What I Do as a Freelance Writer and Editor

“So, you’re a freelancer, but what do you really do?”

When I first started my full-time freelance writing and editing gig two years ago today, I got this question a lot, especially from family and friends and even from business colleagues at networking events. I think some people thought I simply quit my job and freelancing was a euphemism for staying at home and not working.

But “freelancing” is not a euphemism. It’s a real job. I typically work 9 to 5 Monday through Friday (sometimes more), depending on project deadlines. A recent post from the MakeaLivingWriting.com blog made me realize I’m not alone in getting asked about what I really do. The life of a freelancer is a mystery to most people.

To help unravel the mystery of what I do all day, I’ve taken a look back at my past year’s work and created a summary of the projects I’ve completed. In 2014, I did the following projects for clients:

  • wrote 105 blog posts/articles for websites
  • wrote 36 articles for magazines and newsletters
  • edited 11 magazine articles
  • wrote copy for and/or edited 54 marketing e-mails
  • proofread four magazine issues
  • edited two nonfiction books (one was 240 pages, the other was 256 pages)
  • wrote and edited content for 15 miscellaneous projects
Magazine Writing

A sampling of my magazine articles published in 2014

As I look back, I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with many amazing people. I have worked with clients at universities, magazines, book publishers, higher education consulting firms, and other organizations. Thank you to all of my clients for allowing me to work on your projects.

As the new year gets underway, I look forward to continuing to serve my clients, as well as writing and publishing my first book.


Dana McCullough is a freelance writer and editor who frequently writes, edits, copy-edits, and proofreads content for magazines, blogs, websites, books, and more. She is the owner of Dana’s Creative Services. Twitter: @DanasCreative

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