I Prefer the Term ‘Content Mercenary’

Editorial Sellsword

It’s May Day, a day devoted to the international unity of workers—seems like a good day to officially announce that I’ve gone rogue…

Sir Walter Scott first used the term “free-lancer” in his 1820 novel Ivanhoe, referring to a warrior who is not in the employ of a specific lord, and therefore “free” to use his “lance” for whomever pays the bills.

A freelance writer, however, conjures up a much more subdued image. I prefer the term “Editorial Sell-Sword,” or perhaps “Content Mercenary”—which sounds a bit more like Ivanhoe and less like “Bartleby the Scrivener.”

It has been a long time coming, and as daunting as it may seem initially, things soon take shape and you learn to work within a new set of boundaries. The fact that I’m writing this in my underwear at my kitchen table should by no means diminish the impact of the subject matter—it’s still honest work.

So far so good, although I doubt the condottieri of yore had to deal with I-9s, W4s, EINs and HealthCare.gov (I’m currently shopping the story of the latter to the highest bidder…). Nevertheless, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of projects since making the transition and it has been a pretty fulfilling move.

So here goes…

Currently available for all manner of writing and editorial needs—news, op-ed, books, bios, public relations, press releases, products reviews, social media, multimedia, proofreading, palm reading, proms, weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc… tell your friends!!!

And while I’m pretty lousy at self-promotion, I typically churn out a decent product. My résumé speaks for itself, and my background can best be described as… ahem… eclectic. If you’re looking for fresh ideas from a unique point of view, consider working with an award-winning columnist who brings 15 years of experience as a writer and editor in both print and online media.

Admittedly the power of positive thinking has never been my strong suit over the years, but I’m pretty excited about the new direction things have taken. When your faith in your own abilities is reinforced by that of those who surround you, there’s nothing left to do but prove them right.

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