You’re a writer. You have the keys to the kingdom in our new online world. However, the sheer number of opportunities available confuses many writers. If you want to thrive as a writer, you need to cut through the confusion, and create a career and writing business which is tailored just for you.
Let’s see how you can thrive as a writer — it’s easier than you imagine.
1. Give Yourself an Edge
Start by giving yourself an edge. What’s EASY for you to write? When you write what’s easy for you, you’ll write more. Writing prolifically is essential these days. Not only when you write for others, but also when you create your own projects.
Writing ebooks is easy for me. It’s how I began my writing career. I love writing long projects, because it makes me comfortable.
If you’re just starting out, you won’t know enough about yourself as a writer to know exactly what you love to write. Think about what you enjoy reading — that’s always a clue.
If you’re already established, apply the 80/ 20 rule. Spend 80 per cent of your time on what’s giving you the best results. Spend 20 per cent of time experimenting.
You need to experiment, because the world is changing fast. When you experiment, expect failure. Success always lies on the other side of failure.
2. Plan to Be Successful
Have a plan. It doesn’t matter what your plan is. Most plans are just guesses of what might work for you. The only benefit of a plan is that your plan keeps you moving forward.
For example, let’s say you’re focusing on client work. Plan to get three new clients each month. Plan to always have ten projects on which you’re currently working. Plan how you’ll get clients on retainer.
On the other hand, you may be tired of writing for others. In that case, create a publication schedule for yourself. Plan to create one new ebook a month, or two new blogs.
3. Build Your Platform (Readership)
Make the most of your name. That’s no longer optional. You need to promote your name in everything you do. The days of anonymity in the online world are over — this is a great thing. Google and the other search engines are focusing on identifying people.
Build your client list by creating a simple newsletter, or something which lets you contact clients at least once a month.
If you’re creating information products, promote your name, rather than specific products. You need people to recognize your name as an author. Your name is your brand, and brand builds platform.
4. Help Others to Make Money
Some of my clients have been with me for well over a decade. As a freelance writer, focus on making sure that your clients are successful. This is pure self-interest. The more successful they are, the more they can hire you.
In the ebook world, focus on building relationships with other authors, and with your readers. When you promote other writers, they in turn will promote you. Review others’ books on your blog; they will reciprocate.
5. Use and Use Again: Publish!
Your time is finite. There are just 24 hours in a day. Therefore, when you research, learn and write, think about how you can reuse your research, and your writing.
Can you repurpose blog posts into ebooks? Can you publish your ebooks on Amazon, and for a Web audience?
Think ahead, as you write, to other publication options for your writing.
You can and will thrive beyond your dreams in the wonderful new world we live in. Take advantage of opportunities. Some will be a perfect fit for you.
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