Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ditch Queries, Cranky Editors & the Starving Freelancer Existence!

I'm writing this post in response to a request from the publisher of publisher, Darren Rowse, who blogs for a living. His post really got me to thinking and once I boiled it down, I thought:

"Why do I REALLY publish this blog and its accompanying website?"

Sure, the mission statement is to help editorial and creative professionals earn a living as freelancers. BUT, the real mission is for freelancers to ditch the notion of depending on the whim of large publications and/or companies to make a living.

I’m constantly amazed at the number of large, national publications/companies that want quality writing, design, artwork, etc. for their publications, but take months to answer queries, make freelancers wait even more months to be paid, pay paltry for the assignments to begin with, cancel gigs for no reason at all and treat freelancers little better than unnecessary cogs in their money-making wheel.

Freelancing is extremely competitive. I try to get freelancers (writers, editors, web designers, illustrators, etc.) to think beyond traditional outlets for getting work. This way, they become less dependent on the "majors" (eg, national magazines, blue-chip companies) for their living. There are so many ways for freelancers to use their editorial and/or creative skills that they don't have to turn their power over to any one company or publication.

Below are some of the more nontraditional ways that have been discussed in this blog to make money if you are an editorial and/or creative professional.

Start a Virtual Assistant's Business: 9/01/2005 Topic

Create a Niche Writing for Business Professionals: 5/23/2006 Topic

Start a Joke Site (Entrepreneurial Profile): July 25, 2005 Topic

Create Online Educational Seminars: 7/28/2005 Topic

Scriptwriting: 7/18/2005 Topic

So, instead of composing a query and waiting months just to hear if you got the assignment – much less get paid for an assignment – QUERY YOURSELF about how you can make freelancing a profitable way of life, not a starving existence. Happy writing (editing, designing, illustrating, etc.)

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1 comment:

independent publisher said...

Hi Yuwanda,
Your article inspired me to write this.

I definitely feel you on that. I'm fed up with relying on these big companies. I sure that thousands of writers feel the same way.