Freelancing

I started freelance ghostwriting in September 2009. A little late by some standards, given my age at the time (42) but I was reinventing myself after having served a 20 to life sentence in corporate America. I didn’t have any professional writing experience when I started and I had to do a lot of on the job training. Every time I learned something, I made note of it and tried not to make the same mistake twice. While I was registered with Elance (an online bidding platform that matched clients with freelancers) I was asked to write a regular column for their blog. Although they’ve since merged with UpWork (I didn’t follow them) and are now closed, I thought some of the advice might be relevant to both new and struggling freelancers. Not all of it pertains to getting jobs though a bidding site. I hope my advice is helpful.

Journalistic Integrity

As writers and journalists, we have an obligation to tell the story: accurately, completely and truthfully. Good writers don't have to embellish to make a story gripping. By being truthful and accurate in our reporting, the words tell the story. To do otherwise means we're no better than Fox News and The National Enquirer. We…
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