The Write Career: An Interview with Writer Tara M. Clapper

Like many writers, Tara began her online writing career unexpectedly–by being laid off from a self-publishing company, where she was a manager of a self-publishing pilot program. To earn extra money, she began writing online for AssociatedContent.com.

“I temped and worked as a Starbucks barista for a few years while writing on the side for AC,” she explains.

She published her first piece, Ireland as a Commodity in Irish-American Culture, in December 2006, going on to publish nearly 260 articles to become one of the top producers on AssociatedContent.com.

A short while later she secured another job in the publishing industry as a production editor for an academic publisher, sticking with Associated Content and other venues for part-time work. She also became the marketing director for Seventh Kingdom IGE, securing the interest of an internationally-famous entertainment company in less than a year.

But it wasn’t until late 2014 when she made the transition to full-time freelancing. Why?

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