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Freelance Writing: How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer by Janice Hally

Updated on October 6, 2014

Earn a Living Writing

Author Janice Hally has used her 30 years of experience in freelance writing to write the e-book Freelance Writing: How to Make a LIving as a Freelance Writer.

Janice Hally is a Scottish writer who has written screenplays, books, and online articles. Hally lives in France with her husband, author Peter May.

Hally provides a detailed account of the writing life from her personal experience. She includes sections on types of freelance writing, the jargon used in freelance writing, payment for different types of freelance writing, and much more.

As Hally mentions in her introduction to the e-book, this is a reference book that doesn't need to be read from beginning to end in chronological order. Skipping ahead to areas of interest is easy. Check out some highlights to Freelance Writing: How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer here, then buy it if you please. A link to her book on Amazon is provided below.

Photo of Author Janice Hally courtesy of Janice Hally.

Articles to eBook

This book is a collection of 67 articles I wrote for Suite101 adding up to over 46,000 words of advice

and information to anyone contemplating

becoming a freelance writer.

~Janice Hally

Layout of the E-book

How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer

Janice Hally has included the following chapters in her e-book:

- Getting Paid as a Freelance Writer

- Types of Freelance Writing

- Glossary of Terms Use in Freelance Writing

- Practical Advice on Freelance Writing

- Life as a Freelance Writer

- Scams Aimed at Writers -- Be Warned!

- Grammar Tips for Writers

Hally has provided the readers of her e-book with an easy-to-navigate format. Clickable links take the reader from the beginning to the end or back to the table of contents from anywhere in the e-book.

While reading the section on How to Make Money Writing Articles, I counted eight links that the reader can click to navigate to relevant sections that relate to specific subtopics like how freelancers get paid and the top five mistakes that freelancers make.

Hally has provided numerous essential sections that are often assumed to be known such as a Glossary of Terms and copyright and publication rights for different types of freelance writing. Even experienced freelancers can learn something from her years of experience writing plays, television dramas, as well as fiction and non-fiction books.

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A Reality Check for Writers

How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer

In her e-book, Hally lays it on the line for readers who may have worked as a staff writer and are thinking of moving to freelancing and those interested in beginning to do freelance writing. She doesn't sugarcoat the advice on the freelance writer having to act as a salesperson and agent:

"New writing skills will have to be acquired to compose compelling copy selling your talents to editors or employers. All of this demands:

- Time

- Effort

- A Thick Skin

- Unlimited Energy and Enthusiasm

Rejection can be draining and depressing; it's essential to develop routines to cope with it."

This advice should be heeded by anyone who thinks that freelance writing is an easy way to earn money. Hally offers sound, sensible advice where other authors of such e-books have not.

Freelance Writing: How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer - Buy it on Amazon

Useful E-book for Freelance Writers

How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer

I found this e-book to be full of useful information that can be applied immediately to determine what kind of freelance writing the reader wants to pursue and to make a plan of action to be successful.

Hally covers topics such as How to Get and Prepare for a Celebrity Interview. This type of "fun" writing is not usually covered in how-to e-books on freelance writing because it's not something every freelancer has done. Hally's vast experience lets her be an authority on many interesting topics.

I would recommend this e-book to prospective freelance writers as well as writers wanting to branch out into other fields or those just needing a boost in their knowledge to relate to getting more work.

Turn Articles into an eBook

Writers are often sitting on a goldmine of articles

or research material which they

can bring together to make a book.

~ Janice Hally

Are You a Freelance Writer?

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Not a writer, but appreciate people who can write very well.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Great insight! Am not a writer but its great to have people who do as i love to read.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Yup, but not yet making my living. Squidoo is important to me, I have some blogs that I work on sporadically, but my big goal this year is to publish some books on Kindle. I think it is a wonderful opportunity that is unprecedented.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I like the idea of being able to compile the work we have already done into an ebook. I've thought of this and hopefully one day will have enough articles about one area to do just that. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: She took 67 Suite 101 articles to make this e-book so maybe you have 50 or so articles on one topic that you could do this with. I imagine I do too. It's something to think about!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Hmmm, should I take all my online articles and turn them into an eBook. Mine are too wide-ranging to make a comprehensive guide like Janice Hally's.