Steemit has undergone many changes within the past year, but not all of those changes were favorable ones. After reading this article, most of you will become apprehensive about joining Steemit if you are not already a member of it.
How to do online research writing better and faster. Learn the tips and tricks of preparing and documenting online research, pre-writing skills, reflective editing and the publishing of your respective text. Includes graphic organizer ideas.
Are you a poet who wants to be published? Have you entered a writing competition and had your poem included in an anthology? Some of these contests are scams. Here are some tips to avoid being conned.
After reviewing many book manuscripts, I've identified some of the most common problems authors make for themselves when self publishing. Does your book suffer from one of them?
Free traffic is something that everyone loves. In this blog post, I will show you several ways of getting traffic for free.
Like craft books, self publishing cookbooks involves some special issues that regular fiction and nonfiction don't. Learn how to self publish a cookbook here.
When you submit a sitemap for your website, it is easy to make this mistake, costing you thousands of potential views on your website! Read on to find out how to avoid this mistake and rank your website higher on Google.
This article features a sampling of jobs for writers, a list of average salaries for various writing jobs, and recommended books for working in different writing jobs.
Authors, especially new ones, can fret about the possibility of getting bad reviews for their self-published books. But should they really worry about it? Find out here.
These days, many authors and independent publishers are turning to self publishing platforms to get their books to market. Learn what these platforms provide, as well as pros and cons.
Maintenance of articles is vital to the success of an online writing business. I explain how to improve search engine traffic and how I keep readers engaged.
Even with platforms such as Amazon's Createspace and KDP which can publish virtually overnight, self publishing takes time! Discover how long it might take to self publish a print book or eBook.
After original publication, authors may want to rewrite and republish their books. But what's the motivation? Issues regarding unpublishing and republishing old works are discussed.
Discussion on copying articles and detailed instructions on how to get duplicate content removed from other sites. A must read for anyone that has had their work stolen and republished by others.
Assembling a book launch team is a popular way to market a book. But I don't recommend them for self published authors, and I don't participate in them anymore. Find out why.
What does a beta reader do? He or she can provide valuable early feedback prior to self publishing a book or eBook manuscript. Learn more about hiring and working with beta readers.
Hiring an editor for your book can be a significant investment, both financially and emotionally. Here's what you need to know before you hire.
Writing a book isn't enough, even if you do land an agent! By building a name for yourself, you ensure the success of your work and supplement what your people can do for you.
Maybe you are just starting out as a journalist or you are seasoned and looking to improve your interviewing methods. Either way, here are some ideas on how to approach an interview. From my experience, preparation makes for a good interview. You want to know your subject before you start.
Keywords and the quality of content built around those keywords determine your search engine rankings, the amount of traffic you get, and eventually your revenue. How do you find the keywords?
Earning a regular income from writing on HubPages is not easy, however, with motivation and the right approach it can be done. In this article I offer several pieces of advice for new and veteran writers based on my personal experience on HubPages over the last few years.
To make money as a freelance writer, you have to write a lot of articles. This article explains how to set up an outline, brainstorm, perform research to write articles fast, to sell more articles.
4 areas that are too often overlooked by bloggers applying for Google AdSense Approval. Rectify these to start earning online!
It is easy to give your college papers new life by converting them into content for HubPages. Do this, and you can easily make extra money from HubPages from writing you've already created.
Authors can use Flipboard to promote their own articles and share other content. I explain how it works, in addition to known problems and issues with the platform.
Everyone knows about traditional publishing; write book, write cover letter, pitch to an agent, get an agent, find publisher, become an author. Sounds easy, right? It's not. As such there is another option, go self-published. Sounds easier, right? Well, you'd be wrong and here's why.
This article will tell you about more than 20 free tools that are very useful for bloggers. All the tools in this article will help you to write, organize, do SEO and much more easily,
Do you feel confused when it comes to bidding on Upwork? It can be a little tricky especially when you are new. In this article, I will show you how to bid like a professional freelancer.
Do you want to work as an online writer? Experienced copy writer gives 5 tips for writing a sample copy that gets you a good first rating.
A critique is an often overlooked process that can help authors ready their book manuscripts for more detailed editing. See what a critique is and how it helps.
"How many words (or pages) should my book be?" Common question from new, even experienced writers. Short answer is use as many words as it takes. Long answer is a bit more complex as discussed here.
I write online full-time. There are three sites I have written for over the years. Each one is different with some advantages and disadvantages. Perhaps this information will help you determine where you want to write.
Can you leverage your participation in an anthology book to get more writing opportunities? I discuss anthology books' value for authors.
Even though it could be a creative and desirable product, self publishing a custom printed deck of cards can be a challenging and expensive venture. Learn what costs are involved.
I fully researched Medium before publishing articles on this platform that pays authors from reader subscription fees. This is my review.
Constant Content is one of the best content sites to write for. Learn how to apply, how the platform works, and how you can earn a supplemental income.
You're going to sound different every time you do an audio book recording. But you need to be consistent to pass audio book quality tests and to improve the user experience. Here are tips for getting more consistent vocal quality.
Self publishing a workbook or guided journal can provide benefits for both authors and readers. Challenges for printing these specialty publications are discussed.
If you started writing a book, then got sidetracked by life or even other writing endeavors, it's hard to get going again. Find out what to do if your book writing is stalled.
Self published authors can be sorely disappointed when they don't see their books for sale in brick-and-mortar bookstores. Learn more about how retail bookstores work here.
This article will show you how to become a freelance writer. It explores in detail a less-widely-used route to becoming a freelancer; finding clients on your own.
Dan Poynter, the "father of self-publishing," is an inspiration to new aspiring self-published authors. His books offer advice for any writer hoping to break into the business of self-publishing.
Many of our favorite authors use pen names. What is the point of using a pen name and how do you choose one?
Listverse is a writing site that is gaining popularity for its unique and fascinating content. It pays $100 per article.
This is my review of Google Authorship (updated in 2018), how and why it got started, and the reason why it’s no longer supported since 2014.
Ever thought of using Amazon Marketing Services for advertising your Kindle eBooks? I share the basics of using the program, as well as what I've learned from using it for my Kindle eBooks.
Self-published authors can now publish a print book through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). But it's not easy. I share my experience and tips for converting an eBook into a print book on KDP.
The importance of using interpersonal techniques as a means to improve your chances of being published are discussed.
I explain how to prepare, research, submit, and track novel submissions to book publishers, including writing a query letter, pulling sample chapters, and cataloging submissions.
Wondering what it takes to get 1,000,000 views? Here's how I did it on HubPages. How to find topics, get followers, and maintain the momentum. The key is not to give up too soon.
Selling articles to magazines, newspapers, and blogs is the easiest entry-point into a tough industry. Market research boosts your chances of making a sale. This article explains why and how to do it.
So you want to put together a booklet. This may be for your own use or for a social club of which you're a member, or you may wish to present information at a specific audience, or to promote a particular issue for professional purposes.
Review these suggestions of what changes would make HubPages better also feel free to tear into any of the ideas that you believe wouldn't be suitable for this platform.
If you are using a self publishing platform OR you are traditionally published, your primary income from your book will be in the form of royalties. Discover what book royalties are and how they work.
There's nothing wrong with asking friends for book reviews of your self published book. However, there are some caveats when it comes to soliciting reviews as discussed here.
When offering your readers self-improvement advice, it’s crucial to have an authoritative nature throughout the book. I'll explain how to do it right.
After 5 years on Hubpages I have learned a lot about writing, publishing and earning money online. Here are my top ten tips for earning money online at Hubpages.
This is a review of important tools HubPages provides that will help you make more money with your writing. I noticed many writers overlook these powerful techniques.
Think about writing for the content mills? Looking for a "real" review? Check out these real reviews of 6 content mills.
Anyone can write articles. But to make a living as a freelance writer, you must learn how to write articles that sell. This article explains everything you need to write content editors want to buy.
When you publish your eBooks on KDP and enroll them in KDP Select, you can promote them with Kindle Free eBook Promotions and Kindle Countdown Deals. But are they worth it? Here's the real deal...
Are you a freelance writer looking for new platforms to add to your writing portfolio? I discuss my experience with Zerys, including pay rates, clients, rejection rates, direct orders, and more.
Should you aim to win in the ad bidding wars on Amazon Marketing Services to advertise your Kindle eBooks? No! And learn how to set an ad bid for your book and budget.
While audio books are books, there are some unique issues when it comes to marketing them. Find out what you need to know about marketing your self published audio book.
A book launch is the next logical step after a book is published. Find out what is a book launch, along with tips for self published authors, getting buzz, and virtual book launches.
SImple but fun article topics that are accessible to any article writer who may experience writer's block or is looking for a change in his writing style to change things around
In this article, I will show you the exact steps that you need to take to start your blog even if you have no previous experience.
Why would anyone want to rewrite a book that's already been published? To reach more markets and make more money! Discover the top reasons to rewrite your self-published book.
Readers' letters published online and offline offer new freelance writers the easiest route to publication. Many new writers don't realize that readers' letters may be professionally written. This article explains how to research, write, and sell readers' letters to newspapers and magazines.
This year marks my fifth anniversary on Hubpages so I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on my experience on this platform so far.
Though Zemandi is not necessarily the best paying freelance writing opportunity out there, it is not a scam. For decent writers who want to supplement their income, this is definitely a viable option.
Podcasts aren’t all just news and talk. Podcast audio dramas are growing in popularity, representing an opportunity for self published fiction authors. Here’s what you need to know about creating them to avoid creating more drama for your life and work!
Writers often wrestle with the decision as to whether to self publish an eBook or a print book... or both. Discover pros and cons for print books and eBooks.
I show you how to track your AdSense earnings for each individual article on all HubPages Network Sites. This is a detailed tutorial specifically for HubPages.
You have made it! Your book has been birthed after many months of hard labor and you have book signings lined up. Where and how does an author sign his books?
A small passive income would be welcomed by many. If you can write grammatially and can still learn a thing or two, here's how to do it!
Self publishing an audio book can be expensive! But there is a way to make an audio book for almost free if you're willing to learn how and do the work yourself.
Ad-free blog sites sound really great in theory. Bloggers can get paid for their content without income from advertising that annoys readers. But there are significant challenges to this blog model.
I have more than 15 years of writing experience, both online and offline. Yet, I still do not count myself as one of "The Best." Read more as I explain why...
How are self published books are viewed by traditional publishers? Issues with traditional publishing after self publishing are discussed.
All new authors need to get people to notice their books. Here are 7 ways to help you get that job accomplished.
Textbroker seems like a freelance writer's dream: Choose from a number of article requests and get paid upfront by the word. So why wasn't I satisfied? My review explains why.
What is an author platform? Discover what it is and why you need to start building one even BEFORE self publishing your book.
"How can I become a movie critic?" or "How can I write movie criticism for a living?" is a common question among movie lovers. Learn how from the former writer of Mr. Cranky.
This is a detailed review explaining how to self-publish a children’s paperback book and let Amazon handle printing and order fulfillment at no cost to you.
Most people are familiar with the concept of an ebook. But when authors choose to self publish their work as ebooks, the "What is an ebook?" question gets more complicated as discussed here.
If you have low views on your blog, videos, or social media, does that mean your content is bad? How about if your have low sales for your books? You could say that the market has spoken! But let’s break down what might be happening before you say your market hates what you create.
Frustrated by the prospect of offering their content for free, bloggers and website owners may turn to a gated content strategy. Learn what is gated content, along with its risks and rewards.
Because Bubblews so often misses or delays writers' payments, many are questioning whether it's a scam. Here's why I think they may not be deliberately cheating, but simply can't keep up.
The big list of websites that pay freelance writers for online content like articles, blog posts, and other online content.
Constant Content is one of the best-paid online markets for short web content and articles. This review of Constant Content is based on my personal experience making money writing from home.
I'll show you proper page layout, how to set margins and font usage, as well as cover design and more, using Microsoft Word with Lulu and Kindle Direct Publishing.
My personal review on Copify, Textbroker and GreatContent UK and what my working from home experiences have been.
How do you make a copywriting portfolio? Do you really need one, and what benefits can it bring you? Find out everything you need to know.
Whether you are a beginner or a professional writer, you will come across a stage when you will stare blankly at the wall and wonder what to write about. Read these useful tips.
Worried about getting ripped off? Here are five ways to easily spot a fake publisher or literary agency.
In just the last decade or two, with the increasing popularity of the Internet, the landscape of writing has changed drastically.
Have you self-published your first book? Are you ready for the next steps to being a successful authorpreneur? In this article, I’ll share my first author expo experience, how I networked with other authors, how I prepared for an author expo and what to do and not to do an author or book expo.
The best way to get published is to get noticed. Many places will not accept a draft without a query letter, and knowing how to write a good letter will get you noticed.
When self publishing, one of the critical factors for success can be how you price your work. Learn what factors need to be considered when pricing your self published book or eBook.
Now that self publishing is available to almost everyone, many feel inspired to write and publish their memoirs. But is it a good idea? Explore the reasons you should (or shouldn't!) write a memoir.
Now that Amazon's Createspace no longer offers book formatting or book layout, self-published authors will have to look elsewhere for these services. Find out what you need to know when buying.
Learn how to publish an eBook for free and get it distributed by Kindle, Apple, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, Sony, and others. How to get a free ISBN for your eBook. How much money can you make?
If you are going to self-publish your book, it is important to take the time to market it to the public. Below are eight tips to help you market your book.
Customer reviews aren’t the only reviews that can help give your book credibility and visibility. Editorial reviews can provide valuable insight about your book for potential readers.
To sell articles consistently and build a successful freelance writing career, it's vital to understand the basic legal aspects affecting your work. This article explains copyright, libel, tax, contracts and more for the freelance article writer selling to the British and North American markets.
Even if the written content is stellar, poor presentation and packaging can turn any self published book or eBook into trash. Find out what makes a book or eBook look unprofessionally self published.
To celebrate and announce your self published book, you've taken a page from the traditional publishing playbook and want to host a book signing event. But that's quite a project! See what's involved.
One of the decisions you need to make when self-publishing is about your ISBN number. What you decide can have implications for the future of your book or eBooks.
In April, 2018, HubPages' staff invited me to Maven's conference in Canada where plans for the merged companies were discussed. This is my review.
There are a lot of writing sites that advertise making money online. This review will show the pros and cons of various available sites and help writers get a head start towards success.
Every established writer was once a beginner who refused to be held back by the meager pay. The peanuts motivated them to be better. What’s your story? Have you reached your maximum earning potential as a writer?
When self published authors post their book cover art asking for feedback, I have to admit that I don’t know how to respond. The reason for my hesitation is that I don’t know what the authors really want. Feedback or flattery? Learn how to properly ask for book cover feedback.
I've discovered many unresolved issues with InfoBarrel while researching the site. I explain the reasons why I feel it will eventually fail.
I've been in the business of writing for a paycheck for a little over five years now, right before I entered college. In that time, I've learned what works and what doesn't. The most basic tools of the trade are the ones I keep coming back to, and...
Craft books present a number of unique challenges when self publishing. Photo use, printing, eBooks, legal issues, and writing how-to instructions when self publishing a craft book are discussed.
Before you check out the iWriter site, check out this iWriter review. The review and comments will teach you everything you need to know about buying and selling articles on iWriter.
Learn what's involved with writing a motivational self-help book. I'll show you the structure and how to use your own life experience to help others benefit.
Copywriting is one of the most common ways to earn online, but what is it? And how do you get copywriting work?
Not all guest blogging opportunities are created equal! Here are some times you might want to take a pass on these invitations.
Want to know how to have a best seller book? There's legit, and not so legit, ways to get one. Best selling book shenanigans are called out her. Also learn why best selling status may not matter.
STOP! Before you open up an unruly can of worms with your ebook project, make sure you stop and read this in-depth hub about hiring eBook Ghostwriters.
Finding high-paying freelance writing jobs isn't that hard. Many publishers appreciate the hard work writers put into their pieces. Stop working for low wages. Get paid what you're worth.
Here is why the business models used by many writing sites lead to failure. I offer my opinion based on my background as a systems analyst.
To sell freelance articles in today's competitive market place, you must do everything possible to give your work the edge. Presentation matters as much as content. This article explains in detail how to present your work so it's more likely to sell.
The article discusses five free writing residencies that are good options for emerging authors who may not have many publications or references.
Successful blogging is in the first instance about very carefully choosing a niche topic. A blog about your home town is an excellent idea, as you have a ready made niche market in the form of residents and businesses, while the subject is likely to know very little online competition. This page guides you through the process of creating a blog about your home town and how to position it that it knows the greatest chances of success.
Welcome to the wonderful world of book publishing! If you're a new author, you'll need to understand the landscape. Discover key terms about the business here.
Self publishing a book is easier and cheaper than it's ever been! Learn tips for publishing a book using the Amazon KDP (formerly known as Createspace) platform.
Content freelance writers have to write high-quality articles fast to make money. In this article I share my writing tips, difference between web content and copywriting and client-writer relationship
Selling your self published book at an event, expo, or trade show sounds like a great idea... until you understand what it really costs. Here's what you need to know!
After working with several nonfiction authors, I've identified these common self-publishing mistakes that need to be avoided.
Received a couple of questions about challenges with book signing events. I provide insight on these situations to help protect sales and profits for self published authors.
Translating a book into another language can open up new reading audiences. However, it can also open up a messy situation with translators and editing issues. See what's involved here.
Anyone with good English and something worthy to say can start earning some extra cash right now for free. How? With HubPages, the easiest, most instructive and best paying platform to make money on the internet.
Are you interested in making money writing online (or anywhere else), but don't know where to start? Have you already started, but are struggling to pull things together? Join the club! Here are some suggestions from someone who does this for a living.
Many self published authors seem enamored with getting mass distribution for their books. And they want it now! But that can be difficult to achieve. Learn why.
It's hard to get published these days. And there's reason - several in fact. Here's why. Plus I tell you how to market self-published books successfully.
Are you sure you can use the images and photos you've downloaded? See why I don't use free stock photo sites... especially for books.
A common book marketing suggestion is to set up a pre-order offer for an upcoming book or eBook. Here's what to consider for a pre-order for YOUR self published book.
A good book title is important for marketing any book. But how do you choose? Discover tips for choosing one that works for SEO and marketing when self publishing nonfiction.
Do you enjoy writing but you're not sure what to do to publish your hard work? It's all laid out here. How to write, edit and publish your work with ease. You could make money on it!
If you are learning shorthand, you'll need good shorthand pencils. On the face of it, it's just a notepad and a pen/pencil, but these are the tools of the experts and the right pencil gives you speed
When authors need help with writing a book, they may turn to a writing coach, book coach, or editor. But which one is the right one for you? All three options are discussed.
Freelancing has its benefits, but what are the drawbacks? Is it as easy as everyone says it is or is it just like any other job?
If you self publish, you might be wondering how to create an audio book edition. It's much more complex than self publishing a print book or eBook! This Q&A answers your questions.
Some self published authors are getting creative in finding ways to make money from writing, including crowdfunding a book project. Is it legit or a scam? Find out here.
You probably know of someone who makes a living as a blogger-what really goes into blogging on a website? How do you get “found”, get traffic, and ultimately make money? Let's take a good look now!
Authors often want sales but hate selling. Here's a tip that can help authors get in the right mindset: Pretend you're going to be a contestant on Shark Tank.
The dream of freelance writing can quickly fall apart. The good news is that sober expectations can safely navigate you towards success in this difficult but satisfying career.
Localization is reviewing and editing communications (text, audio, video) to make sure they follow the language standards and idiosyncrasies of the intended audience. Find out more about these edits.
Though blogging software, such as that from WordPress.org, is usually free, that doesn't mean blogging is free! Find out the cost of a self hosted blog.
Self publishing eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform is pretty easy. What’s sometimes not so easy is figuring out how all the Kindle programs impact your income. I explain here.
Looking forward to writing on iWriter? Well, find all you need to know to work on this freelance site. Learn how to sign up, pick work and get paid. Learn also how to grow your account and earn more!
What is a promotional byline and why does everyone who freelances as a speaker, writer, or designer need one? Here's how to write a mini-biographical note that sounds professional, yet approachable.
Starting a blog can become a great way to earn an income from home. But with so much information out there, it can be intimidating to figure out where to start. So here are the five most basic steps to set your blog up for long-term success.
Well, it's official, CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) have merged and become one service. Learn about the merge, how to move books from CreateSpace to KDP, how to order print copies on the back end, how to publish with KDP in a nutshell, and additional resources.
How to Write Reviews on a Blog: A guide to writing reviews on a blog, along with information about using photos, including disclosure notices and sharing review posts on social media.
Installing Viglink on your site can be time consuming, tricky and costly if you don't avoid these common mistakes.
If you accept guest posts on your website, follow these tips to maximize the advantages of guest posting. Those who are interested in submitting guest posts, make sure you get proper attribution.
Freelance copywriting is like any other creative endeavor pursued professionally. You need to have connection and skill. Do online courses offering help you build skill and connections? I discuss ways to break into freelance copywriting.
You may have written a good, SEO-friendly, attention-grabbing title, but have you written an introduction to enthrall your audience further? Learn what to write after that punchy title.
To be a good journalist, you must believe strongly in the public's right to be informed. To be a good writer, you must have a driving desire to be good at producing content. Knowledge is everything.
Freelance writing doesn't have to mean pennies per word. Learn where and how to find freelance writing jobs that pay a living wage. Hint: It's not always online.
The most important things to consider about magazine writing: how to write a good query letter, how to match your articles with the right publication, and how to persist despite rejection.
Are you tired of getting paid less than what you are worth? This article will show you how to get better paying freelance writing jobs even if you are not very experienced.
Whether a content writer, reviewer, blogger, traveler, storyteller, or poet, find some of the best places to write at on the web to get your work seen and add content to your writing portfolio.
If you are a writer who wants to increase traffic to your website or blog posts but you don't have a massive social media following it can feel like an uphill battle! These 5 free tools can help you dramatically increase organic traffic to your website or blog immediately!
Everyone has a story inside of them, waiting to be told. However, only a fraction succeed in getting the story “out there.” If you want your novel to reach the world, first understand the main obstacles that cull most would-be authors.