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10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They’re Not About Craft)

10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They're Not About Craft). Makealivingwriting.com.

What happens when freelance writers want to build their careers? Well, since we’re ‘word’ people, we tend to ask our friends, “What good books for writers should I read?”

Lengthy chats erupt on Facebook in response, about the most inspiring and useful books on writing craft. Books such as Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and Stephen King’s On Writing are enthusiastically discussed and endorsed.

I’ve read and loved these books, too. But I don’t think they’re the ideal books for writers, especially if your focus is making a reliable living at your craft.

My experience is writers read these books, think, “Aaah, wonderful! Terrific insights.” Then, they go straight back to starving.

Also, most writers I know don’t need to improve their craft. They write just fine.

The books for writers that will make a bigger impact are the ones about how to make a business from writing. How to freelance successfully. How to finally find the confidence to put your writing out there.

Those are the books for writers that can really change your life. The books that show you how to feed your family, on a regular basis, with your craft.

If that’s the sort of help you need, here’s a list of practical books on the business of being a writer that I frequently recommend.

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How to Make Money Blogging: All My Best Tips

How to make money blogging: All my best tips. Makealivingwriting.com.

Here’s something I hear a lot: “I’ve got a blog, but nothing’s happening. I’d love to diversify my income and lessen my reliance on freelance clients. What am I missing? Can you tell me how to make money blogging?”

Over the years, I’ve shared a lot of my own blogging journey, as I grew this blog into the platform for a thriving online business.

But as the blog got bigger, it’s gotten harder to quickly find my best earn-from-blogging tips.

As a coach dedicated to helping writers find financial freedom, I think helping writers develop their own income streams is super-important.

The answer? I’ve created a special page that pulls together all my best information, blog posts, and resources in one handy spot.

Introducing: How to Make Money Blogging Central

I’ve combed through the 900+ posts on here, and created a headquarters for all my best information on how to make your blog earn.

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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 Business

I 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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23 Ways to Destroy Your Freelance Writing Career Before You Begin

By Uttoran Sen The U.S. Small Business Administration says that half of all new businesses fail in the first five years. Freelance businesses can fall apart even faster without careful planning, because there are no bank loans or investors to

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The Writing Revelation That Changed How I View Myself as a Freelancer

By Marya Jan I hate cold calling. I hate interrupting someone’s day with my message. Why should I ask for their time? I don’t want to impose. They don’t owe me anything. We all feel that way, right? We come

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The Missing Link That Will Explode Your Writing Income

Here’s an experiment I want freelance writers to try: Go into any independently owned retail shop in your town. Find the owner, and ask them, “What are you doing to market your business?” Most likely, they will rattle off a

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