Freelance Writing, Editing, and Formatting

Hello, everyone.

I’ve been doing well and have been quite busy with my freelance writing, editing, and formatting career. I recently did some work on my website. I added two new pages (“books” and “testimonials“). I also did some minor adjustments throughout and to the “services” page.

I’ve also been in touch with clients I’ve worked with in the past. It was a pleasure to reconnect with them. I’ve also been doing several book formatting projects and a cover design project, which has been fun. I love working with clients and doing what I love to do – write, edit, and format for others – because I like to help people and I love being involved in the publishing industry. I also love connecting with other writers and authors on Facebook and Twitter.

What have you been up to lately? What goals do you have and what have you accomplished recently? Feel free to include links to your writing, career websites, and social networking pages in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a joyous day!

Christine

Books Update

Hello everyone,

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been posting mostly reviews and interviews for the past couple of months. And you are right. Since mid-October I haven’t posted about my books, namely my works-in-progress. Back in early September, I pretty much stopped writing in my works-in-progress due to publishing one of them (Freelance Writing Guide) and having a blog tour. I have no regrets, of course, because I was ecstatic about publishing a book I had been working on for eight months, and the blog tour was an absolutely great experience.

During the blog tour, I got my first client project in which I edited and formatted a novel. In case you didn’t know, I wear a few different hats in the publishing industry, including freelance writing, editing, and formatting in addition to being an author. A part of my freelance writing business is writing book reviews, which I post here for you all. Additionally, many of the books I review are free kindle books, so I hope I have helped you choose some great reads for cheap.

Shortly after my first client, I got another client, and many more, and I’ve been doing client projects ever since. My time is spent on client projects, reading and reviewing, blogging, networking, and also my health. In addition to being a writer, I am a health-conscious person, because I know without my health, I am nothing. So I work on being healthy, and becoming healthier, each day, in addition to my career.

I haven’t resumed working on my works-in-progress, besides updating Freedom from Fat with posts from my health blog, but I am 100% interested in finishing my works-in-progress and plan to do so in the future. I just cannot promise when that will be. Right now my interests lie in my health and growing my freelance business, and since I move through life naturally based on how it flows, I go with the flow.

I am certain that someday I will return to my works-in-progress, because I love writing and publishing books. It makes me so happy to get my thoughts and experiences in a permanent state that can be enjoyed for years to come. For now, I will go with the flow, and I will resume working on my works-in-progress once the flow returns to that part of my life.

I just wanted to reassure you all that I will be publishing the books I was working on, and I will keep posting on this blog.

Thanks for your kindness and support,

Christine

Blog Tour Surprise!

Good morning to all!

Today, the Freelance Writing Guide Blog Tour stops…here! This is the last day of the tour 🙁 If you haven’t seen it yet, check out my interview from yesterday with Christine Henderson on TheWriteChris.

If you didn’t see or notice the layout of my blog yet, yesterday I redid it so that the blog is on its own page, and now there is a homepage. I also changed the title and subtitle from Christine Rice, Author: All About Writing and Books to Christine Rice: Author. My reason was to make this a website that has a blog, instead of it being only a blog. I also created one page for my books, instead of a page for each book. I also moved the widgets in the sidebar around so that the pages of this website are listed at the top rather than a few widgets down. It was complicated before, but now it is simpler and easier to navigate. I hope you like it!

Back to the blog tour… This blog tour has been the best experience I’ve had in regards to getting the word out about my books. I have truly enjoyed meeting so many new people – many of whom are writers and authors – that have been so friendly and helpful to me. Thank you all so, so much!

I am very happy to have spread the word about Freelance Writing Guide, a book that I worked on steadily for eight months. It was fun to write and edit, and I’m glad that now more people know about it. I think it is a helpful book to those who are interested in embarking on a freelance writing career for the first time. I hope you will find it helpful too. I also hope you will contact me and let me know if it has helped you. I’d love to hear your stories about becoming freelance writers and if the book was accurate for your experiences.

Now, onto the surprise! First of all, thank you so much for visiting the blogs on the blog tour during the last month. The bloggers and I are grateful for your support. To show my (our) gratitude, I will give free copies of Freelance Writing Guide to all who comment on this post today and tomorrow saying what you like best about writing and/or how you decided to become a writer. I share about myself most of the time, so now I want to hear your stories. After you post a comment below, email me at christine@christinerice-author.com telling me what ebook format you want, and I will reply to your email with the free book!

I can’t wait to see your comments and hear from you! Thanks for helping to make the Freelance Writing Guide Blog Tour a success! I truly appreciate you!

Blog Tour Progress

Good morning, everyone!

I hope your day is going well so far. I just want to take a moment to update you on my blog tour.

My interview on Jess Resides Here went well. I also enjoyed writing the guest post on From the Boothell Cotton Patch, which is an author bio and an excerpt from chapter 8 of Freelance Writing Guide! Chapter 8 is about blogs and websites, so if you’re looking for tips on how to design a blog or website, put up great content in the right places, and make it successful and profitable, you should check out this post!

Today, I am at RD Meyer Writes where there is an honest and thoughtful review of my book and an interview. In the interview, I talk about freelance writing, my book, my works-in-progress, my take on the change of the publishing industry, and more! You should check it out!

The next few days involve a book review on Honesty…in writing, an interview on Karen Elizabeth Brown, and a review on Theresa Leschmann, Author. There will be many more blog stops after that. In fact, for the remainder of the tour – until September 25th – there will be a stop every day! Join me in on the fun, and don’t forget to come back here on the last day of the tour for a special treat for all of you!

Have a great weekend!

Christine

Doing more freelancing

The freelance writing part of my business has picked up in the last couple of days. I am back at Textbroker doing ghostwriting, which is why I can’t share the details with you, but I’m making pretty good money and greatly enjoying the assignments.

In my books, I’ve written a lot each time I write, but I’m only doing so occasionally. I’ve been working on Freelance Writing Guide the most since the end of April, and I can see the end in sight! I’ve written 17,800 words. My pace has slowed down greatly, but I’m still putting words to paper here and there, so it’s nearing completion. I don’t know how many total words or pages it will be, but I’ve completed 18 out of 30 chapters, so I’m 3/5 finished.

As far as Chronicles of a Troubled Girl, I’ve written 28,000 words, but I’m only 1/5 to completion (as far as the number of journals I have to type and edit. These are approximates, of course. If considering how my progress is going now, I see Freelance Writing Guide being published by the end of this year and Chronicles of a Troubled Girl in 2013. But I’m still aiming for my goal to have them both published in 2012. Who knows? Maybe the writing will pick up. It depends on my muse and motivation.

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been blogging as much lately. I haven’t been reading and reviewing as much either. Instead, I’ve been social networking and working on my health. You can read more about it on my health blog. The link is also on the right side of the page, if you want to access it in the future.

Have a great day, all! Keep writing and working towards your goals!

The books are coming along…nicely

Hi everyone,

I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update on the books I’m writing. I am 1/3 finished with the freelance writers book and I am 1/7 finished with the journal entries book. The second book will probably be at least twice as long as the first book. I’ve written further in it and I started it later in the year. I find it easier to write more when I’m typing and editing than when I’m writing from scratch. However, I feel prouder about the first book, because it is more challenging for me and more universally acceptable.

Even more exciting is that I have improved my working titles. I have recently come up with: New to Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year and Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I’m not ecstatic about the titles, but they are sufficient, at least for now. I definitely felt troubled growing up. I was always at odds with my parents, feeling like an adult and not wanting to listen to what they told me. I was rebellious and unique. I had negative mental health experiences and overly controlling parents, plus there was drug addiction and alcoholism in my immediate family. Throughout it all, I was trying to develop my identity and be happy.

As far as freelance writing, I have learned a lot about the field while working nearly full-time the entire year, and I am coming up on one successful year in April. I have experienced so much that I feel compelled to share what I know, while believing that it will help people have a realistic and hopeful outlook of being, or becoming, a freelance writer.

I should be finished with the two books by the end of this year. In fact, at the rate I’m going I will probably be done much sooner, and that’s exciting!

Review of “Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer”

Allen, Moira. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer. 2nd ed. New York: Allworth Press, 2011. 317 pages. $24.95.

I am a freelance writer and I’m in the first year of my career. I have been published online many times and I feel I have learned a lot about freelance writing. However, I recently felt like I was “missing” something in my endeavors, so I picked up Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen to learn more about the business of freelance writing and publishing.

My first glance at the table of contents told me it was a book with a lot of information. And that’s just what I needed – a book that covered all the bases.

The sequence of the book is logical, similar to a story, and it has short chapters, which makes the nine parts easy to read. Part one begins with a discussion about what it’s like to be a freelance writer, including how to make time for writing and how to set goals. Part two explains how to write a publishable article, and includes advice on narrowing a topic, making an outline, performing research, conducting interviews, as well as essential tips on how to complete any writing assignment, whether it be an article or a novel. The remaining parts detail various aspects of getting published and the business of writing.

Allen’s advice comes from many years of experience as a writer and an editor; she shares her well-rounded expertise (from having been on both sides of the desk) with the reader. Her writer’s voice resembles that of an experienced colleague who gladly shares her knowledge with the reader in an encouraging, informative, and helpful way. As the author, she is believable, because you can feel the wisdom in her words.

As far as wanting to learn all the ins and outs of freelance writing, well, I did, and I had no questions remaining after I finished the book.

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer is going to have a place in my home library, and I’m sure I’ll use it as a guide again and again throughout my career.

A new stop on my writing journey

Hi, my name is Christine; I’m an author and a professional writer, and this is my blog. I love to write and I love to write about it (writing). I enjoy any topic that is related to writing: mechanics, voice, style, freelance writing, publishing, reading, the writing business, editing, research, websites, blogs, etc., etc. 🙂 I love to talk about writing, so I created this blog.

I also created this blog because I am working on the beginnings of a new book, and I wanted a place to give updates on my progress. I’m hoping to write a book about what to expect in the first year of a freelance writing career (I’m coming up on my one year anniversary in April). I feel I have learned a lot (but still have a ways to go!) that I can share with others. Wouldn’t you, if you were thinking about becoming a freelance writer, want to know what to expect in the first year? There is not a book about this out yet, so hopefully I’ll be the first to write it!

I also want a place to let others know about my already-published books. Recently, while trying to help a fellow writer, I ended up helping myself too. I edited the ebook versions of my three published books in order to help my friend create hers (since I hadn’t created one in three years, I thought things might have changed). Well, I took that act of kindness and went above and beyond. I did second editions for two of the books, updated the print books, created brand new epubs and PDFs for all three books, and uploaded previews for all three books in every one of the three formats. Talk about a total renovation, and having gusto! All of my books can be found on my Lulu Spotlight (it is still updating with new changes, but should be correct soon).

I hope you will join me on this wonderful writing journey that I’ve been on for six years so far. I promise to keep you up-to-date.