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Bombs Away, Pussycat!

A disheveled guide to my first two years freelancing


Mary Kitt-Neel

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Copyright 2010 Mary Kitt-Neel

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This is a brief guide, based solely on my own experiences, to what it’s like the first couple of years as a freelance writer. I don’t pretend that my life is in any way representative, but I wanted to share some of what has and hasn’t worked for me. I hope you’ll be entertained, and maybe pick up a bit of information that’s useful to you, whatever path you pursue in life.



6 Things you have to do to be a Working Writer

I've been more or less self-employed since 2004. There have been times when I've been completely broke - as in having used up even the spare change between the couch cushions - and other times I've done OK, and no, a graph of income versus time would not show a continuous upward path. Here is how I've survived as a self-employed person. I'm a writer, but this applies to however you want to be self-employed.

1. Define success for you. The definition I've used as a writer is, if I can pay the bills with money I've made writing, I'm a successful writer.

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