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13 January 2010 @ 02:44 pm
No good news today on the job front.

My boss took me out for a farewell lunch today. The good news: several people here on site will continue fighting for us after I'm no longer on site. The bad news: for all intents and purposes, tomorrow is my last day.

I know some people who have had moderate success in the freelance writing world. Writing articles for various websites and the like. I'm thinking about looking into that, instead o just sitting around collecting unemployment and waiting for a job that might not come. Anyone have any advice about how to get into that? I do have a (fiction) pro sale, so that's some experience, I suppose.
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Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on January 13th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)

Good luck. I hope things turn around and your job is saved.
Patron Saint of Pessimismwoodrunner on January 13th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
*BIG HUGS* I hope it's only temporary and you're back ASAP!

As for freelance writing, I have no idea. J got into that a while back by approaching a website and offering to write articles in a section where they didn't have writers for, and he did it for free for a while until the website owner realized that his stuff was drawing most of his traffic (and then he started getting paid). But that was a "I fell into it" type of thing.

I'm sure you have this one bookmarked:

But how about this:

And I've also found freelance writing gigs on Craiglist.

Veronica Mars is smarter than you (and me): belle trusts the beastjulietlaw on January 13th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I'm sorry things aren't looking better. Job searching is so tiresome and depressing. I hope it doesn't come to that for you. *hugs*
Mandy: syd alias red by?leelu92 on January 14th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
I'm so very sorry that you have to go through this. You may want to check this site out as far as online work.

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gabriellagabby_silang on January 14th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Rhien, my God, I've been so behind on LJ I totally missed this was happening. I'm so sorry, honey, that's so hard, and so shitty, and I'm glad you still have some coworker support at least. I wish I had advice, or something, but for now: *massive hugs*
roseaponiroseaponi on January 14th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm a freelance writer, not at a living wage yet, but considering that I'm preggie and distracted all the time, all sales are considered miraculous. :) Good sites: www.writersweekly.com - they are also a paying market, as is www.fundsforwriters.com. Both offer excellent advice and list paying markets.
One of my biggest sales was found via fundsforwriters, to You & Me magazine - America's Medical magazine - it's an ezine that pays very well _on acceptance_ for true-life stories about medical experiences from the layperson's POV. Mine was about my last pregnancy and paid $250.
You can go to Elance or Guru.com... but I haven't found anything good there for months, and they take a %, and the pay for most writing jobs is, well, insulting and impractical for people who want to make more than $2 an hour.
Pretty much, you don't need a resume to freelance - you just need to pitch articles and follow through.