It’s time for the Workshop!

April means that it is Freelance Writing Workshop time at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester. This year, I’m putting some materials up ahead so that students can start accessing resources immediately after the class (instead of when I get around to posting them). The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 and will include special guests Rick Broussard of NH Magazine and Jeff Feingold of NH Business Review.

Below are excerpts from two of my favorite pieces on freelance writing, both written by Nicole Dieker for the Billfold. Both give a good picture of what it’s like day-to-day freelance writing full-time. Enjoy.

Pitch to Paid 1

January 2014 stats:
Total earnings: $3,300.91
Completed pieces (all types): 150
Essays published: 3
Novellas rejected: 1

I’ve been a full-time freelance writer for just over a year. I track everything. I post my freelance income to my Tumblr every week, and am always taking notes on who’s hiring and who’s paying.

In January, for example, I got one new client and two new sub-client relationships that pay through an existing client. I got each of these new jobs the old-fashioned way: by having a current client recommend me. These are the jobs that aren’t advertised. This brings my number of current client relationships up to six.

To read more go to the Billfold.

from pitch to paid

February 2014 stats:
Total earnings: $1,911.76
Completed pieces (all types): 87
Essays published: 0 (although one of my essay pitches was purchased for future publication)
Novellas being revised: 1

February’s earnings were lower than usual because I spent one week on JoCo Cruise Crazy, a six-night Western Caribbean cruise with singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. When you’re on a floating nerd boat in the Caribbean, you can’t write articles or earn money.

To read more go to the Billfold.

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