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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Copywriting Quiz: Could YOU Start a Copywriting Business?

Copywriting Quiz: Could YOU Start a Copywriting Business?

Over the past week, I’ve received many questions about copywriting, because we relaunched our popular “7 Days” copywriting course. Writers wondered whether they could start a copywriting business, and the most popular question was “what do copywriters write?” closely followed by: “how do I get copywriting jobs?”

Can you answer the questions in the graphic above? Let’s look at the answers in a little more detail.

A) What Do Copywriters Write?

Copywriters write sales material. They’re commercial writers, who write for businesses. A copywriter may write marketing materials ranging from a tiny ad, to a video script. Since content marketing has become hugely popular, copywriters may also create content marketing campaigns and strategy.

Content marketing has blurred the lines somewhat between editorial content (writing) and advertising. Viz, “sponsored content.” When copywriters ask me what the difference is between a copywriter who writes content, and a Web writer writing content, I’ve said facetiously: “Copywriters charge more.”

There’s truth in that, so keep it in mind on the outsourcing websites when projects are posted at $10 an hour. You can write copy for $10 an hour if you like. The only objection I have to it is that it teaches you bad habits. Writing sales material takes a lot of research and thought. You can’t afford to do that if you’re writing for $10 an hour.

B) How Do I Get Copywriting Clients?

By going after them. Consistently. I’ve written about the importance of following up. That’s vital, and it’s the one big mistake I see writers make. They make one phone call, or send an email message, and leave it at that. People need to get to know you, and trust you. And trust isn’t built on a single interaction. It’s built on as many interactions as you can manage.

You can get clients by word of mouth, marketing, approaching companies directly, networking… However, you can’t expect to get hired if you just send out one email message: “Hey, I’m a copywriter, and I’m available.”

You may or may not get a response. NO response is FINE. It’s what you should expect. I gave you a strategy for following up — you MUST follow up — in this article.

Look at it this way. Following up may be a huge and boring pain, but who cares, if after ten messages from you, your prospect finally calls you. And a couple of phone calls after that, gives you a contract which makes you $15,000 over six months, and you’re earning $250 an hour?

Follow up. :-)

C) How Much Do I Charge?

As I said in the graphic: you set your own rates. Remember, you’re writing sales material, which directly impacts a business’s bottom line. You can charge $100 for a website sales page, but you’re sabotaging yourself. $100 may be all that company can afford. If so, you can’t afford to write copy for them.

As a new copywriter, you can’t expect to make $250 an hour. However, you need to set your sights on that, and decide when you’ll start charging that. That means that you need to get clients who can afford that.

In one sense it’s easier to get high-paying clients than it is to get clients who pay peanuts. However, top clients take more strategy, and more wooing. You need to be creative in how you approach them — but hey, you’re a copywriter. Do it.

D) How Do I Create Samples?

In the graphic, I suggested writing pro bono. Pick up your local phone book. Dozens of organizations are slavering for someone to write their marketing materials. Just say you’re starting out, and you’re happy to write anything they like. For free.

However, do mention that you’d like your name to appear somewhere on the materials you write for them, and you’d also like a link to your website.

E) How Long Until I Can Quit My Day Job?

Building a copywriting business while you’re working a day job is good practice for you. Here’s why. Occasionally during your copywriting career you’ll get a bunch of projects happening together. A client who’s been missing suddenly shows up and wants his project NOW. Another client needs something in the next six hours. And yet another forgot that he needed something or other for a campaign which goes live tomorrow.

So, if you’re moonlighting as a copywriter, you’ll get into the habit of writing, when you’re supposed to be writing, and that’s always a good thing. Later, when you’re running a copywriting business and everything happens at once, you’ll smile. You may feel slightly stressed, but it will be a good stress, because you know you can handle it.

Can YOU start a copywriting business? Copywriting’s always been the mainstay of my writing career. Writing copy is huge fun, and it helps you with all your writing. It’s also a reliable source of income, because businesses need to trade, and you can help them to do that successfully.

7 Days to Copywriting Success: From Newbie to Pro — Build Your Lucrative Copywriting Business Today

7 Days to Copywriting Success: From Newbie to Pro

7 Days to Copywriting Success ensures that you build a copywriting business FAST. You may not get it done in seven days, but that’s OK. You can earn as you learn, and you can start doing that today.

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Copywriting and Fiction Offerings: 24 Hours Remaining

Copywriting and Fiction Offeringss: 24 Hours Remainin

A short note, to let you know that it’s the final call for Fiction Frenzy. We’re withdrawing this program so it will no longer be available after November 15. It’s one of our most popular programs, so check it out if you’d like to write fiction.

Our other offering this week, 7 Days to Copywriting Success: From Newbie to Pro, also ends in 24 hours.

Enjoy. :-)

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