A Not-So-Designing Woman

When I started this blog, it was with somewhat mercenary intentions. My husband and I had just fallen off the same cliff as a bajillion other Americans, in that his unemployment benefits were about to run out, with no job in sight (and no extension this time).

So I was going to be the family hero, riding in with my red pen to rescue us all by building a freelance editing and writing business — in my spare time. And … I was going to do that using the power of SEO. Someone had told me blog posts were really great for that, because each one is a new shot at climbing that Google ladder. I was going to build a great website, blog a lot, have the two things play off each other, and BOOM! Skyrockets!

Well.

What’s happened since is that I’ve been enjoying blogging about writing, and reading other people’s blog posts about writing, and about editing. And about reading. You get the drift. I’ve been enjoying it so much that the Designing Women-type business-getting drive, at least in terms of this blog, is all but gone (seriously, I envisioned myself in the shoulder pads).

So much for SEO mastery.

And yet, it’s all working, somehow. I do get freelance assignments — through good, old-fashioned word of mouth. All have been interesting, all have taught me new things — and just when I wonder when/if a new one will arrive, sure enough, it does. I am profoundly grateful.

But … If you need an editor or writer, please do let me know. My assignments thus far have run the gamut from academic proofreading to manuscript revision of all types to simply sharing some tips with an aspiring poet and nonfiction essayist.

I would particularly love to find more creative writing clients. I can proofread, give you an honest opinion, share some thoughts on where you might submit your work, and generally be your editor friend (well, OK, a friend whom you pay) who knows how it is because she’s also a writer. If that interests you, please let me know.

And if not, then please do stick around and I’ll get back to blogging about writing soon. As a matter of fact, I’m taking off my shoulder pads right now. Ahh, that’s better. Those things get heavy, you know.

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3 thoughts on “A Not-So-Designing Woman

    • That’s true! The twin surprises have been that I enjoy blogging for fun (NOT profit) and also that I enjoy the freelance work I’ve been doing, and not just as a means to make some much-needed extra money. I like the variety of projects I’ve worked on, and the extra-special surprise is that it hasn’t encroached too much on my writing time. I think the rhythm of it, where there’s a busy period followed by a lull, really helps.

  1. I am an independent publisher looking for a freelance poetry editor for an upcoming poetry collection that includes the work of 16 poets from around the world. If you’re interested please visit my website http://chromatopias.com or my poetry site http://chromapoesy.com and leave me a comment or send me an e-mail. I arrived here from The Man with the Blue Guitar and had to dig around to find a post about editing. Maybe you could make a page about it to attract more clients (I find most people need an easy clear way to find information at a blog site).

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