Posts Tagged ‘the nineties’

“A working writer can never have too many megabytes.”

So, I am taking a spin as a freelance writer/editor.  The editor part seems to be going fairly well – there appears to be no shortage of people who would like someone to check their commas, and I am an excellent comma checker.

(Plus I have acquired the latest AP Stylebook and the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and it turns out I have a bizarre fetish for rules of grammar and punctuation.  Maybe my high school English teacher was right when she said I was throwing my life away by not getting an English degree.)

The freelance writing does not really go at all, though, and part of that is because I have no idea what I’m doing.  There’s article writing and blogging and SEO and copy writing and etc, etc, et al.  So I checked a few freelance writing books out of the library and am reading them.  The last one focused on writing magazine articles and I have determined that that is not what I want to do, so that was at least somewhat useful.

I’m currently reading Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $85,000 a Year by Robert W. Bly.  The latest version came out in 2006, but the library didn’t have that version so I am stuck with the 1997 version.

There is some very good information in it, but I keep getting distracted by the things that are out of date.  Which is a lot.  He recommends leasing a computer, getting a tape back-up, and using CompuServe and America On-Line (and has notes on where to write to get a free CD-ROM of either).

Despite living through the internet in the late nineties, I sometimes forget how much things have changed since then.  He notes you can get up to 28.8 kbps for your modem, and hey, his new computer has a whole gig of memory.  Website is always Web site and online is on-line and there’s nary a mention of blogging or anything like it to be seen.

I’m kind of in love with this.  It’s such a blast from the past.  Probably not the best for research, but I imagine many things have stayed the same since the internet revolution and I will get something out of it.

Any Squiders out there do any freelance work?  Any tips for someone starting out, unsure what they want their focus to be?