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Book Marketing Playbook: 6 Winning Moves from a Self-Publishing Pro

The Game Plan to Win at Book Marketing. Makealivingwriting.com

Need a book marketing playbook?

You know…a game plan to help you attract more readers, build authority, and generate book sales.

Ever thought about writing a book?

It’s never been easier to be an author. Write a book, self-publish, put it on Amazon and your writer website.

Sounds simple, right?

Here’s the problem. With books being published every day, it’s difficult for a new author to stand out.

The basics aren’t enough to get your book out there. And that means it’s up to you to create book marketing opportunities to boost exposure.

It’s the kind of problem I’ve helped thousands of writers and authors tackle over the last five-plus years.

Want to get your book in front of more readers?

Check out these winning moves from my book-marketing playbook.

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Guest Post Lab: Follow This Blogger’s Experiment to Get Bylines

Try This Bloggers Guest Post Experiment. Makealivingwriting.com

Here’s the brutal truth about looking for guest post opportunities:

There are WAY too many freelance writers who think dashing off an email pitch is enough to get bylines on well-known authority sites.

You know…All you have to do is find blogs that accept guest posts and send your pitch.

Well, that might sound like a good idea, but it doesn’t work in the real world.

If you’re serious about getting bylines on authority sites in your niche, you need to be very strategic, almost scientific, with how you find and pitch your guest post ideas.

Otherwise, your pitch will only be deleted and rejected.

Well, today I will be showing you the step-by-step experiment I used to get my first guest post published in one of the most competitive niches on the Interwebs.

Let’s get started.

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Writing Conferences: 20 Best Events to Help You Crush It in 2020

Best Writing Conferences for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s just a few days into the New Year, and spots for writing conferences are filling up. Thinking about attending an event to help you crush your freelance goals in 2020?

Writing conferences can be a great way to give your freelance writing career a boost.

Why? You’ll meet writers, editors, publishers, and marketing peeps in your niche. And you’ll learn more about the business and craft of freelance writing.

Writing conferences can also open your eyes to aspects of freelancing you might not even know about. Ahem…it’s no secret freelancers spend a lot of time on a computer…at home…alone…in your own head.

You’ll also get training, marketing tips, and even story ideas at writing conferences.

So which one should you attend?

It depends on a bunch of things like your budget, your calendar, and your ability to travel. Your niche and the type of writing you do (like content marketing or magazine writing), can also help you pick a writing conference to attend.

Looking for a writing conference to attend? Check out this list of 20 writing conferences in 2020.

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Blog Post Power: 4 Electrifying Tips to Write Fascinating Intros

Electrifying Tips to Write Blog Post Intros. Makealivingwriting.com

You’re doing it again, aren’t you? You’re procrastinating because you haven’t figured out the best way to write your blog post introduction.

You’ve probably already heard the usual tips…Open a blog post with a question, statistic, or quotation. Wait until you’ve drafted the post body before writing the intro. Start in the middle of the action.

But that doesn’t help you to get the actual words out and get your blog post introduction DONE — let alone done RIGHT.

It’s OK. Let the tension out of your shoulders, unclench your jaw, and take a moment to clear your mind. (A short moment. I’m still right here, and we have work to do on your blog post intros!)

Now it’s time to shock your system with some major volts of creativity to write blog post intros that fascinate readers.

By the end of this post, you’ll be ready to write an electrifying intro for your next blog post. I’ll even give you a straightforward 3-step template to follow.

Freelance Writing Forecast 2020 — 12 Experts’ Top Predictions

Expert Predictions for Freelance Writing in 2020. Makealivingwriting.com

Will it be fair weather in freelance writing in 2020, or foul? Inquiring writers want to know. Which is why it’s time for my annual Freelance Writing Forecast.

(Wondering how we did with last year’s predictions? Check that out here.)

To find out the top trends that will impact how we pursue our craft next year, I reached out to stakeholders around our industry, including experts, coaches, freelancers, agency owners, and more. My rule is to not use the same experts year-to-year, so these are all new faces to the forecast.

I’m particularly proud that this year’s forecast includes two coaches I mentored — my Freelance Writers Den 2X Income Accelerator mastermind co-leader Angie Mansfield, and 2X grad Mandy Ellis, a high-earning freelancer who now coaches newbies for ASJA. So — get ready for some homegrown advice you won’t find anywhere else!

What do the experts see in store for us in 2020? Here are their predictions:

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SEO Writing: A Tech-Savvy Freelancer Reveals 6 No-Bull Strategies

No-Bull Strategies for SEO Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re trying to figure out SEO writing to drive traffic to your writer website, there’s a lot of online crap to sift through.

Gimmicky promises. Expensive software. Even get-your-account-shut-down advice out there about SEO writing. And you don’t want to step in any of that.

So how do you get more potential clients to find you online?

Almost every week I hear from writers, who tell me things like:

  • I don’t have time to blog
  • I don’t have a marketing strategy
  • I hate selling myself
  • I’m hoping people will buy my new book
  • I don’t know how to help my publisher market my book
  • I have a very specific audience, but I don’t know how to reach those people

Sound familiar? If you want your website to help you generate leads, drive traffic or build an audience, you need to know how the motherlode of search engines works.

As an SEO writing expert and consultant, I’ve helped hundreds of authors and freelancers get results. One recent win even helped boost traffic by 175 percent for one of my clients.

Ready for some no-bull advice about SEO writing? Here’s what you need to know:

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