Well here we are. Self employed and trying to make a living writing. I’ve been writing for my entire adult life, in some capacity other than ‘writer’. I’ve enjoyed it. I’m proud of it. I think early in life I felt like writing was something un-masculine and therefore a useful skill, but publicly unworthy of my attention. It was something I kept stored securely on a floppy disk, or a CD-R, or a thumb drive; away from the prying eyes of those that would ridicule my innermost thoughts. To this day, I go over anything I write with a fine tooth comb to ensure it’s error free and un-criticize-able (it’s a word, look it up). I guess I’ll just have to get over that if I plan to do this as a profession. As I grew through my academic and professional career, I found that sitting down at a computer and knocking out an operations order, trip report, work instruction, standard operating procedure or whatever, gave me a tremendous amount of joy. So for now, I’m probably not going to make a whole lot of money (although it’s on my to do list), but i’m doing what I love.
So what the heck is the purpose of this blog? Better yet, what’s the purpose of this website? Here’s the deal, If I publish something on this blog, it’s published. I can’t sell it anywhere. So what then? A business update to my stockholders (not that an LLC has stock)? Random ramblings about the struggle of writing freelance? Unpublished works that didn’t sell, but need to be on display for the world to see? All seems a bit narcissistic. The answer to those questions is likely both yes and no. I have just submitted my first article for publication (Though technically, I’ve published thousands of documents, just not under the name of Jeff DeMarco, Writer or to a public forum). If and when it’s published, I’ll share it onto my website in order to maintain a collection of work. As for struggling, I’m finding that getting into the markets that I’d like to write for is difficult. After a few days on various freelancer sites, I’m finding that my proposals are seldom responded to and usually the projects are based out of India or the middle east for a very small amount of money. As for the technical writing avenue, I’m waiting on a couple existing accounts and will likely need to solicit companies directly in order to generate business. Of course I have my book that’s a little more than halfway done. I’ll let you know if and when that gets published. I may throw an excerpt up on this site here and there. As for unpublished work, well I don’t have any yet, so there’s that.
For now, I have my wonderful wife Nicole who’s incredibly supportive of these crazy goals I have. I’ve got my currencies trading, which generates some income daily, So I think I should be just fine. Here’s to you readers, at this point probably just family. I look forward to entertaining and informing you.