Write From Home
P.O. Box 4145
Hamilton, NJ 08610
E-mail: kim @ writefromhome.com
Frustrated by unfinished or unpolished articles, I recently came up with an idea
that has revolutionized both the quality and marketing of my writing. To
motivate myself to write my daily article, I decided to compose a description of
my job. What would I find if searching the Want Ads for my job description?
"This Is Your Dream Writing Job" has an opening for a freelance writer. TIYDWJ
is a privately owned corporation specializing in writing articles that inform,
humor and enlighten individuals.
Hours: 9-6 p.m., Monday-Friday (weekends optional).
Key qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a degree in Thoughtfulness and
Inquiry, plus a lifetime desire to be a writer. Advanced understanding of the
psychology of writer's block and the ability to turn off the internal editor a
Job description: You are responsible for one 500-word rough draft each morning.
After the free write (also known as brain spill), there is a brief spell check
followed by the first coffee break of the morning. We ask that you respect our
policy of not checking e-mail prior to this break time. We prefer writers think
of this as a "reward" after completing the free write project.
Our company encourages numerous coffee breaks. This is a necessary part of the
job - offering time to reflect about article structure, word choice, and
appropriate illustrations for the article in construction.
Washing machines are available and employees often throw in a load during break
time or sort and fold previous loads. Other popular break activities include:
stretching, pacing, making a quick phone call and feeding Ed, the cat, (short
After each break you are responsible for your 1st revision and rewrite of the
brain spill. Our company revises manuscripts casually with the philosophy that
creation comes best without undue stress or time-pressure. We prefer the
creation of only one new manuscript per day. We tolerate opening other
manuscripts in the "needs review" file, only after the morning's new assignment
At noon we break for lunch, however many of our writers are so caught up in
their stories by this time that they voluntarily skip lunch, or grab a bite on
the run, which they eat at their computer station. We do encourage the lunch
break, as it gives writers the necessary time to digest their meal; and then
they can return to the day's article with a fresh outlook.
From 2-5 p.m. we continue to polish the draft which may grow to between 800-1000
words, with added research, illustrations, and quotes, by the end of the working
day. There are of course two or three more "coffee" breaks per hour. At 5
o'clock polished drafts are "due."
Query letters on the completed articles are expected to be submitted, by the end
of the week, to at least the top five potential markets.
Finally, the last duty of the day is to check your e-mail for bites, green
lights, and assignments generated by your previous submissions. This is another
reward of a job well done - with repeated success, many of our writer's eagerly
look forward to continued sales, info about article publication dates, and
In general, and after sending out five new article queries a week, by the end of
the first month you should generate as many "go-aheads" as you can keep up
with. However, we go easy on ourselves, expecting one purchase per 50 pitches.
Pay: The beginning salary average is 10-20 dollars a day (based on year end
calculation of sales and bonuses). Keep in mind that as you progress and improve
your marketing skills, this number will double, triple, etc... And remember ---
you always keep the copyright, so your income will increase rapidly with the
more reprints you have to sell.
Our freelancers enjoy a carefree work environment and a casual dress policy,
most work in pajamas, bathrobes, sweats, or jeans and sweatshirts.
This is a perfect entry-level opportunity. We look forward to finally
hearing from you. If you are interested in this position you can e-mail me at
......Well I got the job (hired myself). Since working for TIYDWJ, I practically
sprint out of bed in the morning. Writing has never been more fun, more
efficient and more profitable. I hear the company is hiring if you're
Espinasse, an American writer (from Phoenix, Arizona), lives permanently in the
12th century medieval village of Les Arcs-sur-Argens in the South of France.
Her French husband has a worldwide reputation as an expert on all aspects of
French wine. Apart from tending two small children, Kristin's life is entirely
devoted to creative writing and nonfiction.
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