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How to Write an E-Book Fast — When You’re Already Overbooked

How Busy Writers Can Create a Quick E-Book Online. Makealivingwriting.com.It was the middle of a too-hot summer, and I was already booked to the gills. Then, I got an offer — from a NYSE-traded, major corporation — to write my ideal project: a 20,000-word e-book. Right now. For a high four-figure fee. If you’ve ever wondered how to write an e-book fast, when you’re already busy… that was my challenge.

I took the writing job, and learned some new productivity tricks along the way. In this post, I unpack them for you.

My first big tip is to remember one of my Newtonian laws of freelancing: Work expands to fill all available space.

When you take on more work, you naturally find ways to be more efficient. You stop goofing around and get serious. So, don’t be scared to take on more! You’ve got this.

The more you do, the more you can do. So if you get more work, don’t freak out.

That said, I had to get creative to fit 20K extra well-researched words into my already busy schedule, to meet this e-book deadline.

And I did it — my e-book Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs is out now, yay!

How did I do it? Here are the productivity steps I took:

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5 Fast-Track Fixes to Find More Freelance Writing Jobs

Fast-Track Your Freelance Career with a Growth Mindset. Makealivingwriting.com.Ever feeling like one failure after the next keeps you from finding good freelance writing jobs?

I know I did. When I first started looking for freelance writing jobs, I felt like a total failure. I even thought about quitting. It sucks when…

  • You’re not getting any bites from query letters or letters of introduction
  • All the freelance writing jobs you find on bid sites, job boards, and content mills pay pitiful rates, or
  • Even after consuming countless podcasts, courses, and blog posts about freelance writing, you still doubt your skills.

Sound familiar?

Instead of giving up, I decided to take a step back and look at what I was doing wrong. I really wanted to find a way to turn things around and get back on track.

And I’m glad I did. It took me about five months to break down all the false ideas I had about freelancing writing and start landing better-paying gigs. It wasn’t easy, but I learned a lot from those failures.

Want to avoid making the same mistakes? Check out these five fast-track fixes to find more freelance writing jobs:

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Freelance Marketing: The Curious Q&A Strategy to Get More Clients

The Curious Q&A Strategy for Freelance Marketing. Makealivingwriting.com.Enquiring minds want to know. It’s the old slogan for the salacious supermarket tabloid known as the National Enquirer. And as crazy as it sounds, there’s a freelance marketing lesson you can learn from this (ahem) news source to help you get more clients.

Curious?

It all starts with a question.

Is Elvis still alive? Will Jurrassic-sized spiders take over the world? Can a psychic in California predict what Donald Trump will Tweet next?

And the question you’re probably thinking about: What does this have to do with freelance marketing? Here it is:

When someone has a question about a niche topic or freelance writing, they’re going to search the Internet for the answer.

And it’s an opportunity for you to do some freelance marketing, provide helpful answers, and build authority as the freelance writer in your niche.

Here’s another question: Want to learn how to use this Q&A strategy to get more freelance clients? Check it out:

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How to Blog: The Ultimate Guide to Mega-Useful Tools

How to Blog: The Ultimate Guide to Mega-Useful Tools for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com.When writers ask me how to start a blog, I usually start talking about blog-post topics, ideal blog-post format, monetizing strategies, and such…and then realize I’m on the wrong track. Writers have topic ideas! What many need to know is technically, how to blog.

As in: If you write a post, how does it show up on the Internet? What tools are behind the curtain, that make your blog go?

Over the years, as my blog has grown, sprouted my writer community, courses, coaching, and more…lots of new tools came into play. I’ve been meaning to share everything I’m using for a while, because I know bloggers want tips on the best tools.

So, here it finally is! A look at the many blog software tools that work behind the scenes at Make a Living Writing, grouped by topic for easy reference. I’ve included tools I used as a newbie, as well as more robust tools my blog uses today.

Many of these apps and blog software bits are free, some have free trials, some you’ll need to pay.

And yes, there certainly are affiliate links included here, since I personally use and happily recommend these. If you’re a technical noob and have wondered how to blog like a pro, your questions should be answered below.

Enjoy!

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Online Writing Jobs in the Cannabis Industry: 15 Markets for Freelancers

Online Writing Jobs in the Cannabis Industry. Makealivingwriting.com.If you’re looking for online writing jobs, the cannabis industry may be one of the fastest growing markets for freelance writers.

Just how big of a niche market is the cannabis industry?

With more and more states opening the door to medicinal and recreational marijuana use, it’s an industry that’s expected to generate more than $10 billion in revenue this year, according to market data.

And that’s very good news if you’re a freelance writer.

Now there are growers, processors, sellers, dispensaries, cannabis equipment suppliers, tech companies, and product manufacturers competing for a piece of the pie.

There’s also a growing list of online writing jobs in the cannabis niche cropping up.

For example, this summer Entrepreneur magazine launched Green Entrepreneur to cover the business, technology and lifestyle aspects of the cannabis industry. Even Forbes closely follows the budding cannabis industry.

And these are just a few of the many places you can find online writing jobs in the cannabis niche. Check out these 15 cannabis markets for freelance writers:

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The Swift-Kick Move to Triple Your Income for Freelance Work

The Swift-Kick Move to Boost Freelance Work Income. Makealivingwriting.com.You dream of being a successful writer. But instead you’re stuck with freelance work writing for content mills and clients who pay you $20 or less per post.

Sound familiar?

Deep down, you know it’s time to drop these low-paying clients and find better-paying freelance work, but the thought terrifies you.

Isn’t it risky to just let your clients go? What if no one will pay your higher rates for freelance work?

If you’re struggling to keep up with deadlines and the volume of freelance work for low-paying clients, where are you going to find the time for marketing to get better ones?

I understand where you’re coming from. I was in this very situation less than six months ago. And then I did something that felt a little crazy and scary. I gave most of my clients a swift kick.

What would happen if you let all your clients go tomorrow?

It cleared the way for me to get higher-paying clients and triple my freelance work income. Here’s how it’s done:

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