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The ABCs of Freelance Writing: J is for Jalopy

jalopyjalopy: n., what you’ll be driving if you don’t learn how to set competitive rates and manage your freelance income

I’m no financial expert. But thanks to the magic of the Internet, I don’t have to be. Browse these resources at your leisure and learn more about setting competitive rates, managing your freelance income, and preparing for retirement.

Setting Freelance Rates

Freelance Spending & Budgets

Retirement for Freelancers

There is a wealth of information out there to help freelancers manage their income and expenses and plan for the future. Keep digging!

What are you doing to manage your freelance money wisely?

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The Liberal Freelance Editor’s Creed by Emily Suess

red pensEditing can be challenging if both parties aren’t on the same page*. This creed is basically just my personal philosophy spelled out so that potential clients can make an informed decision about hiring me.  If you have questions about this post or want to discuss rates, please use my contact page or email me directly.

The Liberal Freelance Editor’s Creed by Emily Suess

  1. For a fee I am willing to edit or proofread your documents.
  2. As an editor, you’ll find me opinionated and judgy**.  I might even hurt your feelings, but I promise that’s an unintended consequence. In this capacity, I might suggest you stop using triple exclamation points at the end of every sentence. Not because a person can’t use triple exclamation points if she wants to***, but because I personally think your writing is better without them.
  3. As a proofreader, I am not going to judge the content or style of your writing. I’m just going to try to catch the things you would change yourself if you had the time to look them up and your eyes weren’t already bleeding from your first thousand readings. I’ll let you keep your triple exclamation points and will promise not to touch any part of your writing that is clearly part of your voice, no matter how much it pains me.
  4. Regardless of what you may have learned in middle school, there isn’t just one way to write. Take the serial comma, for instance. The AP Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style don’t agree on its use****. Assuming you’re not obligated to follow AP or Chicago or whatever, just pick your favorite and enjoy the opportunity you have to call the shots. I’ll go along with it.
  5. My editor’s marks are not insults; they are suggestions. You are – at all times – free to ignore them.  It’s always your piece.
  6. I don’t like red ink either, but blue ink doesn’t offer enough contrast and no one is taking my glitter pens***** seriously.


* Ha! I’m such a hoot.
**It’s a word now. I’m a liberal freelance editor, remember?
*** I believe in breaking the so-called rules, particularly if you have a good reason to do it.
**** A quick note on stylebooks: If you’re writing in an industry that requires you to adhere to one particular style, you should tell me that before I start working on your document.
***** I don’t really have glitter pens. I was just trying to be funny.

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ABCs of Freelance Writing: I is for Imbibe

imbibe: v., the act of consuming liquids

People tend to assume I’m a coffee drinker. I suppose the profile picture I use here and on Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn and Facebook kind of perpetuates that notion. But I promise there was no coffee in that E mug.

Writers, and freelance writers especially, are somewhat notorious for being coffee drinkers. And I suppose as vices go, it’s almost a non-vice. Plus it contains lots of caffeine, and it’s acceptable to drink at 6:00 a.m. Still, it’s not for me. Occasionally I’ll drink a Frappuccino or some other non-coffee coffee beverage. But it’s rare, because those things are way overpriced. And, well, I don’t do my own coffee chemistry in the morning. I wake up with just enough time to shower, grab my lunch and drive to work. No time for mixing and measuring things like cream and sugar.

I’ve mentioned before that my preferred vehicle for caffeine is Throwback Mountain Dew. (Regular Mountain Dew comes in a close second, but I’m sufficiently creeped out by the prevalence of high fructose corn syrup and so I avoid it when it’s convenient to avoid it.) And so, on Dew I imbibe. I get some strange looks when I crack open a can before 10:00 a.m., but at 31 I’m pretty comfortable with who I am. I do what I want.

And what I want is to drink the favorite beverage of teenagers and stoners everywhere.

What do you drink and what does it say about you?


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ABCs of Freelance Writing: H is for Haters

…as in haters gonna hate.

I have reason to believe that the following tweets were directed (very passive-aggressively I must add) at me and my blog. And even if they weren’t, I am going to pretend like they were so the readers I have left can still be entertained. Who doesn’t love a good personal conflict aired out on the interwebz, after all?

Before I launch into my defense, how about an object lesson? With things like screenshots and cached websites, when you write on the internet you might as well be using a Sharpie. If you’re going to put something out there, I hope you’re committed to it.

Are the Rumors True?

I am sort of guilty as accused. I used to write a blog called emcogneato! and go by the Twitter handle @emcogneato, like, forever ago. But then something happened. I started freelancing in earnest. Priorities changed, my need to vent about my ex-husband subsided (somewhat!) and I started connecting with other writers.

I announced to the world that I was changing my Twitter handle to my real name, closing emcogneato!, and opening Suess’s Pieces. For the record, though, I still write posts here that are unrelated to my freelance writing business and all of my posts from the old days came with me. I also completed a full 30 Days of personal posts at the beginning of the year. (By the way, I caught flak for writing those too.)

Social Skills Still Required

(Alternative subheading: Dude, I never asked you to follow me.)

I know this is the internet, but social skills are still required. If you want to stop reading my blog and unfollow my Twitter account, what’s wrong with doing it quietly? If you have a concern or a disagreement with how I’m doing things over here, why not comment on my blog like a grown up or send me a private email?

Sometimes Business IS Personal

This blog is my own creation and it’s about my life…as a freaking writer. So (go figure!) it’s going to contain posts about what I do for a living. I wouldn’t say that my career defines me, but it’s a huge part of who I am. I’m proud of it. The name of my business is Emily Suess, Freelance Writer for the love of God!

To All the Haters

Long live internet civility! Down with your anti-social networking!

However, if discord is still your thing, there’s a picture of my middle finger around here somewhere that I’d be glad to send you. Privately.