Starting My Freelance Journey

Starting My Freelance Journey
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I have decided to take up freelancing, and you get to come with me on my journey! It may be a long one, it may be a short one (hopefully not!) but in the end, it will be one. I’m doing this in addition to my fiction writing, so I guess I’m both a fiction and nonfiction freelancer. ? Have to start somewhere I suppose. The advantages of this would be bringing in some income and branching out with my writing, as that will be my focus. There are some disadvantages though, or at least possible ones – how I’m going to handle a depression cycle and freelancing. That right now remains a mystery, but I’m willing to try – no one ever got where they wanted to go by thinking about it. Not on Earth anyway.

Depression is just one of several challenges that I will face. One that may not be an issue once I start bringing in enough income to do more than just survive, which is my current income level. Hard saying not knowing. Not sure how I’m going to work freelance writing into my schedule either, but I know that if I wait to figure everything out, I’ll never do it. And being able to make my own schedule is part of the point – a 9-5 never worked well for me, even when I could work a regular job.

So I’m basically jumping out on a leap of faith, which isn’t sitting the most comfortable. Type A++’s rarely are comfortable without massive amounts of planning.

And I am planning, be assured of that. I don’t think it’s possible for me not to plan honestly. Yet it is still a leap of faith because there is so much I cannot plan for – mental health issues, family stuff, parenting mishaps etc. Too many variables and unknowns. All I can do is plan the best I can, commit, and do the damn work. If I have to reduce my sleeping hours, I will – at least it is for a good cause. I’ve stayed up late for worse.

There will be adjustments around here as well, as I adapt.

Have any freelancing advice for a beginner? I’m especially interested in web content and blogging. Topics of choice being lifestyle, parenting, writing, mental health (especially depression/anxiety) and self-improvement. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! ❤️

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Starting My Self-Published Journey – Again

Starting My Self-Publishing Journey - Again

This is it. I’m committed.

Once again, I am entering the writing trenches. Yeah, I’ve done self-publishing before, but I knew literally NOTHING about it, and frankly, I’m still learning. I long ago pulled the short stories that I had up because I was caught up in how crappy they were – the search for the elusive perfection or something, I don’t know. But that was back in like 2010/2011 – no one knew anything really.

This time I’m going for that Indie Author title. Yeah, I know that I can probably already consider myself one, but I don’t – not yet. Maybe after awhile of getting “respectable” sized books written. 

I’m writing my first novel since recommitting to the writing life and having a creative career. This isn’t necessarily my first novel, as I’ve been writing since I was 5 years old – but the others will never see the light of day.

Frankly, I’m not even sure what happened to them, probably eaten by one or several computers that I’ve had over the years. The novel I’m working on now is a fantasy/romance kind of mashup – and to be honest, it’s kicking my ass. But that’s half the fun, right?

I’m also going to be a multi-genre author – I don’t like being stuck writing one thing. That would get boring so fast for me. Besides, I’m a voracious reader who literally reads almost anything I can get my hands on (I’ve read the dictionary 12 times, okay?) and I know there are others like me out there. I’m also not using any other pen names but this one. Kind of a “this is me, take me or leave me” kind of thing.

Random Photos From Maine Volume 1

I won’t start marketing until I get a decent number of products out there, but everything will be mentioned/shown here on the blog. And I do plan on going wide (except my photo books, they don’t like ePub for whatever reason) so as I publish you’ll be able to find me on your favorite platform. I also don’t believe in putting all my eggs into one basket, giving the control of my career to one company. Nope, too much of a control freak for that.

On my schedule right now, assuming of course that I finish this cotton picking novel, is some horror, a new adult type thing, some shorts, a sci-fi and a bunch of others that I haven’t decided genre for yet. The new adult is a tentative genre, I’ll know more when I get there. The ideas are doing me no good sitting in my head, nor are they doing any good for others. And I love helping others as much as I love entertaining them. So that is my main goal for my career right now – to help and to entertain.

What are your creative career goals? Where are you in your career, creative or otherwise?

[Photo Credit: Raiscara Avalon]

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