What’s news for horror writer Paul D. Dail?
Before I get to the big news (and the not-necessarily horror writer news), I’m glad to report that I’m almost finished with revisions for my next novel. Took a little longer than I expected–and I’m sure it’s not the last set of revisions I’ll do–but I’m glad to say I got everything done to this point in just over a year. Considering how long it took me to get The Imaginings out in the world, I’d say that’s a pretty big improvement.
Speaking of The Imaginings (tremendous segue, if I do say so myself), the new trade paperback format is still available for purchase at my bookstore (www.pauldailbooks.com) as well as major retailers.
But now, without further ado…
THE BIG NEWS! After many years of dreaming about this (and actively working toward it the past couple years), next fall I will be going full-time freelance writing.
Well, kind of.
I have only been teaching part-time the past few years, so I’ll only have to replace a part-time teaching salary.
Hmm. In case you aren’t familiar with teacher salaries, I’ll just tell you that this shouldn’t be too difficult (knock on wood).
Overall, I’m very excited and terrified. Beyond the financial concerns, there are some obvious pros and cons. While I’ve wanted to make my living (or at least enough of our families living) from writing, it won’t be my fiction writing that’s going to do it–at least not yet. I’ve been doing web content and article writing. This isn’t always the most stimulating material, but there’s a good market for people who can do it. However, at these early stages, the amount of time I spend researching and then crafting the articles doesn’t really add up financially.
And I’ve researched enough about medicinal marijuana to probably flag my computer for life (especially given all the research I’m also doing as a horror writer).
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“I write web content…
which means I can tell you 500-700 words
about practically anything.”
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So I’m still navigating the waters and developing my portfolio, and the learning curve has been significant (much thanks to awesome fellow horror writer and freelancer Bryan Hall for some great advice. Interesting guy. I did an interview with Bryan here). But I’ve gained some good experience and feel like I’m finally on my way.
The important thing is that I’m writing. From my home where I can spend more time with my kids. And I’m getting paid to do it.
Maybe there was a reason I got that degree after all.
What do I want from you?
Again, Bryan Hall was a great help. And I really enjoyed what I’ve read of his works so far. You should support him (www.bryanhallfiction.com). Don’t hit him up for freelance advice just because I mentioned him here. Or at least if you do, make it worth his while. Because a freelance writer’s time is valuable.
For my other writer friends, have any of you done much freelance work? What has been your experience?
For everyone else, just keep thinking good thoughts for me.
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