5 Ways Freelance Writers Can Earn More Without Marketing
Hands up, writers — who loves to do marketing and reach out to new prospects? Yeah. I thought so. Well, here’s a piece of good news. You can earn more without having to talk to strangers, if you have a great client or two already. Or even a medium-good one.
More cash doesn't have to come from marketingFreelance writers want more cash. Here's how.
Mines the methods of increasing cash flow that do not require you to do marketing, something most freelance writers do not enjoy. Notes that the methods are easy, but many times overlooked. Why not earn more cash if it's easy, especially when freelance writers tend to receive less than they deserve? You can gain more if you are willing to consider:
- Requesting more cash from regular freelance clients. A freelance writer should never go more than one year working with a client without asking for a raise, and you can do so in as little as 3 months. You are valuable to them, and they want to keep you happy for making their life easier. Just ask.
- Seeking out introductions from people you have in your network. People you can ask include your: bosses, editors, marketing managers, clients. This is an easy way to meet new people who might have a significant amount of work for you.
- Creating new project ideas to sell to your clients. After you have blogged for a client for six months to a year, you know a lot about their business, and you can analyze the client to discover what needs you might fill. Search for something you might offer to bring in more revenue. Ideas include: newsletters, blogs, videos, speeches, etc.
- Increase the work that you are currently doing for a client. If they are only blogging once a week, suggest that they increase to daily posts. If they send out a newsletter once a month, see if you can sell the idea of once a week.
- Write and create your own product and product lines. As a skilled freelance writer, you have everything you need to publish ebooks, mini courses, videos, and other products on your own. This is the best idea as it holds the most potential for cash and independence.
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Freelancing Optimism, a Little-Known Key to Success?
Is your glass half-full or half empty? Your answer to that age-old question to determine whether you are an optimist or a pessimist may be more important than you think. It may actually determine how successful your freelancing business is.
Empty or full? The optimist says full.
Mines the essential attitude for success in the freelance workplace, pointing to Mark Murphy's claim in a Forbes interview that negative attitudes cause 89% of failures in business. Notes the value of a positive attitude in helping to:
- Be capable of learning lessons from failure.
- Generate innovative ideas and new directions.
- Spread a positive attitude to other including clients and coworkers.
If you are not as positive as you would like to be, here are some things you can improve upon:
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- Look for ways to be appreciative and grateful.
- Work on a positive point of view when examining failures and disappointments.
- Emphasize all of your small successes and learn from them.
- Remind yourself of your long term goals, the big picture of what you are trying to accomplish.
- Choose wisely who you spend time with, and ensure that they are generally positive people.
- Read books and visits sites that are inspirational.
8 Powerful Apps to Help You Create Books on the iPad
Want to self-publish a novel? Get your classroom materials into the hands of others? Share your brilliant insight and call yourself an author? Then publishing on the iPad may be something worth considering.
Now you just have to write!
Mines the best apps for creating ebooks on the iPad, suggesting that they are powerful and easy to use tools to help you start publishing. Notes that among the eight are:
- Book Creator: an easy way to create ebooks, read them, and even send them to the iBookstore. Specialties include picture books, art collections, cookbooks, and textbooks.
- Book Writer: an app for both the iPhone and iPad that creates books supported by epub, PDF, and the iBookstore. The app uses the fixed-layout format which is not the best for long works such as novels. However, you can include photos, videos, music, and even record your voice. Photos are easy to touch manipulate.
- StoryBuddy 2: a useful too for working with audio, drawings, photos, and text. The app supports iBooks, and you can also print or email it. Makes a beautiful platform for creating, as you are able to draw directly on the pages. Ideal for picture books, but also has a built in keyboard. You can use different paper styles, and the writing experience is very interactive. A great app for children's books.
- Scribble My Story: this is a junior version of the Scribble Press App so, I would check both out before purchasing. This one is designed principally for kids ages three to seven. Presents a wonderful, age appropriate app for kids to use their creativity and imagination. The drawing tool set is easy for children to use, and audio can be embedded for non-writers. The app has fun features like stickers and backgrounds.
- Creative Book Builder: Great for any age, and easy to create professional looking books in a very short amount of time. Write, edit, and publish in a short time.
- StoryKit: an app to write text, illustrate with drawings, embed photos, sound effects, and voice recording. Easy to use drag and drop, add, order and delete pages.
- Picturebook: School Edition: creates illustrated stories easily with over 250 illustrations included in 12 picture sets. The app does not have adds or in-app purchases. Supports various textual features, and you can add your own photos too.
- Story Creator: easily creates beautiful story books with audio, video,photos, and text. The app is really able to bring the story to life.
While these apps are created as easy to use for the younger writers, there are plenty of apps for more sophisticated authors
. The first two options above are great for adults as well as children. I personally recommend jumping to iBooks Author if you have a Mac computer. As with all Mac created apps, it is a complete, user friendly tool, allowing you to design basically any kind of book you can envision. You can also directly send the published books to the iBookstore or use the book in PDF format. An excellent tool for writers, and a very slight learning curve. More mature iPad options include: Storyteller Deluxe, Writer's Studio
, and Demibooks® Composer
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10 Amazing Content Resources For Writers That You Must Get
As an author, it’s always a challenge to create new, innovative ideas and angles to stories, articles, books and generally speaking… great materials for public consumption (I realize many write for themselves, too).
Content writers are always looking for sources.
Mines the need for content writers to generate new material that will interest both readers and search engines. Notes resources are available online can help generate a creative spark when you are having trouble with your innovative self.
Finding inspiration for yourself and others becomes easier with tools:
- Websites for Writers & Authors: cool resource with feeds from writers' sites.
- Creative Writing Prompts: lists of hundreds of prompts.
- Imagination Prompts: filled with a lot of creative and interactive tools.
- Easy Street Prompts: pictures, videos, and fun prompts.
- Can You Say It In 6 Words? allows you to capture your life and post it to the world.
- Creative Writing Prompt: prompts, blogs, competitions, and education.
- First 50 Words – Creative Starts: you respond to prompts in 50 words and have the chance to create prompts.
- Tell Your Story: helps you create your story on collect a portfolio.
- Creative Prompts On Pinterest (Images): A great page with terrific prompts portrayed in a fun visual way.
You may feel at first like this is cheating or deceptive, but it's actually far from it. Creative people receive inspiration from many sources, and one of our positive qualities is that we can use other ideas as a spring boards for new directions. Part of genius is making new connections from old ideas. Interested? Click the title or image to read on. Source is SocialMediaToday.com You might also enjoy: Before you leave, let us know of any other good content resources.
5 Ways to Bond with Your Blog’s Audience
You’re smart. You know you need to be helpful on your blog in order to grow your audience. You share useful tips. You give away free tutorials. But somehow you’re not connecting with your readers. Your blog seems a little quiet.
Inspire your audience to create fans.
Mines proven methods for moving your audience from just readers to fans of your blog. Notes that to intimately connect with readers you might:
- Write similar to the way you would speak to an audience. Let your readers know that you are an actual human being.
- Metaphors can bring language to life for your readers and draw them into your story. Comparing distinct ideas with other, more concrete ideas can help readers understand complexity.
- Uplift and motivate readers rather than just teaching them. You can accomplish this by showing empathy, freely sharing useful content, and concluding with an inspiring statement.
- Occasionally expose your vulnerabilities and mistakes to show that you have problems like your reader.
- Be both engaging and engaged to hook your readers. It's nearly impossible to excite your reader about content that you are not engaged in.
If you think of your blog as actual communication with other humans
, you will go further than this to show your interest. You might visit their site, write meaningful replies to their comments, or send them a personal email. You never know when you might turn a casual reader into a passionate fan. Interested? Click the title or image to read on. Source is Copyblogger.com You might also enjoy:
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3 Important Lessons That Writers MUST Learn From Marketers
To the uninitiated, writing can seem like a pretty easy gig. You just spend the day watching television and surfing the web, and when inspiration strikes you saunter over to your computer to dash off a few brilliant paragraphs, send them off to an editor, and you’re done for the day.
Learn how to market your writing.
Mines the painful reality of writing powerfully in order to show some easy marketing methods that will help publish your words to more readers. Notes that writing is similar to marketing in that you are trying to get a "client" interested in your "product." So, thinking like a marketer will bring success:
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- You are not writing for yourself. You are writing for your audience, so you must always remember those readers as you write, your employers. Learn as much as you can about who they are and what they like.
- You only have seconds to hook your reader. You draw readers in with your headline and first line, so make them your most powerful, audience driven lines. People scan headlines, so you have to grab them fast.
- You should include your passion and identity in your writing. Other people are passionate too, so some will love your work and some will hate it. You have to view reactions objectively to make them useful. Try not to gush too much over praise, and avoid feeling too much pain over criticism. In both cases, use the feedback you are getting to fine-tune your writing and know your audience better.
- You must work hard to grow your fan base because you need as many as you can get. Develop a plan to increase your audience and then follow through.
This Is The Modern Cycle Of Productivity
I try to sit down and bang out work when I’m inspired. I’m not always inspired and try not to dive into any major projects during that time. Usually, I’m thinking in the back of my head about how to more effectively manage my time, organize my thoughts, and potentially get some work done.
Typical modern cycle of productivity?
Mines the author's productivity cycle, demonstrating many brief spurts of activity, with short spurts of productivity.
Notes that this is a realistic portrayal of what a modern individual work cycle is like, suggesting that this functions well.
The cycle certainly seems typical of a less than perfect model work flow, although it conflicts with most thinking on productivity. While flexibility and downtime are necessary, the productivity only accounts for 12% of the total time. This assumes that the time segments are equal.
The author suggests this is an accurate depiction of her productivity, but although she seems serious about her routine, the touch of humor suggests that it might not be optimal.
Some alternate suggestions might create more productivity, but each individual has her own style. While this model of productivity might work for her, I created an alternative that might increase work flow:
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Creative Thinking Skills – 13 Creative Ideas worth Remembering
Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal “Review” section teemed with wonderful reminders of creative ideas. These reminders were helpful for providing a handy creative thinking skills refresher on ideas that can become easy to overlook.
Promote your creativity.
Mines the different aspects of creativity that can be nurtured to produce further innovation.Notes Outlook and viewpoint
- Avoid becoming jaded with what has been done repeatedly before and be open to the new and fresh.
- Be a risk taker who innovates and tries new ideas, allowing yourself to be silly, random, brash, and opinionated.
- Generate ideas through online sources that inspire you.
- Use face to face interaction and offline sources to discover the marvelous and unique aspects in people and the world.
- Reach out to find new creative sources rather than returning to the same ones over and over.
- Find experiences where there are mysteries and things you don't know, rather than ones where you know the whole story.
- Seek social interaction with likeminded people who you can share your passions with and discover their inspiration.
Moments and epiphanies
- Completely embed yourself in new projects, exploring everything about them in search of the the essence, fully learning the new subject.
- Cut the old, traditional, and unnecessary information that your audience will already be familiar with.
- Try out different methods of creation, sometimes planning while other times being spontaneous.
- Carefully craft moments where the audience will encounter surprises and the unexpected.
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- Search for ways of making the complex simple for readers or viewers, processing the chaos of data and information through subtle design.
- Consider what will powerfully impact your audience, startling and awing them, causing them to see the subject in a new light.
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The Science of Storytelling: 6 Ways to Write More Persuasive Stories
When it comes to crafting “words that sell”, the research shows us that stories are among the most persuasive forms of writing out there. Persuasive writing is an essential part of blogging—there’s no two ways about it.
Storytelling binds the minds of readers and writers.
Mines the science of creativity in blogging and copy writing, suggesting that effective writers negotiate a psychological relationship with ideal readers.Notes that research by Green and
Dr. Mazzocco, explored storytelling in the court room
, one of the a tough audience. They found that successful stories depend on the writer's:
- Knowledge of the ideal reader, being aware of ambitions, desires, and problems.
- Adherence to realism, making the story feel real on a deep level that connects intimately to the reader. Even a fake story must seem real to be persuasive.
- Effective delivery of the story, using pacing, emphasis, and coherence to guide the reader skillfully through events.
- Ability to paint a vivid picture, drawing the readers mind into the story with well chosen sensory details.
- Structuring the story in a logical flow, moving the reader through a linear and chronological plot.
- Creating an atmosphere of trust, generating a feeling of confidence in the writer and employing design elements in the structure of the page that make the readers feel comfortable.
Implied throughout is that the story must be seamlessly woven with the intended message, moving the reader to action.
The author refers to this as "transportation," suggesting movement. An engaging story lacks purpose if no action is motivated. This is true of fiction, nonfiction, copy, etc. In the case of fiction, the action might be mental, emotional, or maybe even physical.Interested? Click the title or image to read on.Source is Problogger.comYou might also enjoy:
10 Key Steps to Blogging Success
What is blogging?
In essence it is an online publishing and self-expression platform that allows feedback and comments. It is a two way communication channel. It has never been easier or so much fun.
Blogging is fun and empowers you!
BNQ9T9QWNKUNMines the obstacles that might hold one back from the power and enjoyment generated by blogging about your passion.Notes that blogging possesses so much power now that it has become mainstream media, but fear sometimes makes new bloggers reluctant to start. They feel like they are not smart enough, are not great writers, or are not able to invent unique ideas.
However, potential bloggers should feel empowered
if they have a subject they are passionate about as others on the web might be interested too. By adding content that is not overly complex but holds value, new bloggers will find an audience if they are persistent in writing. Providing an inviting layout rather than straight text will help draw in traffic.Bloggers also need to be aware that they are selling a product
even if they are not receiving payment. They must market the blog with headlines that hook readers and a variety of media that keep readers stimulated. A blogger becomes a marketer as well when she shares not only with family, friends, and colleagues, but also publicizes posts on social media venues.
This article is a powerful and motivating tool worth reading
.Interested? Click the title or image to read on.Source is JeffBullas.comYou might also enjoy:Are you a blogger or have you thought about blogging?