When I started out as a freelance writer the market for such services was a bit different than today. Most freelance writing then was “on spec” – you wrote something, a story or an article, then peddled it. If a publisher bought it, he or she provided editing, typemarking, payout, and other services to prepare it for production. Once the publisher bought it, you were finished with it.
Today there is an entirely different market for freelance writers, an enormous business market. You don’t (usually) get bylined, and you don’t write best sellers – but you don’t work on spec, either, and you don’t starve in a garret. You get paid for everything you write because you write to order, at an agreed-upon price, which you have set or negotiated. And you can work this entire market or you can specialize in segments of it, as you wish. (Most of us begin by working the entire market until we finally get into some specialized segment, for one reason or another.)