How did you get started in this line of work?
There’s a story behind that, and you can find it on my About page.
What do you write?
I write marketing materials for businesses, and articles for publications (online and in print). See my list of services here.
What do you write about?
I write about a wide variety of topics, because I just love to learn new things. However, the majority of my writing is about automotive, business, career, health & fitness, martial arts & self-defense, pets, and technology.
What does it mean to be a freelance writer?
Being a freelance writer means I’m self-employed. I’m my own boss, and I take on clients from various companies and publishers. I make my own schedule and work from home.
How many years of experience do you have?
I currently have about 15 years of experience as a writer. I started a bit earlier than that, but I count from when I started making money writing. I started out writing part-time and moved to full-time pretty quickly.
What do you charge?
What I charge varies based on the type of work needed. My rate starts at 25 cents per word. Most of my work has a project-based fee instead of a per word fee.
How many hours do you work in a week?
I’ve dabbled in tracking my hours in the past, and I’m definitely planning on doing so again. It’s important to see how much time is spent on different projects and tasks so I can better manage my time. I estimate my current work week hours to be about 20-25. I’ll come back after tracking my hours for a while to see if I’m right!
Are there any common misunderstandings about your work?
One misunderstanding comes up a lot. Sometimes clients contact me about writing a press release for them, and they also want me to distribute it for them. Writers write press releases. Public relations professionals distribute press releases. This seems to be a common misunderstanding.
Another one would be my fees. I get some requests for low paying work, which I turn down. My fees start at 25 cents per word, and most of my fees are project based. I’m a professional writer with 15 years of experience who provides high-quality work. It takes skill, time, effort, and talent.
What’s the proudest moment you’ve had as a writer?
I’ve had a few proud moments as a writer.
The first one was the first time I got paid for my work. Getting that first check in the mail was such a thrill.
Another time I had the opportunity to interview Jackson Galaxy for an article for WagBrag.
Recently, it was when my daughter and husband Steven came across an article I wrote. My husband Steven and my daughter Samantha were resetting an HP laptop, and needed instructions to do so. So, they did what everybody does when they need information – they Googled it. They found an article that just so happened to be written by yours truly! It was an incredible experience to be told that they found an article I had written AND that they had found it to be super helpful.
I know there will be more to come! I’ll add them here as they do.
If you have a question you think should be added here just let me know.