Elance: The Battle Royal of the Self-Employed

The other day, I was so frustrated with the lack of writing and editing jobs in my area. I searched through job board advanced searches and got nothing. I should be accustomed to the disappointment by now.

I did something I didn’t think I would ever have to do. Actually, it’s something I didn’t want to do.

I joined Elance. I’ll admit that I had the wrong idea about Elance–I really should have joined sooner.

As soon as I entered, I saw the intimidating list of names competing for jobs I knew I could do. The problem is that Elance clients don’t know my skills, so I have to present my expertise in a fashion that screams “I am that guy!” And the competitor is doing the same. After a while you get a barrage of service sellers, wrestling over the job ad with words, prices, and experience.

The newcomers are thrown over the ropes, while the veterans tackle the client in the ratings and number of jobs completed. Unfortunately, I’m in the newcomer group. I have the motivation and skill; however, clients tend to favor the all-stars.

I won’t give up! I’ll keep submitting proposals!

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A Scribe’s Worst Enemies

1) Putting hobbies over reading.  This applies directly to writers who are also gamers. Instead of picking up a book to read, gamers pick up a controller. I know it’s tough especially when the new map packs are available the week we’re supposed to bring something groundbreaking to the page.

2) The tongue lash of Nay Sayers.  There are plenty of these. Like my previous post said, some writers and non-writers see unpublished authors as people wasting their time on a dream that’s not likely to happen. If a writer listens to this poison, it can break his or her spirit.

3) Life Conditions.  Published or not, bills can choke inspiration right out of writer’s heart. Depression. Sadness. Break-ups. Anything in life that stops the fingers from moving to produce content.

4) Over confidence.  Oh yes! Arrogance does three things: it makes a writer look stupid, lazy and unskilled. How? When pride rests on the page, the vain writer may not edit or proofread their work. “I don’t need to edit.” Edit and proofread! Entertain the reader, don’t run them off.

I wanted this list to be longer, but it’s all I could come up with on short notice. Bottom line: A writer’s work is hard. Writing is only half of the work. Editing and proofreading is equally important.

Keeping it short

For the past few days I’ve experienced a burst of inspiration. What can I say–it’s been a long time coming. I found some time during this Mother’s Day to let everyone know what I was doing, which is pursuing my short story collection(s) getting published. My initial plan, if you’ve not read my previous blog posts, is to publish through Create Space; however, some advice came my way, and I’ll try a publisher first.

In the meantime, I have written several flash fiction stories for my Facebook friends. Sorry Word Press users, some of the content posted is strictly for those who are on my FaceBook friends list.

In case a publisher rejects my book, I’ll sell the books on Amazon. I don’t have definite release date, but I hope to have something by the end of the year. If Santa doesn’t deliver, I’ll have to punch him.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

 

 

Elijah