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The get out of DMS by 2012 thread

Encourage your fellow DSSers to move on ... or don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Re: The get out of DMS by 2012 thread

Postby jekhyl » Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:06 pm

Why? Because FUCK YOU, that's why.
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Re: The get out of DMS by 2012 thread

Postby jekhyl » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:20 pm

Why? Because FUCK YOU, that's why.
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Re: The get out of DMS by 2012 thread

Postby Adam V. Lally » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:28 pm

I've had the same problem with Seed. When I first signed up, I got two accepted right away.

Now I can't find any assignments beyond things like "I interviewed at McDonald's" or whatever.

Btw, I love this thread. Great idea.

If any of you want to submit to print pieces (and I haven't gotten off my ass to do it yet, so some of you should to motivate me), check out the Writer's Market 2010. It lists all the publishing houses and periodicals that accept freelance work and how to contact them. Also usually includes pay and whether or not you should apply as an "unknown". Very useful.
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Re: The get out of DMS by 2012 thread

Postby jekhyl » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:53 pm

The writer's market also has a website. It's actually better than the book because it's updated regularly (the book, obviously, can't be updated after it's printed). If you buy the deluxe 2011 version, the web membership is included. It's not cheap but it may be worth the price. I still have my 2009 copy and I think it's time to upgrade to the latest.

For those who don't want to pay, they also have it at the library.
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Re: The get out of DMS by 2012 thread

Postby Dirk Diggler » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:21 pm

I write for another mill but it sucks even worse than DMS although it has enough advantages to keep me chained there. I have two other projects I need to get my ass in gear on that might enable me to escape. I have a couple other non-writing gigs that aren't too bad so I need to break out of the comfort (lazy) zone and build up other avenues. It's a matter of being complacent because I have plenty of success in other freelance writing gigs when I actually search for and do them.
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Re: The get out of DMS by 2012 thread

Postby partygirl » Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:49 pm

Hi, Dirk. Welcome. Love your screen name! We were just talking about porn names in another thread...
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Re: The get out of DMS by 2012 thread

Postby Hbomb » Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:09 am

Hey all, I'm still new but I really find your posts in here inspiring.

I decided I need an extra 700$ per month or so to beat last year's income and reach my income goal of making more than the bf. (People say it's not a race, but I think it's healthy competition... This was my first full-year freelancing, mostly with live clients and a few hundred a month DS... he has a "real" job you need a license for and works long hours, he only beat me this year by about $1,000).

I wanted to increase my amount of real clients, I have 5. I've been hired for one more long-term job and one more looks-like-it-could-be long-term job. So that's 2 more. I've also been trolling Craigslist each day and applying to anything that fits.

Next, I ponied up for a domain name for my portfolio and started highlighting/top ad my ads on another site, which got me one of the aforementioned clients.

I still need about $500 per month DS (the two new clients haven't finished their contracts yet so I don't know how much to mark down as being for sure income)... not to mention I failed at putting enough money aside for taxes so I've got to spend the next few months doing a lot more for DS. I also applied to some other Cdn-friendly content mills. Other than that, once I file my taxes and set up a couple more clients, I might be able to relax.

Oh, and I think I could have done all of the above x10 already if I could just get my ass out of bed in the mornings. I set my alarm for 8 and snooze till 10. It's really bad, I seem to sleep heaviest just before the alarm goes off and I'm too incoherent to force myself out of bed. So, that's another goal for me....
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Re: The get out of DMS by 2012 thread

Postby ImaWriter » Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:43 pm

1) Write at least one query to a print publication every week.
2) Submit at least one op-ed a month to a print newspaper
3) Write three articles a week to as many of my revshare sites as I can.
4) Monetize my blogs with affiliate ads, and work on getting more traffic with giveaways and such.
5) Turn my online articles into ebooks to sell

If I'm successful at this, in a year, I should be totally out of DMS, and only use it if I feel like it. I'm sure at some time, they will be instituting minimum contribution quotas to remain on the site, since they are cutting out all of the generalists.
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