How to Make a Living Freelance Writing

Have you ever dreamed of being a full-time writer?

I did. I left my full-time job as a marketing writer and became a full-time freelance writer. And honestly, I struggled. I quickly discovered there was a lot more to freelance writing than writing.

Eventually, I took a job as a newspaper reporter. I enjoyed it because I could write and not worry about things like marketing, cash flow, finding keywords, writing queries, etc. Then the newspaper I worked for folded, and I found myself needing work. I went back to freelance writing, but this time, I knew what to expect. I was better prepared for what was needed to make a living a full-time writer.

I have now been a full-time freelance writer for 14 years, and my business continues to grow. It also continues to shift focus from time to time as I learn more and move to stay current with the market. How to Make a Living Freelance Writing is a distilling of what I have learned to the essentials you need to make the decision whether to become a full-time writer and how to establish your foundation as a freelance writer.

How to Make a Living Freelance Writing will show you:
• Why freelance writers are needed and how to fill that need.
• What types of freelance writing are available.
• How to get started.
• Developing multiple streams of income (often from the same material).
• The business side of things.
• Marketing your and developing your platform.

You will also find plenty of examples and strategy tips to make your transition to a successful freelance writer as easy as possible. It’s time to take that first step and Write Now!


Meet James Rada Jr.

James Rada, Jr. is an Amazon.com-bestselling author non-fiction history and historical fiction. His books include the historical novels Canawlers, October Mourning, Between Rail and River and The Rain Man. His non-fiction books are Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses and Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland. He lives in Gettysburg, Pa., where he works as a freelance writer. Jim has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing.

The Resilient Writer – Insights & Inspiration on the Writing Life & Business of Being an Author

To be a serious writer requires courage, resilience, and uncommon perseverance. It means doing the work even if you’re not in the mood, don’t feel inspired, and aren’t writing particularly well. It’s risking criticism and repeated rejection by publishers, endless rewrites, and editors who demand perfectly written sentences (if not entire chunks) be removed for the story’s sake.

Connecting with like-minded writers can help when doubt and fear threaten to stall you, but others will not always be able to offer the support you need when you need it most. This is where the value lies in having a resource such as The Resilient Writer on hand.

The first edition of The Resilient Writer was published in 2014. It took roughly six months to compile that collection and another three months to complete this updated and expanded version. You might question investing that much time in a little book of quotes when millions are available for free.

Rather than yet another How To book or compilation of familiar, well-worn quotations, my mission from the beginning has been to create an invaluable resource tool that follows a clear path for what it means to be a writer today.

From finding time for it all and dealing with the challenges of writer’s block and repeated rejection to mastering the craft and the business of being an author. By any measure, this journey is not for the faint of heart.

Writing is a messy, solitary process that takes over your life, and few outsiders will ever understand, but those who’ve spent time with it are hooked for life. I sincerely hope you find value, insight, and inspiration in this book, not just for today but for years to come as you continue to grow as a writer.


Meet Marquita Herald

Marquita Herald is an author, publisher, resilient living strategist, award-winning life and small business coach, and unapologetic Introvert