Thursday, November 9, 2017

Freelance Writing

I know I have been away for a while now.  I took a second job, I've been thinking about getting a new vehicle, I've been working on getting my research together for a future trip, and the BIGGEST thing...I've decided to become a freelance writer.

Freelance writing...This is one of those things where you start out asking yourself "what the fuck am I doing?"  I'm sure it changes after a while, but I'm still in the WTF stage.  I have a handful of articles.  I've sent out some queries or the full article, depending on where I'm sending stuff.

Now I wait.

I know that editors are crazy busy.  I would just like to make some money.

If you're reading this and you're like "I could do give that a try".  I would suggest this book: Handbook of Magazine Article Writing.  Edited by Michelle Ruberg.  Published by Writer's Digest.  I found my copy at Barnes and Noble.  It's been SUPER useful!!!

I also have a spreadsheet going so I can keep track of stuff.  Things I keep track of in my spreadsheet:

  • Article Name
  • Where I Submitted (publication name)
  • Type of Submission (pitch or article)
  • Submission Date
  • Result
  • Money
  • Word Count
I'm currently working on a few new articles.  Once I have them written, I can pitch those.  I should probably submit my articles to some new places.

My personal writing goal is to start making a solid $2000/mo.  Right now, I'm at $0/mo from my writing.  Hopefully that changes soon!