self-publishing

End the Dry Spell: 7 Habits of a Fully-Booked Freelance Writer

Freelance Writer Habits to End the Dry Spell Makealivingwriting.com

Are you sick of those dry spells that make you go back to begging for work as a freelance writer?

It happens. One day you’re flush with work, cranking out copy, and making a decent income. And then you realize your freelance marketing efforts haven’t been all that great.

Projects come to an end. You get paid. And then you’re scrambling to find more clients that need a freelance writer.

Been there? Done that?

If you’re that kind of freelance writer, it can get exhausting. It’s kind of like trying to make your way across a desert without any water. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you want to be a fully-booked freelance writer, there’s a few things you can do to always have a steady stream of work. The marketing techniques I use as a freelance writer have helped me increase demand, raise my rates, find better clients, and make more money.

Ready to end the freelance-client drought once and for all? Here’s how:

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Self-Publishing to Get More Freelance Clients: Use This Writer’s Strategy

Get More Freelance Writing Clients with Self-Publishing. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever thought about self-publishing a book? With all the tools available now, it’s relatively easy to do. It might not be your ticket to fame and fortune, but self-publishing can be a great way to help you get more freelance clients.

I’ve been a freelance writer since 2007. When I transitioned to ghostwriting in 2014, I quickly learned that I needed a better marketing strategy. The problem with ghostwriting is that you can’t exactly tell anyone what you have written. This is especially true when you sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Has a prospect ever asked you for writing samples, but you don’t have anything in your portfolio to show off your skills?

That’s what happened to me. When a potential client would ask if I’d ever written a book, for example, my answer would be, “Yes, but I can’t tell you what I’ve written.”

Not exactly the response to turn a prospect into a client. That’s when I started to think about self-publishing. I decided to write books of my own, under my own name, simply to have something to show to help me find more clients.

Here’s the self-publishing strategy I developed to land more freelance work:

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Freelance Writer Fairy Tales: Do You Believe These 3 Myths?

Freelance writer fairy tales: Do you believe in these 3 myths? Makealivingwriting.com

When you’re a freelance writer, it’s easy to go on for years clinging to magical thinking about how your career will work.

It’s like believing in fairy tales. Usually, when you grow up, you realize there is no enchanted frog or beast that turns into a prince.

But with a lot of writers, these myths persist for years and years, leading to lots of wasted time and low earnings.

What are the big fairy tales freelance writers tell themselves? Here are my top three:

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How I Earned $45K Self-Publishing 10 E-Books: Top Takeaways

How I earned $45K self-publishing 10 e-books! Makealivingwriting.com

It feels like yesterday that I was self-publishing my very first e-book, Make a Living Writing: The 21st Century Guide. That one did so well that it’s no longer available (cough).

But I lived and learned, and created better e-books. As I prepped to release my latest, Small Blog, Big Income: Advanced Ninja Tricks for Profitable Blogging, I realized I now have TEN e-books available for sale, counting my free e-book for subscribers.

I’ve learned a ton along the way, so I thought I’d save others some time and unpack it all.

I’ve made over $30,000 selling e-books over the past 6 years, without a lot of effort (I added it up when I was writing this e-book, because I was curious!). So it can add up to a substantial chunk of change, over time.

What helps me earn well from each e-book I release these days? Here are my hard-won tips for self-publishing success:

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6 Ways to Find the Right Editor for Your Book

Find the Right Book Editor. Makealivingwriting.com

But once you’ve got your book written, there’s at least one more step in the process…editing. And it’s something a lot of writers dread. Sound familiar?

So what do you do when you’ve written a book and want to make sure you’ve done your best work? You could try and self-edit, or pass off your prose to a family member or friend for free feedback. But either way fails to give you the kind of objective view you need to make the biggest impact. Both editing options are frequently plagued by bouts of frustration and procrastination, and conjure up horror stories about the editing process.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Find an editor who is competent and affordable, and you’ll sound smarter, reduce roadblocks that could prevent you from publishing, and give your readers greater value.

Want to know how to find the right editor? Here are six ways to find the right editor for your book:

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Got a Book Idea? These 4 Steps Reveal if it Will Sell

Got a Book Idea? These 4 Steps Reveal if it Will Sell. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you have a book idea, but aren’t sure whether or not it would succeed in today’s market?

Undecided whether or not that book would be worth all your time and money?

You’re not alone. Many authors ask this very question. With Amazon becoming more crowded, some believe that you have to be famous or have a following before succeeding in self-publishing.

But this isn’t true.

No longer do you have to blindly guess at whether or not a book will do well on Amazon. It turns out, there are vital numbers, analytics, and even some tools that will help any author figure these things out before they decide to write a book.

I like to call this process “Book Idea Validation.”

Book idea validation, a/k/a book market research, doesn’t guarantee sales and success – I’m not talking about a silver bullet. However, it does give you a better understanding of the book market before you dive in.

So, if you’d like to know a little more about your potential book market, and find ways to give your book a better chance to succeed, then read on.

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