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Who AM I?

Before I start posting on random, ranty topics, I figured I should do a brief intro. I am a professional freelance writer. I specialize in writing blog posts, web pages, advertising and marketing articles and informational articles. I also write crime and horror when I have free time. I rarely have free time.

I’ve been writing professionally since 2011, where I started writing articles for YCN. If you’re familiar with the freelancing market, you know that freelancers don’t specifically work at any location. It’s closer to contracting. You get 1099s instead of W-2s and none of the places you work for acknowledge your existence, provide references or anything else a normal employer would do. Yes, you can laugh, but I feel I need to make that clear because I don’t want anyone going – OH You work at Yahoo! No, I do not work at Yahoo or any other business. I work for myself. I work on a per article basis, and I am technically a small business owner. Hey, the IRS says I am.

I entered freelance writing after I lost my high-paying job in drink sales in early 2009. Yes, I managed to outlast the first half of the recession, but it didn’t save me. I spent three years unemployed and collecting unemployment while looking for another job. I never found one. About 12 months before my unemployment was set to expire, I took a few classes at Butler University in creative writing. I knew at that point that I was not going to be able to find another traditional job. I was too far outside the loop and no one was hiring. Honestly, I don’t think many businesses are hiring today either, at least not for the money I’d demand.

Back to learning: I was already a writer when I started taking classes at Butler. I’ve been writing since I was 11, but I didn’t have the skills to go from hobbyist to professional. I could not write in first person, and I could barely write in second person. The classes I took forced me to expand my writing ability, and they are the reason I can write professionally today.

You might be wondering if I actually make a decent living at it. The average yearly income of a freelance writer is 14,500. You may have read such books as the “Six Figure Freelance Writer” and other hyped up nonsense. The top one percent of the top one percent of freelance writers make over $100,000 a year. If you top $25,000 after five years of freelance writing, you’re doing good. I made $6,000 my first year. I made $9,000 my second year, and I made just under $12,000 last year. So, I can pay my bills if I do some incredible bill shuffling. I won’t get rich doing this, but I plug away at it because I can earn as much as I can earn or as much as is available in my numerous queues. Late spring, summer and fall are the best months. The work dies down right before Christmas and picks back up again in late April. Those are the realities, and that is my life.

I use sites like this to post articles on topics that are otherwise unsalable or to write on topics that irritate me or need more discussion or to open people’s minds to a new way of thinking. Hey, I’m a writer. I think differently by default.

Thank you all for reading my intro. Ranty articles will be forthcoming.

S.C.


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Comments

Laura-n-Sasha wrote on June 11, 2014, 10:40 PM

So do you know of BlogMutt? They pay $8 per article. Or are you on different ones besides Yahoo?

shadowconn wrote on June 12, 2014, 1:55 PM

No, I'm not on blogmutt. Didn't even know it existed. the other two that I participate in have strict author contact policies, so just to be safe I don't even list them. If a client from one of those cites were to ever contact me off of it, I could lose that revenue stream.

ashuli wrote on October 16, 2014, 3:38 AM

Hi there ! I am happy to start following you to read all of your new posts and know more about you through your writings... :)

shadowconn wrote on October 26, 2014, 2:35 PM

Yahoo's YCN network shut down at the end of July. I know nothing of blogmut. I work for various freelancing sites and run my own freelancing business.