Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Poking my head out of the (virtual) hole...

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It's been a busy week here at the Manor. I have several things to catch up on, but for now I'm just going to post a few links and make a few comments on stuff.

"Stuff." I could come up with a better word, but I'm saving my energy for bowling tonight. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!

Here's one that just came my way: "Just do it now and we'll add it to the next invoice." A priceless video for freelancers.

An article from The Nation on the current state of the book business. Some of this is just spot on, especially the bit about all the Internet millionaires who want the content but don't want to pay for it.

Of course, that sort of behavior is rampant online. I'm looking on Craigslist at writing jobs for bloggers that pay $4 and $5 per post. On Get A Freelancer: $2.50 for 500 words. A top budget of $250 for 100 travel articles. $1.50 per 500 word article. Here's one: Rewrite articles for $1/500 words. This is pretty typical. Of course, for that money, they want perfect English, top-notch research skills and original writing.

There's better money in flipping burgers, except I suppose most of these folks probably pay under the table, don't hand out 1099 forms, or expect you to declare the income. I could be wrong, but that's not the type of work for me.

Nice Mommy - Evil Editor on shopping small epress publishers. No comment; just an informative article.

And finally, the comments at Dear Author have been going strong for a couple of days on Jane's list of 10 Online Promotional Don'ts. It's interesting to see what gets people's goats on a consistent basis. If you're planning to do your own self-promotion, it's a good reality check.

I'm off to bowling. It's our sweeper tonight. Nine pin no-tap, which means a strike when only nine pins fall. In theory, I should be really good at this. In practice, it's a corollary of Murphy's Law. This is when I leave the splits and the eight counts. Except for last Wednesday, during which time I managed ten in a row. (Only three were real strikes.) Don't expect a repeat performance.


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