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How to Get Writing Clients From Anywhere

Getting clients is clearly a huge part of running a successful writing business.

If you don’t get clients, you don’t have a business. So how do you get clients? Especially if you live in a small town or on the countryside or … well, anywhere.

Fear that they won’t be able to land clients keeps many writers from prospecting for clients outside of their immediate area. They dig only as deep as their local church, kid’s school, or spouse’s friends. But if you limit your pool of potential clients to only those who know you personally or those you can meet face-to-face, you’ll severely limit your income potential.

So you’ve got to get over the fear or doubt that you can land clients clear on the other side of the country — or the world. Do that, and you can suddenly see your income grow well beyond the few dollars your current contacts have been spending with you.

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14 Things I Love About Being a Professional Writer

Ever since the fourth grade, I had wanted to be a writer.

I remember winning a few essay contests — soil and water conservation contest comes to mind — and one of my teachers, Mrs. Pollard, once let us put together a book project. I don’t think the class ever actually published the book, but the bug bit me all the same: I would be a writer when I grew up.

So I majored in journalism to make sure I would actually earn a paycheck, as I wasn’t sure if people could actually make a living writing just on their own. Turns out, you can make a living writing on your own. I’ve been doing it for quite a few years now.

I didn’t set out to be a business owner, but writing has afforded me that opportunity. In fact, before I started my company, I thought I wasn’t business-minded. I thought I was a words person, not some numbers person. You know, we writers sometimes box ourselves in and limit what we think we can do. But as it turns out, a writer who wants to make a living writing must become a very good numbers person. Otherwise you won’t be in business very long.

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5 Reasons You Are Burned Out on Your Writing — and What You Can Do About It

A writer friend recently told me she is burned out. A spat with her publisher has shaken her confidence and turned her off about being a professional writer.

Some part of her burnout has to do with the fact that she’s been writing books based on what she thinks her publisher wants, rather than based on what she is actually interested in writing.

Whether you are a writer of novels, poems, sales copy, screenplays, or something else altogether, your writing has to connect with you on a spiritual level. I don’t mean everything you write has to be spiritual. But I believe it has to resonate with something deep inside of you.

But when you are just starting out writing or you are struggling to find someone to pay you for your writing, you might be willing to write anything — even something that goes against who you are inside, on a spiritual level. And, if you are like my writer friend and have found someone willing to pay you to write, well, you might be willing to write whatever, just to keep the checks rolling in. After all, if someone is willing to pay you to write something, even if it goes against your personal beliefs, what’s the big deal, right?

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What NFL Coach Tom Coughlin Can Teach Writers About Success

If you want to have any kind of long-term career as a writer, you’re going to have to slog through a bunch of tough days. You’ll face rejections, writing slumps, doubt, and people who want to say bad things about you.

It’s just a fact of life for a writer.

That’s why New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s handling of the recently concluded season provides many pointers you’ll be able to use to get ahead in your writing life.

1. Don’t let the doubters win. People will doubt you and your work. They’ll do it if you are new and feel you  have something to prove. And they’ll do it if you produce something they don’t like. They’ll even do it if you produce something good and they wonder if your next project can measure up. Doubters can shake the confidence of anyone, if you let them.

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Top 10 Free Ways to Market Your Self-Published Book

A woman whose book I am editing dropped me an email with this line in it today: “I am getting scared about me selling the books. I am not good at sales.”

She is right to be concerned. Most books don’t sell. Period. Most self-published books don’t sell more than 100 copies. And most traditionally published books (7 out of 10!) don’t earn back their advances.

But this woman can help her book have a different fate — and brighter future. The answer is in marketing. Many people write books and think that’s the end of their work. But when it comes to selling your book, you can’t sell it if nobody knows about it. So next to producing a good book, marketing your book should be a top concern.

And if you do it right, you can have self-publishing success!

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Self-Publishing Basics: How to Publish Your Own Book

When I self-published my first novel in 2002, the process was a lot different in one key way: Everything took a lot longer. I believe I sent my first print run off to the printer and didn’t get books in-hand for three months. Today, you can have books printed in as little as a few days if you need a rush.

Technology has helped make the process easier, but it can still be confusing and daunting. So if you are thinking about self-publishing a book or you want to refine your process, this post is just for you.

I’ve become an expert in publishing after ten years of doing it. I began by self-publishing my own novels, then when I landed a book deal, I began to seriously focus on helping others publish their books. The process does not have to be difficult, but you do need to know a few things to make sure you do it in the proper way.

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