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Adventures in Freelancing

As some of you already know, I'm moving into freelance editing and web development to supplement the family income.

The funny thing is, I don't earn any more per hour doing this than I do writing original fiction. It takes me about as many hours to write a professional-calibre story as it takes to code up a custom WordPress Theme. But when I'm writing I don't have that subdued, frantic panic that stems from knowing a client is depending on me and expects the project done by deadline.

I don't push myself. And so I don't produce.

Ironically, one of the biggest benefits of freelancing has been noticing how much I pamper myself with my fiction. I'm prone to taking breaks whenever I get stuck. Taking evenings off. Socializing online. Because, hey, there's no deadline, and the story will be done when it's done.

In a weird, reverse-psychology sort of way, I'm hoping the freelance work will increase my writing productivity, because I'll have less time left in which to write, and will therefore treasure it more.

(My psyche is such a strange, malformed little creature...)

Discovering Elance

Hm. Okay, so I've spent the last few days playing around on the elance (internet-based freelancing) site. Part of my brain is thinking "Ooh, this is cool. Supplemental income!" The other part is yelling "DANGER WILL ROBINSON! A high percentage of the jobs posted never get awarded, so the mere process of tracking down work could become a huge time sink."

Maybe it'd be a more solid decision, financially, to just stick with fiction. On the other hand, some of the jobs in the editorial category look positively fun. I dunno...

Has anybody here tried out elance (or other freelancing web sites) before?




Nancy Fulda -- Hugo and Nebula Nominee

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That Undiscovered Country
Jim Baen Memorial
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2011 Nebula Nominee

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, March 2011

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The Breath of Heaven
Stories from Distant Worlds

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In the Halls of the Sky-Palace
Jim Baen's Universe, June 2009

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Backlash (novelette)
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, 2010

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The Man Who
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Phobos Award Winner

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Dead Men Don't Cry:
11 Stories by Nancy Fulda

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Nothing This Fun Could be Good for You (article)
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Clarkesworld Magazine

Like Rain From Silver Skies
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Basement Stories

Knowing Neither Kin Nor Foe
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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Nancy Fulda is a 2012 Hugo and Nebula Nominee, a Phobos Award winner and a Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award recipient. She is the first (and so far only) female recipient of the Jim Baen Memorial Award. Her fiction has appeared in a number of professional venues.

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