Most freelance writers want to go full-time, and they do, once they make money writing. Much as we love it however, the freelance life can be hazardous. Your income can swing widely, depending on who hires you, how much they pay, and WHEN they pay.
So savvy freelancers look for stuff they can create, and sell, to give them additional income streams: they write books, and other material they can write once and sell forever, either nonfiction, or fiction.
Hello Amazon: Put a Price-Sticker on Your Writing, and Sell It.
Amazon’s made it very, very easy to sell your writing. Write almost anything, and Amazon allows you to offer it for sale. We won’t go into the mistakes writers make on Amazon, we’d be here all day, and our theme is spare time writing, which turns into full time cash.
The big mistake writers make on Amazon is this: they treat ebook publishing like standard book publishing. They write a book, nonfiction, or fiction and sell it. The ebook (or ebook and print, if they use Createspace), either sells, or it doesn’t. Usually it doesn’t. So the depressed writer shreds his clothes, pours ashes on his head, and tells himself that one day, he will write a bestseller.
Here’s a secret. You don’t need to write a bestseller, a la Stephen King. Instead of writing an ebook of 60,000 to 100,000 words and selling it for $2.99, you can write 6,000 words, and sell them for $2.99. And yes, you can sell nonfiction or fiction. Amazon doesn’t care.
I’m not suggesting that you’d never write 60,000 words, perish the thought. I’m a wordy writer, and love long projects. But if you want to make some spare time cash, consider writing short.
As I said here:
Let’s say you’ve published 52 ebooks; one a week for a year.
52 x 1 x 3.99 x 70% = $145 per day; this is $52,925 per year.
In practice, you’ll sell many more copies than one per day of some ebooks. Let’s say that out of 52 ebooks, you have three good sellers, which sell 20 copies per day each.
That’s 60 x $3.99 x 70% = $167.58 per day. Over 365 days, that’s an additional $61,166 per year.
You can play with these numbers. And you will, once you start publishing. The above figures give you an idea of the possibilities, when you “write short.”
Questions to Ask Yourself About “Writing Short.”
Let’s assume, that the idea of creating ebooks in your spare time intrigues you. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
1. How Much Time Can You Carve Out Each Day?
The corollary to this is: how much can you write in that time? Most of us can carve out 30 to 60 minutes a day, while maintaining our life. There’s no need to give up socializing, or sleep. As to how much you can write in 60 minutes, I can write around 1500 words if I’ve done research and outlined.
If you’re a new writer, and the best you can do in an hour is 200 words, that’s fine. You do what you do. And if you do it enough, you’ll get faster.
2. What Do You LOVE Writing?
This question and the our third question below, go together. You need to not only find something you LOVE writing, to write successfully in your spare time, but also something that’s selling on Amazon.
3. What’s Selling on Amazon?
Amazon’s pretty much an open book (pun intended) when it comes to what’s selling. Study what’s selling in both nonfiction and fiction. Then consider our second question. Find something you’ll have fun writing, which sells.
4. How Often (Once You’re All Set Up) Can You Publish? Once a Week, Once Every Two Weeks?
Expect that you’ll take a month or two to get up to speed. Then create a publication plan, and follow the plan. Schedule your spare time writing; you can’t sell what you haven’t written.
BIG Tip: You Never Know What Will Sell… and When.
You may think you know what will sell, and your ebook makes no sales. SO WHAT? I give you two words: “Flappy Bird”:
But with about 25,000 new apps going online every month, Flappy Bird was lost in the mix and seemed like a bust – until, eight months later, something crazy happened. The game went viral. By February, it was topping the charts in more than 100 countries and had been downloaded more than 50 million times. Nguyen was earning an estimated $50,000 a day. Not even Mark Zuckerberg became rich so fast.
No one knows what will sell. The ebook market is comparable to the app market. No one knows. It took Flappy Bird eight months to take off. (Sorry about the pun.)
Write it. Publish it. Do your best. You may get an ebook which takes off. On the other hand, your ebook catalog may grow steadily, as do your sales.
There are no guarantees. However, if you’re a writer, you have a golden opportunity to make money, and turn your spare time income into full time cash.
Write Short: Sizzling Success From Short Reports and Short Stories
Would you like to build a steady, ongoing income writing short nonfiction and fiction ebooks? Jump on the publishing bonanza…
You can find Angela on Pinterest, too.