Finding the Needle: How to Use Classified Ads and Aggregate Sites for Freelance Work

When you first start looking for freelance work, it can be difficult to know exactly where to look.  There are quite a few options out there, and finding ones that fit your needs can be a hassle.  As I said in last week’s post, which you can find here, I … Continue reading

Finding the Needle: A Freelance Guide to Finding and Landing the Job

So you’ve decided to take the plunge, huh? Well then, welcome to freelancing!  It’s a wild, sometimes frustrating, always competitive, and occasionally nerve-wracking, but if you’re anything like me, the idea of going back to the 9-5 job won’t be considered.  This life isn’t for everyone, but if it’s for … Continue reading

5 Things I Wished I had Known Before Becoming a Freelancer

So our “5 Things” series on Emerald Musings is coming to an end.  Before that happens, I definitely want to thank all our wonderful contributors — there is no way that I could have done this without you!  So without further ado, here is my humble contribution to the series. … Continue reading

Five Things I Wish I Had Known About Marketing Before I Published My First Book

By Andrea Hintz Through every process in life, we all have those, “I wish I had known” moments. We wish we had known how to do things better and how to be more effective. For this series, I chose the topic of five things I wished I had known about … Continue reading

5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Writing a Novel with a Female Protagonist

by Chris Roy 1. I wish I had known the difficulties in writing first-person vs. third-person POV, female. The very first female character I created was in a collection of short stories titled By Hook or Crook: the criminal ventures of Razor and Blondie. The point of view was third-person, … Continue reading

Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting to Write Crime Fiction

By Elka Ray 1) As a writer, your characters become real to you – they’re not “characters” but people. Killing people – even unlikeable ones – is emotionally draining; learning why they were targeted even more so. While my stories aren’t depressing, they have sad moments. If you want readers … Continue reading