A career as a freelance writer involves more than just writing; it encompasses creativity, perseverance and self-discipline. Joselin Linder, who has published several books and contributed to a number of radio programs and websites, has firsthand knowledge of the diligence it takes to constantly pitch ideas — and of the dedication necessary to work without the anchor of a employer.

Writer-3Freelance writers create written materials for a wide variety of media — both print and online — from newspapers to magazines, websites, promotional materials, books, television shows, radio programs and screenplays. In contrast to writers and authors who are employed by companies or organizations, freelancer writers are self-employed, working as independent contractors, or own their own small businesses.

CAREER OUTLOOK

According to Indeed.com, freelance writers earn an average annual salary of $65,000.

Employment for writers and authors in general is expected to grow by 3 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Strong competition is expected because many people are drawn to the profession.

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK

In a recent interview with JMA, Joselin Linder talks about the perks and downsides of a career as a freelance writer, and shares her advice for anyone considering chasing their own dream to become a writer.