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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I explain my preparation, process, and tracking of submitting an unsolicited book manuscript to publishers.
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
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.
What is an author platform? Discover what it is and why you need to start building one even BEFORE self publishing your book.
What is affiliate marketing and how does it work? This article describes what affiliate marketing is and how to make money from affiliate marketing.
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.
You may have already written your next business book or blog without knowing it! Learn how to find gold in existing self-published material to boost content marketing efforts without a lot of effort.
Worried about getting ripped off? Here are five ways to easily spot a fake publisher or literary agency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All new authors need to get people to notice their books. Here are 7 ways to help you get that job accomplished.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Take a look at my basic starter tips for SEO writing: learn how to make your content more likely to rank in Google.
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.
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.
Think about writing for the content mills? Looking for a "real" review? Check out these real reviews of 6 content mills.
Looking for ways to monetize your blog or other content? Learn how to become an influencer to increase your chances of attracting advertising sponsorships.
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!
Content is just content until it gets transformed into something else. Learn ways to repurpose content, especially blog posts, to make more money from writing.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Get advice on writing online from Eddie, a former mechanic who helps people from around the world by writing articles about car trouble.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The big list of websites that pay freelance writers for online content like articles, blog posts, and other online content.
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.
Not all guest blogging opportunities are created equal! Here are some times you might want to take a pass on these invitations.
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...
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.
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.
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.
So you want your very own Wordpress blog using your own Hostgator account? I've found some great video tutorials to help you install everything yourself.
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.
Can you make money from self publishing? Technically, yes, even if you make just a buck! But if you're looking for more income from self published books, the answer is more complex as discussed here.
Keywords and the quality of content built around those keywords determine your search engine rankings, the amount of traffic you get, and eventually the revenue. How do you find the keywords?
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 comprehensive list of 75+ free resources every freelance creative should have in his/her toolbox. These tools are completely free and top quality.
You've decided to self publish a book. How do you know how to pick a profitable genre? Is it simply choosing something that's hot like romance, or do you go with what you know?
SEO for Dummies is a simple guide that's going to help people who have no clue regarding SEO and even professionals will find some of the content insightful and informative.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
My personal review on Copify, Textbroker and GreatContent UK and what my working from home experiences have been.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Self publishing a book is easier and cheaper than it's ever been! Learn tips for publishing a book using the Amazon Createspace platform.
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.
4 areas that are too often overlooked by bloggers applying for Google AdSense Approval. Rectify these to start earning online!
This is a review of important tools HubPages provides that will help you make more money with your writing.
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.
There are multiple types of editing for books, each one addressing a different aspect of a manuscript. Developmental editing, line editing and copy editing are discussed.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 article discusses five freed writing residencies that are good options for emerging authors who may not have many publications or references.
These ten things will improve your blog writing skills in short order. Learn how to improve your writing, fix common mistakes, and understand how blog writing differs from traditional writing.
Here's some advice on how to stay busy as a freelance writer and attract new writing gigs and publishing opportunities.
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.
Did you just self-publish your first book? Congratulations! Here are 10 things you should know to start you on your author journey.
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.
What are the best topics for writing articles on the web? Find out what subjects are likely to be the most lucrative.
If you want to make money blogging--writing online--there are many tools and resources available now that may help you find readers and get paid.
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.
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.
Becoming a freelance writer is easy and requires no special degrees. Anyone can work from home writing and make money, even you!
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.
Installing Viglink on your site can be time consuming, tricky and costly if you don't avoid these common mistakes.
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?
The importance of using interpersonal techniques as a means to improve your chances of being published are discussed.
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.
This article will show you how to become a freelance writer. It explores the not so widely used method of becoming a freelance writer in detail.
What follows is a list of some of the many freelance writing niches available. Perhaps there is something here you had not considered before that will inspire you to branch out – or at least see that there are more opportunities for writers than you think.
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.
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.
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.
Is there a book inside of you that is just busting to come out but you don't know how to get it out into the world? It's easy and it's not expensive!
Listverse is a writing site that is gaining popularity for its unique and fascinating content. It pays $100 per article.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After working with several nonfiction authors, I've identified these common self-publishing mistakes that need to be avoided.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's not self publishing tools that will make or break your book; it's errors in message, purpose and marketing that will. So before you get started, you need to ask yourself these five key questions.
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.
Many of our favorite authors use pen names. What is the point of using a pen name and how do you choose one?
It is my belief that it is the duty of seniors everywhere to share their treasure chest of wisdom, education, tears, and joys for our future generations to follow. Senior writing comes best from life’s experiences. Besides that, a little extra money never hurts! Old people, like me, should write!
Self publishing a workbook or guided journal can provide benefits for both authors and readers. Challenges for printing these specialty publications are discussed.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to become a full-time freelance writer. Explore the truth behind this career choice, income potential and pitfalls to avoid.
How are self published books are viewed by traditional publishers? Issues with traditional publishing after self publishing are discussed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So you've written your novel. Now what? Before you rush to self-publish, there are a few realities to consider.
Are you a poet who wants to be published? Have you ever 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.
Podcasting is very popular. But are they useful for self published authors? Here are issues to consider before doing a podcast.
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!
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.
Think you know all the ways you can make money with HubPages? Well, here's some more you might not have thought about.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A list of ten money-making niches to write about so you can earn money from home. I have also included advice to get new writers started on the right foot.