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When a Prospective Writing Client Says “Maybe” — 3 Ways to Follow Up

When a Prospective Writing Client Says “Maybe” – 3 Ways to Follow Up. Makealivingwriting.comLike it or not, sales is a necessary part of your freelance writing business. Strong closers get more business. Weak closers don’t.

To close more sales, you need a follow-up strategy.

What do you do when a prospective writing client says “I’m interested” but doesn’t pull the trigger? You gently wrestle them to the ground and wrangle a “yes” or a “no” from them.

Here are three strategies you can use to turn a “maybe” into a “yes” or a “no.”

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99-Cent Sale for Writers: 18 E-Books to Grab Today

18 E-Books for Writers ON SALE!

Looking for a quick, affordable shot of learning to boost your freelance writing income? We’ve got you covered!

Here’s a chance to grab some useful e-books at bargain prices. I’ve teamed up with several other great freelance writing coaches, including Chris Marlow, Linda Formichelli, and Jeff Goins, to offer you this crazy, one-day sale. Excited to present so many top writing and marketing coaches here!

Yes, you read that right — you can grab any one of these e-books for $.99 — or get all 18 of them today, for under $18.

Some of these e-books usually go for $10 or more. But today only, they’re each available for under $1, only on Amazon.

Think about giving yourself an uplifting, illuminating holiday gift of writing and marketing knowledge that’ll help you get motivated, get out there, and seriously grow your writing income. Shop for yourself now, and you could be in a position to buy a LOT nicer gifts for your loved ones next year.

You might be asking yourself — why do writers offer these amazing bargains?

The answers include:

  • To get more Amazon book reviews
  • To improve book rankings on Amazon
  • More reviews seem to help with those rankings
  • To raise awareness that we have many e-books
  • Reviews, reviews, reviews
  • In order to mention the next e-book (in my case, How I Earn a Six-Figure Income From My Tiny Niche Blog, due out in 2016!)
  • Did I mention reviews?

Ahem. To sum up, if you like 99-cent e-book deals and would like to see me present more of them…please leave a review after you read! Help other writers discover useful info to grow their careers — it’s the nice thing to do.

Just click on a book cover to learn more and to purchase the e-book(s) you want:

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8 Crazy Nights of Freebies & Bargains for Freelance Writers

8 Crazy Nights of Freebies & Bargains for Freelance Writers - Makealivingwriting.comNo matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, I’m here to make it a festive season for you.

Since I celebrate Hanukkah — which this year, starts tonight — I’ve decide to create my own online festival of light for writers, by bringing you a series of free offers and super-cheap discount deals. There will be a different offer each day!

Hanukkah is a festival of light and miracles…of the freedom to worship as you choose, a theme that’s more relevant than ever this year. Of believing you can banish the darkness, even when all seems hopeless. I’m hoping to enlighten some writers and bring them some serious help over next 8 days. Because when you’re able to get free help and go from earning peanuts to earning real money…it truly is like a miracle. Right?

While I’m announcing this 8 Crazy Nights extravaganza here on a blog post, if you’re not a subscriber to this blog, you won’t see most of the rest of these offers including some of my best-ever bargains for freelance writers. They’ll only be going out on email. So if you’re not a subscriber, you might want to sign up now.

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Worst Writer Mistakes: 8 Editors Reveal What Makes Them Say ‘No’

Top 10 Writer Blunders Editors Tell All. Makealivingwriting.comHave you ever wished you could find out what editors really think when they read your pitches and stories?

Now you don’t have to wonder, because eight editors have shared their biggest freelance pet peeves in the Freelance Writers Den’s semi-regular “Ask An Editor” Den meeting calls.

I’ve boiled down reams of transcripts to bring you the choicest remarks about writer mistakes from a mix of consumer, trade, and company magazine editors. Check out these freelance writing sins and learn how to avoid doing the things editors hate most:

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5 Top Tips to Turn a Blog into a Six-Figure Business

5 Top Tips to Turn a Blog into a Six-Figure BusinessI started a blog in 2008.

I had a 9-month old daughter, and as much as I loved her and enjoyed being with her, I was going crazy with next to no grown-up “work” for my creative brain.

I wanted to write, so I put all my creative energy and imagination into coming up with a name for the blog: The Mom Writes. (Yes, I know.)

Soon people began to notice.

I had readers commenting, sending me emails and then, one day a reader emailed to ask if I would write for his site. I said yes. He wanted to know my rates and just like that, I was in business.

I’m here to tell you how I’ve used blogging to build a six-figure business and how a blog continues to be my top marketing strategy, even after 7 years.

Since then, I’ve worked with more than 100 small businesses as a business blogger, social media copywriter, and community manager. My little blog has helped me build a six-figure business — and remains my number one marketing strategy.

Here’s how I did it:

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Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up

Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and UpIt’s been a few years since Carol rocked the world of free guest posting and began paying for guest posts.

I’m happy to report that a lot of other sites have followed suit.

That means it’s time to update our annual list of websites that pay writers at least $50 per post or article (and really, should you be writing for less?).

This year’s list is a bit different from past lists, in that we’ve previously linked to other lists to make up our total market count.

This time, we’ve done the legwork, asked around our freelance writer network, and gathered our own intel on every market in our list, right here on the post. This list runs the gamut of topics, from parenting and knitting to business and writing, so there should be something here for everyone.

In some cases, these sites keep it on the Q.T. exactly what they pay. We’re including markets where freelance writers in our network report they pay over $50, in order to bring you the widest variety of paying markets possible.

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