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Found a New Writing Site

Recently I found a new writing site, I think it was because I followed a link provided by one of my friends on Facebook. Surprisingly, it panned out. It’s another site similar to Elance.com and freelancers.com in that it allows writers and clients to meet up online with the client paying for the writing that the writer performs.

One thing different with this site is that it allows the writer to provide links to other places they’ve been published before in the form of clips on their Portfolio.

I haven’t taken the time to work out all the logistics of the site as yet, but when a client finds a writer that writes the way that they in particular prefers, they ask the writer to write for them. They then put the fee they are paying into an escrow fund on the site and when the project is completed the writer can then access those funds via their PayPal account.

Some people are afraid to use PayPal, but it is pretty much the only method that most paying sites will use. I have used it for several years now and I’ve always received my funds in the manner in which the website has as their policy. Many sites wait until at least ten dollars is in the account before they will release the money to the writer.

Sometimes there can be a problem with this. I used to write for a site that is no longer in business, although they have recommended a new site that may be even better than the previous one. For this, I’m talking about a site I used to write for called videojugpages.com. There is still videojug.com-the video portion of the site, but no longer the writing portion. The new site they recommended is enthuseme.com. I did begin setting up an account with them and probably should check it out further. I may find that the problem I began discussing before this long explanation might be taken care of if I write for them also.

The problem I have is that I have approximately six dollars sitting in my Amazon account, but like many others they wait until ten dollars have accrued before making those funds available to their associates/affiliates.  I had displayed links to books on my pages with videojugpages.com that others must have clicked on and then purchased materials. Now that videojugpages.com is no longer open, I may never see that money. On the other hand, possibly enthuseme.com will incorporate many of the same features that videojugpages did allowing me to continue to add to what is already sitting in my account.

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Back to where I began. The new site I joined recently is contently.com. I tried to link my portfolio here, but I won’t know if it worked until I publish this post as it’s not showing up in the preview.  I am just getting started, but you can check out my link and see if it’s something you might be interested in yourself. (Just in case, I will put the link down below) I’d be curious what places any of you might write for. I’ve heard good and bad things about many of the places for freelancers and I think a lot of it has to do with the effort involved into making it work.

http:marshamussselman.contently.com

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Checking In With My Readers

Just thought I’d stop and check in with my readers. I’ve stopped doing the 30 day blogging challenge if you didn’t notice that already on your own. Since I’m trying to get things done in my house so I can delegate more of my free time this winter to research and writing in my many blogs, I decided that any extra thing I get involved in takes away from my goals in that area.

I did the prompt blogging for six days, and that was enough. I found that all the members of the group weren’t even doing the posting this month as it’s considered an unofficial month. Every other month is either official or unofficial. On the unofficial months the members that want to take part take turns giving a prompt while the rest write something relating to that prompt.

For the official months the group leader gives all the prompts and there are prizes involved to those that participate. Nano took enough of my time,.I need to minimize the extra tasks I take on, not make things worse, otherwise, I’ll never get things accomplished.

I’m hoping to work the revisions into my husband’s book within the month and then begin to send his manuscript to a friend that has agreed to proof it for us. Rather than working with the small press as we had planned we may check into publishing the ebook format first with Amazon.

 

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Let’s Go Nano-ing, Shall We?

Even though I’m posting this on 10/31/12, I worked on writing it the day before hoping to write even more. I may write another post later today while everyone else is ‘trick or treating’.

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What is nano-ing, you might ask? Nano is short for NaNoWriMo, and that in turn is short for National Novel Writing Month, which is in November.

The goal of nano is to write a 50k word novel in one month, the idea is to write, write, write without going back and doing any editing whatsoever. Those entering the contest aren’t supposed to begin the novel before the first of November, so it’s highly improbable that anyone would have it ready for publication when November is over.

In fact, I ran across a nanoedmo contest elsewhere. That stands for National Novel Editing Month. Most of the things we write needs editing not just once, but several times to make it the best.

I am a submission editor for a Small Press publishing company and one thing I have found is that many new authors have a friend, spouse, or relative read their work, and if that person doesn’t see issues that need fixing then the author figures it’s good to go.

I’ve seen this from experience also. I know someone close to me that wrote a murder/suspense novel. He allowed several co-workers to read it as it he got chapters finished. All of them loved the book. I found a few things that needed to be changed, and he had a problem fixing them because the rest of those that read it had no problem with what I felt were inconsistencies.

We did have a writer friend take a look at it and she pointed out several things that we needed to change relating to punctuation and certain grammar issues. Even then it didn’t pass muster when sent in. The submission editor there found things that I didn’t think about, (I’m still new at this). When it’s revised I hope to find someone with an English major, or a degree in copy-editing to make sure it’s right.

But, I digress. After joining the writing site, I found out about nano and had an idea of what I could write when the contest began. I don’t remember what I wrote about, but I know I didn’t do very well. During that month I read things about some of the participants taking part in a prep group to get ready for putting their all into writing during the designated month.

There is a whole list of things they try to accomplish to get ready to write without actually writing the novel before the contest begins. Things like working out a back-story for both the antagonist and protagonist. Another thing they do is draw a map. It could be a map of the world if it’s a sci-fi/fantasy novel. For my second attempt, it was the inside of a factory where much of the story takes place. Doing this prep in October hopefully makes it easier for the creative juices to flow in November without drying up, or getting the dreaded ‘writer’s block’.

The second time I participated, I did most of the prep work in October that helped me write more than I did the first time, although I still fell short of the goal of 50k words. I’m not sure whether inexperience had something to do with it or not having enough meat to the story line, or working more than expected.

Since then, I haven’t bothered to consider nano. A friend on the writing site began several years ago to do something that she calls Nano Rebel, she did this only on the writing website, not on the official web site. She is hoping to do freelance work and writing articles more than writing novels.

She invited others to become a nano rebel this year with here. I wasn’t going to do it because I thought if I don’t have the time to write a novel, then I wouldn’t have the time to do that either, but since then, I have changed my mind.

I need to build consistence in my writing habits and what better way to do this than to participate in this way. Included in this project will be writing on my many blogs, writing new articles or stories, doing reviews and things of that nature. Basically anything new I write. It won’t include editing something previously written.

I’m not sure yet where I will post my endeavors. I may make a new page on this blog to contain my nano rebel efforts and divide it up according to the type of writings it is including. I considered putting it on my webs blog as I haven’t used that one yet other than saying I wasn’t planning on using it. I get a lot of views here, so it would make sense to use Word Press as the place to display this.

My goal will be to write approximately 1666 words per day.

This post is 863 words.

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General Freelancing Sites

I joined another freelancing site similar to Elance in which the organization allows writers to be matched up with jobs. Generally, writers state how much they will charge to write an article or story or whatever it is the person paying wants. Some are even looking for ghost writers.

The new site I registered with is simply called: freelancer.com. I thought it was freelancing.com, which would be very easy to remember, but after trying to log in several times, I checked my list of websites I’ve joined and found it was really freelancer.com

There is a freelancing.com but I didn’t join that one and don’t plan on it at this time, so I don’t know how different it may be.

Freelancer.com works in a similar manner to Elance except when an author has been around for a bit, they will have ratings and other specification under their name so that those considering them for a job would know how reliable they might be. The same goes for those paying for skills requested.

Elance may actually have these same ratings in place by now. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve checked out their site.

After I registered for freelancer.com, I read that those type of sites were questionable at best since a lot of those looking for work are from other countries and offer their skills for less money than most writers in the US would want to consider, making it harder for the rest of us to make decent money doing what we enjoy.

Once I read that, I decided not to visit either site any longer, or consider it for a way to make some extra money. Since then, though, I did hear from another writer that those sites are just as valid of a place to offer services as magazines or newspapers. In fact, a writer or other skill provider might find that they are able to make more money from working for this type of site than they would in certain venues, especially if they would be seen as an unknown.

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Different platforms and websites for writing and blogging

Originally posted on Typepad.com on January 19, 2011

I started a blog on typepad before I began my blogs with wordpress. Typepad was the fourth web site that I utilized to blog. I also have several web sites that I use to write different types of articles. I’ve been paid to write for Ehow.com and videojugpages.com. I’m a bit curious whether anyone else in blog land has found a decent platform to make money either blogging or writing articles and other materials, and if so whether they might care to share what site they prefer. Just found WEbook, haven’t joined, not sure that I will or at least not until a later date. Any comments about any site I know about or not is fine by me.

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