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July 4, 2019

4th of July: Living the Life of a Freelancer

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Well, it’s that time again.  Time for my annual 4th of July post.  Today I’m spending time with my family and taking time off to recharge my batteries.  I hope you’ll be doing the same.

Whether you are working are chilling out, it pays to be flexible.  I’m not sure who is doing what in the neighborhood, but our wifi has been spotty.  Research?  You were in the middle of what?

Not to worry.  I’m not on a contract and I have four projects ongoing.  Two don’t require wifi.  One does sometimes.  And the fourth does.  So there is always something I can work on.

But I’m going to be making potato salad from scratch.  And we might go see fireworks.  I say maybe because it might rain.  Today was the only day we had a high probability of rain.  The rest of the week was a low probability but we still had thunder and rain twice.

So what will I be doing?  I have four more spreads to rough on my graphic novel (no wifi required).  I have two videos to watch and an essay to write for my class on Russian history.  Wifi totally required.  Fortunately I can afford to be flexible.

Whatever your goals are for the day, I hope you meet them and have a wonderful 4th of July!


February 8, 2019

Freelance Essentials: Flexible Scheduling

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On Wednesday, I took a series proposal to my critique group.  Got some really helpful feedback.

Thursday morning I spent some time noodling over what changes to make.  Glance over the lesson I need to update and convert to a PDF.  Remember I’m teaching Sunday and need to reread that lesson.

11:30 am E-mail from my editor.

1:00 pm Second e-mail from editor.  New two book contact.  Deadline dead ahead!

I have to be honest.  I don’t know how you would do this job, and make money at it, if you also had a day job or an otherwise inflexible schedule.  Yes, I have family responsibilities.  And I teach Sunday school and am otherwise busy at church.  But when a job comes along, I can generally massage my schedule and work things in which is vital on days like today.

2/13.  Chapter, outline and bibliography due

3/8.  Book due.

3/18.  Chapter, outline and bibliography due

4/12.  Book due.

And somewhere not long after all of that, I will be rewriting both books.

It isn’t that your schedule has to be wide open to do this job but you do have to be willing to rearrange things.  If that stresses you out or makes you panic, this may not be the best job for you.

Given my Type-A tendencies, this is why writing about a topic I love is essential.  I need that giddy excitement to distract me from the fact that plans are changing.

I’ve actually taken a few contracts that didn’t thrill me.  Those deadlines were harder to meet and I resented having to reorganize my days to fit the work in.

This contract?  I forced myself to get some other things done Thursday before I got to work on Book #1 Friday.  This is part of the lore and legend of my family.  I come from a long line of Southern story tellers and I am ready to go!


July 4, 2018

4th of July: The Unpredictable Life of a Freelance Writer

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:28 am
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I know that not all of my readers are from the US but I am.  That means that today is a holiday.  Everyone has the day off.  Yes, I just got back into town but I am spending time with my family again.

We will be cooking.  We will be eating.  We might go see fireworks.  It is kind of hard to say because we are under a heat warning with thunder storms predicted through the 4th.  We will also be hanging curtains because not everyone is tall and older, short people should not be getting on step stools to hang curtains over the kitchen sink.

Dealing with an unpredictable schedule is part of the average work week if you are a freelancer.  I was out of town last week, Monday through Friday.  Cell service and wifi were iffy.  Mountains are inconsiderate like that.  Thursday, one editor e-mailed me asking for a rewrite.  On Saturday I was finally able to e-mail her back.  Friday, one of my Redline editors e-mailed me wanting a rewrite by Tuesday.

On the drive back, I noodled over working on my mystery.  Oh, joy!  I can start writing!

But first I have to rewrite a nonfiction book for fourth graders.  And then I need to iron out some details on an article for the first editor. You grow accustomed to having people rearrange your schedule or you don’t last long in the business.

Fireworks, no fireworks, record heat or thunderstorms.  I know I’ll have family time.  I’m just not certain what we’ll be doing.  Flexibility is key.


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