Do Parentheses Have a Place in Fiction?
Here’s a lighthearted debate about this matter:
Just click on The Parenthetical Petition to listen.
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Writing Tips: A Few Words about Newsletters & Other Marketing Materials
If you’ve been building a mailing list and you’ve started sending out a newsletter to the members of this list, good for you. A newsletter is one way to help potential clients and customers get to know, like, and trust you so they’ll eventually buy from you.
But did you know that most people won’t buy your products and services... [Read more of this article]
Query Letters – Do They EVER Get Easier to Write?
Here’s an earlier post – from February – that’s worth reposting here now since we’ll be having a live teleworkshop tonight about writing winning queries.
Are You Having Trouble Coming Up with Winning Query Ideas?
Here’s an email I got today from one of my current coaching clients:
I am still having trouble with queries.... [Read more of this article]
Freelance Writers: What to Charge
Do your palms get sweaty when a prospective client asks, “How much do you want for this project?”
Learn the techniques presented in What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants and you’ll never panic again!
What to Charge takes you through the processes of setting rates, assessing fees dictated by clients, and... [Read more of this article]
SEO Marketing and the Freelance Writer
by freelance writer, author, and Working Writer’s Club member Karen Cioffi
As a freelance writer, you need to generate visibility for yourself and your business. In today’s online marketing world, that means you’ll need to take advantage of SEO, which stands for search engine optimization.
SEO marketing is a strategy... [Read more of this article]
What is a White Paper?
What is a white paper?
Well…simply stated, a white paper is a report. But it’s also an effective marketing tool designed to educate prospective customers. If you’re a freelance writer, you might be considering white papers as part of your overall writing services. If so, you need to learn the steps to writing effective white papers.
I... [Read more of this article]
Real Writing Jobs – How to Write for Money
If you want to make a living as a freelance writer today, you may wonder how you go about finding real writing jobs or how to write for money.
The good news is, there are more ways than EVER to make money as a freelance writer. And, to me, a real writing job is simply one that pays well for the materials written.
But as you’re trying to develop... [Read more of this article]
How Do You Get Published?
If you’re wondering – how do you get published – there are many ways to become a published writer. Here are a few to try.
1. If you want to be published immediately and you aren’t set on print publications or payment, offer to be a guest blogger for a popular blog centered around a topic you know something about. Blogging for... [Read more of this article]
How to Write Better and Produce Better Writing
Professionals in various fields–teachers, lawyers, doctors–all take continuing education courses from time to time to improve their skills and update their knowledge base. The same should be true for writers.
Almost all writers need to learn how to write better – no matter how well they write at the moment. Better writing results... [Read more of this article]
The Single Most Important Action to Take to Grow Your Career on a Regular Basis
Every week, members of the Working Writer’s Club have the opportunity to ask me any question about writing or the business of freelance writing. I answer their questions in a short recorded podcast. They receive the link to this podcast each Monday morning in The Morning Nudge (a short daily email with writing tips and other information about... [Read more of this article]
Get Daily Tips about Writing & the Business of Writing
Members of the Working Writer’s Club are all part of a listserv where they can discuss anything that pertains to writing, speaking, coaching, and the freelance business.
Each day the listserv messages feature a new tip. Yesterday’s tip was about pricing your writing services or negotiating for someone else’s services.
Today’s... [Read more of this article]
Marketing Your Book – The #1 Mistake Made By Self-Published Authors
Since I coach many authors who self-publish their books, people are always asking me – What’s the #1 Mistake You See Self-Published Authors Make?
My answer to that question is – Many self-published authors don’t remember to create a marketing budget for their book. They figure out what it will cost to self-publish the book,... [Read more of this article]
Write a Book: Finding Time to Write
Sure. Writing a book does take time. But it doesn’t mean the writer must write all day every day in order to become a published author.
Here’s what I tell the authors I coach:
Published authors write their books within the time they have available. They don’t wait until they have more time. They simply use the time they do have to... [Read more of this article]
Passive Streams of Income – Wake Up to Cash Each Day!
One of the really great things about being a fullime freelance writer is that you get to determine what you will do each day to build your business.
And one of the smartest things you can do these days is create some streams of passive income. That way, when you wake up in the morning, it won’t be uncommon for you to have already earned at least... [Read more of this article]
Become a Writer: Evaluate What You’re Doing to Build Your Writing Business
You know the definition of insanity, right? It’s when you keep doing the same things over and over but you expect to get different results.
As a freelance writer, you need to constantly evaluate what you’re doing — so you don’t go crazy doing the same things over and over if you’re not getting the results you want or expect.
Take... [Read more of this article]
Become a Writer: Are You Simply Trading Time for Dollars Each Day?
One of the great things about being a freelance writer these days is there are so many ways you can get out of the pattern of spending most of your work day trading time for dollars. After all, you only have so many hours during the day, which means there is only so much income you can earn that way.
Think about this. Since you’re a writer, you... [Read more of this article]
Become a Writer: What’s Your Marketing “System”?
Once you’ve created a freelance writing business and at least one product or service to offer to clients and customers, you need a system for marketing this product or service. You can’t expect people to simply come flocking to your website or blog to purchase from you.
Today, take a look at your marketing system. Do you even have one?
A... [Read more of this article]
Site Traffic: The Key to Online Sales!
If you’re frustrated because you have monetized your blog or website (meaning you have plenty of products and services there for sale), yet you still can’t seem to make many sales, here’s the main thing you must consider.
Are you getting plenty of traffic to that site?
If you aren’t getting traffic, it’s much like opening... [Read more of this article]
Write a Novel!
Have you always wanted to write a novel but haven’t even tried because you don’t know where to start?
Maybe you tried to start a novel but found the writing to be far more difficult that you’d imagined.
Perhaps you attempted to write a novel draft but got bogged down in the middle of it.
Not sure how to get from your novel idea to a completed,... [Read more of this article]
Become a Writer: Make Money Writing
If you’re very busy writing all the time, yet you aren’t earning at LEAST $100 a day (and that really isn’t much to expect to earn each day if you’re serious about writing), then you’re probably not writing the right things.
Too many writers spend most of their time posting to their blogs – which is great if the blogs... [Read more of this article]
Ten Ways to Promote Your Virtual Book Tour
If you’re an author about to go out on a virtual tour to promote your book, don’t simply rely on the bloggers who are hosting your tour to do all the promotion for this event. Do as much as you can to get the word out about the tour yourself. Here are 10 ways to promote your Virtual Book Tour (VBT):
1. Before and during your tour, talk about your... [Read more of this article]
Become a Writer: A Few Favorite Ways to Make at LEAST $100 a Day as a Writer!
When I tell people they can make REAL money as a writer, I’m not talking about a mere $100 a day!
But you’ve got to START somewhere!
So today I’d like to list some of my favorite ways to make at LEAST $100 a day as a writer, and I encourage you to share your favorite ways to earn income from writing by leaving a comment to this post.
Once... [Read more of this article]
Today’s Writing Tip – The Power of Media Releases
If you’re trying to build a freelance writing business, what are you doing on a regular basis to get the word out about you and your business?
A great way to promote your business is by creating regular media releases. Most freelancers don’t do this consistently. Yet, if they do, they’re sure to see an increase in their site traffic... [Read more of this article]
Build a Freelance Writing Career: Today’s Tip to Help You Earn $100 a Day as a Writer!
Customers have changed over the last decade or so. Today they expect to find anything and everything they might need online.
And that’s where you come in.
To make at least $100 per day from your writing, pick an underserved niche market you can provide products and/or services for.
Don’t worry. You won’t need to create all these products... [Read more of this article]
How to Promote Your Book Online: 10 Tips You Need to Know
by James Adams
A published book represents an achieved dream that few people ever realize. However, to make your hard work and sacrifice pay off, you must find ways to promote your book to generate sales. Of all the ways to promote a book, spreading the word on the Internet is one of the most affordable options available.
Here are 10 tips that will... [Read more of this article]
Become a Writer – Be Resourceful!
As it gets closer to the time for my summer Book Bootcamp to begin, I’ve started getting emails from writers who tell me “Gee. I’d love to take your Book Bootcamp, but I just can’t afford it right now.”
Emails like that always make me wonder why these writers don’t take charge of their income.
I mean, as freelance... [Read more of this article]
How to Start a Freelance Writing Business: Common Mistakes Made by New Freelance Writers
As the coaching coordinator for the Working Writer’s Club, I help writers learn how to build a freelance writing business so they can start earning at least $100 a day as quickly as possible.
Generally, as I’m working with new freelance writers, I see many of them make some of the same mistakes. Here are the most common:
Mistake #1 –... [Read more of this article]
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