We’re freelance writers, so we write to sell, whether that means working with clients, or writing to publish on Amazon and elsewhere.
I enjoy having a mix of projects; large projects, as well as smaller ones. Small projects are satisfying. You get a rush of accomplishment when you can start and complete a project in just a few hours.
When you write to sell, short projects are fun (and profitable)
You may know that I’m a keen short fiction writer; I adore writing serials, for example. In 2019, I’ll be creating more short projects — if you’d like to do that too, I hope you find these tips useful.
1. Keep an eye on the zeitgeist: what are people looking for?
You can use Google Trends to see what people are searching for right now. Be aware of holidays too. St. Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away — why not create a product or three now?
Movie releases also give an indication of what people will be thinking and talking about in the months to come. Here’s a list of movie releases in 2019.
2. Create an Ideas file: work on these when you’re out and about
I’m a big fan of Ideas files for your projects. Here’s why. If you have an Ideas file for something, you can add to it whenever you have a spare moment.
Add an idea to your Project Ideas file whenever an idea occurs to you. Then if a client cancels on you, or if you’re stuck on a project, you can kickstart a project from your Ideas file.
3. Keep your short projects short: decide on length before you start
All projects have a tendency to morph.
You decide you’re going to create a short project, but before you know it, it’s turned into something which will take a month.
Curb that by creating an outline, and deciding that you’ll stick to that outline, no matter how enticing a tangent appears to be.
4. Use your obsessions: explore Etsy for project ideas
When I’m coaching writers on creating short projects, they miss the obvious. We’re all too close to our own obsessions to see that they can provide some quick and easy ideas.
Etsy can be a goldmine of ideas for quick projects. When a client hires me to create a small project, I explore Etsy for ideas.
For example, printables are hot, and you don’t need to create the downloads yourself. You can hire someone very inexpensively to create them for you.
5. Consider creating audio projects: audiobooks are hot
According to Publisher’s Weekly, audiobook sales rose almost 23% in 2018. So, if you’re a self-publisher, consider offering your books as audiobooks.
Also consider creating short projects which are solely in MP3 format; you can sell these projects on your own website, accompanied by a PDF download if you wish.
No website? Use a payment processor like Selz.
Happy 2019: consider creating short projects to boost your writing profits
2019 is almost upon us. So, happy New Year — create your own short projects Ideas File, and start writing.
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