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Dear Readers,

Each month, I’m creating a post for you to share your latest projects, goals, challenges, and accomplishments. I hope you will participate by leaving comments and sharing any relevant links!

This month I’m a little late with this post. 2018 has been exceptionally busy for me. Not only have I been working on my “regular” freelance projects that sustain me from day to day, but I have also begun the long job of fixing my other (long-neglected) website (Freelance Market Guides) and released a new e-book to kick things off.

Many thanks, first of all, to my son (who is 16) for designing the covers for the whole series of books. I am terrible with things like design and color, so his efforts have been a great help to me.

If you have children, I highly recommend involving them in your creative or professional work. They will learn a lot (gaining valuable skills under your direction), but you will benefit, too. My son often suggests new ideas and even tells me what I am doing wrong. In his opinion, I should not actually even be in the business I am in, but that is a whole other topic.

I will undoubtedly talk more about the site and books in future posts, but the first book is basically a directory listing guidelines for 201 markets paying 10 to 15 cents per word to freelance writers. As I often state, writing (and selling) just 5,000 words a week at this rate will result in $2,000 to $3,000 of income per month.

I sometimes receive e-mails from people who are struggling financially, and I want to emphasize to people in this situation that there is an abundance of work available at both this rate and even much higher rates, but you have to consistently market yourself and seek out these opportunities.

The site is focused on helping writers find these opportunities (in the form of specific jobs or markets), but the plan is also to discuss the skills you need to win these jobs. If you speak English as a foreign language, I will be offering specific tips that can help you succeed in this very competitive market as well.

If you have struggled to start your journey as a freelance writer, please do not despair or overcomplicate things for yourself. A lot of courses and materials out there make the process seem very difficult when the fact is that it is much easier than one can imagine. My goal is to make things as simple as possible for writers.

If this topic interests you, please let me know if you have any specific issues you’d like to see addressed on the site.

Now, back to our topic. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, let us know what you’ve been working on lately. Your comments may inspire another writer!

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Amel is an experienced freelance writer, editor, and Arabic to English translator. She started the Muslim Writers Club as a means of sharing useful information about the art (and business) of writing.
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4 Comments

  1. As salaamu alaykum,

    Congratulations Sr. Amel on your new e-book. I’m very sure it’s going to be very beneficial for many writers out there.

    Since I’m from a Public Health and nutrition background, most of my articles are health-based.

    However, I also write on family life, homeschooling, higher education, and life experiences.

    I just submitted an article and recipe to a food and nutrition magazine (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America).

    I’m also thinking of compiling the speeches I have given at my Toastmasters Club, into article formats.

     

  2. Thanks for sharing your amazing accomplishment with us. I have just started thinking about writing seriously so I am somewhere between square zero and square one. I’ve started writing some autobiographical short stories. I’d be interested in writing fiction as well but I’m enjoying taking it slow for now. I am also a Toastmaster and I’ve enjoyed writing for that as well. As part of a writing club, I’ve tried to explore several different  genres including poetry. It’s great to hear from you guys snd I’m looking forward to hearing from others.

    Salam

     

    • Salam Sister Abeer, and thank you for introducing yourself. It is wonderful to see Muslim women participating in Toastmasters. Public speaking is such an important skill, and it starts with getting your thoughts on paper. It is great that you are writing some of your memoirs as well. This is something I have been giving more thought to as I grow older. My grandmother left some short memoirs behind. They are interesting stories but also represent an important slice of history from a tumultuous time. Memoirs are an amazing gift for future generations.

      Amel – MWC Admin

       
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