Useful and easy to navigate submission guideline database. I use this when I am searching for a market for one of my short stories. This database saves me the trouble of going to every single magazine or e-zine site individually and finding their submission guidelines. It is updated periodically, and an excellent tool for freelance writers. Submission … More Handy Dandy Submission Guideline Database
I love obsessing about word counts. I guess it seems to me a quantifiable way to measure my productivity. Plus, if the words are there, then the editing naturally follows, and then maybe something someone would want to read! In that vein, here is another article about average word counts for different genres, from nownovel.com. … More Word Counts!
Some days, the words just flow out of my fingers, thousands of them, before I even realize it. The only things that shake me out of my writing reverie are my aching wrists, or pressure on my bladder. Saturdays are the best for this. I generally have the house to myself; my husband is usually at … More Differing Levels of Production
I mentioned in a previous post I had completed and submitted some short stories recently. I received an email regarding one of them this morning, and I have to say, it is the nicest letter I have ever gotten. Here is part of it below: “Thank you for giving me a chance to read “My … More The Kindest Rejection Letter
I finished and edited four short fiction stories last year, and I felt like they were finally ready for submission today. I submitted three of the four to different magazines, earlier tonight. The fourth I am still researching an appropriate place to submit to. I am super happy (here is a picture of me being … More Productive Weekends
I have not been able to completely transition to freelance writing as a full-time gig, so maybe lucrative was not the most accurate word for this post. I do, however, have 3 regular and repeat clients who I do projects for, and these jobs help pay the bills, and keep me writing and editing. I am … More The Lucrative Art of Repeat Customers
This was actually originally prepared as an email to a friend who is interested in freelancing. I thought I would extend the circle of people who might be interested in my experiences. There are multiple ways to freelance write and edit. SInce I just started out, I created profiles on the following sites, and submitted … More Freelancing Writing Sites: A quick review
The other day, I was forced to write something in a relatively short amount of time (for me)–about 2 hours. It was a 800 word article about a medical topic, and I had promised a customer it would be delivered by this evening. This is the first time I have had to work with a … More Rushed Deadlines and The Art of Perfection