Words have amazing power, but unless you polish them and place them in the hands of others, they will never impact your world.
If stores can start playing Christmas Carols the day after Halloween, I’ve decided it’s not too early to make my New Year’s Resolutions. At least the business-related ones. I can leave the ones about dieting and going to the gym until later—much later.
Who hikes into as many remote places as Anna Pigeon, asks as many questions as Lt. Columbo, and encounters as many dead bodies as Aurora Teagarden? It’s Torrie Madison, twenty-something aspiring photojournalist who loves to travel and research. Star of the Flowers of the Field mystery series, Torrie never rests until she untangles whatever predicament she finds herself in.
At right: Author on a research trip to a lavender farm.
Designing book covers for my Flowers of the Field mystery series is one of the fun parts of the process—and probably one of the most complex. As a self-publisher, it means I have to contact art departments, potential artists, photographers, graphic designers, and reviewers, and secure relevant permissions.
Being an author on Halloween raises an interesting dilemma. Especially if I’m invited to a costume party. Should I just show up as the default witch or hippie? Or get creative and dress as something that will remind party-goers of my writing? But what would that be?
Some of the more traditional forms of freelance writing have been discussed in Parts One through Three of “Faces of Freelance Writing.” Now we’ll take a closer look at some of the opportunities modern technology has opened up for the freelance writer. Some of these you can do on your own. For others, you’ll need to apply for acceptance to your chosen venue.
Confused about categories of writing? Here's a relatively new one.
Part One of this “Faces of Freelance” series dealt with fiction options, Part Two with non-fiction. Somewhere between the clearly-defined categories of “truth” (non-fiction) and invention (fiction) lies the not-so-clearly defined creative non-fiction. (No pun intended.)
A freelance writer essentially has his or her own business. Any work done for an outside organization or employer is done on a part-time or contract basis. From the business side of things, this means the business owner is responsible for expenses, taxes, local licenses, and any medical or insurance benefits a full-time employer might provide. If this sounds overwhelming, keep in mind that you also keep all the profits!
Freelance writing can have a number of different definitions. Understanding these differences can help you make an intelligent decision about where to take your writing.