I've been reading here lately and my head is spinning - there really is a lot of information posted on this forum and I thank every person for their time and effort to give their experience and wisdom to others.
I'm struggling to make sense of it all and take out the most valuable pieces that will help me to get started (again) writing for money.
If any of you are in the mood to critique, I have some writings up at earthmomBooks.
They are NOT works I did for money. On the top menu bar (under the graphic) there are a few blogs - Cool Things - Xen and the Art of Bookselling (sorry but the last letter in the alphabet doesn't work on this laptop) and a movie review blog that was just for friends and family and for fun.
If you open up the Bookselling blog and look at the right under 'Sections' - down to 'The Magical Side' and 'The Beginning - The Layoff' - those tell my story. Worked for corporations for 20 years, Tech writer, Graphic artist, Sr. Web Programmer for the Olympics, got laid off and came home and started my own business selling books and other items online.
I've been running my own business for 9 years and playing around online everyday, contributing to forums, helping friends with websites, etc but not for pay.
An injury, surgery, bills - I'm now interested in increasing my income as much as possible and returning to writing seems like the way to go. I'm just unable to see the path back. Since I used to feed at the corporate trough, it's much more difficult to find ways to sell yourself alone in the world as a single entity.
I have been published, 12 times or more, in a paper computer mag. I signed up on iWriter.com after reading about it here, and have been playing with writing fast SEO content pieces for pennies. I thought, like others, that 'starting at the bottom and working up' was the way to go but other posts and messages on this forum have changed my mind about that. Especially since my requestor on iWriter said my article was too good and most likely stolen.
I think I'm rambling now. Thank you for reading - if you want to read and critique I'll try to not be thin skinned about it. Any suggestions or ideas or pointers or encouragement are welcome as I'm trying to find my footing.
Kind Regards, earthmom