My name is Don Meredith, I own a professional writing business and this is my blog about the business of writing. I have been blogging for a few years now at Don Meredith Outdoors, where I discuss what I write: i.e., the outdoors and related issues. However, the business of writing is under attack these days on a variety of fronts, and I thought I should express my concerns and ideas about it on a separate blog. Although of interest to me, I suspect the business of writing is not of interest to most who read my published writing. So, if you are interested in what I have published about the outdoors, environment and related issues (and perhaps wish to comment about it), please go to the above blog or my web site.
I have been a professional freelance writer for over 30 years. What is a professional writer? Someone who earns at least a portion of their living from writing (my definition). As I mentioned in a piece I wrote for my web site (Notes for New Writers), “Despite the best efforts of prominent writing organizations, writing is not a true profession. Anyone can claim to be a writer, and many are happy just to see their names in print.” A true profession has rules that govern how it functions and who can qualify to call themselves professionals. All we writers have to do is hang out a shingle, charge for what we do and hope for the best. If we are good at what we do, people will continue to hire us, and we will attempt to make a living at it.
Of course, it’s not as simple as all that, but that’s what this blog is about.
*Please note that the opinions expressed here are my own, and not that of any organization that I might represent or of which I am a member.