That said, with writing not paying 100% of the bills just now, but my love of writing eclipsing my love of most other money-making endeavors, I've decided to try my hand at freelance editing. I recently completed editing a romance novel/chick lit novel through the freelance service Upwork, and while editing isn't all rainbows and butterflies, I liked it and think that it has already helped with my own writing and editing.
I'm wondering if any of you have also broken into freelance work, either freelance editing, column-writing, or some other non-writing related freelance endeavor and have some tips or words of wisdom to impart. Or some hilarious stories to share, because who doesn't like hilarious stories?
It's an exciting world out there. Have fun living it!
Breaking into Editing
I'm an author, and in an ideal world I would be an author who made my living completely from writing. The Talented would be a bestseller, and people would be clamoring for it with almost as much enthusiasm (and much more hope) than they are the new George R.R. Martin book. Barring that, The Talented would have a higher ranking in the Kindle store (oh the miseries of being as-yet undiscovered). Alas, this is not an ideal world. I can't eat unlimited amounts of cake batter without gaining weight, there isn't a Pokémon Go stop conveniently located in my bedroom, and I can't yet support myself with my writing.
My name is J.R. McGinnity, I am a former English teacher with a passion for writing fantasy novels with strong female leads.