5 Things I Wished I had Known Before Becoming a Freelancer

5 Things I Wished I had Known Before Becoming a Freelancer

5 Things I Wished I had Known Before Becoming a FreelancerSo our “5 Things” series on Emerald Musings is coming to an end.  Before that happens, I definitely want to thank all our wonderful contributors — there is no way that I could have done this without you!  So without further ado, here is my humble contribution to the series.

Five Things I Wished I Had Known Before Becoming a Freelancer

 The Right Client Will Pay What You’re Worth — So Demand it.

In the beginning of my freelance career I fell into the common trap of thinking that in order to be competitive, I had to price my services low enough that someone would give me a chance.  I worked for the content mills and priced my services out at prices so far below the going market rate that I was sure that I would get the opportunities and shine like never before.

And not surprisingly, there were clients out there that were happy enough to pay me the likes of $0.0005 per word, or even $0.001 per word if I was lucky.

Do you know what was also not surprising?  The fact that I was working nearly 80 hours a week just to make ends meet.  If I wanted to do that, I could have easily stayed at my grueling 9-5 job.  No thank you.

Here’s the truth — Clients will pay you what you demand, as long as your quality justifies it.  If you can show that your work is great enough to justify $50 – $60 an hour or $2.00 per word then, by all means, charge it and only negotiate to a minimum that you are comfortable with.  Will there be potential clients that scoff at you and walk away from what you offer?  Yes.  But honestly, in the long run, the clients that do take you up on your offer will be the ones that are worth having.

A Call for Guest Submissions

“Check This _____ Out!” A Call for Guest Submissions

Hello, Everyone, As you know, for the months of April and May, Emerald Musings has a great series of guest posts lined up to keep you entertained and informed.  You can find the brave contributors here, and I strongly suggest you get to know them outside of Emerald Musings.  After all, they are clearly wonderful

The Emerald Musings 5 Things I Wish I Had Known Series Begins in April

The Emerald Musings “5 Things I Wish I Had Known” Series Begins in April

Greetings, Everyone! Since I’ve managed to get some wonderful guest post contributions over the years, I decided to go to the well again and see what I could get.  And you ladies and gentlemen certainly didn’t disappoint!  So, starting in April, we’re featuring a new guest post on every Friday that follows the theme of

 The Daddy Track

A Review of The Daddy Track by Allison Leigh, Illustrated by Mayu Takayama

Overall Summary: When Nate’s friend and colleague dies in an accident after replacing Nate on a business trip, Nate is determined to make amends with his family and gain some sort of atonement.  He offers to help out his friend’s sister, Jordan, who is busy raising a pair of twins and running a cafe.  As their

When Writing Becomes a Bore…

If you’re a writer or an artist, I can almost promise you that you’ve felt the need to throw your keyboard or pad and pencil far away.  Creating anything can be at times gloriously frustrating.  For those of us who write for a living,  it can quickly turn into a situation where the desire to

Adriana K. Weinert

Author Interview Blitz: Adriana K. Weinert

Today we’re welcoming Adriana K. Weinert to the Emerald Musings blog as we wind down our Author Interview Blitz!  Adriana is an upcoming author after my own heart, having a Ph.D. in molecular biology, and a drive to write speculative fiction.  You can find her blog at Catching Words.

Question # 1:  Let’s start with a fun question– Why do you write?

Adriana K. Weinert

Adriana K. Weinert

There is nothing else in the world, no activity other than writing that makes me feel fulfilled. For years I tried to become something else—a scientist—and perhaps I managed. But now I know the difference between finding the right path in life and a path that, if not wrong, is at least not the one where what I do makes me whole. Writing is still work for me but it’s not difficult. It makes me feel whole.

Question # 2: What is one “piece of writing advice” that you wish you’d never taken?

Actually all of them! For a while, I tried to force my writing into a certain predefined shape, but the result was mostly frustration. I have as yet not found a single piece of advice that completely fitted the way I am and the way I write (Elizabeth Percer’s Nine Non-Rules of Writing are perhaps an exception). I don’t believe general rules will help a writer thrive and write sustainably, as we are all individuals.

But if I have to pick out one type of advice that I wished I had never come across, it would be an advice on the actual mechanics of writing i.e. how often and how much per session a writer should write. Following such advice almost bottled up my creativity in a bubble of guilt. I’m not saying that one shouldn’t strive to improve. But love for the craft rather than oppressive guilt turned out to be a much stronger motivator for me. So I scrapped the Excel sheet where I kept a log of my daily word count and focused on trusting myself instead.

Dee Willson

Author Interview Blitz: Dee Willson

The Emerald Musings Author Interview Blitz continues into September with a conversation with the fan favorite Dee Willson, author of A Keeper’s Truth.  We’ve taken a look at her book previously on Emerald Musings, and it’s a great pleasure to welcome her to our interview room!  So without further ado… let the five questions begin!

Question # 1:  Let’s start with something fun. Why do you write?

There are times I’d say I write because I need to. For me, writing is an outlet, an escape, and I can’t imagine a better way to spend my time. Other times, writing is a job, one I take seriously.

Question # 2: What is the one piece of writing advice you wish you’d never taken?

“Keep your rear-end in the chair.” Sure, a writer should write, but sometimes life gets in the way, demanding attention, and adding guilt to the recipe isn’t good for the writer or the work. Write when you can. And when you can’t write, give yourself a break.

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