At her other site, WritePartTime, she professes that a person can write part-time and earn $30,000 to $80,000 a year. And she's living proof it can be done. In 2008, she made $70,000. In 2009, $60,000. In 2010 she went through a "vicious pregnancy" and still earned $40,000. Wow. Especially when you consider that 27 percent of those responding to a writing survey conducted by Kelly James-Enger professed to earning less than $20,000 in 2010.
In her e-book Full-Time Income in Part-Time Hours, she talks about three main concerns if you want to be a writer earning a decent income - time management, money management, and client management.
Time Management - Specializing is key. So is maximizing your up time per your biological clock, then every little piece of in-between moments you can snatch. Finally, don't over-commit, unless you want to work full-time, and then don't over-commit to where you are working overtime. In other words, plan.
Money Management - Say no to low-paying gigs. Where have you heard that before? Also, the shorter pieces result in less income per hour spent writing it. You almost do the same research as you would for a feature. And avoid reprints. Too little income for the work chasing the markets. Set income and production goals. Again, plan.
Client Management - Develop anchor clients. Ditch the iffy clients who aren't reliable. Be a perfectionist in your work. Specialize (again) but diversify to a certain degree, especially when it comes to media to write for. Again, plan.
I've made it sound easy. Gretchen goes into more detail about how it's so possible to earn a living freelancing. She answers questions you might ask in another section and covers examples from other writers in another called Tales from the Trenches. This last one is a goldmine section, friends.
I like this lady. She's genuine. Full-time Income in Part-time Hours is a nice addition to your resource list of e-books. . . unless you just write for the fun of it and have decided it isn't about the money.
Giveaway Time! Kate Staron is the lucky winner of Full-time Income in Part-time Hours.