a million and a half cheap-o printing services out there who do business cards. I worked with several during my time as co-founder of a little advertising agency, though it…
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Funding Your New Career As A Freelance Writer

Contributed Post (Image Credit) So, you want to get into writing? Well, without any previous experience or qualifications, you may have to start off by yourself. This means finding or creating your own work and trying to get paid for it. Of course, this is a bumpy trail, and it can be hard to get started. So, to help you out, this post will go through some of the best ways to start getting your freelance finances together. When you first start out, you may only have your final paycheck from your last job. Or, if you’re really unlucky, you might not have anything. So, you may need some help from family and friends. If you’re renting a property by yourself, see if you can…
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Interactive Content Services, a jackass company for jackasses staffed by jackasses

Recently saw a help wanted ad seeking an online reporter, a part-time telecommute position involving doing stuff I’ve done for, oh, the last 15 years or so. Perfect. More work is always (okay, usually) good. I could slot that work into my freelance schedule, add a little income, and stay sane in the process. I applied, providing many writing samples when I did, as requested. This is the response I got, in full, from jobs@contentservices.co: Dear Eric, Thank you for your interest in the company and for sending me your samples. You have been identified as a possible reporter candidate for our group of legal journalism websites and newspapers. As stated in the job posting, the average pay for these types of stories is $24 each. However,…
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How I got published, part 6 – all that other stuff

There is a lot of stuff they don’t tell you about getting a book published. You hear about the process of writing, and crafting cover letters, and how to approach agents and publishers, and on and on and on, but what about all the stuff the happens after you secure a deal? No one tells you about that. By this point I had done a pretty good job of educating myself on The Process. Thanks to loads of reading — books, articles, and blogs — I knew what to expect at almost every step of the way. But I had no idea what would come after we had gotten a contract. Well, here’s what happens: You still have a whole helluva lot of work to…
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Grappling with the business of writing

Writing isn’t just writing, it’s reading and knowing how to sell yourself and how to query or submit to a publisher and a million other things that aren’t the actual process of writing. Oh, first and foremost you’ve got to be able to string words together in an interesting way — it’s the most important thing, no question about that — but when you’re all done making with the wording what do you do with it? It’s easy to stagger around blindly at that stage. All this mess about query letters and proposals and cover letters markets — writers want to WRITE, they don’t want to bother with that stuff! But you HAVE to if you ever want it to be more than a hobby….
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