2 Blogging Tips For Writers Who HATE Blogging

2 Blogging Tips For Writers Who HATE Blogging

Recently a writer complained that she hated blogging. She said that her blog was a waste of time, etc. If you feel the same way, here are the two blogging tips I gave her.

By the way — please don’t feel guilty if you decide to skip blogging completely. It’s a marvelous tool, but it may not be for you.

1. Forget content: look on your blog as a promotions and sales tool ONLY

Blogging can be demanding if you feel that you need to create a certain number of posts a week, or a month. You don’t. It’s up to you how often you blog.

It’s also up to you what you blog about. We looked at turning words into cash here. If you’re not making money directly from your blog — you’re using a blog to promote your writing services, or sell ebooks — that’s fine.

Use your blog ONLY for marketing. There’s no law that says you need to use your blog as an online journal, or whatever. Blog whenever you add a new writing service, or publish a new ebook.

Speaking of which…

2. (Authors) Blog your books: show up on Author Central

Amazon provides authors with a fantastic tool in Author Central.

After you create your Author Page, you can add your blog’s feed to your page. Amazon says:

“When you add a blog feed, you are linking to a blog you’ve created elsewhere. Whenever you update your blog, the blog teasers that appear on the Author Page on Amazon.com update automatically, within 24 hours of being posted on your blog.”

If you’ve got a Twitter account, you can also add your Twitter feed to your Author Page. Once you’ve added your blog’s feed to your Author Page, blog only when you’ve got something to say about your ebooks.

So there we have it. Two blogging tips for writers who hate blogging.

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Blogging: Words Into Cash (When You Do It Right)

Blogging: Words Into Cash (When You Do It Right)

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of blogging. I share a little of my own blogging journey here:

“Blogging helped me to get hired, and build a readership

“Blogging gave me tremendous opportunities. I began writing for clients across the globe. Barnes & Noble University hired me to develop a program on creativity. Publishers hired me to write business books, and ghostwrite other books. They also hired me to contribute chapters to books… I giggled whenever anyone suggested I was writing for free… Blogging was the best way ever to get all the writing gigs I wanted, and all the work I could handle.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same. If you want to get anywhere as a writer, a blog can boost the likelihood that you’ll succeed.

When I started blogging, 16 years ago, bloggers were considered a little (or a lot) strange.

Today, everyone’s blogging. Sadly, most blogs are doomed from the get-go. I’ve often said that blogging isn’t about the blog — and yet, that’s what most new bloggers focus on.

Blogging is instant publishing.

It follows that, the point of blogging is:

  • Your goals;
  • Your audience;
  • Entertainment/ information;
  • RESULTS. (If you’re not getting results, work out why.)

Your blog is a periodical: why would readers read your blog?

It doesn’t matter what the answer to that question is. What matters is that you ask the question, and you know.

Let’s look at a couple examples of writers who aren’t getting the results they want from their blog.

Writer A wants to get great writing gigs

You want writing jobs. That’s a very common reason for writers to blog. Some writers do it wonderfully, and their income leaps. Others, not so much.

If your “get hired” blog hasn’t increased the number and quality of the gigs you get, here’s what to check:

  • Relevancy: are you blogging about things the people hiring you are interested in/ looking for?
  • Have you included your contact details on every page?
  • Have you included a CTA (call to action) in every blog post you write? Your CTA can be simple: “Writer A helps businesses to… (whatever)” — make it something that’s relevant to your target market;
  • Have you differentiated yourself, and included your location?

Tip: if you’re blogging in order to get gigs, and aren’t consistently over-booked, take a fresh look at your blog.

Writer B wants to sell ebooks

Blogging is a super-easy way to sell ebooks. It doesn’t take much. Do it while you’re writing — we talked about blogging your novel here.

If your “I want to sell ebooks” blog isn’t selling ebooks, here’s what to check:

  • Are you linking each ebook to the ebook retailers? Many, many authors who want to sell ebooks just don’t do this… Please do it;
  • As above — include a CTA (call to action) in EVERY post. Keep it simple — “Check out (title) on Amazon (or wherever)”;
  • Relevance — again, as in our get-hired list above. If you’re writing cozy mysteries, mention that in your blog posts. Talk about cosy mysteries in posts. Review other authors’ cosy mysteries. The search engines INDEX the Web. You won’t be found if you don’t mention the terms which will get you indexed so that readers can find you.

Tip: if your blog isn’t selling your ebooks, something’s awry. Get someone to look at your blog, and work out why. For some of my pen names, I have itty bitty little blogs. And yet, whenever I publish a post, I sell ebooks. Blogging sells ebooks… when you do it right.

And speaking of doing it right…

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Write Short Fiction: The Short And Sure Route To Success

Write Short Fiction: The Short And Sure Route To Success

We’ve talked about serial fiction. Authors who want to write short fiction have asked whether writing serials is like writing short stories. Yes, it is, and in many ways it’s easier.

When you write short stories, you need lots of ideas. With a serial, since it’s the same story, serialized — published in parts — you need just one idea.

Readers are the holy grail for fiction writers, and you get readers when you write serials. It’s easier to get readers when you write serials than it is to get readers when you write novels and short stories. Readers want to know what happens next. So they buy the next episode of your serial. And the next.

Today, with Kindle Unlimited’s Pages Read policy, it’s vital to keep readers reading. That’s much easier with serials. Many readers hunt for short fiction — something they can read in minutes, rather than hours.

Your main character is the linch pin of your serial

He or she needs to be someone with whom you enjoy spending time. If you’re not writing for a New Adult audience, keep your main character positive. New Adult readers love angsty characters.

In other fiction genres, readers prefer characters who take charge, and go after their goals.

We’ve discussed story starters. You can develop unlimited story ideas, and wonderful characters, in minutes.

Here’s how to use the Story Starter Exercise:

Set a time for five minutes… Write a list of story-starter sentences, as above. Just write your sentences down the page, one after the other. Write as many as you can in five minutes.

Within a few minutes, you’ll have the characters and kernels for several serials. Choose one. Start writing. Trust your intuition. It won’t let you down.

I like to create a short outline, just a few sentences, of what I think might happen in each episode of the serial after I’ve written the first episode/ short story. I never keep to the outline. Creating it gives me a map to follow, however.

Think of each episode of your serial as a short story

Look on each episode of your serial as a short story, complete in itself. It’s complete, but make sure that you arouse readers’ curiosity about what happens next. You want them to buy the next episode. :-)

Have fun with your serials. :-)

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Serial Fiction Bonanza: Get Readers, Get Fans — Make A Solid Income From Your Fiction FAST

Serial fiction has been around since the days of Charles Dickens. Self-publishing authors love it. Discover how to write serials in our new four week class. Coaching is included — you’re not writing alone.

By the end of the program, you’ll have published several episodes of your serial fiction. You’ll also be steadily marketing, while you’re writing and publishing.

Join us: you’ll have a lot of fun, and you’ll boost your fiction writing career.

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Increase Your Writing Income, Every Week

Increase Your Writing Income, Every Week

If you’re a professional writer, your challenge isn’t finding gigs, it’s finding the time to do them. But many writers still aren’t prospering. If you want to increase your writing income every week, read on.

To increase your writing income, plan and ACT

We’ve discussed finally achieving your writing goals, and said:

▪ It’s not really about a goal, it’s about writing processes;

▪ There’s no free lunch: achieving writing goals involves sacrifice.

With that in mind, let’s look at a pro writer’s mindset. Successful writers know that:

  • Fear is normal
  • Distractions are normal
  • Doubt is normal

When you’re starting out as a writer, you imagine that when you “make it” your fear will vanish. And you’ll have a cosy book-lined office in which to create. And you’ll know exactly what you’re doing 100% of the time.

It’s brutal when you realize that nothing much changes when your income depends on your writing. You just learn to put your fears and distractions aside. You’re too busy planning and acting to entertain them.

Create a PLAN, right NOW

One of the reasons writers love Team Up is that we create a step by step plan. They act, and they achieve. To increase your income every week, that’s all you need: a plan.

Here’s the thing. Plans are like goals. They’re ancillary, so it doesn’t matter whether or not your plan is “good” or not. Any plan is better than no plan, because a plan gets you acting. When you act, you get feedback. Then you can either toss out your plan completely, or tune it to suit.

Your plan needs to cover several areas: your audience; your writing processes; administration/ housekeeping (chores like tracking expenses and cashflow, maintaining backups, following up with clients if you have them etc); and business development.

Let’s look at your audience, because that’s vital when you want your income to increase every week.

Your audience: who’s paying you, and what are they paying you for?

Who’s your audience? If you can answer that question, you’ve taken a huge step forward in your writing career.

Your audience isn’t anyone and everyone who’ll pay you. If I had a dollar for every writer who’s said to me: “My clients won’t pay more!” I’d have a tidy sum. The short response to that is: “get clients who will pay more.”

Writers who complain that clients “won’t pay” imagine that professional writing is like a 9 to 5 job. Someone tells you what to write, you write it, and get paid.

Sooner or later these writers realize that it’s all up to them. They discover the audience for the kind of writing they want to do, and they quickly make themselves irresistible to that audience.

If you’re struggling to find your audience, look at companies and publications, and ask yourself what those businesses want. Then decide how your writing can help them to get what they want. When you can do that, you can charge whatever you like, and people will be eager to pay you.

How to ensure that your income increases every week

You’ve found your audience, and you know what you’re writing for that audience. Your next step: ensure that your income keeps going up.

You need a plan. Your plan could involve:

  • Getting more gigs;
  • Increasing your rates across the board, or for specific kinds of writing;
  • Doing more high-value writing.

By “high-value” we mean writing which sells over and over again.

Your Kindle fiction sells over and over again, for example. Your high-value writing is expensive, initially. If you’re spending a couple of hours every day writing a novel, those hours aren’t available for paid writing. However, once your novel’s published, it may make you more in a week or even in a day, than those hours cost you.

You’ve got a plan, ACT on it

As we’ve said, fear, distractions, and doubt are all normal. Ignore them, and act anyway.

Keep an eye on your plan, and update it at least once a week. I carry my action plan around on two index cards. I rewrite the cards every five or six days, because they’re covered in annotations and scribbles.

Write on. :-)

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YOU can begin to build a great writing career too. Write with Angela — Team Up is fun. :-)

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Achieve Your Writing Goals, Finally

Achieve Your Writing Goals, Finally

Do you have writing goals? Kudos to you, that’s wonderful. Goals are essential, in all areas of your life. However, looking at goals the wrong way is crippling.

Without a supportive mindset chances are that you’ll get bored (hello, New Year’s resolutions), become overwhelmed, and/ or just get tired. Achieving goals starts to be more trouble than it’s worth.

Let’s look at how you can achieve ANY writing goal, as long as you keep two things in mind:

  • It’s not really about a goal, it’s about writing processes;
  • There’s no free lunch: achieving writing goals involves sacrifice.

Has “sacrifice” scared you? Read on anyway.:-)

Why you aren’t achieving your writing goals, and how you can

You know about SMART goals, specific, measurable, attainable, etc. Setting goals is only part of the process. You can set as many goals as you like, but achieving your goals needs something else. Backbone.

Until you commit 100% to a goal — this, or death — you can’t be 100% certain that you’ll achieve it. You don’t have to commit at this level of course. Read Penelope Trunk’s excellent article on goal-setting.

Never mind your goals, focus on processes

From Penelope’s article:

“Goals are really about process – the results are ancillary.”

Yes. Processes.

You need to create a map to your goal, and the roads which will lead you to it. The “roads” are writing processes.

For example, let’s say you want to write a couple of Kindle fiction serials. Your goal is to get both serials published by the end of 2015. You’ve got five months. You need to write, and edit, 200,000 words in five months. Can you do it? Let’s see.

Five months is 20 weeks. Can you write 5,000 words a week? 5,000 words a week for 20 weeks amounts to 100,000 words. That means you need to write 1,000 words a day. You get the weekends off. :-)

Let’s say that you’ve decided that YOU CAN. OK… You’re busy. You have a job, and a family. Where will you find an extra hour or two every week day, in which to write 1,000 words?

Until you find those hours, and schedule your writing time, you can’t put your process into action. That’s your first step. Work out how you’ll get from where you are, to your goal, using a writing process.

Take a moment to think about it. Can you do it?

Remember that whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.

Now let’s look at sacrifices.

Sacrifice: you can’t have it all, all at once (sorry)

Everything has a price. Everything. That’s especially true with professional writing. Writing takes time. And even if you’re a full-time writer, there are many other calls on your time.

What will you give up in order to reach your goal? It will be something. It might only be a few hours of DVD watching every week, but it will be something.

If you can face your sacrifice, and decide that achieving your goal is worth it, you won’t be blindsided by what it takes to achieve your goal.

Set a goal: work out a process, and choose a sacrifice

Ready to set a goal?

If you’ve given up your writing dreams, because they seemed unachievable, set a new writing goal now. You can achieve anything as long as you have a process. You’ll make sacrifices along the way, of course.

Those sacrifices will be worth it. Not so much because of your achievements, but because you’ll discover that it’s all about the journey. Real writers are happy when they’re writing. They’re miserable when they don’t write. 😉

Serial Fiction Bonanza: Get Readers, Get Fans — Make A Solid Income From Your Fiction FAST

Serial Fiction Bonanza: Get Readers, Get Fans — Make A Solid Income From Your Fiction FAST

Serial fiction has been around since the days of Charles Dickens. Self-publishing authors love it. Discover how to write serials in our new four week class. Coaching is included — you’re not writing alone.

By the end of the program, you’ll have published several episodes of your serial fiction. You’ll also be steadily marketing, while you’re writing and publishing.

Join us: you’ll have a lot of fun, and you’ll boost your fiction writing career.

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.

Serial Fiction Bonanza: PayPal Option Added

Serial Fiction Bonanza: Get Readers, Get Fans — Make A Solid Income From Your Fiction FAST

I’m thrilled that you LOVE our new serial fiction writing class. Thank you for the kind words, they’re much appreciated.

Several readers asked for a PayPal option, so that’s available now, just scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Start immediately or later: when you start the class is up to you

We received questions about when you can take the class.

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere while we’re freezing our (cough, cough) off down here in the southern hemisphere. Readers in both hemispheres are on vacation. Lucky you. :-)

Enrollment is open. You can start immediately. However, if you’re on vacation, that’s fine. Start when you get back. You receive download instructions on how to get your lessons. So you can start when you like. Notionally, you complete one lesson a week. If you want to take longer, that’s fine. Send us your exercises when you’re ready to do so.

Circumstances change, so if something comes up, and you start the program, and need to take time off, you can restart when you like. It’s completely up to you.

Marketing your serials: use a simple, one-page website

We’ve received questions about marketing serials too. The point of writing serial fiction is that Amazon helps you to market, because each new episode is available in New Releases. So focus on getting your episodes written, so you can publish them on schedule.

I discussed ebook promotion in this article. Just create a simple one-page website, using the elements mentioned in that blog post… please don’t forget your links. :-)

As you’re discovering, serial fiction is HUGE fun. I adore it (I just love hitting that Publish button.) :-)

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

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