Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Ask for prior experience and references from former clients. Know what you want to say, be willing to provide as much information as possible and then let the writer do his/her thing. Also know what's most important within your needs-- timeliness, accuracy, flexibility -- or all of these?
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. How hard the business of freelance writing really is for to most writers today. With the rise of the Internet, social media and so many people believing they can do it themselves, earning a living as a freelance writer remains one of the toughest jobs for contractors and sub-contractors.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. After 25 years in the business, I have a solid body of published work. I've also proven my versatility: from published articles on topics ranging from business to human interest, to books both nonfiction and fiction.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What I like most is the freedom and flexibility of working for myself. I also like knowing that my published work leaves a type of "legacy" for my children and grand-children. What appears on the printed page will outlast me. That's a good feeling.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Writing is a profession that often chooses you, not the other way around. Like most writers, I write because I must. It is a form of communication that seeks an outlet even when I don't feel like writing, or become discouraged and disillusioned. I have left it and always return. That's why I call my website "onceawriter..." as in always a writer.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I just completed the editing of a unique marketing book called "Contrarian Marketing," which I believe to be a polished, important work that will provide something new in the world of business. I am also proud of the fact that I undertook a fiction work after many years of writing nonfiction. It required me to stretch and grow.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes, it's important to stay abreast of all new developments, particularly social media and how it will impact print works. I retain a membership in the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA), attend relevant conferences and read online works related to my field. I also communicate with other writers, all ages, to determine what's going on in the workforce.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. An article for an internal publication at Mission Hospitals System. It involved numerous phone and on site interviews, reseach into factual information, and approval of all content. Cost was $65.00 per hour, my current hourly rate as a freelance writer.