Jessie’s writing a series of blog posts on her work with the PLR Genius program for us.
Here’s her latest post.
She’s a wonderful writer, and I admire her tremendously, especially her work ethic. She’s quite unique also, in that she conducts her entire writing business from her iPad. That’s amazing to me, more on Jessie and her iPad below.
Here’s where to find her:
* Superhero Webcomic and Novella Author (coming soon)
* Smutty, NSFW Erotica Author (coming soon)
I asked her to answer some questions so that you could get to know her.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself. When did you first realize that you wanted to write?
I have been writing my whole life, and I always knew that I would write. When I was in middle school, I was on the school paper, and in high school, I participated in almost monthly NaNoWriMos, wrote horrid fanfiction, and took two extra English courses and a creative writing course.
I also started my first businesses in high school, and fell in love with copywriting. Two jobs, one as an assistant and cash register girl a print shop and one as a bookkeeper for a ballooning real estate firm, introduced me to copywriting (as I wrote all in-house copy for the real estate firm and I watched designers craft copy in the print shop) and funded my businesses.
I was also an active volunteer at our local Chamber of Commerce, which gave me an opportunity to do an email newsletter for the American Cancer Society to promote Relay for Life, and introduced me to many business owners.
It got me a gig as a reporter for the local paper, where I was on the front page very week.
It led me to start a freelance writing business where I wrote resumes. I had been learning to blog, and the business was reformed many times to focus on niches for different industries and I wrote all manner of content and copy.
Additionally, I also self-published fiction on the side and experimented with selling PLR packs.
Now that I am married and have a child, the whirlwind is completely different…I figure in my much younger years (I am 21 now) I did the bulk of my very hard work (haha) and I now set my focus on building sustainable, scalable writing businesses that help me set myself for life 🙂
And I know you said a little, Angela, but I got carried away in my sojourn to the fabulous world of writing.
2. Your iPad workflow fascinates me. What’s the best thing about writing on an iPad as your primary production machine?
The absolute best thing about the iPad as my production machine is that I get to use it whenever, easily.
At least ten hours of every day, I am breastfeeding, so holding a laptop while I lay down nursing is exceedingly difficult. Pretty much impossible. And my daughter always stopped nursing to play with the keyboard. Now, if she is not asleep while nursing, I hold my iPad and she has the keyboard to my now-defunct eMac. When she is asleep, I hold the iPad over and behind her with no strain and work, work, work.
3. You’re establishing a PLR business. Your site looks great. Can you share a little about how you decide on topics for PLR?
Jessie’s PLR site is here.
I have done lots and lots of research. I became very active in the Warrior Forum, and I paid some attention to what people buy. I paid even more attention to what they ask for as a PLR seller tells them they will wait list them. Will they ever get that content? I go ahead and create it, offering it up to these unserved buyers.
I also find time to look at Amazon products in desirable niches and with desirable commissions. I like these for creating business packs…I have been rolling out packages of articles, blog posts, tweets, reports, and auto-responder emails.
Most of all, I let my buyers tell me what they want and I create those packages sooner rather than later/never.
4. You’re a multi-faceted writer. I know you’re writing novels for Kindle publication too. What excites you about self-publishing?
I never wanted to work so hard to please a publisher, still need to market myself, and get a pathetic piece of profits on someone else’s schedule. Self-publishing has been part of my business for years because I stay in contact with my marker, write what they like, and see constant return. That is more gratifying than a publisher deciding to invest in me.
5. What advice would you give to a new writer who’s starting out today?
New writers need to take action, develop a business plan, and try to find their audience. And in the reverse…discover who that target market that fits you is, write a solid (but quick, page or so) business plan that says what you are going to do for whom that brings in however much you need/want. Then, get to it and stick to it!
Here’s how to contact Jessie
Jessie is a writer of many kinds, always ready to share with other writers. She is currently working on a program to help writers make money writing erotica, for clients and for themselves. To ask her a question about writing, or to get notification of her freelance writer guides, email Jessie at email@example.com.
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