How to Get Paid to Write What You Love

You can make money writing what you love. But that doesn’t mean you’ll love everything you write.

The first step in making money writing what you love is to get over yourself. I don’t mean to be rude. What I’m saying is that you can’t think your writing career is about you. It’s not. It’s about what you produce for others.

Once you realize that, then you can move on to the next step, and that is: Match what you love to the need. Let’s say you love technology. Well, then, target your writing toward technology. If you’re doing a book, do market research to discover what technological issue or question your target audience is facing. Can you answer or address this question? In other words, start with what you love or enjoy and then find a way to write something that is meaningful in this area and that fulfills a customer need. If you write a book that does not solve a problem or answer a question or need, then you’ve wasted your time.

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Mistakes Newbies Make

Technology has really changed publishing over the past 15 years, enabling anyone to self-publish a book. And ebook self-publishing has taken off since Amazon unveiled the first Kindle in 2007. In fact, ebook sales outpace printed book sales.

Self-publishing has produced some really wonderful success stories.  Many ebook self-publishers have found that the stories traditional publishers rejected are resonating with readers and are selling hundreds of thousands of copies.

Self-publishing ebooks has turned into book deals for some writers. So has self-publishing printed books. Actually, I got my own book writing career going through self-publishing. I self-pubbed my first novel in 2002, as well as my next one two years later. Then I landed a book deal. So I know what an amazing opportunity self-publishing provides.

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14 Ways to Write When You Have a Day Job, Kids, and a Dog

Lots of people fantasize about writing. But the daily to-do lists and responsibilities get in the way. And well, it’s kind of hard to call yourself a writer if you’re not writing. So how do you write when you have a day job, kids, and/or a dog?

I run a full-time writing business now, but I started it while working a day job. I was a full-time journalist, with my little writing business on the side. I did that for two years, before leaving the day job to focus on my writing projects. So I know it’s not easy to write when the regular tasks of the day won’t wait. But just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

So, to help you move forward in your writing career, here are 14 ways to write when your life is filled with other responsibilities:

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Beat Writer’s Block With One Key Productivity Strategy

Writer’s block can kill the rhythm of a good project. It’s the headache of many writers’ existence, but it doesn’t have to bite you. I never have writer’s block. And it’s not because I’m so great. It’s because of one simple strategy to combat writer’s block: Keep it moving.

One key to prevent writer’s block is to make sure you have more than one writing project going on at a time. Of course since I actually run a writing business, that’s never a problem for me. I always have several client projects going and maybe something of my own.

So if you get stuck on one project, maybe your brain just needs a break. Switch gears and pick up another one for a while. Then when you are refreshed or have a new thought for the stalled project, switch back to it. Keeping it moving keeps it fresh.

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2 Lessons From Tim Tebow to Help You in Your Writing Business

The Denver Broncos shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night (January 8, 2012) in an overtime victory that sent the Steelers home to let their star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger nurse his busted up ankle, while the much maligned young quarterback Tim Tebow finally shut up some of his doubters.

There are two very important points we can take from that game to help us in our writing or other businesses. Those two things are:

1. Eighty percent of your results will come from 20 percent of your efforts.

2. Keep doing the thing you know will get you results, even if others don’t believe.

How that all played out Sunday and how it plays out in our businesses:

The idea that 80 percent of your results will come from 20 percent of your efforts is based on study and you can read up on that, but for the purposes of this post, just know that it’s been proven that 80 percent of your outcomes or results come from 20 percent of your activites, efforts, or input. Actually, it may be closer to 95 percent and 5 percent. But the point here is that most — by a wide margin — of your results in your business will come from a small amount of activity or input.That’s the thing to remember.

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4 Keys to Better Blogging for Your Business

A good blog can be the key to a good relationship between you and your customers or clients. And just like when developing a relationship with that special someone, developing a relationship with your readers means keeping the lines of communication open. If you are unsure of why the blog is there or you give mixed signals by saying something totally different each time you open your mouth (or in this case, create a post), then you’re only inviting trouble. Blog right, and you build a relationship with your customer that can become intimate and deep. Blog wrong and you’ll find yourself in the middle of a breakup.

So here are four keys to successfully incorporate blogging into your business.

1. First, consider what you want from your blog. Write on that topic and seek out people who share that interest. You’ve got to have an idea of what you want and be clear about it. It’s 101 in blogging, just like it’s 101 in your romantic relationships. If you aim for nothing, you get nothing. And we all know that’s never a good thing for a relationship!

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5 Signs Your Client Is Trying to Gyp You

Getting a potential new client is always exciting! Whether you’ve just started your writing business or you’ve been at it for a while, the prospect of bringing in a new client can bring a smile. But wait just one moment, before you start counting the money in your head, here are five warning signs your new prospect may be trying to gyp you:

1. Saying those words: “I’m not trying to gyp you.” Big red flag. I once had a man tell me these exact words, “I’m not trying to gyp you.” I’ve since realized that people who are trying to get over on you or get work without paying for it often try to reassure you by denying the very thing they are trying to do — even if you’ve not brought up the negative thing in question. For instance, in the case of Mr. I’m-Not-Trying-To-Gyp-You, he made that statement out of the blue as a way to reassure me after he kept telling me he was going to pay me and did not. Turned out he did gyp me. But lesson learned: Don’t work on a project before getting a signed contract — even if that person is a seemingly upstanding member of the community. Just don’t do it.

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