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Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com

Without selling courses or doing the blogging grind.

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…


A straightforward list of tips and advice to build your brand fast.

I saw this question on Quora and wrote up a nice long answer. I realized it would be useful to you as well! So here is my answer to “What should I avoid when I am a freelance writer?” originally asked on Quora with some more information for you.

There were some other excellent answers, but here are the 17 mistakes that I came up with and some details as to why.

The top things to avoid as a freelance writer are:

  • Working for free for any reason — you do not need a portfolio of published pieces or free work to get started. Anyone with any level of experience…


What to do right after your book goes live.

You’ve published your book. Yay!

That’s super exciting and I’m proud of you.

You may be wondering what comes next.

Not in terms of marketing — you’ve probably been thinking a lot about how to market your book on social media, maybe doing some paid ads, and sending it out to your entire email list.

But what about immediately after it goes live? How do you get a nice author page and link the formats to one page and have everything together?

I’ve got you! It’s easy, and here’s a super straightforward walk-through of the three steps you need to…


The moral and ethical issues of oversharing and exploiting kids for content

There are a lot of family vlog (video blog) and general family channels on YouTube and other platforms. Tiktok, general written blogs and websites, Patreon, and more.

I understand the pull of showing every moment of your adorable child’s life online. I have tons of friends and family sharing pictures on Facebook and Instagram of their cute babies, toddlers, and older kids.

I “like” the photos because I love my friends and family and their kiddos.

But Facebook and Instagram parents simply sharing photos of their kids sometimes — especially on private accounts — are not the issue here.

It’s family vlog channels monetizing their children.

Major…


Review and rating of the new Netflix Original

First of all and most importantly, it is important to know that the show is NOT a choice between a marriage and a mortgage — it is a choice between a large wedding and buying a home.

A wedding does not equal marriage.

I literally could not get past episode one of this horrendous travesty of a show.

Let’s dive into episode 1

In the first episode, 2 young, beautiful people whose names I do not care enough to remember are engaged, each living separately with their own parents and are 23 and 24 years old.

They’re young, they’re happy, and that’s awesome. Their combined…


Why and how and when and who?

In October 2020, I wrote about my feelings when thinking about moving from full-time freelancing to a more traditional full-time job.

I talked about how I wasn’t trying to build an empire, that I started freelancing simply because I wanted to be a writer and editor and entrepreneurship was the best way at the time for me to reach that goal.

And it worked!

As I state in that article:

“In these 4 years, I have achieved many dreams: becoming a published author (4 times over!), becoming traditionally published, mentoring and coaching new freelancers, meeting tons of amazing entrepreneurs, writing…


I just don’t enjoy it anymore.

I was in the wave of people who joined Facebook in 2004–2005, back when it was only open to college students. You could mark what classes you were in and post on each other’s pages and that was about it.

It quickly became the Myspace/Livejournal alternative, and within a few years, everyone was on it — including our mothers.

Hell, my 80-something grandmother is on Facebook.

In the beginning, each new social media was an opportunity to learn, explore, and be entertained.

I pinned jokes and how-tos and blog posts on Pinterest. I played with the filters on Snapchat. …


This week has been a struggle for me

I don’t know why, but this week has been particularly difficult for me.

I have a lot going on. I just got officially diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and am on a new medication to try to deal with it (metformin).

I’m exhausted — I’ve been struggling with my anxiety lately, which has been really pushing on my insomnia.

I love my work but I have felt “off” this week.

I’ve had weird muscle spasms and stomachaches all week. At first, I thought maybe it would become a migraine but it never did thank goodness!

Today in particular I…


Instructions and information!

As many of you may know (and some may not), most authors do not make a real living wage off of book royalties.

I wrote a post once about other ways to make money writing, and I still stand by it. However, I still write and publish books — and I love it.

I’ve also written about finding clients and pitching yourself and marketing.

But this post is not about that.

From my research, the two genres that DO tend to make the most money from book royalties are children’s books and romance novels.

In 2020, I made over $3k from book royalties and my Medium blog.

This was JUST from book royalties…


What to do when the Creativity Well runs dry

As a writer, sometimes I just don’t have a great idea.

We’ve all been there. Artists and sculptors and designers and architects — any profession that requires creative ideas — have had times when they hit a wall.

In writing, it’s simply called “writer’s block.” A simple, clear phrase that indicates a brick wall in my brain between “I want/need to write” and “I have no idea what to write.”

But creativity is not a waterfall. It is not continuous. Creativity is more like a river. …

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