8 Points to Include in a Writer’s Agreement

Every writer wants to know the magic formula for making money writing.

There isn’t a magic formula, but there are definitely some keys to your success. You’ll want to keep these keys in mind whether you take on the occasional freelance writing project or you make your living frequently penning words for others. The key we will discuss today is your writer’s agreement. A good writer’s agreement helps make sure you get paid for the work you do.

Whether you keep it to one page or it spans a dozen, your writer’s agreement should have certain pieces of information that clearly outline the project. Your agreement is there to make sure expectations for the project are clear and to protect both your client and you.

I’m not an attorney so I’m not giving you legal advice. I am only sharing suggestions for you to consider, based on my professional experience as someone who has run a writing business for ten years and made a living writing all of my professional career.

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What a Writer Can Learn From Washing Dishes

I must admit, I don’t often wash dishes in our household. That’s usually my husband’s baby: I cook, he cleans. But alas, sometimes, I must. As I rinsed the dishes to put them into the dishwasher recently, I recalled a dish washing experience from childhood: I was learning how to do dishes and must have put in too much detergent because somewhere in the wash cycle the dishwasher began to overflow and suds flooded the place. I was in a panic! What was I to do? What I learned that day was that too much of a good thing can turn into a very bad thing.

And that brings me to the point of today’s post: Even in writing — or especially there — too much of a good thing can turn into a very bad thing. Overwriting has killed many a good book. And nonstop tweaking has banished many projects to the depths of the computer, never to see the light of a bookshelf as a finished work.

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How to Sell Your Writing Services — Even If You Do Not Feel Like a Salesperson

If you’re going to have a writing business, you’re going to have to make sales. Selling feels icky to a lot of writers. Maybe we don’t like the idea of “making” someone buy our services. Maybe we get embarrassed by self promotion. Maybe we don’t like talking to people. Whatever the case, we balk at the idea of selling or being a salesperson.

But if you’re going to have a successful career making money writing, you’ve got to learn to sell. I’ve had to learn how to sell over the past ten years as the owner of a writing and design company. (Check us out at RootSky Books). And I’ve gotten good at it.

The first thing to remember when selling your writing services is this: You have a solution for someone else’s problem. When you approach selling your writing services from that vantage point, you re-frame it in your mind. You aren’t just a salesperson. You are a problem solver. That can help you get over your “salesperson” hangup. Because once you realize you have the answer to someone else’s problem, you see yourself as a helper, not as this idea of a dreaded salesperson.

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Writing Takes More Than Just Talent

Stephen King is quoted as saying, “Talent is cheaper than salt.” I absolutely love this quote. And here is why: It automatically lets you know that success isn’t all about the talent. That’s good news for anyone willing to work hard. While talent can be a part of the equation — a good dose of talent certainly helps — it is not the determining factor for your success as a writer.

When it comes to being a successful writer in today’s economy, you’ve got to do a whole lot more than just be talented. You’ve got to work hard. You’ve got to work hard to learn to be a versatile writer, market yourself, and build into your business systems and processes that help you work more efficiently. And depending on how effectively you do that, you can then maybe work not quite as hard, but still bring in the results. You can make money writing and have the writing lifestyle you dream of having.

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3 Quick and Easy Tips to Boost Your Writing Income

A huge part of writing, whether it’s drama or comedy or anything else, is getting paid for it. As we all know, writing and not getting paid certainly creates drama! And not the kind you want. I’ve been paid for writing all of my professional life, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy. I’ve billed way too little for some projects and I’ve had the perennial issue facing most writers — feast or famine. You make good money writing on a particular project or series of projects then look up to find that the money is running out. So enters the famine. Not fun, by any means.

But as I’ve grown as an entrepreneur writer — that’s what I’ve become, by the way, and what I hope you’ll become, too — I’ve gotten better at bringing in more money. I’ve found that many writers remain broke because of how they run their writing businesses. (You do treat writing as a business, right?)

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