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January 14th, 2003
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Basic Freelance Writing
I got my first emails for my freelance writing class yesterday. The class is conducted entirely over an email list (the instructor is in California). Our first assignment is just to introduce ourselves. Then, we are going to submit an article idea, then we're going to research some places that might buy it. Writing an article isn't a requirement of the class, but the instructor says that it's very doable and that people have made their first sale with articles written for her class.

There's a recommended reading list for the class. The first thing is getting a copy of Writer's Market. Being lazy, I opted for the online version, which is more up-to-date and also only $2.99 per month. I may spend some time in some bookstores soon and look for some of the other books.

I should probably send out my introduction email to the list.

The mango side dish was a success last night, and it successfully used up all of the mangoes.

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Date:January 14th, 2003 05:31 am (UTC)
The mango side dish was a success last night, and it successfully
used up all of the mangoes.

how magnanimous of you, mangling mangoes for maniacal guests.
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Date:January 14th, 2003 05:52 am (UTC)
The following is a quote from another friend's journal:

"As far as my financial situation, I think the problem isn't how hard I'm working but what kind of hourly wage I'm making. A new business acquaintance with a lot of editing experience tells me that I can easily charge $30 per hour for freelance editing. She found more jobs than she could handle, just from putting up flyers. I think I am going to go that route. Transcription, while a useful thing to fall back on, only makes me between $13-16 per hour, which just doesn't make sense for me."

That was just in reference to a previous post you made about money concerns. Seems like this might be up your alley. Perhaps you could find some editing for people's theses?
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Date:January 14th, 2003 05:56 am (UTC)
Good idea. I should make up some flyers and post them up at various schools and such. Probably posting it at places around Davis and Harvard Squares would be good, too.

And I should probably post something on craigslist.
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