There are a lot of articles out there that go a little something like this: “Here are 5 publications that are willing to pay $100 per submission!”
I like these posts because it gives me somewhere new to look. I’m always looking for places to submit writing! However, I also think that a lot of those publications are more advanced or have a lot of restrictions. This means that new writers won’t always cut it there.
Furthermore, those sites have pretty big price tag incentives. While this would be exciting for writers who freelance full time, it can be hard…
Our writing is for the reader as much as it is for ourselves.
When you write, you are trying to instantly connect with your reader, whether that be fiction, blogging, or creating marketing materials. If you want to become unputdownable, you need to keep the reader’s attention from beginning to “the end.”
That isn't to say that you should write something with only the reader in mind. You can write for yourself, tell your stories, embrace your truth, even. …
Business is now almost entirely done online. That’s the harsh truth of it all.
When we work 9–5 in an office, making our dime off the boss’s dollar, we can feel that desk chained to our ankle so strongly. Our neck, our hips, even our wrists are crying out for sunshine and exercise and to be horizontal for even a moment so we can stretch out our backs.
The most determined couch potato will dream of the joys of jogging at least once during their years at a desk job.
When I worked in insurance, I often fantasized about what…
As you might know, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Fiverr for a long time.
I began on Fiverr when I was 19 years old and pursued my freelancing career using their platform. Eventually, I graduated to UpWork and then to sites like Problogger and finally cold/warm-emailing clients and businesses. Even though I left Fiverr behind, I never delete an account if I can help it. You never know if you will need income down the road in a pinch or if you might meet a new lifelong client.
NYC Midnight is an organization that hosts inspiring competitions (with an entry fee) for writers and storytellers worldwide. They specialize in competitions that put you under time constraints and really challenge your comfort zone in your writing style, genre, and content.
Their competitions include:
If you haven’t heard of the “ideal reader” (IR) before, then you should get started now.
Ideal readers help writers focus their stories and their intentions into their writing to market to their ideal audience and get their writing spread by word of mouth.
Without a clear picture of your ideal reader, your writing may not land or extend beyond a single read.
Your ideal reader is the profile you build in your head about the person reading your book, blog, or social media post. …
I can’t believe I’m about to be someone on Medium who makes nearly $100 in one month!
I was on track to earn only about $10 this month until I wrote “Write For Us” Opportunities You Are Missing on June 6th for the Writing Cooperative. That article came about after I discovered an easy trick to finding more writing opportunities online and thought, “this will help someone else, too!”
It had everything I wanted in an article: advice for writers, my personal experiences thrown in, as well as results that I researched myself. …
Nothing discourages me more than a debut author with a National Book Award nomination and a spot on the New York Times Bestseller list.
They either must be so incredibly talented or have fifteen less-amazing novels in their archives that have never seen the light of day. “Debut” usually means this is their first published book, but not their first written one. Still, the amount of talent and good fortune it takes to get a National Book Award nomination or a spot on the NYT Bestsellers list is astronomical.
I want to be happy for them, and on some level…
Constantly trying x,y, or z to chase down eyes to read your work will not only exhaust you, but it will also turn readers off from what you are trying to do.
Just like how someone can tell when you are trying too hard in a conversation (only thereafter making it awkward), readers can tell when you are trying too hard to sell your book or your blog.
Therefore, the idea here isn’t how to “sell” your book or blog but instead to make yourself well-known enough for people to care.
My competition is steep. …
It is hard to take the “creative” out of our writing, but your “sales brain” needs to take over when you write for high-paying clients.
Some of the most lucrative copywriting work comes from businesses that want you to create amazing ad copy or product descriptions that help generate sales. These advertisements, articles, email campaigns, blog posts, eBooks, and infographics are all meant to entice one party to buy products from another party. Ideally, your client will make a sale, and the customer will be introduced to a helpful product to further success in their business.
So how do you…