By Michael LoccisanoPublished October 03, 2017 11:22:34The first time I heard of a freelance writing award, it was for $20K from an e-commerce business called Etsy.
The first award I won was for a $50K eBook about a woman who was selling her own underwear.
I had written a short story about a family of four living in a house in Brooklyn that was in the middle of a foreclosure crisis.
I was working with an agent and had an ebook deal with a publisher called Paperchase.
The contract required me to do two stories per month for the publisher, which was $15,000.
My story was about a young girl whose life was turned upside down when her mother was killed.
She was adopted and her father had lost his job, and she lived with her grandmother and aunt.
I wrote a short post-apocalyptic novel about the fallout, which won the $25,000 award.
It was a tough year for me financially, but my story wasn’t.
I worked on my novel for four months and finished it in two weeks.
My agent told me that my story was a hit, and he offered me a chance to work on a book for a second time.
I didn’t know what a second book was.
I didn’t even know that the word “second” meant that it had to be published within two weeks of its release.
It didn’t matter if it was a novel or an ecommerce business.
I knew I could do it.
A few weeks after my first book, I got a call from a friend who was a journalist.
He told me about a project I was going to write about.
The project was called “Pennywise: The Musical.”
I had been a fan of the movie before, but it was new to me.
My story was based on an old book called the “Penguin Briefing” by William Goldman.
The book was published in 1978 and is a classic of the genre.
I had always loved the book, but had never seen it before.
I sent him an eMail.
I sent a short synopsis and some notes, then asked him to help me write.
He agreed and I wrote out the book.
He wrote my first draft, which he read and then I sent it to him.
I told him that I had done the story before and he thought it was great.
I wanted to write the story again and have it be my own, but I wanted the same experience.
He agreed, and I sent the manuscript to the publisher.
The story was published on the Kindle Unlimited app in March of 2019 and was a $5,000 eBook.
I’m happy with how it turned out.
I’m so glad that I got to work with an agency, because I really didn’t have any other options.
The ebook was a little pricey, but the writer was great and he was a good partner.
He’s a real professional.
I have two stories in my eBooks that are in the top 20 in Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
They’re called “The Loneliest Girl” and “A Day in the Life.”
I didn (and still don’t) get to do a book deal with any publisher or editor, but every book I did have a contract with them.
They were really good at what they do.
It was a real honor to be a part of it.
I also have three eBooks on Amazon that are not in the Top 20 in Kindle Unlimited and that I haven’t had a deal with.
One of them is called “Escape from the Dead Sea.”
The other two are called “My Name Is Not Your Name,” and “The Blackbird.”
There’s no other option for me.
The first two are great, too.
I’ll have a chance at one of them.