In September 2017, I wrote a post about how I made $6500 that month as a full-time freelance writer.
In that post, I shared my breakdown of how I made that money and what kinds of work and clients I had to get there.
Two years later, in October 2019, I had my first $10,000 month!
While I have made a livable and decent salary since I started freelancing in October 2016, this was my first $10k month. I have seen many articles from people about ramping up and making $10k and more right away; that is not the case…
I should be showering right now. And finishing packing.
But instead, I am here. Writing this down.
The day I finally get to fly back home to Florida and see my family and best friends.
I watched, as the rest of the country did, when Florida reopened too soon. When COVID cases spiked again and the disease ran rampant.
I worried about my elderly grandmother (whom I adore) living in a retirement community, at-risk and living on her own. …
Listen, it’s more than just the fact that in order to actually get to the recipe, I have to scroll through a minimum of 1000 words on why a brisket recipe reminds the writer of her grandmother’s best friend’s orchard on a June afternoon 30 years ago.
90% of the time when I am looking up recipes, I am doing so from my phone in the kitchen, ready to start cooking. Maybe I want to just get the measurement for something or need the spices. Or heck, maybe I need the whole recipe.
So, I open the page…
The hardest part of writing anything — a short story, a novel, a nonfiction book, heck, even an article — is finishing it.
Ideas are easy! I have potentially good ideas a million times each week.
But actually sitting down and writing an entire book or any other piece of writing is much more difficult.
Sometimes you aren’t inspired or in the mood to write. Sometimes that blank page taunts you.
I have written and published 6 books, thousands of articles, and helped dozens of authors finish their first drafts.
Here are my top 5 tips for digging in and…
I was recently listening to a podcast and the two hosts were discussing how in most books, movies, and TV shows, there is a satisfying, if not happy, ending.
They tried to think of a couple of examples where the bad guy wins and really only came up with Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War — which they and I both agree may not count, seeing as that wasn’t the end of that story. …
I wanted to get it.
I tried to get it.
I watched the first couple of episodes of season one when it first came out. Hulu had it and I was bored.
And while most of the singing was okay or better, and the costume thing was novel, and I did enjoy some of the judge’s banter and jokes, overall I was left with a feeling of “…eh.”
A simple distraction amidst the chaos that is all the singing/competition shows.
The premise is quite simple: a costumed person sings and then the judges and entire audience votes on their favorite…
I don’t (can’t) have kids.
What I do have is a cat that has been by my side every single day for the last 6 years, sitting next to me on my desk while I worked from home for the last 4.5 years, and who (despite not being a cuddle-bug) always cuddles and sits on me purring when I’m sick.
I know that pets aren’t children, but they ARE a part of our family.
My Dexter boy has been sick and even stayed TWO nights at a hospital last month. He still isn’t fully back to himself and I worry…
On December 11, 2020, Netflix released a new “terrifying thriller” movie titled Songbird. It’s the first movie about COVID and is supposed to be about COVID mutating and people being in the FOURTH YEAR of lockdown.
This brilliant idea was greenlit all the way back in May 2020 and filmed in 17 days in July 2020 — when people were dying in the hundreds of thousands, we had no vaccines on the horizon yet, people’s mental and physical health was suffering, and the pandemic was then and still is now raging on.
Even if you plan to use your book mainly as a marketing tool, it can behoove you to also market your book for sales, especially at first. Whether you plan to do this kind of marketing long-term or not, having plans and ideas for selling your book is a good thing and one which can initially extend your reach and generate exposure for your book.
Here are 3 ways you can create buzz around your book and drive sales.
One way to market your book is to create a Facebook group or page specifically for your book while you’re still…
Here are 10 interesting stories I read this week on Medium and want to share with you! Dive in and give these excellent writers some love.
Tim Denning wrote a beautiful piece for The Ascent called The Mentally Ill Person’s Guide to Psychological Superpowers. He discusses his battle with mental illness and reprogramming his brain.
Felicia C. Sullivan wrote a thought-provoking piece for Falling Into Freelancing titled I’m Ditching My Income Streams. In it, she reflects on why she never created the course she thought she would — and should.
Zulie Rane talks about her streamlining her business and making…