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Rate Rant

Just HAVE to share this! A month or so ago I was offered a gig to do some extensive proofreading/editing of a detailed business operations manual, some 200-250 pages. The rate the client offered was 33 CENTS PER PAGE!!! That was my joke of the week! REALLY???? What writer/editor worth their salt would work for that rate – in THIS country??? They might as well have offered my a handful of peanuts!

Fall Update

Hard to believe this year is already more than half over and Fall has just begun. And what a year it’s been for this writer. Quite a mix of the good, the bad , and the ugly. At this point I’m trying to get back into blogging (instead of or in addition to writing for clients) so I’m starting with updating this blog and website. I’m also on a bit of a hiatus from client projects (aka between clients, looking for new clients/writing opportunities).

There are so many things I want to write about! My folder of topics just keeps growing and growing. I hope to make some headway during this hiatus. Bear with me!

Thanks for reading!

First Published Article for 2015!

My first new article of 2015 was just published/posted on Tuesday 1/27/2015. The website owner/editor LOVED it! Check it out – “10 Hidden Markets Where Freelance Writers can Earn More“. I’m already researching some of these for my own endeavors.

Hello 2015!

Ah yes, a new calendar year has begun. Like most people, I’m starting it off with some tentative plans and projects; with renewed optimism that it WILL be a prosperous year. In truth, my personal “new year” doesn’t begin until my birthday in February. That gives me more time to flesh out my plans – without the pressure of scrambling to do it during the already stressful holiday season. It also adds more significance to my own natal anniversary, because in fact, that date is the beginning of a new year for ME.

I haven’t yet decided if I will continue this as a blog or simply keep it as a repository for my work. I haven’t really kept up with it as a blog in the conventional sense. It’s time-consuming. And until my freelance career becomes much more lucrative, it behooves me to chase down work gigs, clients, and projects with more definite potential for income – as opposed to all the marketing to promote/get people to click a link to my blog, with a further off-chance that someone will read it and contact me for an engagement.

As 2015 approached then dawned last week, I realized it was a milestone year for me. It was about Jan 2005 that I began to dabble in the realm of freelance writing, mostly as a hobby. it took another 5 years to actually start using my talent and skills to pursue work/income as a “freelance writer”.  That worked out well and I was on my way! Not lucrative but a definite ‘foot in the door’ with income. After 5 more years, still not lucrative but I’m getting steady work – which is better than no work/no income.

As time goes on, I know I will continue to indulge my passion for writing as a last bastion of communication, in this 21st century world where abbreviated and cryptic text messages, bad English, and the still unpolished/rudimentary TTS (Text To Speech) technology becomes “de rigueur” (common-place/socially acceptable). The only question is HOW I will continue the battle, carry the flag, and spread the message – that written communication is one of the few things that separates us humans from the animal kingdom.

A Writer Needs the Write/Right Tools, Right?

Of course, the answer is a resounding YES! So on that note, I started a fundraising campaign to get funds for a new laptop/PC, to replace my 6-year old “dinosaur”. It’s only been a week but I’m already close to my goal of $500. Just a few more dollars and I’ll reach the brass ring. If you want more info or want to donate, visit my “GoFundMe” campaign page at

http://www.gofundme.com/bt4x4s

Thanks!

Re-using Your Own Content

I had a situation recently re: re-using content I had written for a client as a freelance/contract writer. I had written and submitted an article for them as part of the contract. Never got any feedback from them as to whether they accepted/rejected it. Then they ended the contract for their own business reasons. About a month later, I decided to re-use the article for a content site. The client got wind of it and requested a refund for the time I’d billed them for writing/submitting the article for their contract. Long story short – it was my bad. At the time, I didn’t realize I was making such  grave error. After some research, I decided to refund their payment – mainly because I wanted to retain ownership of the rights to publish the content.

Lesson learned.

Scrambling…

With the slow/imminent death of “content mills” like Yahoo Voices and Helium, I’m guessing it’s a matter of time before others follow like Triond, Ezine Articles, HubPages and other places where I’ve posted content since 2005 when I was just starting out. The effort to make sure I still have the original content has turned into a big project. Part of it has been that I also re-discovered several old blogs I’d written, back in the days when blogging was such a new/popular thing to do.

As I was working today to organize/download/retrieve my content from the various sites, I wondered – how do other writers like me keep up with their content? Do you have an offline copy/version of everything you’ve written/submitted? Do you keep/maintain a list/spreadsheet of every item and site where you’ve posted?

As a start, I’ve created a “catalog” in Word of all the sites I can think of where I’ve posted an article/blog since 2005. Suggestions are appreciated!

Write On,

DB

 

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