Get Clients: 50 Ideas to Kickstart Your Writing Business

I get messages every week from writers who need to get clients. There are endless ways you can do this, of course.

Here’a a blog post which gives you 50 innovative and interesting ways:

50 Ways for Creative People to Get Great Clients

I LOVE #2:

Think of how you can make your business REALLY different from what everyone else out there is doing, then tell the right people about it.

Most writers’ websites and offerings are same-old, same-old. How can you make your offerings different?

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Writing and Publishing Your Book: Finish It!

Writing and Publishing Your Book: Finish It!

You’re writing a book. Publishing it is just around the corner, right? Sadly no. I’m working with a couple of authors who are having an horrendous time writing and publishing their books. The main problem is that they can’t finish their book.

Judging by the messages I receive from ezine subscribers, these authors have company. Many writers start their books with enthusiasm, but when it comes to finishing and hitting the Publish button, they face a big wall of resistance.

Hold Your Nose, Bite the Bullet, Use a Timer… Just DO IT

Lots of cliches in that sub-head, but whatever. You get the gist. JUST DO IT, like Nike. As you can tell from my writing journal entries, sometimes the writing goes well, sometimes it goes slowly, but no matter how you feel, you need to sit down at your computer.

I guarantee this: it won’t get done if you don’t sit down. Treat yourself like a recalcitrant child if you like. Tell yourself that you’ll sit in front of your computer for an hour. You can choose to work on your book, or not. However, for that hour, you’ll do nothing else. You can sit and vegetate, or write. You can’t read Facebook, or listen to music, or play games. You can write, or sit, your choice.

Occasionally I’ve written a book, either my own or a client’s, and I HATED writing it. I hated every moment. That’s OK. You’re allowed to hate it. I’ll bet that your average baker hates baking sometimes. Timers help. You can stand anything for 25 minutes.

Let’s look at WHY you’re not finishing and publishing your book.

If you’re not finishing your book, the reason’s simple: you’ve stopped believing in yourself.

Believe This: Your Book is Not as Bad as You Think.

Many writers live in an unsupportive environment, and it’s a challenge. When someone says: “Why bother writing, you know you’ll never make real money at it” you may be able to stand up for yourself at the time, but that drop of poison has lingering effects.

When you feel uncertain about a book: you know there’s something not right with it, but you’re not sure what, the memories of careless words come back. What if they’re right? What if you “weren’t meant” to be a writer?

If you’ve sold your writing before, tell yourself that your book is FINE. It either is, or it will be. If you’re just starting out as a writer, tell yourself your book is FINE.

You won’t believe it, but that’s fine too.

3 Tips to Help You to Finish Your Book

1. Written More Than 80%? Start Editing

If you’re written more than 80% of your book, start editing it. If you’re not sure how to edit your book, get help. I do writer coaching, as you may know. I’m more than happy to coach you through your self-edits.

During the edit, slash and burn first:

Want an easy way of editing? Here you go: delete your first few paragraphs of an article, or the first chapter of a book. You can usually delete the first scene in a short story to make the story stronger.

The first sections of a piece of writing tend to suffer from “throat clearing”. You’re nervous. You’re feeling your way into the piece. Once you’ve completed your first draft, you can delete all the messy stuff you with which you started out.

Then start adding new material to fill in the holes. Keep going. Tell yourself it’s rubbish, but that’s OK. Rubbish sells all the time. Ignore your inner editor: don’t fight him, agree with him. This stops your mental chatter, paradoxically. :-)

2. Copy-Type 500 Words

If you’re halfway through your book or less, use the copy-typing trick. Split your document, and type 500 words. It’s a way of jump-starting your enthusiasm. Sometimes it works.

If it doesn’t… here’s what you do.

3. “200 Reasons This Book Will Fail”

This tactic is brutal, but it works. Over the years, I’ve suggested it to several students who’d lost their self-belief. Not only did they finish their books, they went on to write others. It might take you a couple of days to come up with 200 reasons.

By the time you get to 25 reasons, you’ll be laughing at your fears. Keep going for the full 200. Here’s why. You’ve build a habit of denigrating yourself. Writing out TWO HUNDRED reasons will break you of this habit. You’ll learn a lot about how your mind works, and how it tricks you. In future, instead of listening to your inner editor, you’ll giggle.

Writing and publishing your book can be a challenge. You can do it… keep writing, until you hit that Publish button. :-)

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Kickstart for Product Creation: PLR to 2 HOT Programs

Kickstart for Product Creation: PLR to 2 HOT Programs

Product creation is a long, involved process. What if you could cut it shorter, so that you have more products to sell, in less time?

As you may know, we’re withdrawing many of our products, so that we can focus on upcoming programs. Several writers asked me whether they could get PLR for programs. In short, yes you can.

If you’d like material to kickstart your own product creation, so that you have ebooks to sell quickly, here you go. Two popular programs are included in this package. You can use them as you’d like – you’ll find the full details of your PLR license below.

Not sure what “PLR” might be?

What’s “PLR”?

If you’re new to “PLR”, it means “Private Label Rights”. In a nutshell, PLR products are products you buy, which you can claim as your own. Basically, it’s a license to use the products in any way you wish: as ebooks, in courses, as books, and so on. You can break the products up and use them in ezines, on your website, as blog posts… You can even use the products as part of books which you sell on Amazon.

Tip: edit any PLR products you buy. Try not to use them as-is. Add material to them, change the titles: make the products your own. Your name is on them, after all. :-)

You Receive PLR to Two Programs

Let’s look at the programs in detail. You receive the source MS Word document of each product, so that you can edit it, as well as a PDF of the original product so you can read it quickly – and use the information, of course.

Writing for the Web: Make Money Today

Writing for the Web

MS Word source file of 84 pages, plus PDF.

Everything you need to know to write for the Web. The ebook covers the kinds of websites for which you’ll write, how to write for Web audiences, writing Web pages which sizzle, your writer’s website, social media, how to model success, and much more. Use the information for yourself, and edit the program so that you can sell it to others.

Writing Jobs Confidential: Everything You Need to Get Hired, and Make Money Today

Writing Jobs

MS Word source file of 65 pages, plus PDF.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can get quality writing jobs, this program shows you how it’s done. Beginning writers can get jobs on the outsourcing sites; then progress to getting quality jobs beyond the sites. You’ll discover how to make yourself irresistible to clients, how to plan your career, and much more.

Two Programs You Can Use as Your Own, and Make Money

You can use these two programs in any way you wish. There are a few limitations on where you can sell them, as you can see below.

You’ve got a kickstart on creating your own products. If you’re an experienced writer, you’ll have your own products to sell within a couple of hours.

Web writing is HOT – everyone, not only writers, wants to know how to write for the Web, so you’re tapping into a hot market. Use these products, and make as much money as you can out of them.

Here’s your PLR license; it’s included in your package too.

Your PLR License: Here’s What You Can Do

[Yes] Can Be Added to a Paid Membership Site

[Yes] Can Be Offered as a Paid Ecourse

[Yes] Can Be Used on a Blog

[Yes] Can Be Packaged With Other Paid Products

[Yes] Can Be Offered As a Bonus to a Paid Product

[Yes] Can Be Sold in any Format You Choose

[Yes] Can Be Edited

[Yes] Can Claim Copyright But ONLY IF the Product Is Significantly Altered

[Yes] Can Be Used As Web Content

[Yes] Can Be Broken Down Into Articles

[Yes] Can Be Packaged Into Ebooks or Other Products (Audio, Video)

[Yes] Can Be Published via Amazon’s Kindle (or formatted for other e-readers) – BUT CANNOT use my name “Angela Booth” in promotions

[NO] Can Be Sold on Auction Sites

[NO] Can Be Be Given Away Free

[NO] Can Be Added to a Free Membership Site

[NO] Can Be Sold As PLR

[NO] Can Be Sold (or Offered Free) As Part of a WSO (Warrior Special Offer)

[NO] Can Use My Name “Angela Booth” In Promotions

Time-Limited: Offering Ends on September 26

This package gives you 150 pages of material you can use in any way you wish, with just a few limitations, as noted above. I sold these programs – with bonus material – at $97 each. Of course, you’ll put your own price on them: they’re yours when you buy the PLR.

This offering ends on September 26, so only a limited number of the PLR to those programs will be sold. I wish you much success with them. :-)

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Blogging Tips: 5 Blog Cash Tips

Blogging Tips: 5 Blog Cash Tips

Let’s look at some blogging tips which will help you to make money from a blog. Blogging’s mainstream now, but writers persist in thinking that blogging is one thing, or another: it’s either a waste of time because you’re not getting paid to write when you blog, or it’s a full-time business.

A blog can be a full-time business, of course, but it’s never a waste of time. Ideally, your blog is a natural part of your writing business. It’s integrated into everything you do.

5 Blog Cash Tips

Let’s look at five ways you can get cash out of blogging.

1. Become a Content Creator: Blog for Others

As you can see from my writing journal, I blog for clients. It’s a form of ghostwriting. If you aim for quality clients, you can expect to make $200 per post and more. If you’re not making at least 50 cents per word, you’re selling yourself too cheaply.

Jenn Mattern has an excellent post on getting quality blogging clients. She says:

“… you have to think in terms of a client’s motivation when it comes to blogging. For example, you’ll want to look beyond blogs where the owners only care about increasing overall content for the sake of ranking in search engines.”

If you’re a new writer, you won’t get these kinds of clients in your first year of writing. Maybe not even in your second year. However, if you’re an established writer, get quality clients. Find companies which need your services. Not only are they out there, but if you have ideas, you’ll find all the blogging gigs you can handle.

2. Got a Passion? Create a Review Blog

Mommy bloggers lead the field in “passion” blogs. They turn kids, diapers and toys into a business. Fashion bloggers aren’t far behind. They make money blogging about clothes, shoes and skin care. Find examples on BlogHer.

Blogging on these kinds of topics would be my personal hell, but you can turn almost any passion into a cash cow. For example, I love fountain pens, ink, and stationery. If I’m not buying books, I’m buying pens and ink. Many fountain pen aficionados turn their passion into cash. Viz: Gourmet Pens.

What’s your passion? Maybe it’s sport. You can create a sport blog. Enter your favorite sport plus “blog” into Google. Or maybe your passion is food, wine, or travel.

Passion blogs make money from advertising, affiliate marketing, and reviews.

Reviews can be highly profitable. Companies struggle to get reviews for their products. Unsolicited, unpaid reviews (if the company doesn’t have an affiliate program) are hard to get. Set up a blog for your passion, and offer to do reviews.

3. Blog to Promote Your Ebooks

As I said in How To Get Book Reviews:

I’ve always said that the best way to get book reviews is to give them to others. Definitely NOT in any kind of quid pro quo arrangement, but if you’re writing books/ ebooks (let’s just call them books :-)), you should be reading them.

If you’re self-publishing, YOU NEED A BLOG. And yes, I’m shouting. I want you to get the point. :-)

I often hold up Two Nerdy History Girls as a great example of authors blogging to promote their books. If you’re writing, writing, and writing some more to publish on a schedule, you may be hesitant to blog, but do it anyway. Because? Because promotion.

Few things annoy me more than writers/ authors who complain that they can’t sell books because they can’t get reviews, and they’re “too busy” to blog.

You can fit blogging in around everything else you do. Moreover, the feedback you get from your blog will inform your books, so that you write better books, and sell more. Win win. Not sure how to do this? Get coaching.

4. Guest Blog, to Build an Audience

Jon Morrow nails it here:

When you first start out, writing content for your own blog is one of the least efficient ways of building your audience. You’re far better off serving a little time as a “guest lecturer” first. In other words, write guest posts for someone else’s audience, impress the hell out of them, and siphon off a portion of their readership for your own.

He’s right. Back in the day, you could create a blog, and get an audience, because blogs were new. These days, something like 30 MILLION pieces of content flow onto the Web each day. So your new blog, no matter how amazing your content, will take months to win a readership.

You can (and should) speed things up with guest blogging, especially if you want to create a business from a blog. You need a clever idea too, like Ryan Biddulp with his Blogging from Paradise blog.

5. It’s YOUR Blog

This is the most important tip. Your blog is yours. Model others, sure. However, trust yourself and your ideas. If you have an idea on how you can make money from a blog, just being you, and blogging your way, go for it. There are no limits on your creativity, other than the ones you set.

I’ve fallen in love with bullet journaling. Strictly speaking, bullet journal promoter Ryder Carroll isn’t a blogger. However, he did have an idea, and he believed in it enough to create a website. And a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign’s at $33,507 at the time of writing, and there’s still 25 days to go in the campaign. Ryder should hit $50,000 (his goal was $10,000), because he had an idea.

To repeat: trust yourself. A blog can be anything you want it to be. Use these blogging tips, and put some passion into your blogging today. :-)

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I love Kindle publishing success stories.

Here’s another one from The Passive Voice:

I cranked out my first book, with little or no guidance, in three months and published it last October. I put it out of my mind completely and started on the second one. Though it was 20K words longer, I cranked it out in 2-1/2 months. Mind you, I was working upwards of 70 hours a week as an over the road truck driver and writing in the sleeper of the truck. My first goal was getting both books published before Christmas and that’s just what I did, 178K words in less than six months, publishing my second book on 10/23. January sales were over $2500, more than enough for all the tools I wanted.

Here’s why I love it. When you’re self-publishing, you can do it all on your own. All you have to do is write. Lovely story.
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Make Money Writing Nonfiction With These 2 Offerings

No longer available

In addition to copywriting, writing nonfiction has been the mainstay of my career for a couple of decades, and I can’t see that changing. Here’s why: you’re always learning, and so is everyone else.

“But Everyone Knows That…”

Years ago, I was having lunch with my current book editor and copyeditor. We were discussing nonfiction book topics. My editor suggested a topic, and I replied: “But everyone knows that.”

She replied: “No, they don’t.”

I’ve thought about that conversation often over the years, because I often find myself responding to students in the same way. We imagine that everyone has the knowledge that we have. No, they don’t. And that means that you can make money writing about what you know.

Make Money Writing About What You KNOW

Someone once said that the best way to learn is by teaching. It’s sometimes a challenge to get over your own “everyone knows that” response when you consider nonfiction topics without the help of a writing coach. Your coach can push you past that automatic “everyone knows” reaction. :-)

So, think about what you’ve learned in the past 12 months. I’ve learned more about self-publishing, social media, and geriatric dogs. Could I write nonfiction magazine articles and nonfiction books about these three topics?

Of course I could. Yes, I’d need to research the topics. Every piece of writing you do needs research, even if you’re writing personal essays. However, because I’ve learned about these topics, I can write about them. I could write magazine articles and nonfiction books.

The Big Benefit of Writing Magazine Articles: You Get Known

Here’s the big benefit of writing magazine articles for unknown writers: you get known. Looking back, I can see that every traditionally published nonfiction book I’ve written came from magazine articles. Editors at publishing houses read the articles, and approached me to write books on the topic.

That’s very common. So, you may get publishing offers. These days, it’s likely you’d refuse the publishing offers, because you can make more money self-publishing.

However, there’s another benefit: you can charge more.

Once you can write: “published in__________ (high profile magazine)” after your name, you develop a certain cachet. All things being equal, who do you think a fashion website editorial director would hire, if the choice was between a writer who’s been published in Vogue, and several writers who hadn’t been published in any magazines?

BIG TIP: Nonfiction Magazine Articles Equal Instant Nonfiction Book Topics

If a magazine article gets lots of interest, write a nonfiction book on the topic. You can be sure that other writers, if they see that your article is winning attention, will be doing exactly that. With my magazine writing students, I encourage them to keep books in the back of their mind while they’re writing for magazines.

As we’ve said, today you’d be silly if you accepted a traditional publishing contract for a nonfiction book. You could make more money self-publishing the book. There might be reasons you’d sign a contract, however. Some writers baulk at self-publishing and marketing, and that’s fine. Self-publishing may not suit your temperament.

These Two Offerings Will Help You to Write Nonfiction Articles and Books (They’ll Be Withdrawn on September 21)

As you may know, we’re whittling our offerings right down. Thinning the herd, as you might say. I’m husbanding my resources to write more fiction in 2015, and we’ve got lots of new workshops coming up.

Until September 21, you get great deals on two products which will help you to write magazine articles and nonfiction books.

Here they are…

Freelance Writing: Make Great Money Writing Articles for Magazines (in Your Spare Time)

This program will help you to write magazine articles with confidence. Here’s a full description of the program.

Nonfiction Ebook Superstar: Write and Sell in 24 Hours or Less

Although this program has “ebook” in the title, it refers to books in general, of course. Here’s a full description of the program.

Remember, these two program will be withdrawn on September 21.

Writing nonfiction will never go out of style. You can use your magazine credits to build your name as a writer. This will open many more opportunities and doors to you. And of course, people always want information. Your nonfiction book market is global.

Enjoy these two products. As always, you get the full products, including coaching, with our offerings.

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Copywriting and Romance Writing: 24 Hours Remaining

Copywriting and Romance Writing: 24 Hours Remaining

We’re in the final quarter of 2014. What will you be writing in 2015? I’ll be focusing on copywriting, as always, and on my own fiction, rather than ghostwriting for others. If you’d like to become a copywriter, and/ or write romance fiction in 2015, check out two of our most popular products. They’ll be withdrawn in 24 hours.

2015 is getting closer: prepare now

I’m developing my schedule for 2015 over the next few weeks, because I know that once we get to November, everything will be so busy and frantic that I won’t have time to think.

Check out these two guides now. They’ll help to make 2014 your best writing year ever.

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