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 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...
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.
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.
My personal review on Copify, Textbroker and GreatContent UK and what my working from home experiences have been.
You need talent, time, and discipline to learn how to become a freelance writer, but the financial and personal rewards can be worthwhile. This article introduces the fundamentals you need to start.
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
It's a bit of a chicken-and-egg scenario. Does writing a book mean you'll get speaking gigs? And does public speaking help you sell books? Opportunities and obstacles of both are discussed.
Don't get suckered into self publishing scams that pump you up and plunder your rights! Learn to spot some telltale signs of these groups that prey on authors.
If you're looking to self publish a book, then here are a few tips and roadblocks that you might want to be aware of. Get the know-how to avoid costly mistakes.
A common self-publishing mistake in nonfiction is using OOPS (Only Other People's Stuff). Learn why it increases publishing risk and can decrease an author's success.
Free traffic is something that everyone loves. In this blog post, I will show you several ways of getting traffic for free.
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.
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.
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
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.
Think about writing for the content mills? Looking for a "real" review? Check out these real reviews of 6 content mills.
How many of your self published books will you sell? Big question that's tough to answer. Gain insight into the self publishing book sales landscape.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Thinking of making or bundling a product to sell along with your self published book? Read this first to learn what you need to know!
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.
After working with several nonfiction authors, I've identified these common self-publishing mistakes that need to be avoided.
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!
Looking for ways to monetize your blog or other content? Learn how to become an influencer to increase your chances of attracting advertising sponsorships.
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.
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.
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.
If you know how to write and write well, you can earn good money by writing articles and creating content. If you want to start making money writing, here are 6 websites you need to sign up for today.
Do you know the true secret to creating the perfect example of unique content? Are you sure you use multi-tasking the right way? Did you know that a few distractions might make you more productive?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Are you interested in becoming a freelance writer? Breaking into the world of freelance writing for the first time is easier than you may think.
When you are working with an editor, they need to hear you say a few things to help the relationship grow stronger.
Listverse is a writing site that is gaining popularity for its unique and fascinating content. It pays $100 per article.
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.
Is it really a good idea for you and another writer to review each other's books? Here are 6 reasons why you shouldn't.
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.
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.
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.
Self-publishing companies may say they'll help you with book marketing or promotion. But what does that mean? I'll tell you what you need to know when figuring out if their services are worth it.
Many of our favorite authors use pen names. What is the point of using a pen name and how do you choose one?
How are self published books are viewed by traditional publishers? Issues with traditional publishing after self publishing are discussed.
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.
These are the five steps I used to become a six-figure author, and while simple doesn't mean easy, it is still a viable career path for writers with motivation and a willingness to write to market!
Podcasts are a great way to help equip yourself with the tools of the writing trade. In this article I detail 5 podcasts that every writer, from novices to pros, should be listening to.
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.
How to create a group on Facebook to promote your small business. How to join Facebook groups to share your articles online and sell your crafts and other products. I show you how to start a Facebook group for business.
Is a stellar book cover really necessary to be successful at self-publishing? Well, yes and no. Discover tips for hiring a graphic designer for your book cover...or not.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article will list some of the best online tools and resources that any writer can, and should, use to improve their work and to save precious time while writing.
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.
You've hit your mark and written 10 articles, 50 articles, or 100 articles. But the money won't just roll in now. Here's what you need to do.
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.
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.
Author Shout Cover Wars allow authors to promote their writing by entering the book into a week long competition based on the appearance of the cover. Entry is free and participation has a limited range of benefits.
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.
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.
Think you know all the ways you can make money with HubPages? Well, here's some more you might not have thought about.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should you set up a separate page on your website for your self published book? Sounds like a great idea in theory. But there are several things to consider.
Many of us aspire to write but don't get around to it or don't know how to get started. This guide on writing and earning online with articles is full of useful information on how to write right now.
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.
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.
I write online full-time. There are three sites I write for. Each one is different with some advantages and disadvantages. Perhaps this information will help you determine where you want to write.
Self publishing print books with print on demand (POD) can be cost-effective, but that doesn't mean it's cheap. Here are tips for photos, color, and book size that can make POD books more affordable.
Building an audience for your niche web business through paid advertising and promotion can feel like throwing good money after bad. But the most effective strategies to drive laser-targeted traffic to your niche website are free. This article explains all these strategies and how to deploy them.
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.
Attention poets, writers, artists, journalists, photographers, and other creative people: Online and print literary magazines are alive and well. Author, poet, and one-time e-zine editor J. J. Murray examines respected “old school” and “new school” literary magazines and gives a detailed list of 19 literary magazines that make it easy to submit work--and they pay in cash.
Organizing a local writer’s group is a great way to socialize with like-minded creative people and to share success strategies among members.
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
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?
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.
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.
Did you just self-publish your first book? Congratulations! Here are 10 things you should know to start you on your author journey.
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.
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!
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.
Why not use a stock photo instead of going through the hassle of making the recipe and taking one’s own photos for use in the cookbook? Lots of reasons! Read to find out.
Maintenance of articles is vital to the success of an online writing business. I explain how I manage the tasks of keeping readers engaged and improving search engine traffic.
What is an author platform? Discover what it is and why you need to start building one even BEFORE self publishing your book.
The truth about online freelance writing from a writer's perspective. Can everyone become a writer and what does it take to make money from nothing.
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.
Taking the time to set up a new ring binder organizer, such as a Filofax, is key for keeping track of appointments, accomplishing daily tasks, setting goals, making monthly budgets, and more.
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.
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.
If you've done a book review, be sure to send them a link to your review. Here are some tips to ensure you're polite when emailing them.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This is a review of important tools HubPages provides that will help you make more money with your writing.
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.
So you are a fiction or poetry writer on HubPages and want to do something about your less than stellar page views. Here are four ways I have found helpful to increase my overall page views.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Here's some advice on how to stay busy as a freelance writer and attract new writing gigs and publishing opportunities.
What are the best topics for writing articles on the web? Find out what subjects are likely to be the most lucrative.
HubPages is way bigger than any other writing community out there right now. However, there are some good sites like HubPages you should at least consider writing for. Take a look.
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?
Can you make money blogging? Back in the early days, yes. Today? Well, it's more challenging. While the blogging model of the mid-2000s may be going extinct, it is evolving into something else.
Writing evergreen content has been identified as a way to improve search ranking, stay relevant and extend sales. Learn what is evergreen content and tips for using 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.
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.
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.
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?
I’ll explain what is involved with writing a motivational self-help book. I'll show you the structure to use and how you can apply your own life experience to write a book to help others benefit.
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.
Worried about getting ripped off? Here are five ways to easily spot a fake publisher or literary agency.
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.
I’ve discovered many unresolved issues with InfoBarrel while researching the site. My conclusion is that it may eventually fail, and I'll explain why.
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.
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.
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.
If you're frustrated trying to get published, why not try writing Romance? Romance publishers are crying out for new material, even from unpublished authors...
It is important to write an impressive proposal and bid the right amount to get the job that you want. In this article, I will share some tips that you can use to maximize your chances of getting the job that you want.
4 areas that are too often overlooked by bloggers applying for Google AdSense Approval. Rectify these to start earning online!
It's one thing to write a blog, but quite another challenge to make money from it - especially in 2015, when the way to monetize successfully has changed so much
This is a review, updated in 2018, of the beginnings of Google Authorship, how and why it got started, and the reason why it’s no longer supported since 2014.
Self publishing a workbook or guided journal can provide benefits for both authors and readers. Challenges for printing these specialty publications are discussed.
Effective book cover design is both art and science. This article written by an experienced author and designer discusses some key cover design factors that will help make your book a success.
So you've written your novel. Now what? Before you rush to self-publish, there are a few realities to consider.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Writing a children's book can be tougher than you think. Self publishing and marketing a children's book could be a legal and marketing nightmare. Here are just some of the challenges.
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.
Is Blasting News a good site to write for or is it on its way out? Here are 4 potential red flags you should be aware of before deciding to write for this news website.
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.
New authors often struggle with the decision of whether to go with self publishing or attempt the traditional publishing route. Nine questions here can help you decide!
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.
Have you ever wished you could make money writing from home? I do! Let me show you how I make hundreds of dollars each month on HubPages.
Flipboard is a social news magazine for sharing web content. It's a great resource of information. Authors can use it to promote their own articles. I examine the entire process, along with known problems and issues.
I explain my preparation, process, and tracking of submitting an unsolicited book manuscript to publishers.
Stuck and unsure what to do next? How do you get blog topic ideas? How do you provide quality content readers want? It's as easy as re-imagining your role as a blogger.
These 20 strategies will help you make your articles stand out more professionally on HubPages' Network Niche Sites.
Formatting the pages of a book for publication can be done with Microsoft Word, which includes tools for book formatting. I'll show you how to set page layout, font size, titling, cover design, book spines, and more.
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.
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.
This is a detailed tutorial specifically for HubPages authors showing how to track your AdSense earnings for each individual article on all HubPages Network Sites.
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.
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.
Developing a unique writing style is necessary to be a successful freelance writer. So is the ability to adapt your style to a variety of different publications' needs. This article teaches you how.
Installing Viglink on your site can be time consuming, tricky and costly if you don't avoid these common mistakes.
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.
The big list of websites that pay freelance writers for online content like articles, blog posts, and other online content.
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.
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,
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.
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...