We’re thrilled to bring you Writer Wednesdays, where you can meet one of our prolific WriterAccess writers every week! This week’s feature is Emmet M from Plano, TX. For more featured writers, visit our Writer Wednesday category.
How did you get started on your freelance writing career?
My career in software engineering ended in 2001 after the dot com bubble burst. I spent the next couple of years trying to get another job in that area without success. I then worked in a variety of other jobs that I hated, mostly taking orders over the phone. In 2006, I responded to an ad for writing articles at home that resulted in steady work for the next couple of years. By that time, I was able to survive the loss of my original client.
What’s your favorite genre or niche to write in?
Financially speaking, my favorite genre is information security. I’m able to obtain rates in that area that far exceed those of any other subject. I wouldn’t say I particularly enjoy it, but it’s a subject upon which I can write easily and authoritatively. My next favorite genre is health, in which I have extensive writing experience and education. I also have a few other areas in which I have sufficient writing experience to sound like an expert such as automotive repair and legal topics.
Do you do any writing outside of your freelance work?
Not really. I’m basically a full-time freelance writer who writes articles as specified in advance by the client. Personally, I would love to try my hand at science fiction/fantasy but my need to keep a roof over my head has prevented me from seriously pursuing this avenue. I’m certainly familiar with this genre and I know I have some original ideas for a story. On the other hand, I cringe when I think of using my experience in writing white papers on infosec to create engaging dialogue in a work of fiction.
Who are some of your favorite writers?
My favorite writers are primarily the sci-fi/fantasy authors I read as a child, including Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Alan Dean Foster and Piers Anthony. I will also read anything by an author who writes from a vampire’s point of view, such as Fred Saberhagen and P. N. Elrod. More recently, I’ve read the Harry Potter series and Diane Duane’s So You Want to be a Wizard series many times.
What have you learned as a content writer that you’d like to impart to others who are just starting out?
A newbie looking at the work available in a content mill’s general queue will likely conclude that it’s impossible to make a living as a content writer. It’s important to remember that the better-paying work usually goes directly to a specific writer who has established a working relationship with that client over time. At first, you’ll typically need to take general work and concentrate on impressing the client with your writing ability and subject-matter expertise. Think of these first few assignments as advertising and give serious consideration to increasing your rates once your clients decide they want to send you direct work.
Emmet M is a freelance writer available on WriterAccess, a marketplace where clients and expert writers connect for assignments.