Hi Fellow Writer… wonderful to have you here. I hope you enjoy the blog.
I won’t hold you up… Click around the site, and don’t forget the archives. In August 2016, FFW Blog will be a decade old, so there’s lots to read.
Apropos of which. Please do me a favor. If you have a query, or a request, please get in touch. Let me know what you need on this site, and I’ll do my very best to provide it.
I’ve been writing professionally since the late 1970s. Writing became my full-time business sometime in the 1980s, and I started teaching writing in community colleges in the early 1990s.
My first foray into pro writing was as a romance novelist. Editors, publishing houses and literary agents made me miserable. I wrote magazine articles as a diversion, then small businesses began to hire me as a copywriter — I still write copy for clients, because I adore it.
Sometime in the late 1990s, when I began ghostwriting, and writing business books for trad publishers, I launched my first blog. I’ve got a feeling that my first blog was on Blogger — well before Blogger was acquired by Google in 2003.
Blogging enchanted and exhilarated me from the first moment. I LOVE, love, love blogging. What’s NOT to like about instant publishing? I still can’t believe that I can write something or other, and publish it instantly.
If we haven’t met, online or off, I’m pleased to virtually meet you. 🙂
On this blog…
So, what can you expect to find on this blog? Essentially, you’ll get a kaleidoscopic view of writing for money in the new millennium.
Freelance writing has changed unbelievably since I started my freelance career, around thirty years ago. Now, I can send an editor a email message and he receives it in minutes. In 1975, I had an IBM golfball typewriter, made copies with carbon paper, and sent my work to editors in the UK and USA via air mail. If I sent a letter to an editor, it could take a month or longer to get a response. I can still remember correcting proofs for my first novel and sending my editor a telegram with some last-minute changes.
However, the changes for writers have gone far beyond just the speed at which we can communicate. The opportunities for freelance writers are unlimited now, because writers can be publishers too. You can set up a blog within a couple of minutes, put some advertising or affiliate links on it, and make some money within an hour or two.
Because writing for money (we’re all about the money, here ;-))has changed so much, and there are so many new markets, on this site we can’t hope to cover everything…
So, in 2016, I cover writing as a business, and self-publishing. And blogging, and copywriting, and, and… 🙂 Please explore, and let me know what YOU need. Please let me know your thoughts too. What’s challenging for you? What do you wish was easier?
Share your thoughts — I base my blog posts on questions from my writing students, and on processes I create for them. ALL THE ADVICE ON THIS BLOG WORKS… IT’S BEEN TESTED, BY ME, AND BY MY STUDENTS. It’s unfortunate that I need to mention that, but there’s so much “advice” for writers online that’s it’s necessary.
Onward. Have fun! I wish you all success with your writing.
And I wish for you that writing brings you as much joy as it has me. 🙂
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