down·trod·den adjective \ˈdau̇n-ˈträ-dən\: without hope because of being treated badly by powerful people, governments, etc.; suffering (so sayeth Merriam-Webster)
Are you a downtrodden writer? You probably are. You’re probably sitting around feeling like a sad sack of misery because even though you KNOW you can write, you can’t figure out how to get someone to pay you for doing it.
Kills you, doesn’t it? There are words everywhere you look. You know someone got paid for writing them. So why can’t you seem to catch a break?
I have so been there. In fact, four years ago I was a newly-divorced mom of two who did most of my grocery shopping at The Dollar Tree due to the fact that I was so grossly under-employed. In fact, my inability to land a decent-paying writing job led to this rather colorful (and wildly profane … don’t say I didn’t warn you) rant on my personal blog in which I swore I was done responding to job posts forever.
But then, somewhere along the way I figured a few things out. I figured out how to make a living. Then I figured out how to make better living … and on my own terms. No offices. No bosses. No groveling for work. In fact, now I find myself in a position where work often comes to me … and I frequently have to turn it down because there are only so many hours in the day, y’all.
If you’re a writer, I want to show you how to do this. I don’t have all the answers — far from it. But I can tell you what I’ve learned and and I can share the exact things that I do that get me regular and well-paying work.
Starting January 12, I’ll post a new article every week on how to get writing gigs. I’ll walk you through how to assess your current skill set to match it with corresponding writing opportunities (and you might be surprised how many there are). I’ll show how to completely bypass the worthless job listings and build your own client base so you can receive a regular monthly income that you can actually live on.
Warning: This will be WORK. You knew that though, didn’t you? Expect some tough love about what your freelance writing career is and what it is not. Spoiler alert: This is not the way to get a book deal, although if that’s your goal you can follow some of these steps to get some paid work while you chase your dream (and you should chase your dream).
Here’s to your kickass freelance writing career in 2015!