Writer Survey: Who are You, and What Would You Like to Know?

Survey for WritersI find it a little hard to believe, but it’s been two years since I wrote my very first blog entry, back when this blog was on my writer site. After blogging sporadically for a while, I committed to at least twice-weekly posts, and began to attract an audience.

I’ve since written more than 100 entries about the business of writing. This blog has taken me a lot of places — to guest-posting weekly for WM Freelance Writers Connection, for one. To the A-list Bloggers Club, where I’m hoping to learn more about how to serve my blog readers better.

It also helped me break into paid blogging. After a while, this blog made me realize there was a need for a comprehensive guide to earning well as a writer in our new-media age, and the Make a Living Writing e-book was conceived (and I’m hoping it’s going to be born in the next week or two!).

I discovered something about myself, too: I have a passion for helping writers earn more money. I love it! When a writer or one of my mentees tells me they got a better-paying gig based on my advice, I am over the moon. I look forward each week to posting more advice to help writers earn well.

It kind of blows my mind, but this blog now gets around 100,000 views a month. Clearly, the days when I personally knew every reader are gone!

So let’s get better acquainted. If you would, please leave a comment below and tell us:

Your name and how long you’ve been writing.

Are you already writing for pay, or are you hoping to do so in future?

What type of writing do you do?

Do you have a blog? If so, provide a link and tell us your goal for the blog.

Do you have a writer/author site? If so, provide a link.

How did you find this blog?

Most importantly: What do you most want to learn about on this blog? Ask a specific question and if it’s of general interest, I’ll try to answer it on the blog as soon as I can.

I look forward to learning more about all of you, so I can provide the exact information you need to earn more from your writing. I really want to hear from you — in fact, if you leave a comment on this blog entry this week only, I will send you a code that will give you 50% off the price of my new Ebook, Make a Living Writing: The 21st Century Guide.

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41 comments on “Writer Survey: Who are You, and What Would You Like to Know?
  1. Marie Frasso says:

    Just thought I’d toss in a link that might be helpful on this subject.

  2. Carol Tice says:

    Hi Zahra — thanks for introducing yourself! I'd love to hear more specifically what aspects of the freelance writing game you'd like to learn more about.

    Also check through previous posts on this blog, and the '08-'09 archive in the blogroll, plus my posts on WM Freelance Writers Connection (see the righthand column for a shortcut over to there) to see what I've covered already. I think at this point there are well more than 100 posts I've done on writing altogether.

    Or for a better-organized version of a freelance writing guide, you could take a look at my ebook — see the tab at the top of the page.

    Congrats on starting to get paid for your work! Hopefully, hanging around here will help you keep your income growing.

    Looking at your writer site made me think I want to do a post upcoming where I offer free feedback on writer Web sites. For instance, how about a picture of you for your site? My sense is that's a critical element in helping people see you're a real person, and want to connect with you.

  3. Zahra Brown says:

    Your name and how long you’ve been writing?

    Zahra Brown. A freelance writer and editor for two years.

    Are you already writing for pay, or are you hoping to do so in future?

    I have started to write for pay this month.

    What type of writing do you do?

    Writing: web content, blogs, and forum posts.

    Editing: copy and substantive or developmental.

    Do you have a blog? If so, provide a link and tell us your goal for the blog.

    Not applicable.

    Do you have a writer/author site? If so, provide a link.

    My official website is http://www.zahrabrown.com.

    How did you find this blog?

    Through the links list on AllFreelanceWriting.com. It's nice to add another freelance blog to my growing collection. What a great community!

    Most importantly: What do you most want to learn about on this blog?

    Exactly what it says on the tin – How to make a living writing. Any other freelance writing, and editing, tips would be much appreciated.

  4. Dave Foxall says:

    Hi Carol!

    I've been writing for pay for almost exactly a year now. Not the highest-paying year of my life, but possibly one of the most fun.

    I write articles and web content and handbooks and… whatever I can turn my experience to. Goals would be to move more into writing about music and film; I'm already writing jazz reviews and features for the UK's Jazz Journal (http://www.jazzjournal.co.uk) and aim to expand on that. The longer term goal includes fiction. I'd love to earn a living from that but accept that there are unique challenges. That said, I was really encouraged in that direction by a publisher accepting my first short story for a collection that came out in May this year ("Ten Journeys" – find it on Amazon, folks!)

    I do have a blog (http://spanish-film.blogspot.com) but it has been shamefully neglected for the last six months (I plead the upheaval of moving from the UK to Spain). On it, I review Spanish language movies (in English) partly because I want to and partly because I want it to serve as a portfolio to interest someone in my writing about film (yes, I know, only if it's up to date – d'oh!) I also have a general site for everything I write: http://davefoxall.co.uk

    I found http://www.makingalivingwriting.com via LinkedIn.

    Having most of my work so far via online channels, I need to kick my business into a higher gear and start creating some other opportunities. Writing is part of my strategy for succesfully living in Spain: i.e. earn a living from something that doesn't rely on the local (or even national) economy.

    Thanks for all the great postings so far, I look forward to many more (and the ebook)

    Cheers

    Dave

  5. Carol Tice says:

    Hi Cathy —

    Sounds good…but you should realize few people will be searching on "Cathy Miller, Business Writer." They're searching on things like "Boise freelance writer" or "Seattle copywriter." Now that your site is up and running, think about how you can SEO it so clients in your market can find you, even if they don't know you and they're just looking for a writer.

    I just had my second locally based Fortune 500 company find me off a Google search…it's the new phone book. Do a search on "Seattle freelance writer" and see what happens.

    This article tells more about how I got that high-ranking result: http://www.thewmfreelanceconnection.com/2010/06/h

  6. Cathy Miller says:

    Sorry I'm a bit late in responding. Dan is my good Twitter buddy. And there's nothing common about Dan! 🙂 My Twitter handle is millercathy-I have that domain as well.

    I am glad to say if you put in Cathy Miller, Business Writer, I am #1. I'll take a look at your tips-appreciate it. Continued success.
    Cathy Miller recently posted…Does Your Elevator Pitch Take You to the TopMy Profile

  7. Carol Tice says:

    Hi Catherine —

    I have not talked about freelance resumes…great idea! I’ve scheduled a post on networking for cowards coming up, thanks to the great suggestion in this thread above!

    I have done a few posts on how to find jobs, both here and on WM Freelance — see the button at right to head over there. If you don’t see what you’re looking for between the two sites, just email me and ask a specific question. I’m trying to answer a mailbag question at least once a month on the blog.

    Thanks for commenting!

  8. Catherine says:

    Hi Carol,

    My name is Catherine and I just started freelance writing over the summer. Prior to that I was teaching high school English.

    I am writing for pay, but not writing enough, and not for enough pay, in my opinion…

    I’ve been looking into different online opportunities for freelance writers, and trying to avoid the scams. I’ve had the most success with SEED, the AOL content site, but have tried a few other similar places as well.

    My main blog is http://30daystofixmylife.com/. My goals for that were to force myself to write daily, to build up an audience, and possibly to monetize.

    I found this blog quite recently when a friend sent me a link. I haven’t had a chance to make it through your archives, but I plan to.

    Topics that would interest me here are writing a killer freelance resume, new sources for getting writing jobs, networking help/suggestions. But like I said, I haven’t looked through much of your archives yet, so for all I know, you’ve already covered all this… 🙂

    Thanks!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Love your attitude, Dan!

    As it happens, I am planning a series of articles on particular writing niches. I’ve done one on writing for company magazines — I’ve got one writer-acquaintance here in Seattle who writes for Lexus magazine, for instance.

    And over on WM Freelance Writers Connection, where I am the Thursday blogger, they’ve got more than 70 posts on Writing Opportunities, which are mostly individual magazine markets. (For some reason WP isn’t liking my link to this, so here it is naked: )

    One area where I’d love to get a guest post is on technical writing, since you bring it up. I’m quite non-techy and have never ventured in there…and about all I know about tech writing is that the biggest problem everyone who does it seems to have is that they can never kick the habit because it pays so much better than any other kind of writing!

    If any readers would like to propose a guest post on that topic, I’m all ears. I’d love to find out just what you need to know, how you could maybe train for that, how you find gigs.

    Great suggestion!

  10. Dan Smith says:

    Ahem…I prefer the term “popular” rather than common, Carol!

    I was reading through these comments again last night and one thing I would love you to take a look at and provide some information on is the different ‘types’ of writers and writing opportunities.

    Everyone who has commented seems to have a different speciality or focuses on one or two specific types of writing. I think we can all find something to write about that we’re good at, but when that market’s saturated, it’s often easier to target other niches / types of writing.

    For example, I previously completely disregarded any technical writing projects as I (naively) assumed it was a really, really specific and experience-heavy niche (like health writing). I’ve come across a few lately, however, that have focused more on the need to have in-depth knowledge on a certain subject rather than a lot of technical writing experience.

    It might just be useful for writers to be aware of what the various types of writing entail, so you can ascertain whether you can disregard them as a potential future avenue or not.

  11. Carol Tice says:

    @Cathy — hi there!

    I think if you look up higher in this thread you’ll see my friend Dan Smith, whose Twitter handle is itsdansmith — I thought that was a great solution for someone with a common name.

    With a bit of SEO work on your site, I’m sure you could soon rank over the singing quilter! I used to compete with a Carol H. Tice who’s a California administrator I believe. Run my name in Google now and you can’t find her until page 3. Keep updating your site…it really works. More tips on how to build your natural search results here.

  12. Nisha Stephy says:

    Hi,
    Having some problems with my eyes, I’ve to KEEP MYSELF AWAY from the screen for a while. Of course, the $18 price tag is really affordable, and I’m more than optimistic that it would fetch me some BIG changes inside.

    To talk about the writing stuff, I have got a long term contract with a UK news paper [online] to provide them news on a regular basis. Work hours re-scheduled, 8 am to 11:30 am only. Although I only earn below $1000 per month, I am confident that I can achieve my target “””Work 2 hours per day, Earn $2K per month””” soon. Your Ebook should really be the guide helping me to stay on the ‘write’ track during the ‘write’ time at the ‘write’ place.

    Best of Luck!

  13. Cathy Miller says:

    You are so clever, Carol. Saw your Tweet about comments.

    Okay-so let me answer your questions.

    My name is Cathy Miller, which is one of the big challenges for getting online visibility. Try standing out with a name like Cathy Miller! The #1 Google ranking is a Singing Quilter. I don’t sing and I don’t quilt so she’s got a lock on that market.

    I have been writing professionally for 30 + years with a specialty in health care, employee benefits, insurance & wellness. I started freelancing as an independent writer in 2008. I just started by business blog, http://simplystatedbusiness.com about a year ago. The theme is Keep it simple, clear & uniquely yours. I try to take the complex and make it simple. I figured we all start somewhere and sometimes it’s hard to find the basics.

    Because of my health care ties, I blog once a week on Health Care Tuesday at my health care blog, http://simplystatedhealthcare.com.

    I have a personal blog that I don’t hit as much as I’d like, although that one has been up since I started freelancing. It’s at http://blog.millercathy.com and is called A Baby Boomer’s Second Life.

    I have been following you for a while. I probably found you through Anne Wayman. I just moved from San Diego last year 🙁 BTW-we’re practically neighbors now. I live in Boise, ID. 🙂

    I love your practical and seasoned advice. I look forward to your new book. All the best.

  14. Carol Tice says:

    We seem to really run the gamut here from very new to very experienced writers…will have to think about posts that will help all comers!

  15. Hi! My name is Marcia. I’m a newbie to the writing world. I have just recently started my first blog. I started my adult life back in 1972 as a professional proofreader (for about 5 years) I wrote some in college and then married a physician and life changed after that. Worked at Barnes & Noble for several years managing the Junior Dept. But, got divorced 8 years ago and now the creative juices are flowing again. I’m fairly new at writing and would like to develop my talents and hopefully make money from my blog. My blog is about Travel, Cooking & Family History. I found your blog rather randomly, as I find links from other bloggers.

  16. Carol Tice says:

    Welcome, Natalie! Always great to hear from another writer who’s still earning well.

    Maybe you’d like to offer us a guest post on how you successfully made that transition into writing — what sort of clients support your rates and how you marketed yourself to them? I’m sure the readers would be interested.

  17. My name is Natalie L. Komitsky and I had been working as a freelance editor for as long as I can remember. Because my best work has involved substantive editing or rewriting, I have redirected my efforts toward writing quite successfully within the last year.

    I have been able to consistently secure jobs with the rate I desire in my local market.

    I have been getting paid for business promotion writing such as web sites and corporate profiles but I also enjoy writing about family issues and education.

    My website includes blog posts: http://www.nkomitsky.com. My intention is to showcase my past projects, provide samples of my writing, help readers, and attract new business.

    I am not sure how I found this blog but most likely it was mentioned in a post from Copyblogger.

    I am seeking more direct advice about how to market myself as a writer and consistently improve my writing.

    Thanks!

  18. Carol Tice says:

    Welcome Caterina and Tremaya — great to see some new voices on the comments!

    Caterina — tip for leaving links — gotta include that http:// or you got a dead link, as above. You might want to take a look at my recent post 12 Steps That Make Blogging Clients Think You’re a Genius for more simple tips on how to up your social-media game. I learned from doing that post that the dead-link issue is a common problem.

    Also you can always enter a Web site in your message ID, and then you’d get a live link of your name — so then you’re always sure you’re at least getting one link out of the post!

    I love your goal. I still have the dream of joining a big newspaper’s investigative team and winning a Pulitzer. Hey, it could happen!

    One of my sister’s best friends was a bureau chief for Time…and his dream was that the company would transfer him and he could write for People! Wherever we are, I think we should always be thinking about what would take our career to the next level. We may end up traveling in a different direction — it’s just the dynamic of constantly striving to push things forward, make the career better, that I think provides that propulsion to get at least SOMEWHERE better than here…

  19. Caterina Nelson says:

    I’m Caterina, and I’ve been writing for a living for over 20 years – spent most of that time writing expert reports in connection with commercial (one company suing another) litigation. Got laid off a year and a half ago and started writing for internet content mills (still do). I’m now in an MFA program in creative nonfiction and am beginning a book on a personal history/account of the South End of Boston.
    I have two blogs (more for my own interest as yet) – the trials and tribulations of an ancient MFA student (www.catknelsonsblog.wordpress.com) and South End Then and Now (www. southendbostonblog.wordpress.com). My goal for writing (fat chance I’ll ever get there) is to write for the New Yorker or the New York Review of Books (aim high!)

  20. Carol Tice says:

    Hi Nisha —

    Of course I remember you! Why don't you tell us a little about your writing work, and what else you'd like to see answered here on the blog?

    The half-price deal — which I'll be sending out starting tomorrow — gives you my ebook for only $18. That's as low as it'll ever go, so I hope that will work with your budget.

  21. My name is Tremaya Reynolds and this month I'll be celebrating three years as a freelance writer! I currently do write for pay and specialize in SEO and business writing, but have written on everything from commercial roofing to laser hair removal. I have a few blogs, but my primary one is http://www.officesuppliesjunkie.com, where I discuss and review the latest in office supplies. My professional site is http://www.thecopymint.com.

    I believe I discovered your site via Allfreelancewriting.com.

    What I'm interested in learning and reading more about is various/creative ways to land clients and to market yourself as a writer. However, I'm sure there's a wealth of information regarding this in the book. 🙂

  22. Nisha Stephy says:

    Hope you DO remember, It's me, NISHA from INDIA. I was more than happy to get published in your post, to get tips to keep my heads up from the 'Nativity' issue, and NOW…………………………………..Looking forward to the greatest stuff of the Century!

    Putting trust on the 'price tag' that I expect to be affordable.

    Thanks

  23. Carol Tice says:

    I'm surprised by the number of very experienced writers who are MALW readers — thanks for telling me your story Edie! I'd love to know what topics you'd like to see more coverage of here on the blog.

  24. Edie Melson says:

    Hi Carol!

    I've been a freelance writer/editor for 16+ years. I began as a technical writer and quickly moved to freelancing. I took time to raise a family and now work as a full-time writer. I do quite a bit of business writing, mainly web copy and blogging. I also teach/speak at writing conferences throughout the US. My writing site is http://www.thewriteconversation.blogspot.com . I found you through your comments on other blogs and read your blog and others to stay current on trends and opportunities in our field.

  25. Carol Tice says:

    @Bob – sounds like we have a lot in common, though I think my career started about 1 administration later than you. Business and finance have been very good to me as well.

    @Susan — I think you list a couple of your best references, and that's it. I've never had anyone ask me why every market I've ever worked for isn't currently one of my references.

    I know what you're talking about — I've done packages for major corporations but they were through an agency. I think the person who hired and edited me is the reference. If need be, I just say, "They hired me for the Dun & Bradstreet project" or whatever.

    As far as putting clips on my site…unless someone has had me sign something that specifically prohibits me using it as a sample, I use it. Who doesn't want the free publicity? I've never had anyone squawk about it. Most of my clips I do as links, so there isn't a reproduction issue. If the site goes dead and I put a PDF on, well, then it's a dead publication and I don't see that they care!

    I actually currently do have one client where they asked me to wait a few months to put it on, so I am respecting that.

  26. Susan says:

    Hi Carol!

    I've been freelancing for six years, two and a half of them full time. My blog is The Urban Muse, but I also have a professional site as well. I cover a variety of topics, including lifestyle, careers, and business. I've also done a lot of copywriting, mainly for online retail companies and non-profits.

    I can't remember how I originally found your blog, but we write for some of the same publications, so I think I may have looked up your site after seeing your byline.

    I'm enjoying reading your ebook, but one question came up as I read the section on portfolios. You mention that you don't need to list a contact for each client, so someone who had a falling out with the client could still display those samples on his/her website. What about if those projects were subcontracted through an ad agency or another freelancer? Much of my copywriting is done this way, and I'm unsure if I should list the end client or the client who hired me. Also, do I need to get permission from both parties to display that project? It seems a bit more complicated when more people are involved!

  27. Bob Dixon says:

    I guess I'm the old man in this crowd. I was a copy editor at a small Midwestern daily newspaper when Richard Nixon resigned. Heady days for those of us in journalism. I've bounced around in paid writing and editing gigs ever since then, and have done just about everything (except writing that elusive bestseller) in the writing business. Over the years, writing about business and finance have become specialties for me, and I've edited several regional business magazines and newspapers.

    I'm always open to learning about new opportunities, and discovering new ways to make a few bucks writing. As a traditional journalist and news junkie, I'm fascinated by the changes in media and what they mean for those of us trying to make a living as writers. I'm interested, too, in finding nontraditional markets for writing, as that's where I've made pretty decent money in some cases.

    I don't currently blog for myself, although I ghost-blog for a corporate client.

  28. Carol Tice says:

    Really excited to see all these interesting responses! I'm out this afternoon so I will moderate more comments in later tonight. It's very useful to me to hear where people are at in their careers, and what they're here to learn. Also gratifying to hear how valuable readers are finding the blog.

    Feel like I'll have a long list of great post ideas from this thread, so thanks to all.

  29. Your name and how long you’ve been writing.

    Pamela Hilliard Owens; I'm a former public school English teacher and college instructor. Besides that, I've been writing and editing semi-professionally for twelve years and made this a *real* business in July 2008.

    Are you already writing for pay, or are you hoping to do so in future?

    Oh my gosh, yes.! That is the whole point of my business.

    What type of writing do you do?

    I provide writing and editing services for individuals, businesses, and graduate and post-graduate students in eight countries besides the U.S.

    Do you have a blog? If so, provide a link and tell us your goal for the blog.

    My goal for the blog is to give grammar and writing tips, information about my services, and to get leads for prospects.
    http://writingitrightforyou.com

    Do you have a writer/author site? If so, provide a link.

    I was thinking if I should have a 2nd site; but I am trying to ratchet up my FB Fan Page which sure could use some spiffing up. http://www.facebook.com/wirfy

    How did you find this blog?

    I think I was surfing and stumbled on it. I am very glad I did.

    Most importantly: What do you most want to learn about on this blog? Ask a specific question and if it’s of general interest, I’ll try to answer it on the blog as soon as I can.

    How to do it all–client work, blog, social media, email, family interruptions, marketing, networking…how to fit it all in?

  30. Erika says:

    I’ve been writing for about 15 years in various jobs that range from investment to PR. Currently, I work in marketing. Whenever anyone wants anything written, they say: give it to Erika, so I’m already working for pay, but for a salary.

    I do business writing — marketing materials including press releases, newsletters, bylined articles, Web copy and blog posts.

    I’m looking to transition to writing business blogs. I really need to brush up on SEO and the technical skills required to set up a blog, so I am working on that before I would feel confident soliciting a paying client.

    My blog: http://corporateblogwriter.blogspot.com/
    Goals for the blog: First, get it merged to a real URL and get the technical kinks worked out – adding meta descriptions, tags, etc. Use it as my own testing ground to increase readership. Eventually, have it be a sales point for my writing services.

    I found this blog from your post at Copyblogger!

    What do I want to learn about? There’s plenty of technical info out there – I love success stories and/or reader questions about how to solve issues and tips for client management. Any real solutions (e.g., what kind of reporting do you provide to your clients) are great!

  31. NancyG. says:

    Hi Carol —

    I’m Nancy, and I’ve been writing and editing for 30 years. I started in trade magazine publishing (manufacturing-oriented), and since then have done marketing, employee/corporate communications (print and online), and various new media content.

    I recently decided to leave the corporate world to strike out on my own, fortunately with contracts from my last full-time employer. So yes, I am writing, editing, and proofreading for pay. My current contracts have me writing workplace diversity and legal pro bono content, and proofing and editing web content and books.

    No blog, but I do Tweet from time to time (NancyGoll). My (brand-new) website is http://www.nancygoll.com. Go easy on me! 🙂

    I can’t remember how I found your blog – I believe it was earlier this year when I discovered MALW. You’ve been inspiring me since, especially since I think we are neighbors. Thanks for all your great posts and tweets. I look forward to reading your book!

    Best,
    Nancy

  32. Amy Spreeman says:

    Wow–that's a lot of views! I can only dream.

    I've been writing for 19 years, first as a television journalist (anchor, show producer, etc–many hats!) Then I left it all for normal family-friendly hours as a PR flak. I was downsized in the early 90s and have been freelance copywriting for businesses ever since.

    I do love the pay, and I'm glad I never had to experience the trauma of writing on spec (for free) and having the potential client use the copy without paying.

    These days I write blogs for leaders who don't have time to write. I also write local/regional business magazine articles, internal corporate e-zine articles and the like. I'm even ghostwriting my first book!

    My own blog serves as a way to show potential corporate clients the kind of work I do, but I only provide specific writing samples that I've done for other clients on request. That's the hard part but a lot of my clients don't want it known that they don't write their own work.

    I'd love to hear any tips or suggestions on the blog. I just launched it a month ago so it's still a baby: http://spreemancommunications.com/blog

    I'm not sure how I found you, but I'm glad I did. From a distance, I consider you one of my "mentees!" I most want to learn how I can get better and of course how to put food on the table with my blog!

    Amy

  33. Hey Carol,

    Great idea – the survey – for any blogger looking to serve and grow their readership. Since we’re fast friends already traveling down the same writing path, I won’t answer the basic questions. I love reading what you have to say, and love watching what you are doing as a writer in the blogging universe. There are so many, many writing blogs out there, but you have found a good niche – impressive.

    Some day I’ll dip my toes into the blogging world, but until then, I’m soaking up all you have to offer – tips, ideas, strategies, encouragement and brutal honesty about the writing life and making a living writing.

    What I always enjoy reading: Marketing, new market opportunities, and your first-hand experiences on what you are doing successfully.

    Thanks so much for sharing, and I can’t wait to read your e-book!

  34. John White says:

    Bond. James Bond.

    Actually, my name is John White. I’ve been writing – personal correspondence, letters home, whimsical notes on the refrigerator – since high school, and getting paid for it for about the last ten years. It has been my second hat for most of those ten years, but it’s becoming my first hat nowadays.

    Clients hire me to write technical marketing pieces – white papers, Web content, blog posts, technology overviews, success stories. I guess it’s what’s known in the business as long copy.

    I blog at http://thecontentbuffet.com where I post on writing from the perspective of the marketing manager who needs to find and live with writing talent. (I used to call the blog “I’d Rather Have a Writer I Can Live With than a Liver I Can Write with,” but it didn’t catch on. Go figure.) I’d like for the blog to attract prospects, but then again, who wouldn’t? The About page of the blog points to http://www.ventajamarketing.com (or http://www.johnwhitepaper.com), which contains my trophy wall.

    I found Make a Living Writing through a LinkedIn group, as I recall. Now and then I post content aimed at helping fellow writers the way this one does; several scribbled notes with guest-post ideas for this blog are staring up at me from my desk right now.

    I’ve already learning a lot from Carol’s blog about pitching stories, which is completely alien to me. I would like to learn more about freelance writing as a viable source of income late in life. I don’t have much grey hair, but suffice it to say that I won’t see 45 again. I’d like to find out how “old people” – whatever that means – continue to do freelance writing into retirement – whatever that means – and beyond. It’s scary enough to make it work while one is raising kids, more intimidating to wonder whether the market will still need me and feed me when I’m 64 (I should admit that I didn’t make up that last bit).

    Keep up the good work, Carol.

  35. Thank you again for this blog. I received this post via email and I answered all of your survey questions.

    I still have a tab open for this blog so that I can refer to it during my breaks.

    Pamela

  36. Carol Wiley says:

    Hi, my name is Carol Wiley and I began my writing career in 1990 as a technical writer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, rewriting airplane maintenance manuals into Simplified English. Through the 1990s, I provided contract technical writing and editing for a number of companies in the Seattle area.

    I became a licensed massage practitioner in 1997 and stopped writing for a few years after my last technical writing contract at Microsoft in 1999. I started writing again in 2003 when I set up my massage website, http://www.bellevuemassagetherapy.com/, which now has over 200 pages, a newsletter, and two free e-books that come with a subscription to the newsletter.

    In 2009, I completely closed my massage practice, with the intention of returning to full-time writing. Since that time, I have mostly written a lot of Web content and some business book summaries, while I also look for higher-paying technical or business writing/editing.

    I recently started my writer site at http://www.boldvisionsllc.com, which includes a blog where I intend to provide writing tips and related information.

    I found you and your blog on Twitter. What I most want to learn about on this blog are techniques for finding and approaching potential clients as a freelancer.

  37. Cristina says:

    Hi Colette,
    I found you through The Daily Brainstorm, and a couple of days ago I bought your book.
    I’ve been writing since April, when I started my blog Positively Beauty http://www.positivelybeauty.com
    My next step is to start writing articles – and sell them! – so I’m looking forward to learning from your book.
    I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

  38. Wyle E Coyote says:

    Not my real name of course , but that aside.

    Left full time job ~ almost 2 years ago and wrote for pay immediately (still getting projects and still getting paid, too).

    What do you most want to learn about on this blog?

    I’d like to learn any insights into marketing (I do market and have my own approach that gets me projects and clients, but there are many ways to do this, so I’d like to hear other suggestions/ideas/etc.).

    I’d also really like to hear suggestions for networking, and also any ‘networking for cowards’ suggestions.

  39. Dan Smith says:

    Hi Carol,

    I’ve been writing for clients for around 3 years now, but have only taken freelance writing as a full time career seriously since January 2010.

    I do currently write for pay, although I’m looking at developing an idea that will help others, without me being paid for writing (at least not in the formal sense of handing over money for my services).

    My writing work is almost entirely online and based largely around website content, news articles and blog posts.

    I currently write regularly for several clients, including acting as the primary freelance writer for Latitude, one of the UK’s largest digital marketing agencies / SEO consultancies and having a weekly feature at GetPaidToWriteOnline.com.

    I’m also heading up the redevelopment of BizAmmo.com with a weekly feature, a gig I secured after a 6 month period at AllFreelanceWriting.com.

    I have my own blog / author site – ItsDanSmith.com, but don’t update it half as regularly as I’d like. This is one of my goals that I’m really striving to achieve before the end of 2010.

    I found this blog after reading your comments on various other blogs, Carol. Always thought you had something very useful and informative to say!

    One thing I’d like to know more about is writing for print. As the majority of my writing is based online, I don’t have an extensive amount of print experience and whilst I’ve had some pieces featured in local publications, none were particularly…..well, put it this way – they didn’t have to go through much of an editing process or be tailored to a small niche.

    I’m aware of how to send query letters / e-mails, but what do you do once you’ve got the go ahead to write your feature? Is it considered a faux pas to change the direction of your piece? How about expenses for things such as travel for interviews or lengthy phone calls – are you expected to subsidise these yourself?

    I think there’s just a lot of small questions like that which would be extremely useful to have answers to – I’ve got my foot in the door with several editors and just don’t want to – for want of a better phrase – mess it up.

    Thanks Carol, great post.

  40. Hi, I’m Colette and I’ve been writing for about 18 months. I have only been paid minimal amounts to date. Most of my focus has been on building an audience.

    I have two blogs. At When Fridays Were Fridays I write about life in Corporate America and Learning to Eat Allergy-Free, where I share allergen-free food solutions for busy families.

    I am working on a book about my experiences in Corporate America. I found you first through Linked In forums, them the WM Freelance Connection, to here.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Thanks for getting us started, Colette! Please feel free to add another comment if you have any specific questions you’d like to see answered here on the blog.

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