The Value of Off-Topic Freelancing

I lied to all of you.  I told you that I was writing novels full-time.  That’s not precisely true.  I *am* writing full-time, but I’m supplementing my novel writing with some legal writing, drawing on my background as a lawyer and as a librarian.  So far, the freelancing has proven invaluable to my full-time writing career. First, there’s the matter of payment.  I get paid for my books on a (very)...

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Bits and Pieces

Before I started this full-time writing thing, I had envisioned how my days would work: I would sit down at my desk at 9 and write until 1. I’d take an hour for lunch, then sit down at 2 and write till 5:30. Perfect, simple, balanced – very similar to my days as a librarian. Yeah, right. Take yesterday, for example. I corresponded with Editing Client #1 about her manuscript, offering additional explanation of comments that I’d...

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