Professional Wordsmith and Pen for Hire.
“There is no box.”
You have been a successful freelance writer for 15 years. How have you carved out a niche for yourself?
“By following my dreams with a bullheaded stubbornness. When I decided that I was going to become a professional writer, people told me I was crazy. My family asked when I was going to get a real job. Now, fifteen years later, I’ve written a book that was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, my byline has appeared in major national publications and I have a thriving freelance business.”
How would you describe your professional style?
“A recent editor told me, ‘You’re a real pro!’ That was the best compliment she could have given me. I’m easy to work with, I hand in assignments on time and I always write to word count. Plus, I’m fun!”
Women have historically been put in a narrow professional box. How have you avoided that?
“When I stopped trying to figure out how to get out of the box and started asking, ‘What box?’”
With so much experience behind you, what lesson do you have to share with other women who want to become professional freelance writers?
“Always ask for more money. Men do. My income went up significantly when I started to value my time.”
What projects are next for you on the horizon?
“I’ve been working on a novel for the last five years and I hope to finish it soon. I’m taking on more freelance assignments at bigger publications. And I have a nonfiction book proposal in the works.”
Photographer: Anna Nguyen
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