My name is Michael O’Dwyer. I’m also known as THE FIERY FREELANCER as I have a low tolerance for the bullshit common to the freelance writing and journalism areas.
I’m available for freelance projects that match my expertise but I won’t use this site to go on about it. I use my company site to desperately beg for paid writing projects. If seeking a writer, all my required info is under a single menu item appropriately named “Hire this?” As most of my work comes from direct pitching to editors and publishing contacts, don’t feel bad if you ignore that page. I’ll be fine 😉
Comments are welcome, as are suggestions for future post topics. If you’re having problems with an aspect of freelance writing, whether it’s clients, writers, the marketing team or expert sources, I’d love to hear about it.
With any luck, as time goes on, we’ll identify all the common issues and come up with solutions to solve them.
Thanks for reading,
MY PLANS FOR THIS SITE
Every writer needs an online presence that he/she controls and this one is mine. I can express my opinions without being censored and, with any luck, gain readers interested in the topics I choose to write about.
Therefore, the site audience is strictly aimed at those who write for a living, related clients and other professionals in marketing and PR.
I plan to cover all aspects of the writing life in the coming years, including worthwhile job markets, the technology/tools worth using and the entire publishing process from first pitch to final publication.
Monetization is not the primary aim of this site and it will never have a shop, ads or offer paid downloads. The only monetization exception is for products and services that I recommend (that I use and pay for). If the product or service has an affiliate scheme, I join it for approved products only (it’s a small list and is placed on a single page).
If a referral ID is part of the URL that redirects you to the provider, I receive a small commission if you decide to purchase. This does not take money out of your pocket as the sale price does not change if you find it yourself online. Prior to every recommended purchase, search for coupon codes or vouchers if a discount is not offered.
For example, I use CleanTalk to protect my WordPress websites from spam. It’s a paid annual service that is less than a dollar per month (for three websites-the smallest option). Before I got it, I spent hours each month reviewing and deleting comment and contact form spam. Worth the money, right? In the page footer, you will notice the button showing the spam attempts blocked since installation (November 2019 on this site but have used the product for several years). This contains a referral ID and I receive a small commission. My VPN provider has another scheme where I can send an invite by email. If my contact makes a purchase, we both get a month of free VPN access…
OK, now you can’t say I’m hiding anything. Don’t worry, I use free services where possible and will recommend those on another page. Recommended sites, services, tools, software and processes are all fair game. Links with referral IDs are in the minority and I won’t make a living from it, maybe a cup of coffee every so often.
What do you think so far? Seems like a plan to me… Feel free to contact me with your thoughts as I’ve disabled comments on all pages (it’s cleaner).