Turbocharge Your Writing Business: Coaching Discounts

Turbocharge Your Writing Business: Coaching Discounts

I hope you’re looking forward to 2015 with huge expectations, and are focused on building your writing business. Black Friday is looming, and I’ve been asked about discounts for coaching. Coaching is the most efficient way to build your business, so from now until November 30, you receive a huge 50% discount on our three coaching programs.

We’ve looked at ways in which coaching can help your writing business. You’ll know whether coaching is right for you.

Black Friday Discounts, From Now Until November 30

Here are the three programs, with the discount codes. Enter the code on checkout, for a 50% discount.

Your Creative Business: Coaching to Turn Your Creativity Into Profits

Discount code: IYYMHA76

Your Creative Business has been popular since we launched it. I’m pleased with the response and enthusiasm. There’s nothing more satisfying that helping you to overcome your challenges and avoid pitfalls, so that you can develop a real business using your writing skills.

Pro Novelist’s Companion: Write Your Novel in 30 Days (and Publish It)

Discount code: Z1ATFWVA

The Pro Novelist’s Companion not only gets you writing, but also ensures that you’re writing what sells. Our focus is on giving you a method, and a process, which you can use to write any number of novels.

Currently we have students who are writing their first novel, as well as students who’ve written several novels, and want to build their Amazon catalogue, so that each novels sells the others.

Instant Coaching: Get Help NOW (Phone Consultations)

Discount code: 2IVHZAUD

Instant Coaching is, as the name implies, FAST. You can use it to launch, or to grow, your writing business. If something’s bothering you, you can get help to fix it. Many writers use Instant Coaching to get motivated; how you use it is up to you. We’ll chat via Skype, or via the phone. If we use Skype, I can record the session, so you can refer to it later.

Either way, after our session, I’ll send you a memo outlining the plan we discussed in the session.

Enter the Codes on Checkout

On checkout, just enter the appropriate code to receive your discount. We’re looking forward to writing with you. :-)

Questions? Contact me, using the form below.

Selling Your Writing Confidently

Selling Your Writing Confidently

You’re selling your writing. You may hate doing it, or it might just make you feel a little squeamish. I work with writers every day, and sooner or later most manage to overcome their self-consciousness about selling. For some, it’s not easy, and it’s a shame. It’s always the best writers who hate promotions the most.

Believe it or not, I used to be the same way — I hated marketing my own work. I’m a copywriter, and had no problems with marketing my clients, but when it came to my own writing services, and books, I turned into a wilted flower. It was idiotic. Finally, I said to myself: “OK, pretend you’re a client.”

That worked. :-) It also gave me a process I could share with my shy students. The process is simple:

  • Pretend
  • Keep doing it

Fake It Until You Make It: Pretend You’re Confident

You’ve heard that a company has won an award. They’re hiring new people, because business is booming. You look at their website, and see that you could help them. What do you do?

Grab a piece of paper, and write this phrase: “If I were a confident writer, I would….” Keep writing. List all the things a confident writer might do.

He might:

  • Call the company’s marketing manager to introduce himself;
  • Send a brief email message with a link to his website;
  • Make a list of how he could help the company…

Just write down whatever you’d do IF you were confident.

Now all you have to do is do those things.

Try it. It works. You can pretend anything.

And then…

Keep Pretending. Do What Scares You…

Fear is just an emotion. Emotions come and go. You’ve noticed this yourself, I’m sure.

Years ago, when I was married, I went through a period of around five years, when I suffered panic attacks. I’d be pushing a trolley in the supermarket. Suddenly for no reason, my heart started to pound. I felt as if I were going to faint.

Long story short, I got tired of the panic attacks. Instead of leaving my trolley, and rushing to my car, I said to myself: “OK, faint if you like. Do it.” I kept pushing my trolley, and the extreme panic crested, then faded.

Over time, my panic attacks became fewer. It only took seven or eight times of telling myself “OK, faint”, before the panic attacks ceased forever.

So, if you feel panicked when you write an email message to a prospective client, allow yourself to feel the panic. The discomfort won’t last longer than a couple of minutes. Moreover, the more you persist despite how uncomfortable you feel, the more rare your discomfort will become.

Before you know it, you’ll no longer be pretending. You’ll be selling your writing confidently.

Sell Your Writing FAST. Stop Writing for Peanuts

Sell Your Writing FASTDiscover: 7 ways you can turn simple articles into an online empire, and write for on-going income. FREE research which can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to you… how to make money from a (very small) blog.

And much more, in Sell Your Writing FAST.

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The Best Way to Sell Your Writing

The Best Way to Sell Your Writing

You can sell your writing in many different ways. Your challenge is to do it effectively, so that you make money for the time you spend.

Each week desperate writers contact me, telling me that they’re writing for some “revenue sharing” content website and haven’t made any money. Or that they’re writing articles for $1 for somewhere or other. They want to know the “best” way to sell their writing.

The Web’s built on words. So, it should be easy to sell your writing on the Web, shouldn’t it? A little history. In 2006, a company called Demand Media launched and its writers started churning out “content.” Other companies followed, also churning out content. Finally, Google’s algorithmic changes shut all that down.

If you check the outsourcing sites, you’ll see that companies still want low-priced content, and writers are happy to provide it. However, this is “writing” as a commodity, and it’s a long way from the “best” way to sell your writing.

Your Words Have Value

Start by realizing that your words have value. Primarily, to you. If you write an article for $1, there’s a cost to you, which is (usually) way more than $1. Your words’ basic value is the the price you put on your time. Think about that for a moment. What’s an hour worth to you? Maybe you decide that your time is worth $10 an hour. If so, you’ll find lots of writing gigs on websites like elance.com. Bid on projects, and you’ll make $10 hour. (A little less, because of the fees.)

That may well be the best way for you to make money writing, right now.

Yes, you’d prefer to get more for your words. If so, you’ll have to find companies and publications which pay more. Or you’ll need to write ebooks, and create products, which over time will make you way more than $10 an hour.

I created our newest product, Sell Your Writing FAST, in response to everyone who asked for the best way to sell their writing.

The Best Way to Sell Your Writing

The Web’s democratic. If you wish, you can make $10 an hour, or $1 an hour. You can also make hundreds of dollars an hour, but that takes a little more effort. It’s up to you.

Over the years, writers got themselves into a tizzzy, saying that buyers of writing services should “pay more.” Why? So writers could make a living wage. The same sense of entitlement showed up in the seven-month Hachette/ Amazon kerfuffle. Authors United wailed:

“… traditional publishing houses perform a vital role in our society. Publishers provide venture capital for ideas. They advance money to authors, giving them the time and freedom to write their books.”

Yada, yada… No one cares. In a very real sense, “writing” has long been a commodity.

So, if you’re looking for the best way to sell your writing, start by realizing that your words have value. Their basic value is the value which you put on your time.

In Sell Your Writing FAST: Super-Quick Ways To Make Money Writing I give you lots of ways in which you can sell your writing. Yes, those ways take a little effort. However, there’s no ceiling on your income. You can make as much money as you want to make.

Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income netted almost $80K in September. Leslie Buroker launched a new pen name and made $3043 on Amazon in the first month.

Value Your Words

We started by saying that your words have value. Do you value them? How much? When you can answer that, you’re a lot closer to figuring out the “best” way to sell your writing. :-)

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Write for Fun and Profit: 5 Ways Coaching Helps

Write for Fun and Profit: 5 Ways Coaching Helps

You write for fun and profit, or you’d like to. Can coaching help? Yes, it can. As you may know, I coach writers and love it. Not only because I help writers to successfully build their businesses, but also because it renews my enthusiasm for my own writing.

Getting coaching is fashionable. Business and sports people have coaches, because coaching helps you to put your efforts into the right areas to make the most of your potential.

Writers often ask me how coaching can help them, so let’s look at five ways.

1. Your Coach Can Help You Decide What to Write

Everywhere you look, there are opportunities.

Lindsay Buroker described her experiences in launching a new pen name, and making $3,043 in her first month.

Blogger Pat Flynn made $80,037 in September 2014. Yes, in one month.

Write ebooks? Blog? Which is the right pathway for you? A coach can help you to decide. Not by pushing you in any particular direction, but by asking you questions. Your answers will show you what’s right for you.

2. Your Coach Helps You to Set Exciting and Achievable Goals

Once you’ve decided what you want to write, your coach can help you to set achievable goals. We’ve all got a tendency to aim too low. Usually it’s because we’re not sure about what’s achievable for us. Yes, other writers can make a great income, but that’s impossible for us, because we don’t know enough. Or we don’t have the education. Or we’re too young, or too old. Or… Excuses are depressing.

A coach helps you to sort out the real challenges from excuses based on fear, and helps you to create plans to overcome your challenges.

3. Your Coach Acts as Your Cheer Squad

You’ve set goals. Now you need to make a plan which will help you to achieve your goals. I often tell my students that the plan doesn’t matter. What counts is that you have a plan, and put it into action. As you’re working with your plan, you’ll refine the plan. Certain steps may not be needed. Other steps may develop.

Your coach helps you to develop your plan, then gives you information which helps you to put your plan into action. However, writing alone is challenging. You’ve got questions, your coach gives you the answers.

Your coach also acts as your cheer squad. We all have times when we’re depressed by the gap (or chasm in some cases) between where we are, and where we want to go. A coach gives you ways to bridge the gap.

4. A Coach Gives You Another Point of View

We all lose perspective. One of my coaching students was struggling with an ebook. I suggested that rather than struggle, she chop the ebook (she’d written 40,000 words) into three. She had more than enough material, and within a week, she had her first ebook up and selling on Amazon.

She published the next two ebooks quickly, and then compiled all three into a bundle. Another perspective always helps.

One student was struggling with her clients. She’s a new writer, and was a little too deferential. Of course, it’s good to be humble. The problem is, that it can lead a certain kind of client to disrespect the work that you do. These kinds of clients convince a writer to accept less money than he should be making, and slow-pay, into the bargain. A coach can reveal what’s happening, and gives you an insights into ways you can deal with it.

5. A Coach Inspires and Motivates You and Shows You How

You can read a library of how-to information, but it’s hard to turn that information into knowing what to do, right now. Your coach gives you personal guidance; you receive what you need, according to your situation. You coach helps you to identify pitfalls, and avoid them, or develop a plan to overcome them.

So there you have it: five ways coaching can help you to write for fun, and for profit too.

Your Creative Business: Coaching to Turn Your Creativity Into Profits

Your Creative Business: Coaching to Turn Your Creativity into Profits
Writing as a hobby is fun, and fulfilling. However, if you want to creative a profitable creative business, you need to develop a professional mindset. Your Creative Business Coaching helps you to develop that mindset, and to achieve your goals.

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Yet Another Freelance Scam (Fakes)

(Sigh) There’s another freelance scam around; this time the scammers pretend to be someone they’re patently not.

Read the article…

Scam Warnings For Freelancers

Here’s another popular scam mentioned in the article:

“Now, this “next step” may simply have the company’s cheap-ass way of auditioning writers naive enough not to know that pro freelancers don’t provide free samples (they may agree to write test pieces to see if they’re a good fit, but not without compensation). Not precisely a scam, though certainly a scumbag move.”

Be aware of these scams. Of course there are many others. The “let us test you” scam is an oldie. It keeps popping up. Obviously, don’t take these false “tests”. You’re just providing a scammer with some free content.

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Kindle Magic: Make the Most of Your Opportunities

Kindle Magic: Make the Most of Your Opportunities

There’s never been a better time to be a writer. You’re in charge of your fortune. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing has changed publishing, permanently. While the publishing industry’s looking for ways to swim in this new environment without drowning, we writers need to take the opportunities Kindle self-publishing gives us NOW.

The Window of Opportunity Is Closing…

I developed our new program, Kindle Magic, Self-publishing Mastery, for one reason. It’s this. I can see the window of opportunities for individual authors closing.

Hachette has settled its dispute with Amazon. While I was completely on Amazon’s side, that doesn’t mean that I’ve got my eyes closed. Big publishing is made up of multinational corporations with millions of dollars to throw at a problem, and Amazon. They’re all 800-pound gorillas.

In the past, publishing was dominated by brand-name authors, like Stephen King. That’s still the case. However, new authors are raking in money from Amazon — they started from nothing, to make $100,000 in a week, in H.M. Ward’s case.

Listen Up, This Is Important

I work with writers every day. I love it, because I love writers and writing. However, it’s frustrating at times. I encourage my students to leap into self-publishing, and so they do… they dip in a toe. These are amazing writers. They could and should be establishing themselves not only on Amazon, but using Amazon to leverage their writing careers.

They worry about the oddest things: how to find someone to format their work, how to get a cover, how to get started on social media, how to build a website…

Let’s look at these things.

  • Formatting. It’s simple. Upload your MS Word file, or a PDF to Amazon. Seriously. Amazon gives you a Previewer, so you can assess the results. If it’s not pretty, eliminate all the excess formatting in your Word doc. Use bold for headlines. Still not happy? Get someone on fiverr.com to format it.
  • How to get a cover: use Amazon’s Kindle Cover Creator. It’s free. When your ebook sells 5,000 copies, you can get someone to design a custom cover for it. Until then, just upload the ebook.
  • How to get started on social media: if you haven’t done it yet, WRITE A COUPLE OF EBOOKS first. The chances that your first ebook, fiction or nonfiction, will be a bestseller are minimal. Sorry. With a first ebook, social media won’t help. If you’re already on social media, by all means promote. If you aren’t, write another ebook before you worry about social media — then you’ll have two things for readers to buy.
  • How to build a website? Use Weebly. You can publish your website in an hour, even if you haven’t written a word of content — and it’s free.

If You Want to Self-Publish (and You Should), Now’s the Time

During Hachette’s seven-month dispute with Amazon, indies became decidedly spooked. Some authors issued dire warnings, that independent authors would soon be unable to make money on Amazon.

While I don’t believe that, I do know that everything changes. Everything. It’s no longer as easy for indies to make money as it was a year ago. This time next year, the situation will be even more challenging. As I’ve said, I created Kindle Magic, Self-publishing Mastery for one reason only. The window of opportunity for indies is closing.

Jump in, before the window slams shut. Kindle Magic, Self-publishing Mastery will help.

Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Can Be Your Personal Goldmine

Kindle Magic

In Kindle Magic, Self-publishing Mastery, we cover what you need to know to publish both fiction and nonfiction successfully. We also look at ways you can leverage your ebooks to help your writing career.

Enjoy. It’s my earnest hope that it helps you to overcome your blocks, and win the success you deserve.

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