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How to Write a Book When It Seems Like a Crazy Dream

 Dreaming About How to Self-Publish a Book? Makealivingwriting.comEver wonder how to write a book when you’re short on time?

Maybe you’ve still got a day job. Maybe you’re not a full-time writer, but it’s your dream.

So you write during slivers of precious free time, either before or after work.

How will you ever find the time to write a book?

Here’s a reality check…you won’t ever find the time. You’ll have to make time.

If you want to learn how to write a book, you must chisel out time for this from your already-packed schedule.

You may think: It’s no use. I’ve already tried. I’m way busier than you can imagine.

I get it. Really, I do. In fact, I’ve been there. Yet, I wrote the first 90 of my nearly 200 published books, while I still had a day job.

Dreaming about writing a book in your spare time? Here’s how it’s done:

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Had Enough? What to Say in Your Farewell Email to Clients

What to Say in Your Farewell Email to Clients. Makealivingwriting.comIt happens to nearly every freelance writer at some point. You need to drop a client. But how do you break the news? What do you say in your farewell email to clients?

There’s usually at least one main reason you’ve got a bad taste in your mouth for a client.

They don’t pay enough. Their people aren’t appreciative. Their deadlines are too crazy. Or maybe all three. Sound familiar?

Maybe things started out great, but now the situation has changed.

There’s a new editor or marketing director. You find yourself putting off their work. And you may not be doing the best work you possibly could on their account.

You know the client has got to go. But what do you say in that farewell email to clients?

“Sayonara, sucker,” “See you in hell,” “It’s been great working with you,” or something else?

I spent a lot of time thinking about this before I dropped two steady clients.

Ready make it happen? Here’s what to say in your farewell email to clients.

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Contest: Share Your Brilliant Productivity Hack for Freelance Writers

Brilliant Productivity Hacks for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comEver wonder how some freelance writers crank out content, market like crazy, meet client deadlines, and break into new niches?

You look at their success from the outside, and try to figure out what they’re doing that you’re not.

You try and reverse engineer it. If you can’t figure it out, you might join the pity-party of thoughts…“those freelance writers get all the breaks, or just got lucky.”

But you know what? That’s usually not the case.

Successful freelance writers usually develop their skills one query letter, one LinkedIn connection, or one letter of introduction at a time.

And it’s not a throw-spaghetti-at-the-wall approach to see what sticks. It’s a calculated approach. It’s work. It’s consistent effort.

If you want to move up, earn more, and make a living writing, you’ve got to set goals and develop ways of doing things to maximize productivity.

But what does that look like? Every freelance writer has their own way of doing things.

What’s your most brilliant productivity hack for freelance writers? Share your best tip for a chance to win. Here’s more about the contest rules and prizes.

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Celebrity Interview Secrets: 7 Strategies for Writers to Score a Meeting

How to Score a Celebrity Interview. Makealivingwriting.comIt can be one of the most enjoyable assignments in journalism…the celebrity interview.

You interview movie stars, music artists, or politicians. Or maybe your jams is magicians, authors, dancers, or mega-church pastors.

Pick your favorite flavor, and book a celebrity interview.

Sounds pretty cool, right?

You meet up with the rich and famous. Ask loads of curious questions. Write a pitch or story. And editors and fans are foaming at the mouth over your inside scoop.

If only it were that easy. Ever wonder how to score a celebrity interview?

It’s often difficult to get famous people to grant you an interview. I spent 12 years pursuing CEOs of major corporations for interviews as a staff reporter. And I was a movie-industry secretary for several years. So I speak from experience on both sides of the fence here.

Here’s what I learned: To get household names to slot you an interview time, you have to be wily, creative, and unstoppable.

Ready? Use these 7 strategies to score a celebrity interview.

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Writing Jobs for Bloggers: 10 Sites That Pay $75+ for Guest Posts

Writing Jobs for Bloggers That Pay $75+. Makealivingwriting.comAre you looking for blog writing jobs?

No. I’m not talking about the prolific Craigslist ads and content-mill stuff that pays $5 to $10 per blog post.

If those are the types of writing jobs you’ve been chasing, it’s time to get some new clients. You can do better.

If you ask the Interwebs, there’s an estimated 400 million blogs online. Sure, lots of those are dead sites or personal blogs with pictures of kids, cats, and crafts. And you won’t find any writing jobs there. But there are blog writing jobs that pay.

Do a little digging, and you’ll find business blogs in virtually any niche designed to engage readers, drive website traffic, and promote a product or service. You’ll also find niche news-style blogs that operate similar to a newspaper or magazine.

Both of these types of blog writing jobs are money for the serious freelancer. Why? Well-run blogs publish frequently and need content. That means one blog writing assignment can easily turn into a regular gig.

Looking for more blog writing jobs? Check out this list of 10 sites that pay $75 and up per assignment.

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Freelance Jobs for Shy Writers: 10 Ways to Book More Work

Shy-Writer Tips to Book More Freelance Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comAre you a shy or introverted writer? Most of us are to some degree. But that doesn’t mean you can’t book well-paying freelance jobs and make a living writing.

In fact, being a shy or introverted writer can work in your favor. Seriously.

Have you ever cowered at the thought of cold-calling freelance prospects? Broke into a nervous sweat when asked to introduce yourself at a networking meeting? Or got queasy when it was time to get on the phone with a prospect?

It happens. Those get-in-front-of-people moments are terrifying for a lot of shy and introverted freelance writers. Ever felt that way?

The thing is, being shy or introverted isn’t a weakness, it’s just who you are. And if you embrace that as a freelance writer, you can book freelance jobs, get paid well, and make a living writing.

You just have to figure out how to do it in a way that jives with your personality.

Want to learn how to book more work, even if you’re a shy or introverted freelancer? Check out these 10 tips to get started.

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