Guest Post: How to grow your freelance writing income


4 Simple, Actionable Steps I Took that Grew My Freelance Writing Income During My Humble Beginnings

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

The above Bible verse is what I exactly clung to when I was in the darkest days of my old career path. My old job was suffocating, for it wasn’t really what I’m passionate about from the start. The idea of doing freelance writing as a full-time job enticed me at that time.

Indeed, my leap of faith paid dividends. I’m now a renowned, up-and-coming freelance writer whose name resonates on top of my clients’ head when thinking of who to hire.

But my success story wouldn’t be that sweet without my early struggles. When I was a freelance writing rookie, it was really unstable from a financial standpoint. It’s either feast or famine.

Are you struggling with your measly freelance writing income? Below are four simple tips I followed to grew mine, with a long-term vision.

#1: I searched for a community

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)

When you have zero connections, your chances of finding a client (mostly a new one) is very slim to none. The competition for both price and quality can be unforgiving in the freelance writing world.

What I did was I made a conscious effort to find a group of co-writers – people who gave me market leads and hired me for some subcontract work. The rates weren’t very generous ($5-$7 per hour on average), but it was enough to cover my basic needs, which helped restore my confidence in freelance writing.

I first searched social media platforms, particularly Facebook, using keywords “freelance writing community” and “freelance writers.” Aside from co-writer groups, I also searched for B2B writing pages that gave me marketing and financial advice.

Joining multiple freelance writing groups enabled me to have a steady source of market leads, and gave me the ability to disperse my workload to others, particularly writing newbies. Talk about giving back to society and to your finances at the same time.

#2: I started quoting on a project/engagement basis

In freelance writing, minutes are your second currency next to USD or GBP.

Quoting on an hourly basis is limiting, and it’s usually adapted by rookie freelance writers. I was stagnated by this approach for almost half a year because I was able to finish a writing assignment effectively and efficiently ahead of time.

What I did with my idle time?

It was the opportunity of my clients to ask for add-on services (e.g., free revisions, etc.). I could’ve used that time to find new clients or work on other pending engagements, but I my time was micromanaged because of the agreement.

Quote on a project basis. What I mean is to give the price that best reflects your writing skill and proficiency.

For instance, instead of accepting a $90, 3-hour work for a product review, you can say, “I can furnish an equally decent work for $100, well within your deadline.”

#3: I went for lasting client relationships, rather than casual writing encounters

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5 NIV)

When I was in the first few weeks of doing freelance work, I was very hasty. Once I received payments online, it would take just a few seconds for me to send a plain and rudimentary “Thank you” remark. There was no PR, or whatsoever.

A few months later, I changed this approach. I always made sure I made a good, lasting impression on my every client.

Instead of the empty 2-word message, I opted for this:

“Hi (insert name),

Thank you for remitting the payment on time. It was indeed a smooth and efficient transaction with you. Thank you for choosing – and trusting – my skills on this particular engagement, and I hope to serve you better in our future transactions.”

With that simple tweak, I garnered hundreds of rehire opportunities. It’s because I rendered crème de la crème writing services, without forgetting the human factor in transactions.

I also made it a habit to send them a warm message during special occasions (e.g., Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year, etc.) and genuinely hoped for the best in their businesses.

According to Upwork, one of the more renowned freelancing sites, hirers only need to click the “Rehire a Freelancer” button and select your name from the drop-down list, to be able to get back to you. Therefore, give them ample reasons to.

#4: I invested in my ultimate client – myself

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” (Colossians 3:23)

To tell you, I reached a point where I became extremely confident of my freelance writing income, that I almost opted not to take it to the next level.

It was when I felt tedious that the initiative to grow hit me. I found the importance of learning/adding other crafts to my writing arsenal too (e.g., SEO, graphic designing, video embedding, etc.).

Enrolling into various webinars (free and paid), and taking the time to mimic other experts’ techniques was all worthwhile. For instance, I was able to put my AdWords Certification from Google to my portfolio, which enabled me to raise my rates on certain writing natures.

I also avoided overworking, for I knew that those 2-3 hours of an extra burden would mean me not working the entire day after. In was a matter of discipline and self-improvement – things that you should embody as a freelance writer too.

 

As a wrap, your freelance writing income right now may not be indicative of your true writing skill. You can feel underpaid, the majority of the time. However, don’t let that mishap deter you from genuinely improving your craft.

Let me end this discussion with a Bible quote that every idle freelance writer direly needs to read right now:

“Rise up, take courage, and do it.” (Ezra 10:4)

 

Flora Porterfield is an Atlanta native currently living in Oregon. She loves writing proses and Shakespearean sonnets. She’s also well-versed with different blogging and writing styles. As of date, much of her insights can be found at papercheap.co.uk

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“A true piece of writing is a dangerous thing, it can change your life.” – Tobias Wolff

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall Update


 

Lots going on this fall.

Hi! I’ve been busy with a new part-time job since May. I’m working at the local hospital doing registration of lab and test patients in several settings. I enjoy it, but I’m missing writing, so I’ve dived back in with a freelance job writing blog posts for Personal Resilience.

I’ve just finished uploading Hoarder’s Nightmare to Createspace for paperback publication. You can find it there in a week or less.

In addition, Christmas bazaar/craft and gift show season is almost here and I’ve signed up for one with some other authors. Featured will be Hoarder’s Nightmare, Medieval Blood, Prophecy of Enchantria, and Godly Expectations in paperback. I also hope to get some text blocks made with writing and reading themes, like little signs you can put on your desk or a shelf. Also some handmade smudge sticks I put together this morning.

Join me December 2 if you’re in the area.

I haven’t had any free books on Amazon in awhile so it’s high time. Blood Moon, an anthology of stories about change, will be free on Amazon October 16-20. Here’s a link.

Finally, watch for some fun giveaways coming soon.

Cheers,

Mary Blowers

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Check out my latest Author video, How I got to work from home, Video 10! It describes how I am tweaking my marketing plans and also the latest new release actually on pre-order, at Amazon. You can order it here if you just want to buy it.

The pre-order is Hoarder’s Nightmare and I am in final editing and filling in a few chapters. Time to get reviews going so anyone that wants to do a review let me know your contact information. Thanks so much.

 

 


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I’ve declared today Super Supportive Saturday. Borrowing from a private Facebook group I belong to, I’m sharing links for other authors.

Gwynn Roberts White The Dominion Rising Boxed Set authors have a special giveaway with amazing prizes (including 300K newsletter blasts) just for our fellow SciFi and Fantasy Authors. You can check it out here: http://urbanepics.com/300k-readers/

Kindle Scout Yvanca Wensing Nominating Chasing the Moonlit Sky would help me hugely! Hot and Trending thus far 😎
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Melle Amade Melkumian I had a new release this week and would love shares about it. https://www.facebook.com/MelleAmadeAuthor/photos/a.540097169367879.1073741825.503676363009960/1432071163503804/?type=3&theater

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Angela J. Ford I’m running a 99 cent promo of my epic fantasy novel and would love to do a newsletter swap with other fantasy authors. I have April 13 and April 27 open right now. If interested would you shoot me an email with your book promo dates and purchase link? Also, I can include a custom blurb if you’d like: info@angelajford.com.
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Mailing list (mine) including a free sci fi story upon joining.  http://eepurl.com/bmKaL5 Mention your interest in getting an ARC for Hoarder’s Nightmare http://amzn.to/2nmiT2Z and a free live copy when it launches after leaving a review on launch day May 14.

Four links promoting my books. This site will list your books for FREE so check it out.

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Christie Speich wants to start a blog series on author websites. If you feel so inclined, please let her know your top 1-3 questions about author websites. You can email her at mooberrydreams@mooberrydreams.com 

Check out this giveaway Stacy Claflin New Release Giveaway: http://stacyclaflin.com/2017/03/18/new-release-giveaway/

Bradley Charbonneau has put together a 10-Day Write Every Day Challenge. It’s FREE and if you know anyone who you think would benefit from a 10-day writing challenge, please send them along. Thanks! http://passthesourcream.com/10-days/

Free publishing book https://goo.gl/UQpeVg Guerilla Publishing by Derek Murphy

Victoria Otieno Hefty says If anyone has a book that is targeted at moms, new mothers, or pregnant woman, she would be happy to promote on her blog Philly Baby Bump.

Follow this guy https://www.facebook.com/GMsherwin44/ and watch for his new horror series debut release Immortalis to be featured here soon.  Also Gary M Sherwin is looking to build his following of potential readers at gsherwin.com

Enter to win a Kindle here and novels about food to read on it! https://twitter.com/ElenGhulam/status/837694125965103104  (ends May 5, 2017)

Lucidium: Rise of the Dragons, Coming March 31. Just 99 cents right now. http://amzn.to/2mVqJ1F

Free KDP children’s book http://amzn.to/2nmfvWH

 

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FREE ARC Copy of May 14 release


How would you like to read about this guy?

I have this book available on PreOrder through Amazon here. http://amzn.to/2nln00i. You can order now for just .99 and wait till May, or you can get a draft copy from me now.

It’s the story of a woman, who is interested in this man, and has trouble getting him interested in her due to her hoarding problem! Magic happens.

For the advance reader copy, which is FREE, I need to know that you plan to write a review and post it on release day. It can be quick, but hopefully a positive review. You’ll get a reminder to review.

Another way to help is just to forward this link to your contacts and reader friends.

Please let me know if you’d like to read now and review, and I will send a free copy right out to you. It’s not quite finished so keep that in mind. You’ll be able to download a completed copy on May 14 or if you buy now, they will send it to you on that date. For anyone that buys and reviews I will refund their payment via a .99 gift card.

Sound like a deal? I hope to hear from many of you.

Reply to this email. Feel free to refer your friends as well.

Let me know any other ways you may be able to share the release. Thanks!

Supportive Saturday! Check inside for links to book deals and worthwhile reads.


 

I’ve declared today Supportive Saturday. Borrowing from a private Facebook group I belong to, I’m sharing links for other authors.

Free e-book, a highschool novel about bullying.  http://amzn.to/2n0sYCK, Caged by Elisa Dane.

Novel debut, teen novel about social issues http://amzn.to/2nD5YI8, Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay.

Mailing list (mine) including a free sci fi story upon joining.  http://eepurl.com/bmKaL5

Free publishing book https://goo.gl/UQpeVg Guerilla Publishing by Derek Murphy

20 Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy books in boxed set for .99! It would take me a year to read all these. http://amzn.to/2mGw649 Myths & Legends collected by Margo Bond Collins.

Victoria Otieno Hefty says If anyone has a book that is targeted at moms, new mothers, or pregnant woman, she would be happy to promote on her blog Philly Baby Bump.

Follow this guy https://www.facebook.com/GMsherwin44/ and watch for his new horror series debut release Immortalis to be featured soon.

Enter to win a Kindle here and novels about food to read on it! https://twitter.com/ElenGhulam/status/837694125965103104

UPDATE:

A giveaway on Sunday 3/19/17 only, at https://m.facebook.com/elizabethashworth/ and you can follow her at @elizashworth on Twitter.

Lucidium: Rise of the Dragons, Coming March 31. Just 99 cents right now. http://amzn.to/2mVqJ1F

Free KDP children’s book http://amzn.to/2nmfvWH

 

I may just add to this through the week, or consider doing it on additional Saturdays! Hope you enjoy, leave comments and follow the other authors. And let me know what 1 line I can add for you. Teamwork rocks!!

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Here’s a link to a site that will help you build your mailing list by getting people to sign up when you give them a free book. If you use THIS link it would help me a lot.  Thanks!

Why would you want to do this? These days it’s all about building your email list. But to get people to sign up, you often have to give them something. So you give away a small book or a story, and they sign up. Hopefully they will like your book and follow you to buy more. Just send a short note every so often with your writing progress; new release, call for beta readers or reviewers. They say it works like a charm.

 

Author Book Release and Interview – Robert Skuce, Kiss of Death


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I interviewed crime novelist Robert Skuce who is soon to release a new book, Kiss of Death. You can read more about it on his website www.robertskuce.com.  The book is currently on pre-order, set to be released March 1st, 2017. He is hoping to have the majority of reviews done in and around the early summer.

If you are interested in reviewing his book, doing an author interview or just reading his book for discussion, he would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact him:  reviews@robertskuce.com

The Synopsis:

Homicide detective, Bruno Norcross, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a college call girl. This isn’t just any other crime scene. Bruno has seen this scene before, only the last time, the killer got away leaving Bruno feeling as though his career is incomplete. Nobody escapes Bruno’s grasp twice and when his nemesis arises again, it’s time to bring him in. A serial killer, only known as the Kiss of Death, is back, only this time he made a mistake. A witness, like no other, was left behind and this witness knows the victim better than anyone.

Rosie’s stalker, Ashley Truelove, knows everything about her, from what she wears to who she sees. The question isn’t can Ashley help Bruno catch the killer, but will he? With meager and confusing clues, two known victims and time running out, Bruno realizes that the cost of bringing the murderer to justice will be paid in blood. With the police Sergeant on his back to catch this killer and provide justice for the death of his daughter, Bruno is racing against time. Kiss of Death only hunts occasionally and time is running out before he vanishes again. Can Bruno find the evidence to stop him or will the killer escape his clutches once again?

 

Author Bio:

Robert Skuce says that he thought he was too pretty and small for prison so he decided to write about it instead. After dabbling in different genres, he found himself at home as a thriller/crime writer. A man who was born and raised in Eastern Ontario, Canada, in a small town, he decided to try his hand at creative novel writing. Turned out, he loved it and kept writing to improve his craft to become the writer he is today. He enjoys a good mystery and once in awhile he likes to go back to horror when it was simpler and less complicated than you find in this day and age.

Currently living in Southern Ontario with his wife and four kids, he enjoys long walks, time with his family and lazy afternoons getting caught up on television. He loves playing with computers and is the household personal IT technician. When he goes out, you can find him exploring the different restaurants his city has to offer and driving in the countryside.  He is always looking for new places to be the basis of his books. He photographs abandoned buildings and unique parts of town in order to create a sense of realism in his books.

Filled with ideas and personalities that are unique, he is always coming up with a new and twist-filled story that will make its way to the pages everyone can enjoy. Captivating his readers with the difficulty in his books and leaving them trying to figure out who did it, will make you want to keep reading to see what Robert Skuce will come up with next!

 

Here are his enlightening responses to my interrogation:

Do you have a specific writing style?

I write my books from multiple viewpoints. An example is not only the killer, but the cop that is hunting him. Generally, I find that multiple viewpoints are more interesting for me as a writer.

 

How did you come up with the title?

I have this image of the characters and story in mind and start to build it from there. Usually, it is during this process the title comes to me.

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing started as a child when we were assigned The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The images that came to me then as I read that book never left.

 

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I liked the irony of a stalker named Ashley Truelove so the series Lee Truelove came to me.

 

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Bruno is my favorited character. He is a good cop dealing with bad choices and being pulled in all directions. He is the guy torn between loyalty to friends and his own moral values.

 

What can we expect from you in the future?

Currently, I am working on two series. There’s the Lee Truelove series which follows Lee’s journey from Stalker to serial killer as well as Logan Lupus. These characters cross through each other’s books and build towards a great showdown.

 

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

The books in my current series take place in my city so there isn’t a lot of traveling, but I do plan on traveling through Canada to research various cities for future books. I will be seeing Kingston Ontario soon so I can search the prison. My books refer to Bloodvien prison which is based on the Kingston pen. I actually have a funny story about that. I told my parents that I was going to prison, but something happened that I had to go before the conversation finished. I checked my phone a few hours later and I had missed four calls. I guess I should have added that the prison is closing and it was for book research.

 

Who designed the covers?

I design my own covers. It’s inspiring to create the story and try and create an image for the passion that you put into it.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Generally, when I get excited the story just flows from me, but there are times when writer’s block kicks in. It is like having all these ideas and no way to express them.

 

Do you see writing as a career?

Of course, I would like to see writing as a career. I love writing and have a million ideas bouncing through my head, but even if I never earn a living writing I will always write.

 

Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Kiss of Death; Thriller/Mystery/Crime

Kiss of Death is a serial killer on the hunt again after a 5-year hiatus, he eluded detective Bruno Norcross once, but will he manage to escape again?

 

Give Kiss of Death a try. When you do, please leave a review at the retailer site where you purchased it. Reviews are so appreciated by authors and can help other readers find and enjoy them.  Thanks.