My name is Yuwanda Black and I'm a freelance writer, author and web entrepreneur.
I've been a freelance writer since 1993, a self-published ebook writer/author since 2002 and an internet marketer since 2008.
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TRAVELING FREELANCE WRITER
I'm American. In 2009, I started travelling frequently to Jamaica (Negril). In 2014, I made the move permanent; one of my "bucket list" wishes was to live in another country full time. All I can say is, be careful what you wish for -- cuz you just may get it. And boy am I glad I did. :-)
ABOUT LIVING IN JAMAICA FULL-TIME
Since 2010, I've rented five places in Negril -- from studios with ocean views to a two-bedroom/two-bath house with a yard and access to an infinity pool (which overlooked the ocean; it was beyond gorgeous!).
Now, I have a studio apartment with a balcony and an AMAZING ocean view (I'm talking a 270-degree view (it's one of the photos listed here)) that is about a 20-minute walk to the beach and 5 minutes to bars and restaurants.
Note: See my YouTube videos to get an idea of some of the fun stuff there is to do in Jamaica -- and to see how beautiful it is. They detail one of the many trips I've taken to the mineral springs in the Blue Mountains. They can be found at on my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/inkwellny.
I have the most amazing massages when I go here ... and talk about natural beauty -- this country is absolutely gorgeous!
THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER ...
... it allows me to live and work where I please. As long as I have an internet connection, I'm good to go.
I've worked everywhere from a hotel room in Barcelona, Spain; to a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden; to a farm house in Cordoba, Argentina; to a condo in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As far as work, I feel like the luckiest girl alive most days.
THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR
In a phrase, "income stability." As long as I can write (ie, produce new products), I can make a living. How much I earn is entirely up to me. Thanks to places like Amazon, you don't have to be famous to make a living as a writer.
RUNNING, RUNNING, RUNNING!
I'm also a marathon runner. I've completed two full and 8 half marathons as of December 2013 (when I completed my third Reggae Marathon in Negril). I'm always training for the next one (assuming the old knees hold up).
Just do it! (As a runner, of course Nike's philosophy fits who I am :-)).
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME
You can learn more about me at http://InkwellEditorial.com/about. Inkwell Editorial is my freelance writing website. It's been live since 1999 and has hundreds of articles on how to start a successful writing career -- whether it's in self-publishing, or writing for others.
Want to know about SEO writing? Visit my in-depth blog on the ins and outs of this high-paying freelance writing niche at SeoWritingJobs.com.
InkwellEditorialPublishing.com is my publishing company just for fiction. The company publishes primarily romance, erotica and crime novellas.
CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA
For Publishing Company: Twitter (Twitter.com/AnInkwellPub) and Facebook (Facebook.com/InkwellEditorialPublishing) are my preferred social media outlets.
For Freelance Writing: Twitter (Twitter.com/InkwellEditor) and Facebook (Facebook.com/InkwellEditorial).
Thanks for dropping by, and feel free to send me any questions you have about my books, freelance writing, ebook writing, internet marketing and/or self-publishing in general.