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How Much Money Does a Writer Make? [2017]

Howdy, writers! First, my annual disclaimer: If you think it’s impolite to talk about finances, skip this article! So, one question aspiring writers often ask is, “Can I make a living at this?” It’s not a matter of greed, but … Continue reading

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A Surprise Royalty Statement

It’s hard to budget as a writer, since you don’t know what you’re earning until it shows up in your mailbox. A few days ago, I got a royalty statement and check for my most recent poetry collection, which is … Continue reading

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Get This Thing Done!

All right, I have been fiddling around with a mammoth writing project off and on since February. I am now at the “get this thing out of my sight” stage. Since it’s not something under contract, I keep sort of … Continue reading

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How Much Money Does a Writer Make? [2016]

Hello, writers! I’ll start with my annual disclaimer. If you think it’s impolite to talk about finances, skip this article! Now that that’s out of the way…One question I hear often from aspiring writers is, “Can I make a living … Continue reading

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Deciding What to Work on When

Well, this topic could take up a whole book, and I have 22 minutes to write this post. But in our MFR Facebook Community, a question that came up on a recent Live Video chat was, How do you balance … Continue reading

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How Much Money Does a Writer Make? [2015 edition]

I am a working writer, and my emphasis is always on the writing. Still, I do various things to earn income, and here, I’ll break down my 2015 income, including writing, teaching, speaking, etc. Continue reading

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Making a Living as a Writer: Readjusting Your Income Streams

Feast or famine. I talked about that recently. For a freelance writer, it always seems like you have periods of intense, overwhelming busy-ness alternating with periods of no assignments and no good news at all. When you’re super busy, it’s … Continue reading

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Making a Living as a Writer: How to Develop a Brand New Income Stream

In one of my earlier Making a Living posts, I talked about brainstorming a list of possible income streams (things you might be able to do to earn money). I shared my experience with starting to expand my copyediting income … Continue reading

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Making a Living as a Writer: Applying the 80/20 Rule to Editors/Clients

I really connected to Lisa’s post recently about how different an experience writing for the same project can be when you change editors. Recently, I was reading the book The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. This … Continue reading

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Making a Living as a Writer: Writing Through Chaos

Hi! I haven’t touched base in a little while because this past month has been utter CHAOS. We’ve been helping our daughter Maddie get ready to move to Scotland for 2-3 years’ social justice work. Here we are at the … Continue reading

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