Edgar Rider or Bob Eager, a writer from Phoenix, Arizona, USA, whose creativity has no boundaries.
- Hi Edgar, tell me who you are and what do you do as a freelancer doing?
I write under two names Edgar Rider and Bob Eager. Ironically my pen name is the only one known as a Good Reads author appearing in a journal called Stray Branch. It is a back and forth game between writing about educational topics, social media ability and marketing knowledge. I am also an accomplished poet under the name Bob Eager. My character is a self help guru who gives insightful advice with a touch of absurdity. I wrote under Bob Eager as a professional wrestling journalist with a regular column called Charisma Corner.
- How long have you been working as a freelancer now?
Have been working as a freelancer on and off for 4 years . Started of writing comic book reviews and rock music biographies and moved into Education articles and then became passionate about Social Media and Marketing topics.
- Why did you decide to become a freelancer? Did you think about it for a long time or did your decision come suddenly?
It had occurred to me over time originally got a Theatre degree. I realized my stage could be in a marketing post when I wrote Conversion Rate Optimization ( Not an Outer Space Term) It felt as if I was inviting people into a different world that sounded almost alien. It is like telling people a story in a different way. Like a play or a movie the only difference is it is with an informational intention. Now I realize art is in everything the jobs you have even the ones you don’t like, school experiences, and dealing with difficult people are a few examples. Write about everything in your life . Personally, I was torn between commercial acceptance such as wanting to write mainstream articles but also keep my edgy artistic credibility side which means writing about obscure topics under an alter ego Bob Eager. My pen name discusses subject matter that is under the surface such as Krocodil In Bathsalt. I felt I must Satisfy the artistic side that gets the creative itch. This creates a balance in my self. I feel whole and complete with both sides getting a fair share of my time.
- What is your competitive advantage, which makes your clients hire you?
I happen to be versatile and adaptive. I am willing to listen to what they want.
- Who are your competitors? What do they have that you don’t?
Knowledge and proficiency they like me to explain topics in a simplistic understandable that truly captivates their attention.
- Who are your typical clients?
Mostly I have written for educational marketing and social media websites, journals and magazine.
- Your best reference?
Just being refereed to as a consultant for Duct Tape Marketing and also as a Social Media consultant for Brandon Mulllan’s Workshop Money 4 Young People and his book Larry the Weatherman.
- The biggest marketing challenge that you deal with?
Basically when I diversified my portfolio expanded the parameters of what art can be that’s when I found the sky started to open up so to speak.
- How does your typical working day look like? What do you do when you are not working? How many hours/days per week are you working?
Every day I am researching topics writing articles sending out posts to potential takers. I have realized how much this takes it is a day to day priority deciding that this matters so much I am willing to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient in my daily living situation.
- Which books do you recommend to freelancers?
Icarus Deception which is a book by Seth Godin it is about art itself why we need to make more art. It will inspire you. I would recomment the Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli and Carol Tice Step By Step Guide To Freelance Writing Success.
I strongly recommend a website called Jennifer Gregory Content Marketing. She has a comprehensive blog which takes you through finding your niche and finding places to submit that pay decent money. She will get you to really think about your content marketing writing strategy.
- What is your current inspiration that drives you in the business?
To be a full time writer and promote both names to get them both over.
- What would you do differently if you would start again?
Start younger understand how much of a priority it has to be, I would have done it everyday no matter what.
- What would you advise someone who has an idea, but no money?
Write down subject matter you are interested in and or have experience with.
Narrow down topics spend time on sites like Pro job blogger and Media Bistro. But not too much time.
Brainstorm places that would take your subject matter. To start to do some Google searches for who takes Guest Posts and in your specific area.
- What was the best business advice you received?
Be adaptive don’t just go to one source. Jennifer Gregory says look at your select clips figure out what niche they are in and then submit a letter of introduction to Brands and Agency’s.
- Do you have an online resource which you use regularly? Which one?
Make a Living Writing and again I mention Jeniffer Gregory Content Marketing website very comprehensive.
- What do you often dream about when you’re not working?
Creativity always it never stops if I run from it the itch comes back .
- The place where you find your peace?
On the canal or on rooftops looking down.
- What do you do in your free time?
Think about creativity.
- Your last vacation?
Don’t take vacations feel they are unnecessary at this point writing is my escape.
- Your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to have two books out one under a pen name Bob Eager called Darkside Relapsing and a book on my experience titled Bare Maximum if you want to go for your dream what are you willing to sacrifice to get it.
Thank you Edgar. I wish you many creations from beneath your pen!
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