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bio website arcticllama.com
location Denver, CO
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I am a professional freelance writer by trade, and owner of the ArcticLlama freelance writing business. In addition to my company's website at arcticllama.com, I am also the owner, writer, and webmaster of several additional websites on a variety of topics.


Mar
4
comment Strunk and White vs “Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace” by Williams and Colomb
Ralph, be that as it may in a theoretical sense, in the real world when dealing with real editors, it goes from God, to the Chicago Manual of Style, to the Elements of Style, to my third-grade English teacher said...
Mar
4
comment What is the proper way to write time in a manuscript?
Neil, if you can name a similar resource for fiction then you have a point, otherwise, not so much.
Feb
6
comment Should freelance writers keep their online business separate from offline?
I don't have my rates on my website, but existing clients know what I charge them and certain online venues show enough information to make an educated guess or to know what a project's price was within a relatively small range.
Jan
28
comment What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
You CAN use your SSN, but that isn't a good idea. A successful freelance writer, for example, can write for dozens or even hundreds of clients per year. How many places do you want to give out your SSN? Also, LLCs cannot file as corporations. Only S-Corp and C-Corp can file that way. The IRS forms allow for an LLC to file as a partnership (taxes like an LLP) or as a "disregarded entity" (taxes like a sole proprietor).
Jan
9
comment Should freelance writers keep their online business separate from offline?
There is no need to generalize either on or offline writing as better or worse. However, consider that finding an offline client, meeting with them in person, working on-site and so on, makes what one charges for that type of writing assignment higher than what one would charge a similar client who is online and requires none of the above. Moreover, offline clients don't readily disclose what they pay whereas there may be a record of such things online depending on the gig (i.e. history at Guru, etc.)
Jan
9
comment Should freelance writers keep their online business separate from offline?
A freelance writer finds clients on their own and the sets rates and terms with those clients. Like any small business owner, word of mouth, networking, and branding are the main ways to get new business. The thought I have is that if a local PR firm were to find a writer's work online and discover that it is cheaper and/or less quality (likely because it is cheaper) would that be to the writer's detriment, or are the majority of clients clever enough to understand the differences? -- A salaried writer's company handles rates and the company's reputation.