The New Plan – Operation Freelance!

After talking it over with a very smart friend I’ve decided to offer blog articles for £100 each, and £50 each for short ones.

I’m offering Ghostwriting and Co-Author services too. If you have a great story idea but don’t think that you could do it justice, then I can help. You may even have started writing it yourself and got stuck. You can hire me as a Ghostwriter, in which case the book has your name on it, and you get to keep the royalties, but you pay me for my time upfront. Or, you can let me take a Co-Author credit, both names are on the cover, we split the royalties 50-50, and it costs you nothing.

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I’m hoping to build up a client list as quickly as possible. I need to be a full-time writer. I’m going nuts. I’ve been trying to build my profile, and my reputation. Take my time. Do this right. Work wherever I can to survive while I make myself look great online. The problem is that the job I’m doing for money is taking all my time, energy and motivation.

I didn’t realize when I started working nights how lonely and depressing it would get. I needed some time to think, but now I’m ready to rejoin the world. I could just get another shitty job doing bar-work, retail or call centre customer service, but I really don’t want to have to. I want to write. It’s all I want to do, and I’m good at it.

I got my start as a blogger writing geek-culture articles for a WordPress-based website. The articles I’ve written for them seem to have gone, but I saved a few of my favourites and re-blogged them on Games ‘n’ Geekery. A geeky website of my own I created using all the skills I learned while working for them, and a few tricks I’ve picked up since.

They didn’t pay me anything, but the experience was invaluable. I learned how to use WordPress, how to make a good-looking blog article, and that I could churn out an original 500-1000 word article, including research, links, pictures and video, every single day.

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I used what they taught me to create this blog, and others. The Hermes925 serialized story that I’ve been posting to this website attracted the attention of Tod Foley, who recruited me for the UbiquiCity project. The writer team would video conference online to talk about our ideas and world-build together, then we each wrote a short story that fit into the world we created. My short story, and the others, are now available on Amazon as part of the UbiquiCity anthology. The accompanying RPG sourcebook will be out soon. It was a fun project. 🙂

I got the opportunity to ghost-write a story for someone, and that was fun too, but the client put the project on hold before I saw a penny for the work I did. I definitely learned a lesson there, but it put me off the idea of ghost-writing for a while.

I submitted a short story or two to contests and publications that offered a cash prize or payment if you were accepted, but it didn’t take me long to figure out that writing short stories for submission, especially if they don’t get accepted. Too much time and effort, for not enough guaranteed reward. If I write a good short story, I want some guarantee I’m going to get paid for it, and I certainly didn’t want to have to pay someone to publish it.

It’s about that time I got distracted by the Creative Writers group. It had only 32 members left, no admin at all. It occurred to me that I could test some of the things I’d learned about social media management and audience building, and also create the kind of supportive community I wanted to find. The group now has over seventeen thousand members.

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I even created an opportunity for group members. I’ve always been a ‘learn by doing’ kind of person. I learn best when it’s a necessary means to accomplish a desired outcome. In hindsight the Monolith project was probably a little too ambitious, but that was kind of the idea. Set the bar high and see if I could pull it off. I didn’t, but I learned a lot along the way.

The idea was to create a series of large anthologies, containing well-written stories, all conforming to the same theme. There would be no charge to submit and we would review the stories as they were submitted. That way we wouldn’t have to try and deal with a huge pile all at once after the submission deadline, and the writers would get feedback right away instead of having to wait. This also gave them an opportunity to try and improve their submission and try again.

We ended up with a lot of great stories, and a lot that could have been good if the writers had been willing to improve them. The project became a logistical nightmare, even with help from other admins in the group, and so the project was abandoned. However, I decided to test self-publishing anyway with one of the short-stories I had written. It sold pretty well for a short story, and I’m currently writing a longer story, hopefully a novel, inspired by the short story. It’s called The Haunted Story.

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It’s taking longer to write than I wanted though. I enjoy writing stories, but they’re harder than blog articles. I have several work-in-progress story-lines that I will to turn into books. A few of the ideas have already been mentioned in this blog. I know I can manage my time better, and be able to spend more time and energy writing my stories, if I can write full-time. The night porter job is an inefficient use of my time and wastes my creativity.

I could replace the hotel job by securing enough clients to write an article a day, just like I used to do. I’m a good writer, as you can see from this blog and my published stories. I’m more than happy to negotiate, especially if I can gain something else besides money, like cover-art, editing, or marketing.

I can do blogging, and it comes easily to me, but I’d prefer to write a book with you. I know from the previous experience that I write better and faster when I’m working for someone, and it gives me something to look forward to each day. Unlike my current job. At this point I’d welcome any opportunity to write for a living really.

So, want to write a book with me? If you don’t have any ideas, I can help with that too. I’m aware that some people just want to see a book on the shelves with their name on the cover. I can arrange that. I can also go to the opposite extreme and help you polish up and revise a story that you’ve mostly written already (and that wouldn’t cost as much). It’d be much more fun to bounce ideas off each other and come up with a great story together, but I’m flexible.

Please email me: antonym.copeland@gmail.com or leave me a comment if you have any questions, advice for new freelancers, or a project for me. Whether you’re a fellow writer with too much on your plate, a website manager that needs more content, or just someone that wants their name on a book, I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great day 🙂

 

Book Spotlight -The Black Knight of Avalon Chronicles

Time for another book spotlight. This time it’s for a series of books already published, called “The Black Knight of Avalon Chronicles”. You may already have guessed that they are inspired greatly by Arthurian legend. The first book in the series is “The Ruby Phoenix, Part 1“, and that’s what we’ll be focussing  on for this article. If you love epic fantasy and Arthurian mythology, go buy it right now!

Still here? Really? C’mon, it’s got knights, chivalry and King Arthur himself in it! What more do you want? Oh all right, I’ll tell you a bit about the author. The Author, Sunbow Pendragon, now has a total 10 books under her belt, 7 of which are included in The Black Knight of Avalon Chronicles. She’s also a great human being, always willing to help another author a step up, in their writing and their life. Despite this she remains relatively unheard of, which I personally consider a cruel injustice.

There are some fantastic reviews on the Amazon page for The Ruby Phoenix. Go there yourself and see. Here are a few of my favourites.

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any fan of Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table!!!, July 29, 2015
This review is from: The Ruby Phoenix, Part 1 (The Black Knight of Avalon Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
The author did a wonderful job with this book. The well developed characters left me feeling as if I knew these people and had actually witnessed the events they were involved in. The story immersed me in a magickal place that felt like home. I had to force myself to put the book down long enough to complete my daily chores and I rushed through them in order to get back to reading. I am eagerly looking forward to diving right into the next book. Anyone who reads, should read this authors offerings. They will not be disappointed. I could definitely see these books made into a movie or series that would captivate the audience. I will not be surprised when this author is on the New York Times Bestsellers list! I have several favorite authors and Sunbow Pendragon is at the top of that list!
5.0 out of 5 starsA MUST READ!, September 18, 2014
This review is from: The Ruby Phoenix, Part 1 (The Black Knight of Avalon Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
Love this book! Very detailed, interesting, and I almost couldn’t put this book down! I feel like I was in the book as I was reading it, it took me to a very magical place! Can not wait to read the second. Everyone should read this!!
5.0 out of 5 starsI love this book, October 1, 2015
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This review is from: The Ruby Phoenix, Part 1 (The Black Knight of Avalon Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
I love this book! so well written and I am so happy to say I personally know the writer and she is not only a fantastic writer but a wonderful friend. she is very creative in her story writing, please give her books a chance, you will not be disappointed!
Still not convinced? Okay, check out this free sample from the book from Sunbow’s own publishing page on Facebook, Amethyst Free Press
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“Please, Storyteller, tell us another story tonight?” a young boy’s voice entreated as the villagers settled down to a good supper. They had worked all day to bring in the first harvest of fresh peas, while the women cooked and prepared this feast. Now, they all settled back with a mug of tea or a last cup of wine. “Which one would ye like to hear?” he asked, taking a seat under the old oak tree in the center of the village. “Did the Black Knight ever meet another of his ilk?” the young lad asked. “He did indeed, a mighty warrior who came from far away to teach him more of the arcane arts. Let me tell ye the story of the Ruby Phoenix,” the older man began, and cleared his throat for quiet. The crowd settled in and prepared to hear the tale of their most favorite character….
The Kindle version is only $5.99, which is pocket change. Click this link, buy it, read it, love it. Tell all your friends to buy it too, plus paperback copies for friends and family with no access to a Kindle, mobile device or PC, and be sure to leave Sunbow Pendragon a great review on Amazon.
Are you an author too? Contact me, I’ll be happy to write you a book spotlight too!
Have a great day! 🙂

Book Spotlight – Terminus

This isn’t one of mine. Terminus is the wonderful brainchild of Jaye Milius. A talented woman using Inkshares.com to try and promote and sell her book. At the time of writing she’s only 41 pre-orders away from getting her book published. You can pre-order an ebook copy for only $10, which is about £8. I urge you as a reader, perhaps even as a fellow writer, to show your support and put in your pre-order.

I see you need a little more convincing. Okay then. The core premise behind Terminus is that a new technological marvel has been developed that allows living people to communicate with the dead. In Jaye’s own words, “In a future where technology lets the living speak with the dead, the afterlife is big business. Families can be reunited, lost loves can be together again, aging rock stars can even play reunion shows with long dead bandmates… all for a price.”

As you can see from the video, the author has put a lot of work into the characters and is truly passionate about the subject matter. I particularly like the idea of Sully, the aging rocker performing a reunion tour with his dead band-mates. She’s posted several chapters, she says eleven in the video, but I haven’t checked. Go see for yourself, starting with the Prologue. Read and be hooked!

Still here? Fine! Here’s what some of the people who’ve read it already had to say about it:

Brilliantly written, Terminus drives you through a remarkable world – one where not only is death not the end, but where the dead and the living work together. Challenging, intriguing, and completely engaging, I highly recommend picking up this title.

Terminus has a truly interesting concept in which the characters can thrive and come to life. By creating a fully realized world, the author draws the reader in by directly establishing the world to the reader, which then allows the reader to fully engage with the imagery presented. I look forward to reading more.

How many thousands of stories have you heard of in which Speaking to the Dead is a central premise? I guarantee you’ve never seen one as creative and gripping as Jaye Milius’ “Terminus.” Her writing is a master-class of technique. Follow where she’s leading you, and enter a brilliantly imagined world where technology and spirituality intertwine, and where death is no longer the end of anything.

This is a premise I have never considered, artfully executed. It flows well, especially with as much explaining as it has to do. The pacing feels good, and it keeps my curiosity piqued without overwhelming me. Followed, in the hopes of learning more.

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Are you convinced yet? Good! Now go to Inkshares.com/books/terminus, put in your pre-order, and help get Terminus published. As I said earlier, she needs only 41 more pre-orders to make her dream a reality. What I didn’t mention earlier was that she only has 38 days left to do it! So in, addition to putting in a pre-order yourself, I have one more favour to ask. Tell all your friends and family to do the same! Share her Inkshares page on Facebook and Twitter! Pre-order additional copies for people with no internet access! Let’s make this happen!

Comment if you want, but if you really should be talking to Jaye. Have a great day!