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How to Write a Best-selling Business Book – IN A MONTH OR LESS! By Michael Hannan

How to Write a Best-selling Business Book – IN A MONTH OR LESS! By Michael Hannan

For more than a decade, I had put off writing my business book. I knew I had compelling ideas and techniques that would fill a void in the marketplace, but the prospect of taking on the daunting task of what could end up being a multi-year endeavor dissuaded me from even attempting to capture any of my ideas in book form. If I was going to do it at all, I needed to find a way to get it done fast. But how? I had exactly zero experience as an author, so how might I ramp up the learning curve quickly, on the first attempt?…

Writers! Attack the Devil on Your Back! by Matt Gallus

Writers! Attack the Devil on Your Back! by Matt Gallus

Writer overboard, writer overboard! Which scalawag turned him into a fish? It wasn't anyone in the crew, you say? Then who the devil thought the poor lad made a better anchor than a sailor? Ah, the compass points to the three biggest obstacles of writing income, also known as the three devils of writing. They are the most terrifying monsters to haunt the seven seas of writing and stop many a talented writer from earning the income he deserves.…

Could Saving Money be Costing Your Reputation as a Writer? (Freelance expenses you should never compromise) By Jennifer Brown Banks

Could Saving Money be Costing Your Reputation as a Writer? (Freelance expenses you should never compromise) By Jennifer Brown Banks

Six months after our initial conversation, I finally got a "complimentary" copy of the book in my hands, and couldn't wait to curl up with it and a good cup of herbal tea. When I opened the book and started to skim through it, my heart sank. Though the stories were interesting, diverse and truly moving, what captured my attention was not the quality of the essays, but the shabby presentation. …

How I Earn Extra Cash as an “Idea Broker!” (And, you can too!) by Jennifer Brown Banks

How I Earn Extra Cash as an “Idea Broker!” (And, you can too!) by Jennifer Brown Banks

I devised a plan to supply my services to lessen these bloggers' loads while maintaining their sanity. As an “idea person” with endless energy (not to mention a few “Top Blogging” honors for my creativity), I decided to pitch a few fellow bloggers and small business owners to help them generate ideas and keep them on track by formulating Editorial Calendars ...…

Boost Your Income by Writing Crowdfunding Campaigns! by Ian Chandler

Boost Your Income by Writing Crowdfunding Campaigns! by Ian Chandler

When you think of writing gigs, crowdfunding campaigns probably don’t come to mind. However, the crowdfunding scene is a market largely untapped by writers. If you can break into it, you can make a nice profit, and help others at the same time ...…

This Question Might Alter Your Writing Career! by Carli Brinkman

This Question Might Alter Your Writing Career! by Carli Brinkman

As writers, we notice copy. We notice it everywhere. Sometimes, we notice it because it appeals to and inspires us. But most of the time, as professionals with a great appreciation for the effective written word, we notice it because it's mediocre, or just plain bad. However, in these moments when you find yourself rewriting poorly worded copy in your head…

Book Promotion: Why Postcards Work by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Book Promotion: Why Postcards Work by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Most writers have business cards to pass out to interested readers and writers, but what about business postcards? A writer is in business, after all, not only to let others know about their latest book but to sell it as well. Investing your money in postcards becomes valuable the minute you hand one to a potential reader ...…

Eight Strategies to Boost Your Online Writing Income! by Steven King

Eight Strategies to Boost Your Online Writing Income! by Steven King

With these eight strategies you can boost your freelance career by utilizing the most effective websites and online services to become more accessible, more marketable, more widely read and with a greater chance of landing new clients to generate more money than ever before!…

Want to Close More Writing Deals? Haggle Like a Fishwife! By Matt Gallus

Want to Close More Writing Deals? Haggle Like a Fishwife! By Matt Gallus

"Walk the plank!" Those are the commonly damning words of the wealthy merchant to the melancholy writer. As sad a fate as any for a writer to encounter upon the seven seas. Argh! However, what if I told you that Ol' Captain Matt Gallus had the secret to getting the prices you deserve? And why not? You worked your grammar, clarity, flow and other writing skills to the bone. You sharpened your main sword, but every pirate who has lived to tell the tale knows that it's the dagger in the dark that you have to watch out for. What seemingly unrelated skill will give writers the edge?…

Take Your Writing Skills into Schools for Extra Earnings! By Kate Williams

Take Your Writing Skills into Schools for Extra Earnings! By Kate Williams

As a writer, you have special skills - and a passion for language, too! Oh, how teachers would love you in their classrooms, inspiring their pupils to write, and guiding them with your expertise! So how about sharing your specialist knowledge and infectious enthusiasm with the youngsters in your local schools, and building up your earnings as you go? …

The Scam That Got Its Dirty Little Hooks In Me By Sam Priddy

I have written as a ghostwriter a few times and usually the contract that I enter into is held with respect by both parties. In this instance it was not. Watch out for scammers that will literally steal your work! …

Rock Your Book Talk! Do’s, Don’ts And Tips By Susan Sundwall

Rock Your Book Talk! Do’s, Don’ts And Tips By Susan Sundwall

These days writers must sell themselves, it's a given. We've got to look for and latch onto any opportunity to self promote. Book talks are an excellent way to do it. Senior citizen groups, local service clubs, libraries, schools, and writers groups all have a frequent need for speakers and we must serve - if we want to sell, that is. Of course the first step is informing everyone by phone call, letter or email of your availability to speak. Then, as the dates pile up, you'll need a plan... …

From Vacation To PAYcation: Writing and Selling Your Travel STORIES By Eric D. Goodman

From Vacation To PAYcation: Writing and Selling Your Travel STORIES By Eric D. Goodman

If you're like me, you love to write in part because you love to explore. One of the few things I enjoy as much as exploring new territory in my fiction and nonfiction writing is exploring new places in the world. I love to travel almost as much as I love to write. Years ago, I decided to combine these two passions.…

13 Mistakes To Avoid While Writing Your Bio By Devyani Borade

13 Mistakes To Avoid While Writing Your Bio By Devyani Borade

Biographies are invaluable to a writer. A strong bio makes a strong impression and is a powerful tool to advertise and sell the writer's writing skills. A good bio can lead to repeat business with editors whose attention is captured, a loyal readership whose interest is retained and new clientele whose imagination is piqued, which is great for your business and credentials. And writing a good bio should be a piece of cake for a wordsmith. Yet writers often stumble at this important task. …

How Do I Get Magazine Editors To Respond To Me?! By Logan G. Harbaugh

How Do I Get Magazine Editors To Respond To Me?! By Logan G. Harbaugh

As writers, many of us feel the same things as we try to get the attention of the editors we believe would be a perfect fit for our submissions. As someone who's been doing this for more than 20 years, and has also worked as an editor on occasion, I'd like to offer a little perspective... …

A Writer’s Revenge: A Dish Best Served Cold By David Wilkening

As an underpaid adjunct English-Journalism professor, I always looked desperately for concrete examples to enlighten my students why good grammar was not just a theory in principle but actually paid off. Little did I know then that I would need to heed my own advice. Not only did my own suggestions help me avoid cheats but I also got some revenge (a mild dish served sort of like a cold turkey sandwich)... …