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30,000 Words, 700 Jobs, One Year

The real process of freelancing- lots of applications and few responses

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A few months ago, a friend considering a freelance writing career asked me how much money I make as a writer. I wanted to say, “You mean, what’s the going rate for a human soul?” But I wasn’t close enough to this friend to be certain she’d realize I was mostly kidding. Instead I said, “This month, I made between $25 and $2,000 for individual stories that were about the same length,” to indicate how unpredictable rates are in an industry that is hemorrhaging money while flooded with qualified candidates.

I’ve produced more than 30,000 words of original and highly job-specific material without pay in an effort to prove myself a capable and good sport to the handful of companies that have reached back out to me from the black hole of resume inboxes to give me a chance.

– Prospective employers demand full-time freelancers to produce inordinate amounts of…

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Proofreading vs Copyediting (There Is A Difference)

When interviewing potential clients I often get asked the question about the difference between proofreading, editing and copy editing. I’m sure there are some industry definitions, but since this is my blog, I am going to explain how I approach the topic.

Proofreading

Proofreading is the process of checking for errors and typos. It really is that simple. You read over the work and see if there are misspellings, grammar errors or typos. Proofreading is a basic task, but when you have a lot of content – such as a book or a website, it’s easy to let a few things slip though.

Another reason why someone may hire a proofreader is if their content requires a certain style, such as MLA citations, or AP editing style. A proofreader will check to confirm that the work is written with those guidelines in mind.

Editing

Editing is less about grammar and more about style. Editors answer questions such as: Did you clearly express what you were trying to say? Is your writing redundant or convoluted? Are you using a consistent voice? Editing is useful for most types of writing and can ensure that your writing reads well. Editing includes proofreading and is great for academic writing, novels and online content.

Copy-editing

To understand the difference between copy-editing and editing, you have to first understand copy. Copy is basically persuasive writing. It is used in advertisement and marketing, but it has also become quite popular in the online world. That is because most web-content is copy. If it is not purely entertainment or educational, there is most likely some sort of commercial interest involved. (There’s also some places online where the lines between educational, entertainment and commercial are quite blurred.) Basically any writing that wants people to take some sort of action can be considered copy.

A copy editor is responsible for proofreading, editing and ensuring that the writing fulfills its purpose. They can take an educational blog and edit it into an affiliate site. They can take social networking sites and make them into monetized opportunities with just a few words. They are that cousin that can talk anyone into anything, but they do so with a pen.

If you are looking for a copy-editor for your online content do not hesitate to contact me. I can revise your current content into something that is compelling and engaging. I love creating copy that pulls at heart strings, pushes people to take action, and softly sells an idea or product. You write content for people to take action, hire a professional copywriter to ensure that it does.

RamblePost: Bills, Feminism, Writing, Job Interviews

To make up for last week, I am doing my #Reblog Sunday post a little bit early.. because it’s technically Sunday most everywhere else..

C. Mcgrue Writes

Hello!  It is 1:30 in the morning and I am writing to you because I am an insomniac (and I work closing at my #dayjob).  I believe that this post will be somewhat rambling, so please bear with me.

So I work in retail for my #dayjob in a #glitterfactory (also known as a fabric store where we sell glitter tulle.  There is nothing worse than glitter tulle!  Except for foil tulle. 😦 ).  The store has a certain set of music it plays all day long.  I’m not sure if it’s an internet radio station or an actual collection of music someone loads in.  It plays things like Bob Dylan, Metric, and Dusty Springfield.  Basically it is a collection of Pop music from the 60s (possibly the 50s!) to today.  There are several songs that repeat, to the point where I want to tear my hair out if I…

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Writing A Profile That Isn’t Crap

I have always been amazed by some of the professional profiles I have read online. Some of them have you clicking away thinking ‘Man, I wonder if they will even acknowledge my email’ while others have you thinking ‘Are they for real – they want people to pay them?’

Lately the majority of the ones I have seen had me thinking the latter. It should be no wonder why people pay to have professional profiles written on sites such as Linked In.

So how do you write a profile that isn’t straight crap?

I don’t know.

I’ve rewritten my profiles so many times, at any given point I couldn’t tell you what it says. But I can say that everything that is written in them is true.

I update my profile regularly, and that is how it should be.

One of the biggest mistakes freelancers make is not evolving. How can you explain not having learned anything new in over a year of freelancing? I can understand that happening if you work a traditional job – a factory worker may have the same task as they’ve had 6 months earlier. That is typically not the case with the online freelancer.

I used to work (yes as in typical job) for a company that had a motto of move at the speed of the Internet. That means: learn something new today, but expect to re-learn it tomorrow. You need to be able to take on new assignments, learn from it, and then do something else. The Internet is not stagnant, so why should the experience of an online freelancer be any different?

That is why a stale profile is a useless profile, or at least a sign that the freelancer is not suited for the online economy.

So if you are like me, an online professional that moves at the speed of the Internet, it makes as much sense spending time ensuring your information is updated as it does using the right keywords. If you are going to drop $100 on a professionally written profile, be prepared to update it in a month or so. Otherwise, save your money making a website and promote yourself the old fashioned way- with business cards.

For online professionals, writing a profile that doesn’t suck is all about staying fresh, because it’s the Internet, and search engines can’t read.