Have you lost your motivation for writing, marketing, and freelancing? Tell me why and win a coaching session.
That’s how we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day around here.
I hear from a lot of capable writers who are scraping by, too often writing for content mills and low-paying clients. It doesn’t take long for those kinds of gigs to become exhausting, stifle creativity, and leave you feel drained and unmotivated.
Been there? Done that? Maybe it’s your reality right now.
Writer’s block. Lack of motivation. Feeling stuck. Those issues come up a lot in coaching sessions I do with writers, in the Freelance Writers Den forums, and countless emails I get from people who are trying to figure out how to make a living writing.
And it’s not just newbies. Even veteran writers can hit a dry spell, lose focus and motivation, or have anchor clients disappear overnight and wonder if it’s time to go back to a J-O-B.
Want to win a coaching session to get back on track? Here’s what you need to do:
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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Do you think freelance writing is a sure thing?
If so, there’s a newly minted online writing ‘expert’ who’d love to take your money.
You may have heard that if something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.
Well, if someone tells you that freelance writing is an activity even a “broke, jobless dummy” can for-sure earn a middle-class income with, because “anyone can write” and “earn a safe, secure income” from home (all quotes from this pitchster’s website)…please be wary.
Here’s what I recently learned about the wild promises being made to online writers about the easy riches that supposedly await them…
Have you noticed that many people online would like you to pay them to teach you how to freelance — even though they just started doing it themselves? Yes, it’s spring, and bad freelance advice is in the air.
Maybe it’s because I recently hit 15 years as a freelancer (and about 10 years as a coach), but this is a trend that worries me. If you read a lot of new bloggers’ About pages, they often gush that they’re excited to be starting a freelance business…but 10 minutes later, they switch to teaching you how to do it. Before they really have time to succeed at freelancing.
Do you smell a rat? I do, too.
What raises my hackles here, as an advocate for fair writer treatment and pay, is that I’ve had a chance to check out a lot of the advice offered by newbies — and the quality of it ranges from marginally useful to wretchedly wrong-headed.