4 Little Freelancing Tips

Here’s the thing about freelancing: If you’re considering it, you already know that you’re pretty darn good at something that a lot of people want. But being good at something is only part of being in business for yourself. How do you make money? How much should you expect to make? How do find clients—and what happens when they don’t pay you?

All these questions came up in a recent e-mail exchange in which I was recently involved. But these questions are helpful for anyone, so let’s talk about them. Continue reading

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How Do I Become a Freelancer? A Grossly Incomplete Overview

In a few hours, I will be a guest in an editing and publishing class at Western Washington University, where I earned both my undergrad and graduate degrees and more or less got my writing and editing career started. Somehow, I am now considered some kind of authority and get to talk about how I’ve managed to fumble my way through a career as a wordsmith. Trust me, I like the feeling. But I’m just confused as to when people started asking for my advice on things.

I think the biggest part of getting started down the freelancer’s path is knowing where to start—and what things to consider. So, in preparation for my presentation, I figured I might as well give a brief scattershot of how I began, and how I sustain, this little career I’ve carved out.

These are my thoughts. They’re far from comprehensive, but hopefully somebody happening upon this site might learn a thing or two in the process. So let’s get to it. Continue reading

Wild Grass on the Riverbank, by Hiromi Itō

I’ve never read Hiromi Ito, but it’s reviews like this that make me wish I had. I especially appreciate the way the reviewer discussed the intermediation of translation, how some the linguistic possibilities of its parent language are inevitably lost, but how new possibilities are gained in the transition to the new language. Fascinating stuff.

Heavy Feather Review

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Wild Grass on the Riverbank, by Hiromi Itō (translated by Jeffrey Angles). Notre Dame, Indiana: Action Books. 103 pages. $16.00, paper.

(Be carried from your native land to foreign soil, where you will grow wild and propagate)

Marking her return to poetry, Wild Grass on the Riverbank by Hiromi Itō is first and foremost a textual space where language can seek out the wildest, most visceral modes of expression. This lush, entangled narrative poem follows the coming of age of a young girl, who is shuttled back and forth by her mother between a wasteland—reminiscent of arid Southern California—and an overgrown riverbank based on the city of Kumamoto in southern Japan.

More than a Bildungsroman in verse, more than an epic for the modern ages, Wild Grass on the Riverbank subverts traditional literary and symbolic binaries—poetry vs. prose vs. drama, stream of consciousness vs. fragmentation, folk tales and…

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It’s Been That Long, Huh?

The good thing about these long disappearances is that it means I’ve been up to good things. The bad thing is that I often neglect to share it here. If you’re ever looking for more of a day-to-day from me, my Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram pages are probably the better spots. This place is more like a hub or a repository, I suppose, though I hope to start sharing a little bit more about my professional world here in the coming months.

In the meantime, some announcements:

  • I’m now editing for Heavy Feather Review. They’re good people, and I’m very happy to be a part of a lit journal again. Why not submit some work?
  • I had two poems published up on Spork Press last fall.
  • I’ll have a poem coming out with Salt Hill in a couple months.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. But stay tuned for some more semi-frequent updates.

What I’m Reading – June 2014 Edition

I love reading. I’d better. It’s sorta what I get paid to do. But with professional obligations to read and write, it’s sometimes difficult to remember to read and write for fun. But I’ve been making more of an effort lately, and I’ve made some headway through my substantial to-read list. Why not follow me on Goodreads to keep abreast of what’s going on with my bookshelf?

Here’s what I’ve finished lately, in no particular order.

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A Belated Music Announcement – The Rise of Amniotic Buzzsaw

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The past several months I’ve been working on finishing an album that I recorded with my friend Jake Frye (of Jesus on the Moon fame) while we were both still grad students at Western Washington University back in 2009–10. That’s a long time to sit on recordings, I know, but we were so proud of them that we knew we had to do some sort of formal release eventually. But first we had to master the tracks, and then we had to have album art done. And doing all that stuff in your spare time usually makes it take time.

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Diegesis Reviewed in Front Porch Journal

I had a pleasant surprise the other day when I discovered that Front Porch Journal recently reviewed The Diegesis, the 2013 poetry collection cowritten with Joshua Young and released by Gold Wake Press.

It was a very flattering review. But mostly I’m happy to see that at least someone is still reading the collection a year after its release. I’ve been learning that while poetry collections through indie presses may not sell in the tens of thousands (or really anywhere even close), but sometimes they can have a nice, slow burn. Here’s to slow burns.

Want to read The Diegesis? Buy a copy through me here.

Want to learn more about The Diegesis? Check out the blog archives.