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7 Lessons from Freelance Writing

Scienda Editorial

I’ve freelanced for a long time now, taken breaks from it for my sanity’s sake, come back to it because the accomplishment is addictive. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Freelancing taught me how to identify publishers with whom I have sympatico, so that I can pitch successfully to them.

It taught me to pitch successfully.

It taught me how to write to a word count and subject matter, in the preferred vein of a target publisher.

It also taught me, whether through direct experience or that of my writing community, that no matter how many smileys the staff uses, there are some harsh realities. And that’s okay. That means it’s taught me boundaries. Here are some things that I or friends of mine have had to decide along the way.

1) The accounting department. When you fail to pay me multiple times in a row, and prefer to treat…

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