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.
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.
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.
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.
What are the best topics for writing articles on the web? Find out what subjects are likely to be the most lucrative.
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.
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!
Finding an internship can be difficult, and resources aren't always clear. I have made these resources more easily accessible by locating, listing, and analyzing information in order to make the process of finding internships and/or jobs to apply to within the publishing industry a bit simpler.
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.
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.
Swag, also known as promotional products, can be a creative way to promote books. But you need to understand what you're buying to avoid blowing your budget!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The importance of using interpersonal techniques as a means to improve your chances of being published are discussed.
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.
Listverse is a writing site that is gaining popularity for its unique and fascinating content. It pays $100 per article.
What is affiliate marketing and how does it work? This article describes what affiliate marketing is and how to make money from affiliate marketing.
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.
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.
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 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.
Installing Viglink on your site can be time consuming, tricky and costly if you don't avoid these common mistakes.
In online author forums for self published authors, you’ll see a variety of concerns on book printing quality, particularly for print on demand printing done by Kindle Direct Publishing. The problem is authors’ inexperience with the printing process and tech. Find out what you need to know.
Should you self publish your book on both Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and IngramSpark? I compare the two self publishing platforms, as well as explain why to pick and stick with one or the other.
So you've written your novel. Now what? Before you rush to self-publish, there are a few realities to consider.
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.
We look at ways you can build your copywriting business and increase the amount you get paid, methods for broadening your client base, ensuring you are never short of work (or income). And we reveal ways of getting better-paid work, including the value to copywriters of specialization.
In this article we will focus on writing sales letters and other direct response materials. This is one of the most common types of job for a copywriter.
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.
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.
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.
After working with several nonfiction authors, I've identified these common self-publishing mistakes that need to be avoided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you having trouble getting your article featured on HubPages? I'm a veteran writer with nearly 200 featured articles. Let me help you get your HubPages article featured.
Networking - as you probably know - means using your existing network of friends, relatives and business associates as a means of generating work.
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?
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.
Here's some advice on how to stay busy as a freelance writer and attract new writing gigs and publishing opportunities.
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...
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.
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.
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.
My personal review on Copify, Textbroker and GreatContent UK and what my working from home experiences have been.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Organizing a local writer’s group is a great way to socialize with like-minded creative people and to share success strategies among members. Here's how I did it.
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.
Many authors and students want a hard copy of work in case digital fails. Here are some tips to find free or cheap paper for rough drafts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 query will get you noticed.
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.
Many of our favorite authors use pen names. What is the point of using a pen name and how do you choose one?
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!
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
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.
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.
The illustrated children’s books I have written have been rejected at every turn. It makes it hard to keep my equilibrium. But then I see all those who went before me who were also rejected, and I know I'm not alone.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Copywriting is one of the most common ways to earn online, but what is it? And how do you get copywriting work?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
When self publishing a book, should an author purchase a domain name for the book's title? Pros and cons are discussed.
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...
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.
What are the HubPages niche sites, and ow do they work? This article will tell you how to get your article on a HubPages niche site.
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.
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.
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.
When you are working with an editor, they need to hear you say a few things to help the relationship grow stronger.
Self publishing a workbook or guided journal can provide benefits for both authors and readers. Challenges for printing these specialty publications are discussed.
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.
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.
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.
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 want to make money blogging--writing online--there are many tools and resources available now that may help you find readers and get paid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to use your Nursing knowledge to earn a living writing for profit, either part-time, or as a full-time business run from your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baffled by how to get AdSense Approval? Begin by understanding the four approval requirements of business, content, copyright, and organic traffic.
Worried about getting ripped off? Here are five ways to easily spot a fake publisher or literary agency.
Advice from an experienced Hub Pages author with more than five million page views that will help other writers to increase the number of people who read their articles.
A simple 3-step process on how to craft engaging content that people will actually read. A guide for complete beginners that demonstrates how to incorporate simple SEO techniques.
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.
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.
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.
Is it really a good idea for you and another writer to review each other's books? Here are six reasons why you shouldn't.
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.
Don't believe the hype that self published book sales are easy! Discover what's really possible when it comes to these sales.
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
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.
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
For a beginner, content mills can do a lot for developing skills as a writer and as a professional freelancer. Here are several reasons to consider using them.
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!
Freelance writing is a robust market. In 2019, writers can build a home-based writing business with little more than a laptop and persistence.
"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.
Sounds like a self published author’s dream! A book with very few words that can make money? I’m in. These would be called low content books. But what are they and what’s in them? And how can authors use this strategy to make money?
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.
“My friend has just finished her book. What should she do next to get a book deal from a publisher or self publish?” Loaded question! Here's a post you can share (or use yourself!) about what comes next after you've written a book.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Think you know all the ways you can make money with HubPages? Well, here's some more you might not have thought about.
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.
All new authors need to get people to notice their books. Here are 7 ways to help you get that job accomplished.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hating your job and wishing you could start earning money writing from home? Here's how I earn hundreds each month working only a few hours each week.
I've discovered many unresolved issues with InfoBarrel while researching the site. I explain the reasons why I feel it will eventually fail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can you leverage your participation in an anthology book to get more writing opportunities? I discuss anthology books' value for authors.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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!
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.
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.
The letter below is based on a real-life one sent by a computer software company to past customers (who had bought its small business or creative training software) to inform them of a new product launch, and hopefully obtain orders.
I review essential tools HubPages provides that help you make more money with your writing. Don't overlook these effective techniques.
Medium pays authors from subscription fees based on reading time. I researched Medium before publishing on their platform. This is my review, updated Oct 2019.