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Q&A: Pajamas, Dog Poop and Being a Productive Writer

Q&A with Rachel Toor on Pajamas, Poop, and Being a Productive Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

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Geek Out Over These 15 Paying Markets for Technology Writing

Paid Technology Writing Gigs for Computer-Savvy Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re a computer-savvy freelancer, you can cash in on those skills by landing technology writing gigs.

Do you geek out over new software and devices?

Are you following the latest trends in information technology, computer hardware, Internet security, web design, or programming?

Can you master a software program in a weekend, and teach others how to use it?

If you can write about things like how to build a website in WordPress, use PhotoShop, or explain technical topics like using Windows or Linux operating systems, you can tap into a niche with plenty of earning potential.

Looking for your first gig in this niche, or want to land more work?

Check out this list of 15 paying markets for technology writing. You’ll find pay rates starting at $60 for shorter pieces to $500 for 2,500-word assignments.

Ready to get started? Go ahead, geek out over this list, and start pitching:

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5 Steps Older Workers Can Use to Launch a Freelance Writing Career

How to launch your freelance writing career when you're older. Makealivingwriting.com

Think you’re too old to launch a freelance writing career? Think again.

Have you been working a day job for decades? Are you an empty nester with a few gray hairs? You might think you’re too old to go freelance, but you’re not.

You can do this. Believe me. I know what it’s like to launch a freelance writing career when you’re older.

For more than 30 years, I worked in banking and law, and did a lot of writing. I dabbled with freelancing to make extra money, and thought it might be my path to retirement.

But that all changed when my employer went out of business.

Not quite old enough for Social Security, I wasn’t interested in starting over in another office. But I still needed an income, and I wanted more time and more freedom to enjoy life.

Want to know how I made the move to full-time freelancing…at my age?

These five steps helped me launch my freelance writing career:

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Direct Mail is Not Dead: How One Writer Landed a $5,000 Contract

Direct mail strategies to land freelance clients. Makealivingwriting.com

No one uses direct mail to market anymore. Email marketing is the way to go, right?

I don’t think so. When I was working my day job in the marketing department of a credit union, I wrote a fair number of direct mail pieces to sell financial products to current potential members. Since going freelance, I realized I kind of missed writing those letters.

Email marketing is ubiquitous these days, so sending a direct mail pitch sets you apart.

And, when it’s not a bill, people like getting mail. Direct mail gets opened more often than email. People spend much more time reading a mail piece. And even millennials say direct mail influences their purchases.

So I decided to put my old-school direct mail marketing skills back to work and create my own campaign to find freelance writing clients. And it worked amazingly well.

Here’s how I did it:

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How Self-Publishing Authors Can Sell More Books with Amazon Ads

Sell more books with Amazon ads. Makealivingwriting.com

You’ve written a book, but it’s not selling like you had hoped. And you wonder, “Maybe some Amazon ads would help.”

Or maybe you’ve thought about writing a book but are afraid it will flop.

Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Every self-publishing author faces those fears at some point in their career.

Thankfully, there’s a platform that can make sure your book gets in front of exactly the right people.

You can place Amazon ads to promote your book using Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). And it doesn’t matter if your book is new or old. You can use Amazon ads to sell your book when you want and where you won’t on Amazon’s own platform.

And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need loads of time or a huge marketing budget for Amazon ads. You don’t have to be super techy or be a marketing guru. You don’t even have to be enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle publishing platform for authors anymore.

In fact, you can set up a long-term Amazon ad campaign using Amazon Marketing Services in less than 15 minutes and spend less than $10 per month.

Want to learn how to do this? Here’s what you need to know to make the most of Amazon ads to sell more books.

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LinkedIn ProFinder for Freelancers: Will It Help You Find Clients?

Can LinkedIn ProFinder Help You Find Freelance Work? Makealivingwriting.com

When you’re trying to book yourself solid, marketing to get more leads should be your priority. Ever heard of LinkedIn ProFinder?

It’s a tool you can use with your LinkedIn profile to get leads, bid on projects, and potentially land long-term clients.

Sounds good, right? After all, LinkedIn has 433 million users. And it’s a social media platform that’s defined itself as a place for business professionals.

LinkedIn ProFinder launched in 2015 as way to help users find talent and land freelance work. Over the last two years, it’s been widely used by business professionals in many industries. And it’s also gone through a series of changes. Now you’re probably wondering…

Does LinkedIn ProFinder work?

Let’s state the obvious, first. LinkedIn ProFinder is one of many marketing strategies you can use to find clients.

Letters of introduction, query letters, in-person networking, social media marketing, and even cold calling, for example, still work.

If you want to move up, earn more, and make a full-time living as a freelancer, you’ll need to spend a chunk of time marketing consistently.

Want to know if LinkedIn ProFinder can help you land more freelance clients? Here’s what you need to know:

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