Got a Minute? Become a Five-Minute Writer (ezine)

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Got a minute?

We’ve all got more time than we think we have.

On the blog this week, I ran “Five-Minute Money: Ten Fast and Easy Cash Generators for Writers”.

The article discusses simple little things you can do which will be powerfully effective over time.

Jan, one of my students, called me to tell me about #5 — “5. Contact a Client to Catch up.”

She had five minutes, so she called one of her clients. She hasn’t spoken to him since last September. He not only gave her a big new project, but also give her the phone number of one of HIS clients. Just 24 hours later, she had three new gigs, which will make her a total of $8,450 over the next few weeks.

Not bad for five minutes.

Who could you call today? You could start by calling all the clients with whom you’ve worked in the past 12 months. Not only is this easy to do, you may find that you get several months’ worth of work out of your five-minute calls.

Alberto, another student, set up a new blog on Tumblr, after reading the #3 tip, “Create a New Blog to Sell a Product or Service”.

He’s writing a series of ebooks, and has taken our tips on promoting while you’re writing to heart. He’s set himself a goal of getting 500 followers by the time he publishes his first ebook in a couple of months.

Tumblr’s a like Twitter on steroids. If you use the Tumblr bookmarklet, you can post to your blog in seconds.

What do you think will happen when he publishes his ebook? Will having some followers — no matter how many — make a difference?

He’s set up a blog, and posting to it will take him just a few minutes every few days.

Everyone has a spare five minutes every day. If you kept a time log, you might find, as I did, that you have an idle 20 minutes or so each day that you can put to good use.

Keep a List of “5 Minute” Tasks

I’ve set up a “5 minute” tasks list in Simplenote.

I add and delete tasks from the list throughout the day. It’s a running list, and currently has some 30 tasks on it. With Simplenote on my phone and iPad, I don’t even need to be in the office. If I’m stuck in a client’s office, or am waiting for someone, I can put a minute here and there to good use.

Let’s look at what else we covered on the blog this week.

Content Writing: 5 Tips to Get Your Content Read

You not only want to get your content read; you also want readers to take action. That’s easier when you “drop the dead donkeys.”

Show Me the Money: “Commerce Journalists”

Commerce journalism may be the big new thing. Discover what it is. You can offer this new service to offer your clients. If you’re someone who likes deals, you can write about all the deals you find, and get paid for it too.

Listen to Yourself, and You’ll Have All the Guidance You Need

Do you pay attention to yourself?

Most of us don’t, and we should. You know what you want. You also know how to get it.

The offering on “Memories — Writing and Selling Your Life Stories” closes in 24 hours:

Join us. You may discover, as many of my students have, that life writing is life-changing. You’ll become much more confident, when you write the material that only YOU can write.

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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.

About Angela Booth

Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.