I found lots of great resources this week that I wanted to share with all my writing friends– so I put them together in this blog post. Hope everyone has had a great, and productive, week! Life got in the way for me this week– luckily I have the weekend to get caught up
I also have a board on Scoop.it where I save the best information and articles I find around the internet, and I curate stuff to that board regularly. I try to share these things on social media, but sometimes the ADHD kicks in and I’m off to something else. Lots of good stuff on my Scoop.it board–you really should check it out, too: http://www.scoop.it/t/writing-by-denise-gabbard
Making your writer’s website earn work for you:
This blog post is from one of my favorite writer’s sites. Carol Tice, at Make a Living Writing, today allows James Chartrand to guest post, and he discusses writer’s websites and why many of them fail to convert visitors into paying writing clients. He gives lots of tips about correcting those problems that prevent people from pushing the ‘click here’ button, as well as some insights on writing that sells. THAT is a valuable writing skill in today’s environment.
Why some people will never make money writing:
Interesting, I stumbled upon another article this week that resonated with me. It talks about the differences between people that make real money writing, and those that just aren’t focused enough to make it work. Even more interesting was that the author, James Chartrand, wrote the above article on Carol Tice’s website. I found this piece of wisdom on Men With Pens, which makes the author’s bio even more cool for me. Check it out, you will be dumbfounded!
500 ways to make money online
This is a MEGA- post by Dave Schneider, and it is NOT about just writing, but about all different types of ways to make money online. Often, beginning writers need supplements to their income until they find their ‘sweet spot’ and the right clients to propel themselves forward. The information in this loooonggg blog post will give you all you need to find other ways to pay the bills while working on your writing business. This blog post will keep you busy for a long time, if you are like me and are curious about everything!
Can YOU make money blogging?
This is a good blog post from DailyBlogTips about making money blogging– seriously! It discusses what you need to make money with your blog, and surprisingly, none of those things is money to start it with. Anyone can start a blog, but not anyone can make money with it. This post is a good place to start if you are wondering whether it would be realistic for you to try earning a living with a blog.
This article from Copyblogger discusses the difference between REAL writers, those who live to write, and those people who only write to make a living. While there is room for both types in this world, obviously, the ‘writers’ that are passionate about what they do are the ones who will be most successful. This post will give writers great tips to elevate themselves to the next level.
Finished a book? Now what?
If you have already taken that next step and completed a book, you are probably wondering how to get Simon & Schuster interested. While it is still worthwhile to submit books to literary agents, do not limit yourself by refusing to self-publish if no one offers you a contract. Nowadays, many amazing authors self-publish their work, and it is a great way to get your work known and make some money; many self-published authors are quietly making a living. This post offers a good review of the Kindle self-publishing platform.
Hope that some, or all, of these articles will help you, whatever stage of writing you are in. I know I find small bits of inspiration in each of them. For me, staying busy is key. I am blogging, proofreading a book for an awesome client, working on a Wiki for another, and finishing up my writing book so that I can publish it before my birthday in July.
What are YOU working on today?