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Hi Angela,

I’m starting my freelance writer business and I want to ask you if you could help me find some writing jobs.

S.V.

Please see paying markets and freelance jobs for writers, listed by date, here:
http://writersweekly.com/find-paying-markets

Also, please see:

QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments

It’s on Amazon, and in other online stores, and can be ordered from your local bookstore.

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

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  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

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Hi Angela:

I enjoy your posts and advice. Re: promoting a new book and breathing life into an old one, here is my conundrum. My book was published in January 2009 by a traditional publisher. It sells online as a used book for anywhere from $1.50 to $6.00. It sells new for $25.00. So, why would anyone pay $25.00 when they can get a good copy for $2.00 or so? Also, I don’t get any credit from the publisher for used books.

So, my question is, how do I breathe life into my book when it is selling cheap online?

G.

A certain percentage of the population only buys new books. They don’t want bent pages, cracked binding, coffee stains, etc. This is especially true if the book is a gift for someone.

If a book is self-published, you can update it, and then assign a new publication date, even keeping the same ISBN. BookLocker does this for authors all the time when they want to make revisions. That way, the author doesn’t lose their links on Amazon.com and other stores and, more importantly, they don’t lose their reviews!

For traditionally published books, you can either promote the heck out of the book that’s on the market, or you can ask for your rights back from the original publisher, update it, and then republish it under a new name and/or as a Second Edition. Since you won’t earn any money from the first edition, I recommend renaming the book so customers won’t find and buy old copies of it online.

If you aren’t bound by specific contract clauses that bar you from publishing a competing book elsewhere, or from publishing your next book through someone else, you can write a new book on the same topic, and self-publish it.

Since your book is so old, you might be able to convince your publisher to give your rights back. If not, see if your original contract allows you to write a new edition, and sell it yourself.

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/49.html







HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





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Angela,

I found a $500 online class that teaches authors how to market their books to libraries. Is this something I should consider?

L.

The problem with marketing to libraries is authors can spent a lot of time trying to get just one copy of their book into one library. In my opinion and experience, promoting your book to potential readers via the Internet is far more lucrative using the strategies in 90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE.

There are plenty of articles and books on how to get your book into libraries, which are free, or cost far less than $500. My concern is that you’ll never sell enough books to libraries to earn back your $500.

Please see:

Top 10 Mistakes New Authors Make When Contacting Libraries

Libraries: A Neglected Market

Mailing “Free” Books To Bookstores And Libraries Can Backfire

Library “Gifts” And Copyright Harvesting – AUTHOR BEWARE!

Angela

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/49.html







HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





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Hi Angela,

I know you are a busy lady, but since you are the professional in this field, I wondered what the best selling/most sought after books are? What length book and subject would be the best to write? I want to cater to the latest readers’ interests if possible. Thanks for any suggestions.

-C.

If I had more time to write, I would compile more non-fiction anthologies and I would write multiple short books of erotic fiction.

Anthologies are easy to create and get on the market and erotica is a HOT seller (pun intended) for folks who enjoy ebooks.

Here’s how to compile an publish an anthology:
http://writersweekly.com/angela-desk/how-to-compile-and-publish-an-anthology-part-i

For erotica, see:

531cvr

It’s A Dirty Job…Writing Porn For Fun And Profit! Includes Paying Markets!
http://writersweekly.com/books/531.html

and

1252cvr

Erotica 101 and Erotica 102
http://writersweekly.com/books/1252.html

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/49.html







HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





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Hi.

My name is (removed) and for years I’ve been thinking about writing a book about my life. I just don’t know where to start and how to move forward. Could you please fill me in on where should I start?

There are hundreds of books on the market on how to write books and even some specializing in how to write memoirs and autobiographies. They cover many different methods, from outlining, to just stream of consciousness writing, to many other methods in between.

Please see:
HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY

And, you should read these to avoid legal squabbles:

Don’t Invite a Lawsuit with Your Memoir

Should I Name Names in My Memoir?

Don’t Invite Lawsuits by Real People Featured in Your Book! (Hint: You Can Still Be Sued Even If You Don’t Name Them!)

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Angela,

I’m very impressed of your article on how to create your own anthology. I have almost 250 articles posted online and, honestly, some of them I copied from books but I also include the author and its complete sources. I’m a fan of reading books and I don’t have a talent in writing because I didn’t earn a degree. My only question is, does my work compromise the law of copyright infringement or plagiarism? If so, can you explain why?

A.D.

Yes, you have committed copyright infringement and the penalties can run to the tens of thousands of dollars per infringement. You can’t steal somebody else’s material and publish it in its entirety without permission, regardless if you give them credit or not.

Lots of people seem to think that, if something appears on the Internet, they can take it, post it, publish it, sell it, etc. The Internet is not a free-for-all. You MUST obtain written permission from the creator/copyright holder before you can republish someone’s work. Just because you don’t have any writing “talent” doesn’t mean you can steal OTHER people’s talent.

People who don’t understand basic copyright law should not have websites and blogs.

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/49.html







HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





Get Published in About a Month for $675


Hi Angela,

There’s a question I wanted to pose regarding current negotiations with my publisher. They offered a buyout of my copyright, and claimed the “industry standard” is: buyout = 3 x average yearly royalties. That seems low for a book that’s been in publication for 20 years, and continues to sell 4-5 thousand copies a year, and will never become outdated. What do you know about this so-called buyout formula? Thanks!

They know they’re going to be able to keep selling your book for years or even decades to come. It’s a good money-maker for them. And, they obviously think you’re dumb enough to jump at three years of cash now vs. earning residual income for years.

If it was me, I’d tell them to jump in a lake.

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/49.html







HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





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Hi Angela,

I hope I’m not wasting your time (because you’ve already written an article on this). I get it that you should contact potential reviewers first before sending your book out. I have made a good list of comparable novels that have been reviewed. But, finding a list of reviewers’ names that have reviewed said novels is proving tougher. When I have found a review with a name, they either provide no contact info., want you to sign up for their newsletter (with my email) before they will give it to you, or are buried in a sea of names (like the one I found written by someone with The Washington Post.) Plus most (all?) of the comparable books I found were written by traditionally published authors (not self- published ones).

How many of these reviewers will deal with indie authors? Should I pay reviewers for their services?

Any thoughts or help would be most appreciated.

P.

First, don’t buy book reviews. Not only is it expensive, but buying book reviews can harm your reputation.

And, you don’t need to get reviews from big-name reviewers if you’re simply seeking marketing quotes from them. Any intelligent and well-written reviews of your book can result in great quotes for your marketing materials, regardless of the reviewers’ names.

If you’ve written a medical book and one of your physician colleagues reads it, likes it, and agrees to review it, you’ve landed yourself a book reviewer with “Ph.D.” at the end of their name. Ask their permission to publish their book review online and/or ask them to post it to Amazon themselves. Also ask permission to quote their review in your marketing materials.

If someone in your writing group has authored eight novels, ask them to read and review your new novel. Having “Jane Doe, Author of Eight Adventure Novels” appearing under your book’s review will look impressive to potential readers, too. What about your local librarian or used bookstore owner? Anyone involved in the industry should have a title that will be impress your readers.

If the parent of your child’s friend is a police officer, and if you’ve written a book on self-defense, DIY security systems, or anything related to safety, ask him to review your book. Having Officer John Doe, Pleasant Valley Police Department, appearing under the review will be impressive! In fact, for me, reviews by professionals related to a book’s topic carry far more weight in my book buying decisions than reviewers with no professional connection to the topic.

Have you written a children’s book? I bet you can find lots of teachers who would love to review our book!

Even if you don’t know a professional with a great title, it’s not difficult to find one nearby or online. In exchange for a free copy of your book, most people who are not book reviewers would be very happy to send you a blurb to use in your marketing materials.

Since there are so many different types of books, and so many different types of reviewers, there is no logical way to compile a list of professional (or self-employeed) book reviewers that will serve all authors. While seeking a review from a well-known reviewer is a valiant effort, your chances of winning the lottery are probably greater. Too many authors waste way too much time and money sending copies of their books, unsolicited, to reviewers at major newspapers and national magazines, as well as popular blogs. Most of those copies end up in landfills or, worse, get listed for sale as “used books” on Amazon, and in other stores. (Yes, some book reviewers sell the books they receive, even if they have decided not to review that book.)

Published book reviews of unknown authors’ works rarely result in many, if any, sales but the marketing blurbs you obtain through any review, regardless of the reviewer’s name or review experience, can be priceless.

Please see:
Throwing Away Your Money on Review Copies?

For my own books, per the examples above, I seek comments and reviews from regular readers, or people involved in complementary industries. I then use snippets from those reviews and, of course, their names and professional titles, in my marketing materials.

I used to send review copies to major publications but, over the years, I never heard back from any of them and I never got my books back, either. That was an expensive but necessary lesson, and one I’m happy to share with you and our WritersWeekly readers. Hopefully, your review copies can avoid the same fate.

Angela

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/49.html







HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





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I’m seeking an Intellectual Property Attorney.  Can you help me?  Please.

Contact Lloyd L. Rich at: http://www.publaw.com

His website has tons of great advice, too!

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/49.html







HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





Get Published in About a Month for $675


Hello. I am currently in the process of self publishing and soon I want to have a book signing. I have reached out to a few bookstores in preparation. A few of them suggested I email the owner/manager. My question is what kinds of things should I be sure NOT to leave out when I correspond with them via this first email?

Thank you.

K.

There are many articles online regarding book signings, what to send, how to approach the store, etc. However, please see –

Are Book Signings Big Book Sellers? Not Usually…
STOP GLUTTONOUS PURCHASING PRACTICES BY BOOKSTORES! Why ALL Books Should be Non-Returnable!!
How to Sell to Books on Consignment to Bookstores and Other Retailers
HOW TO SELL OUT AT BOOK SIGNINGS! What’s the Most Important Tool in Your Arsenal?
FROM NURSING HOMES TO GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS: ODD BUT SUCCESSFUL BOOK SIGNINGS
HOW TO GET BOOK SIGNINGS IN BOOKSTORES

Angela



So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/49.html







HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





Get Published in About a Month for $675


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