As many of you know I have been trying this past couple of weeks to break into freelance writing. It's both simple and difficult at the same time. Some websites make it easy to get onto the pay roll. Then once on the pay roll it's up to you to get the jobs or assignments and then to write them. After you write it then the editor gets involved to make sure that it is original content and that it meets the standards of the site. That's when the actual client comes into play. They have to like what you have written or they're not going to purchase it. All of this is logical steps and yet when your article actually makes it to the end and gets purchased you can't wait to see where the client uses it... and that is where I am today.
You may recall that I wrote an article for a professional hockey player, Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche. Today I checked his site and what did I see on the front page... My Article!!! Yup that's right... my article... on the front page. Check it out for yourself: http://www.ryanoreilly.ca/
When I started writing having my work promoting someone else on their site was not even a single thought in my mind. But today, I can't begin to tell you how excited I am , or really how excited I was when I opened the site and saw my article right there on the front page! I jumped so hard that I nearly dropped my laptop.
Publication was always the plan but this just never occurred to me and it's taught me something. I had unknowingly boxed myself into a pretty narrow box. Printed media is on its way out. It may take another hundred years to get the world's libraries onto digital but it will happen and any author worth his or her salt will start investing their time and energy into digital media, it they haven't already. I was kind of afraid of the digital media aspect of writing. But as I'm becoming more familiar with how the world of freelance writing operates I am becoming less and less afraid. Oh I still hesitate and have to take a check up from the neck up and remind myself of my new mantra words "Don't be afraid of chances you are taking." And no it's not because it is what Joan Jet would do but I would like to someday say with honesty that I at least became unafraid of the chances I was taking.
I almost find it funny that I would need to remind myself to not be afraid. I have done things in my life that most people would consider brave even exceptionally brave. Yet still when putting myself out there for rejection in this manner still makes me feel apprehensive. So I am keeping my New Year's promise to myself and facing my fears. It's tougher than I thought that it would be. But I'm doing it.
This past week I have really devoted my time to the freelance thing. Getting it all up and running with all the various sites takes time and effort. But it is worth it. A person can make a decent amount of money if they dedicate some time. However because I've been setting up accounts and trying my hand at a few articles I haven't written anything in Michael's Folly. That is not to say that I have been idle. I have figured out how to bring about the event that leads to the defining event that brings about a close to the book. I didn't give any spoilers there... heheeehe.... no really, I'm going to throw a party and Michael is going to be allowed to attend. That choice will end up being a bad one and a good one.... depending upon the point of view. But it will bring about the end of the book.
With that said I have to get some things done before I go to work (at my day job) So please remember the Zombie run next Sunday and the MACA march in Carson City on the following Monday. The State Legislature has almost promised to call the Police! It could be fun!!
Be good to each other!!