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The Joys (and Pains) of Working Full-Time from Home

I work full-time from home as a freelance writer. I work with SEO content firms, I get paid to write independent music and book reviews, I write blog posts for businesses and individuals, I do editing for a board game company, and the list goes on.

I’ve you’ve ever worked in this industry you know that most of these jobs have sporadic assignments. Even though I work full-time from home, sometimes I only have part-time work (and part-time pay, of course).

I love what I do. I get to do what I love for a living. It’s not easy. There are days when I want to pull my hair out. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. The stress just pushes me to work harder. I love a challenge.

I have been a full-time freelance writer since 2010. Before that, I was doing it part-time for about five years, while still punching the clock elsewhere. I knew better than to drop everything to chase a dream without having a plan in place.

I’ve been able to support three people on my income for a few years at a time. Then, there are the times where I didn’t even think I was going to be able to support myself. It’s part of the life, and you get used to it. You learn as you go.

My best advice, if you’re thinking about writing full-time for others, is to test the waters before you dive in. You have to continually be on the lookout for work. You don’t get insurance or days off. I didn’t get these things working in retail either.

You also have to continue learning. The styles of online writing are continually changing. You have to be a GREAT writer to make a living at this. If your writing is mediocre, you won’t make it for long.

You do get to help people. You get the satisfaction of seeing your words on the web and in print. And, you get to do something fun for a living.

This is my job. I am not unemployed, I am self-employed. There’s a difference.

Posted in art, Books, Life Experience

Creating: Art, Books & A New Life

My life is all about creating. I embrace change. I embrace growth. I thrive on creativity. I think, to be a talented writer you need these things. Some people fear change. I’ve known people like this and I’ve seen it destroy them, I’ve seen it make their hopes for talent fall short until they give up, refusing to learn or change. I learn something new every day. I thrive on continuing my education. Recently, I started attending free webinars every chance I get, and I’ve signed back up on Udemy to take free courses on almost anything (my first two have been a witchcraft class and a class on writing celebrity biographies).

ART: I may have opted out of ever entering ArtPrize, but that will not stop me from making art. In fact, I have some fun collage art/word art handmade zines up for sale on Etsy, and more to come. I am also still working on my own tarot deck. It will consist of only the major arcana, but it will be awesome. AND, I’ve decided to use collage art for all future Frankie the Firefly books.

BOOKS: My book writing may seem as though it’s on hiatus since it’s been a few months since I last published anything. I assure you, there are books in the works. I like to take my time and ensure I include everything that needs to be in the book to make it the best version possible. Plus, editing takes time. The next books you’ll see from me (and from my publishing company) are a self-help book titled The Jealousy Remedy, an all-new Frankie the Firefly, and the first occult book from Dogopus. However, before these books find their way to print I am finishing up my dissertation on positive thinking and how it can change your life (which will become part of a future book).

LIFE: For me, life is combined fully with art, books, writing, learning, and love. I am slowly developing a small tribe with similar interests. I have been able to embrace my love of spirituality and the occult again without someone chastising me for my beliefs and interests. I am able to create freely, and the man in my life supports me. This is a glorious feeling- having mutual love, respect, and support for one another. It’s something I didn’t even know could exist in a relationship. It’s a beautiful thing. I’ve been able to move on from bad relationships and negativity. I have found my positive side again and fully embraced it.

Most importantly, I have decided to expand my writing career in many ways and am learning new writing techniques and investing more time in researching gigs that fit my desires. It’s a great feeling doing what you love for a living. It’s an even greater feeling knowing you’re putting your all into putting out the best work possible.

Posted in art, Art Therapy, Books, Freelance Writer, Indie Author, Life Experience

Is it a human thing, a woman thing, or a writer/creative thing?

I can never make up my mind. I am not sure what causes it, hence the questioning blog title. I am pretty sure that this was about the third or fourth year I decided to enter ArtPrize. I’ve decided I’m not going to, and that if I ever say it again, people should just assume I’ve lost my mind.

 

Here are the collage pieces I did for “We ARE Art.” The opening art piece I did will become the cover for a future handmade zine I make… which these other pieces may or may not be included in (I haven’t decided yet).

On to the changes in writing…

I am not going to publish my dissertation as a book once I finish it and it’s graded, although it will be “part” of a future book. Also, I am considering writing more Vocal articles again, since the new “full-time” gig isn’t giving me any “full-time” work and is greatly falling short of the expectations they gave me. I am not sure what I’ll write about. I’d love to come up with some more stellar pieces like my Ouija Board article. If you have any topic ideas, feel free to leave a comment with them. I mostly write health & wellness, occult/New Age, writing, and small business marketing articles.

As far as other projects underway, I am at least halfway through the text/poem for Following Frankie the Firefly, which means I can start on artwork anytime now. I am also over halfway through The Jealousy Remedy.

For now, if you haven’t checked out the books I currently have published, you can find them on Amazon.

Posted in Books, Dogopus, fortune teller, Freelance Writer, Indie Author, update

Introducing Dogopus the Fortune Teller

I know it’s been a bit since I touched base with my fans and readers. I came down with a cold early in the month, then went right into a sinus infection, then had a toothache, and on Wednesday I had three teeth extracted. I’m still in pain.

I haven’t been extremely productive lately. I am just going to call March my “month off” and start fresh with April.

I have two fantastic interviews completed for the first issue of #supportgrandrapids Literary Journal. We also have a poem submitted already. I am getting pretty excited about this and can’t wait to see what submissions roll in this month before the May deadline gets here.

I managed to add a few words to my dissertation. I hit all my work deadlines. And, I came up with a new idea. I guess that’s at least some sort of productivity.

28616596_2034560670189455_1881876833941854615_oDogopus the Fortune Teller will have some of his own books in print. Hoping to have the first one out this year, maybe by Halloween. They will be a series of books on fortune telling and other “occult” topics (as you’d expect from a dog/octopus wizard puppet).

Dogopus may also be starring in a music video…

Tons of ideas, but this sick-month was a significant setback. Here’s to a better month!

Posted in Books, Freelance Writer, Indie Author

Accepting that I AM a publisher

With the new year comes new ideas and new adventures.

My newest adventure has been launching my own publishing business. I will be getting my dba soon. Right now the only books I am publishing are my own, as well as the #supportgrandrapids Literary Journal. However, in the future, I may take on more publishing projects (especially if I can convince my future husband to publish a manuscript of his that’s currently sitting in my office).

This idea came after I read an article about the business of self-publishing. Essentially, it said that once you publish your own book, you’ve started a publishing business. I thought, so be it. And here we are.

So, my publishing business has the adorable name Glass Goat Publishing. My fiance, of his many pet-names for me, likes to call me glass goat because of my last name (Glasgow). I decided it was just right for this new adventure, and thus Glass Goat Publishing was born. Even after we’re married, I will still work and publish under the name Yvonne Glasgow, although I will be taking his last name.

My first goal under Glass Goat Publishing has been editing my five currently published books and adding the Glass Goat Publishing label to them. They remain published under the same ISBN, but they read better and have the addition of a “temporary” business logo. I am having a permanent logo designed by a super-talented GR artist, C.R. Warner. I can’t wait to share that with you when it’s ready.

I hope you’ve been having a productive 2018 so far! Mine is amazing.

Posted in Books, Freelance Writer, Indie Author, Poetry, update

Resurrecting Frankie the Firefly and #supportgrandrapids

It’s been just over a month since my last update. Sorry about that. I got busy. I’m still busy. My freelance business is back to Level: Success. It’s so successful that I hardly have time to work on anything, but I am when I can.

I have 9 active freelance gigs right now. Only one of them is steady and full-time. I’m, at the least, doubling my income this month from what it was in January. Want to know how I do it? I charge for that.

My dissertation is on the backburner this month. I WILL get it done and submit it in March. I am no longer doing the “post a day” on Vocal since I have too much writing work to do already, and I want my “free” time for my own writing projects.

Speaking of my own “projects”, here is what I am working on:

Alone– This month I started working on a short story about a serial killer. I’ve been obsessed with learning about serial killers since I was a kid. Finally, I am putting some of that obsession to work. Once I complete the story ( I am shooting for between 3000 and 5000 words) I will be submitting it for publishing in an anthology or literary journal.

Following Frankie the Firefly– Because of a refound love for collage art, I finally feel like I’m ready to bring back Frankie the Firefly. I am going to create the art for the book using collage art.

I already have the intention to turn this into a series. Following the first book (no pun intended) I will be working on a gardening book and a camping book featuring Frankie! If you want to keep up on Frankie follow THIS PAGE on Facebook.

#supportgrandrapids– The zine is coming back, kind of. I am still working out the plan. It won’t be anything like it was before. It might only be available for purchase as an eBook. Or, I might have it available in print, but not sell copies myself and you’ll only be able to get a copy by ordering it on Amazon. I am considering making it more of an “anthology” than a “zine” this time since it is a BOOK. It will be quarterly, NOT monthly. To keep up on #supportgrandrapids you can follow THIS PAGE on Facebook.

Along with all of that, I still have a list of books I am working on, including The Jealousy Remedy. I hope to have that one out in the next month or so.

I am probably missing something… But you get the idea. I’m busy! And, I’m happy.

 

Posted in Freelance Writer, Indie Author, Life Experience, update

A Day In The Life…

A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Writer/Indie Author/Artist

I feel like this is something I have to describe to new people in my life far too often. If you’ve never worked from home as a contract writer/artist/whatever, you might not understand what it’s like to do it. I get that. We all live different lives, and different things work for different people.

Anyway, this is the last time I’m explaining. Now it will be right here online, easy to find. This is a look at my normal “workday.” I don’t get in a car and commute to an office, but I still have a job to do. I don’t have set work hours, but I still have assignments and deadlines.

My Day

Wake Up– Most of the time I sleep until noon. It’s the life of an artist. I don’t need to be up to punch a clock at 6 am. And, I like the nighttime, she’s my muse. I go to bed by 3 am, most nights (unless I’ve been sucked in by a review book).

Gig Hunt– If I am not making a substantial amount of money a month (meaning I am bringing in less than $3000) I am gig hunting. Freelance gigs don’t last forever, contracts end. Gig hunting and applying is something I try to do every day, Monday thru Friday. Some days I don’t find anything to apply to, some days I find a dozen perfect gigs. Some respond quickly, some never respond. And some days I have test articles to due (paid and unpaid).

Deadlines And Assignments– Not all assignments come packing a deadline, but I try to set myself deadlines because I don’t get paid if I don’t turn in the work. I treat my writing like a full-time job, even when I don’t have a full-time schedule of articles to work on. If I don’t have the paid work, I have stuff I do that doesn’t pay (because I enjoy it, because it allows me to help friends out sometimes, because the more you write, the more you learn). This is my income, this is my life. If I don’t work every day, I don’t make money, which means I can’t pay my bills.

Hobbies– When I don’t have work to do, in my spare time after my work is done, I work on my own books, write poems, create art, practice music, listen to music, watch streaming TV or movies, read books. These are the things I enjoy. These are the things I do instead of going to a bar and wasting money on alcohol or going to the theater and spending way too much to see a movie and eat some popcorn.

I know some people might see all this as a recipe for becoming a recluse. I still make time for friends, when they need me. I still go to Dale’s gigs from time to time to get out and be amongst the living. This is the life I live, this is the life I love.

I rarely get burned out these days. I take breaks when I need them. I focus on one thing until I get it done and then move onto the next project unless I need a break in between. This life works for me. I get to do what I love for a living and sometimes my words even help people, and that’s the best part.