When I’m not busy creating works of fiction that threaten to upend the very foundation of the literary world and advance the written word into new dimensions of genius once thought unattainable, I actually have some paying gigs on the side.
I should probably promote these side gigs from time to time, if for no other reason than to promote my free-lance writing and editing services to anyone in need of free-lance writing and editing services (at very competitive rates!). The work mostly involves your basic web content, straight and to the point, very SEO-friendly, focused mainly on small business and personal finance.
I’ve largely ditched journalism because I got burned out on it after three decades, and because the pay sucks for the amount of time you put into it, and because I don’t really have the time anymore anyway, and any free time I do have I should be devoting to fiction, and…..
About that: I’ve produced a fair amount of fiction over the last few years — a short story collection (available here), a full-length novel (unpublished, so far), a novella (ditto), a couple of longish short stories and many short ones like this and this and a couple that were published in this — but I really should be writing more. I’ve been stuck in the second chapter of a second novel for about a month-and-a-half now and I feel guilty about that, but you see I really DO have paying gigs coming in that demand my time, so I guess I shouldn’t feel that guilty. Plus there’s the cooking and house chores and bike rides and such, so…..
Anyway, one of my free-lance jobs is with Seek Business Capital, which provides small business consulting and loan procurement services in addition to blog content designed to help small businesses make better decisions. Here is my author page if you want to see the kinds of articles I write for them. Again, it’s all straightforward stuff, nothing flashy, but plenty informative and worth reading if you own a small business or know someone who does. I have professional experience in both the business world and business journalism, which helps bring a little personal expertise.
Another client of mine is GoBankingRates, a personal finance site where I mainly edit and occasionally write articles. Again, some pretty helpful stuff on this website if you need financial advice. I also research and write quarterly market reports for a commercial real estate company that I probably shouldn’t name here, so if you need more info on that please contact me directly.
So that’s the status report on this morning in early 2020. Again, if you need writing or editing help, feel free to contact me and we’ll chat.