Archive for September, 2012

So Why Aren’t You Writing?

My head was pounding so badly that I could barely hear what my client was saying during our telephone interview. But I didn’t think of canceling the call. I just did my best to tune out the pain, focus on my questions and the client’s answers, and type.  But once I got off the phone, […]

Why Offering Too Many Choices Can Kill Your Business

As small business owners, we want to do one thing: Get customers. And in our quest to do that, some of us make a huge mistake. We try to offer too many options, too many choices. If that’s you, cut it out. Limit your customers’ number of choices to boost sales conversion. One famous marketing […]

You Can Make Money From Your Book — Without Selling a Single Copy

You don’t have to sell a million copies of your book — or even a single one — to make money from it. You see, a book is much more than a single product to be read. A book has become the new business card. It is a tool you can use to generate leads, […]

Writer’s Living Has Become a Major Destination for Writers

Writer’s Living has shown up in some great places lately. We were recently chosen as the Writer’s Digest “Website of the Week,” which was really cool. It was nice seeing our work recognized by such a well-respected site. And then just last week, we were selected by Alltop, an online magazine rack of the best […]

3 Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity

I’ve had one of those weird, unproductive days that makes you want to forget it all and veg out in front of some mindless reality show. Eh. But I won’t. I’m slogging through it, determined to make something of these hours count. Productivity is a big deal when you run your own business and are […]

iPhone 5 Is Good News for Writers

Apple unveiled its iPhone 5 today to mixed reviews. Some said it’s a phone that looks “awfully inviting,” while others said it’s a bit “underwhelming.” Regardless of where you fall in this debate, this latest smartphone further cements the need for good writing. If you are a freelance writer today, or considering this line of […]

3 Ways Your Freelance Business Can Bring in Quick Money

A successful freelance business will have one thing that shows up from time to time: a cash emergency. Sometimes it will happen when you are just starting out. Sometimes it will happen when you are doing well but run into an unexpected or unplanned expense. Whatever it is, you’ll need some dollars to show up […]

3 Championship Tips for a Brilliant Writing Career

You would love to build an amazing writing career. You know the technical details: How to structure a quote, how to find clients, even how to use social media to get new business. But stringing together one success into two, and two into three, and a good year into two, and two into three is, […]

5 Query Mistakes That Get You Ignored

I worked on a book proposal for an editing client recently and he contacted me to say he had sent it out and was getting positive responses from agents. Yay! That’s what any writer wants. A query that nails it so agents get back to you with a resounding, “Yes!” I was thrilled for him, […]

20 Things Every Ambitious Writer Needs to Know

Mastering the technical details of  a successful writing career is never as hard as mastering the mental. You can learn the technical things — how to structure a proposal, how to market, how to query, how to do thus and such — but keeping your mind in check can be a whole different matter. A […]