Living the digital freelance writer lifestyle | Books & Beer

Living the lifeC.C. Chapman has successfully made the shift from wage-slave to freelance writer. With two books from a traditional publisher under his belt, a successful consulting career, and ongoing speaking engagements, he’s truly living the dream. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? We’ll cover that in 15-minutes on this episode of The Books and Beer Hangout:

  • The realities of a real publishing deal
  • Out of pocket expenses required even with a traditional publishing deal
  • Right-sizing your fantasy of a “fat advance”
  • When you might expect to make a living only writing books
  • How to make additional income as an author, but not from your books
  • When to write to further your career, and when to write because you have to write
  • Why it’s important to networking with professionals–and keep them informed
  • Making the transition from wage-slave to freelance writer
  • The realities of hustling to keep the money flowing
  • Moving from “starving artist” to “contributing to the family interest artist”
  • The importance of knowing what you do and who you are before you go freelance
  • The role of understanding basic business skills before you go off on your own

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Kona’s Big Wave Golden Ale, Bell’s Hopslam, and the last Palate Wrecker from Green Flash.


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  • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

    Thanks for having me on the show. It was a ton of fun to catch up with you guys and share what little I know :)

    • http://improvmedia.com/ Jeff Moriarty

      Thanks for joining us, C.C.! I’ve always loved your optimistic attitude about things, and if you ever start a side business to Cheerily Deliver Bad News, I’ll recommend you far and wide!