Thank heavens, our newly revamped Writing Genii is now live. It’s been a frustrating exercise to get it off the ground. We hope you enjoy its free content library for creatives, called oddly enough, the Free Content Library. Currently we’ve two free ebooks for you to download, and more are coming.
Why a free Content Library?
Basically, because the Web has changed. Our Fab Freelance Writing Blog launched in 2006. In those days, the Web was very different. Professional writers looked on Web writing as… odd. Beneath contempt. Not worth a professional’s time and attention. Well, times change, and we change with them.
All the “Web writing’s not real writing” writers are now writing for the Web. Some are doing a great job of it, others not so much.
My primary goal in all my teaching has been to help writers to make a career of writing — to make money. It’s always seemed unfair to me that writers who create the words usually make the least money. They write for magazines in which a full-page ad costs $10,000 and make $300 for their article. Or they write the content for a website which pulls in $100,000 a week, and make $100 a webpage.
Not to put too fine a point on it, writers get shafted because they’re babes-in-the-wood when it comes to business. I created Your Creative Business to help writers to get a foothold on business. Over 12 years ago, my first ezine was called Creative Small Biz. The first of several years of weekly issues was published on September 14, 2002. The ezine’s tagline was “Make money, have fun and get creative with your small business.”
New Writing Genii: Make money, have fun and get creative with your small business
So, in a very real sense, new Writing Genii is a reiteration of Creative Small Biz. Same aim: to get creatives to pay attention to business, while they’re writing. Ideally, to have their business sense inform their creativity, and vice versa. And have fun, of course.
Today, 30 MILLION pieces of content flow onto the Web, each and every day. That’s a LOT of content. You, I, and every other writer has to compete with that for attention. As we said in Professional Writing Going Forward to 2015, professional writing is changing. If you want to make a great income from your writing, you need to become much more entrepreneurial.
The Free Content Library helps new writers to get up to speed on the world of writing as it is in 2014, and in 2015 and beyond. Eventually, we’ll have many ebooks in the library for you to download, and put to use. You can download the first two ebooks now. My hope is that they’ll arm you to develop a real writing business.
Going Forward: New Opportunities for You With Our Affiliate Program
Writers keep asking for an affiliate program to promote our products, and that’s coming. New Writing Genii gives us the framework to put that in place; we’ll announce the affiliate program when it’s ready to be launched.