Is Elance Worth the Trouble?

Freelancing is one of those businesses that is hard to give universal advice on because so many people do it for so many different reasons. I am legitimately trying to make a living writing; other people simply write for fun in addition to their full-time job. Either way, and even if you’re somewhere in between,…

What’s the Big Deal?

I really try not to get involved in what people might call “pop culture”. But when it comes to basic issues of morals and decency, I can’t help but say something.  Our country and the world as a whole has moved in the opposite direction of God for a long time. Political Correctness is the…

Why Arrogance Avenue is the Road to Ruin for Freelancers

A large part of what I read concerning freelance writing inevitably touches on the subject of rates, and for good reason. After all, we writers love what we do but we also do it to get paid, not as a charity (although some clients might not yet have pieced this together). I am all for…

Did You Write Today?

Indignant you reply “Why I wrote all day long, I’m a writer, after all!”  Okay. That’s good. I’m just checking. But I know someone out there is doing what I just did about five minutes ago.  Things have been slow, and I couldn’t figure out why. I write for a really wide range of places,…

The Funny Thing About Ghostwriting

I’m still working on this novel that I’m ghostwriting. When I accepted the job, I was really new in the world of freelancing and had no idea what I should ask as far as price goes for my work. Now that I do know, I’m basically writing this thing for free. It seemed like a…

Why We Write

I was thinking today, while writing, of course, about why it is that we writers do what we do. Far be it from me to speak for anyone but myself, but I have a sneaking suspicion that my thoughts about this are held widely among writers, if not explicitly stated. Let me know if I’m…

Mining Your Life for Writing Ideas

Today over on my blog for jewelry artisans, I posted about different types of vendors you might encounter at a craft show. I’m also working on a home blog that I should be launching in September. Aside from jewelry, I also work in other areas of crafting regarding home decor and will be offering tips…

I Have a Jewelry Blog

Hey all! So, I started realizing relatively quickly that there are a couple of different groups of followers here. Those who are more interested in the crafts side of things, particularly jewelry making and marketing, and those who follow the more random posts and thoughts.  Since jewelry making, selling, designing, promoting, and the like is…

Top 10 Ways to Succeed at a Craft Show

I have received some questions recently outside of the blog about craft shows, so I thought I would post another blog about it. There are tons of ways to set up your booth at a craft show, so don’t think this is the end-all, be-all. However, there are some tips that seem to fare well…

The Spice of Writing: Why Variety Make Writing More Fun

As I sat at my desk, staring outside at the uncharacteristically dreary California sky, I considered the idea that is so often pressed upon writers to “choose a specialization”. If there’s anything I can’t do well, it’s narrow my options down. Perhaps that’s a bit hippie-free-spirit, but so be it. I like to have the…

For New Writers: Things I Wish I Knew

I’ve been a freelance writer – meaning it has been my only source of income – for about 8 months now, and as terrifying and frustrating as it can be, it has been the best thing I’ve ever done for my life. Not having to deal with the corporate environment more than pays for the…