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Hi Angie,
 
I may have written to you before, but I have a degree in creative writing and about 40 years of writing experience. So far, my only two real “successes” were a documentary video that I also co-edited, which was aired coast to coast, and a music album I wrote, recorded, and produced with a friend that got rave reviews, but didn’t sell as well as we had hoped.

Currently, I have two non-fiction e-books for sale on Amazon for $2.99. Both have been rewritten and professionally edited many times. I have done my best to promote them on social media. For example I have a Facebook Page, a Facebook Discussion Group, and a website/blog. I get a fair bit of traffic on the two Facebook sites and a little on the blog, but my sales at Amazon/Kindle are disappointingly low.

My work has been with Amazon long enough now that I am free to advertise it elsewhere. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Angie. I really appreciate your time.

The reason your book sales are low is probably because you only have them available as ebooks. In not offering a print edition, you are shutting out 75% of the market because most folks don’t have dedicated ebook readers. And, many people who do have them stashed in a drawer, collecting dust. Yes, many people read ebooks…but many more don’t.

I recommend getting your books into print format. Not only will that likely increase sales, but it will also legitimize your ebooks. Why?

Some book readers think ebook-only titles are cheap because the author never took the time to invest in making a print edition. Perceived value can be low on ebook-only titles. That, too, can hurt sales.

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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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HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


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  • 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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Hello,

My name is Nicole and I am a writer who is a bit confused about how to get my stories out there so people can buy them. Basically, what I’m saying is how would I make money off of the stories that I write? Some people advise me to go to writing websites to get an audience. It’s a bit confusing. Could you help me please? I really hope to hear back!

Hi Nicole,

I definitely do NOT recommend writing for free.

The best way to learn how to sell articles is to emulate our most successful peers.

Please see:

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

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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:
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Angela,

How do I get someone to consider my screenplay?

Most studios will only consider it if I submit it thru an agent and the agents will only consider me if I’ve been previously published.

So, how do I get round this Catch 22 situation?  I’ve tried submitting to competitions without success and as I’m based in Ireland. I tried submitting my script to local tv channels but they too are now insisting work must come through agents, or can only be submitted once or twice a year as in the case of the BBC.

– Pat

Pat,

Please see:
Selling Your Screenplay by Ashley Meyers

To read someone else’s experiences, you might also be interested in:
Hollywoodaholic: Confessions of a Screenwriter by Alfred Wayne Carter

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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:
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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.

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 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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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





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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





Get Published in About a Month for $675


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