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My Blog is Moving!

April 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Good morning, WordPress and all the great people who have followed me. I appreciate the support and interest I have had from over here over the year (despite my less-than-active posting). 🙂

Over the past couple months, I have been working hard to get my freelance career going: freelance writing and freelance editing. I am doing well through Elance and I am now getting some local gigs. To go along with all this work, I finally broke down and got a domain!

As such, I am moving over to my website: sewilliamsfreelance.com – Over there, I will be posting once a week (really this time). This weekend I am working on an editorial calendar! If you can think of anything reading/writing/editing/publishing related, I would love to explore it and write a post about it. Feel free to comment here or over on my page under the “About” page.

Again, I appreciate the interest and loyalty each of you has shown me over the years and I hope you will follow me on to new adventures.

Best,
Samantha

Freelancing Niche: To Write or Not to Write

February 8, 2015 Leave a comment

I am finally in the “freelancing game.” I took the leap and got a couple jobs. Verdict: Why didn’t I start this sooner?

Truly, the reason behind my lag time in starting writing projects came down to two things: confidence and the thought that I had nothing to write about. I think many writers struggle with both or at least one of these reasons. It is easy to let either reason control your decisions and I definitely let both control my desire to write for pay.

I got over my confidence issues, but I still felt I had nothing to write about when I started. Of all the projects I have started so far, none are similar to one another. This brings me to the biggest issue with freelance writing: finding your freelancing niche.

How do you figure it out?

Surprisingly, there isn’t a ton of information or thought out on the web. The first post I could find by googling it was a post from Carol Tice on Make a Living Writing. Quite honestly, I think the post provides the most practical advice about figuring out your niche.

As with anything, trying a bunch of different things appears to be the way to go (I guess I am off to a good start). The sentiment works well in any part of life (regular jobs benefit from this test and decide method).

So far, I have found that writing about the healthcare industry (an area I work within, though barely, during the day) has been interesting and entertaining. But, I also enjoy the other topics I have written about. As Tice notes, I will benefit from continuing to write in these areas before refining my “niche” and becoming an authority on the topics.

It will take time, surely, but I am off to a good start.

This brings me to a final thought: to write or not to write. I was offered a meager amount to write an ebook on a topic I enjoy and care about. However, due to the nature of the job offer (on a freelancing website), I would effectively be signing over my rights to what was written. I enjoy the topic and although I have not yet approached a market to write on the topic, I think I may want to one day. I turned down the job (and the money!), but I made the right decision in the end (hopefully).

How does a freelancer decide to turn down a job, to write or not to write? It is a conundrum that has me pondering, but a conundrum that also motivates me to keep writing.

Thoughts are welcome.

Freelancing Mistakes

January 19, 2015 3 comments

Since deciding I want to get into freelance writing at least part-time, I have been reading everything I can land my eyes on about freelancing. I have joined a couple freelance websites. I have worked on being more present online (something that meant little to me before I realized I needed to market myself in some way).

I have not landed a job yet, but I am working on figuring out my niche. When I found the below article on FlexJobs, it reminds me that not every job should be accepted, so matter how eager I am. So, with that, I will keep my eye out for jobs that interest me, and, when the time comes, I will accept those that make the most sense for me.

Here is the article: 11 Mistakes All First-Time Freelancers Make – FlexJobs

I would love to hear other people’s freelancing experiences: the good, the bad, the downright confusing. Anything.

Electronic Health Records – Congressional Bill

January 15, 2015 Leave a comment

We keep pushing off ICD-10, but Congress is now worried about whether EHRs will be inter-operative. ICD-10 and EHRs should come hand in hand: if providers are trying to transition to ICD-10, the easiest way will to insure they have a competent EHR system.

Last year, the billing office I work for was more than ready for ICD-10 and ready for any billing issues that came from the initial months.

Hopefully, ICD-10 will go through in October and we can see how this will effect healthcare.

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It Is What You Know…

January 13, 2015 Leave a comment

I am reading a fantastic book by Kelly James-Enger called Six-Figure Freelancing. Why? Because I am entirely new to the freelancing and needed some idea of what the hell I was doing…

Anyhow, one of the things I have learned is to start with what you know. Two weeks ago, I felt like I didn’t know anything and had nothing to contribute to the world of freelance.

Then I realized, I have worked in medical billing for a couple years. I know about medical billing! I train people to be medical billing specialists! I know something!

So, after I had that little revelation, I applied to a freelancing job for articles on healthcare.

The result?

I don’t have the job (though, I hope I will get it), but the client contacted me for some more information.

Feeling hopeful!

Virtual Interviews

January 13, 2015 1 comment

Since throwing myself into the world of freelance, the thing I struggle with the most is virtual interviewing (either by Skype or by email). How do you go about selling yourself just enough without sounding like a complete arrogant POS?

Writing in Scenes

December 25, 2012 Leave a comment

The past couple months, I have tried different writing techniques that I have never used before. I never used them because I was hopelessly stuck on doing the same thing. I’m a Taurus and I am as stubborn as they come, but I do know when to put the bull horns away. And after years of failed attempts at writing stories and novels, I wanted to do something different. How much worse could it really be?

So, as you all know, I graduated. Maybe it was something about graduating that opened me up  to trying something else. Or maybe it was the fact that I finally had time to write again and I did not want to screw it up. Either way, I changed some of my approaches to writing.

I started by thinking more about the elements of my story. Characters, relationships, plot points and their relationships, etc. But, I did not stop there. No, I moved forward and tried just writing a story instead of focusing so much on what the outcome would be.

Before this summer, I worried too much about the ultimate outcome of my story. I would become so set on an ending and I would not diverge from that ending. Obviously, this can cause some creative issues for anyone writing a story. In fiction writing classes, I would scoff at any idea that would create serious issues with how I wanted the story to end. But, because of that, I missed out on some good suggestions.

So, after just writing my story down, I was supremely happy to find that the method succeeded for me. After having my brother and a friend read my story, and hearing their suggestions to lengthen, and not shorten, the story, I became more than a little stumped. Would just writing the way I had add anything to my story? Or would I need a new method?

I thought about it long and hard. My story sat for a good while before I touched it again. But, an idea came to mind. I have the bones and just writing like I had might not get the job done. What I decided for myself was to write in scenes.

I looked at my story and wrote down what I believed needed expansion. Now, I have been writing in mini scenes. I write little parts of the story that I know can easily integrate into the body that I already have. Is this what revision feels like? I’m not sure because I have never truly revised anything. I’m a write it and hand it in type of person.

That has never worked for my fiction writing, and I cannot believe it has taken me this long to get that figured out (and hopefully straightened out).