Friday, May 21, 2010
Writing Books - A Freelancer's Dream?
By taking on this project, I was able to take a break from that race. There is something comforting about having one source to deal with when trying to meet a monthly budget rather than juggling five distinctive writing projects offered by different clients. One would think I'm losing my interest in being an independent freelancer and might be considering a return to the 9 to 5 world where paychecks are assured and you follow the rules of one voice rather a different one with each project. However, such an assumption would be wrong.
In fact, I want to focus on what is good about moving from one book project to another. Honestly, for me the ability to meet my budget in one shot is a big incentive for me to start seeking out other books rather than sticking with the article/web content track I've been on for the last few years. Sure, I've written eBooks and reports, but there is something different about developing a manuscript from the ground up that has captured me.
The present book is allowing me to make ends meet in a more efficient way while also stretching me as a writer. Plus, I get to benefit from the credit and also as the publisher of this work. It is a way to build up my reputation.
That is a key point to this blog post. For me it is a question of whether writing books for hire is the next step on my career path or whether it is a short-term break from the regular run of work I've been doing. Frankly, I want to take that step. I'm interested in helping other people write their books. I will be looking into this more and broadcasting it for anyone to hear. I'm still thinking about this move.