January 16, 2019

Advice to new writers about money

This is a repost from my old blog. One of a few I seem to have saved. Scalzi made some points that we should all consider.

I was reading an article by John Scalzi and I think every new writer should read it. In fact, even if you’re not a new writer, but you aren’t great at the business side of being a writer you need to read this.

A few of his notable points (paraphrased):

Your income is half of what you think it is. He advises writers to set aside money for quarterly taxes and an IRA. And don’t count on any money that you don’t have in hand.

Don’t have the cash for it? You can’t have it. Save, save, save before you buy something. Forget buying on credit; that’s what is killing the American economy. If you can’t save up for it, you don’t buy it. It’s that simple.

Buy the best you can afford. Don’t buy cheaply. Get the best you can and run it into the ground. Get your money’s worth.

Know your market. Value your work. Don’t undersell yourself. Know what you’re worth and then ask for it!

Treat writing like a business. It is one. Really. Don’t act like an airy-fairy artist. Take care of yourself and your business. Act professional. Save yourself from financial trouble.

It’s a great article. And a long one. Go take a look, will you?

Assessment: August 2010

Taking a prompt from Lori, I’m looking back at how I did in August. It could be better.

I was contacted by a company that has a 3 month project they’re starting up. Would I be interested? I was. But they also put an ad out on a few sites and I wasn’t their only candidate. I found out today that they went with someone else. It’s tough when you lose out on a project you know you’d be good at (and you could use the financial boost, too).

I’m still waiting on an invoice from July – still waiting on an update, in fact.

Queries? I need to do more. Right now I’m updating my site so when I do contact companies I have something better to show them. While my site isn’t too bad right now, it lacks in SEO goodness. That’s what happens when you use iWeb to set up your site. It’s really pretty, but not so great if you want people to find you. So with help, I’m setting up a premium theme that we’ll customize. That way I get the benefit of how easy it is to use WordPress combined with the ability to actually input meta tags and data.

My plan during September is to finish designing a brochure and postcard that I can send out to potential clients. And actually send some out. Time to do some targeted research on who to contact. And use my network of friends and colleagues. With only 12 weeks until my son is born, I need to market now. No time to waste.

How did you do in August? Any plans for how you’re hoping September will go?

It’s a New Day

A few years back I had a blog on my portfolio site. When I was back in school, I posted a lot of my college papers and other things. It showed what I was working on and hopefully showcased my abilities as well.

But I’ve moved on from that blogging platform and decided not to keep those old posts. I don’t think any of my papers were ever stolen (and I purposefully didn’t include my sources to make it harder to pass off as someone else’s), yet I finally decided that they weren’t really useful here.

So it’s a new day and I’m starting over with a new blog. I read a lot of other freelance writing blogs and sometimes their topics prompt me into long comments which are probably best served here, on my own space. I will always link back to what inspired me, assuming I can remember where I saw it.

Do you take other discussions as a jumping-off point, or do you prefer to come up with completely different topics on your own? Can you ever really avoid being influenced by the things you read?

(I’m trying to get comments to turn on for this post, but even though it’s checked, the option to comment still isn’t showing up. I apologize.)