Help! My Family Thinks I Need to Get a “Real Job”

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it 100 times. A lot of the writers I know have a very difficult time convincing their family members and friends that they do – really, really, honestly – have a real job.

I actually wrote about this a couple of years ago over on Freelance Writing Gigs in a post called “I’m a Ghostwriter.” The inspiration for that post started out as so many do – with a misinterpreted Facebook status post. In the post I talk about how a “publisher” (I use the term very loosely) had offered me a whopping $80 (that’s eighty, with one zero) to write a 40,000 word eBook. I joked about it on Facebook, as we writers tend to do when we get ludicrous offers. But in this instance, a cousin who barely talks to me – ever – wrote me a message chastising me for not taking the deal. He wanted to live “vicariously” through me.

I should add that at some point it became clear to me that he had misread $80 as $80,000. I wish. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 7/28/13

I have to make this week’s post a little bit quick. I’m behind today due to a ton of work I did in the kitchen and now it’s storming like crazy. We’re on our second round of storms for the day. The first one caused anywhere from 4-7 inches of rain, depending on the area lived in, and this second round seems to be bringing tons more, with torrential downpours and thunder.

I allowed myself to get a bit distracted this week, so I didn’t do nearly as much as I would have liked – including posting here. That will change this week. I promise. [Read more...]

Ghostwriting Cash – Part 2: Profiles and Portfolios

Holy cow, folks. I dug into the third chapter of Ghostwriting Cash yesterday afternoon and by the time I was done, my head was spinning – in a good way.

The third chapter of Tiffany Dow’s Ghostwriting Cash report talks about the things you need to do before you can start bidding on work. I reread the chapter and then dug right in.

Creating a Profitable Profile

While I can’t give you all of the details of the things Tiffany tells you to do in the report, let me start with this. Tiffany Dow, in addition to offering tips for writing a good profile for use on any networking or job board site, gave us a link to a sample of one of her old profiles.

The second I saw it, I knew I’d been doing it all wrong. Let’s just say that my now retired profile/resume page used to be two short paragraphs. Now, it’s a very complete, comprehensive description of me, my experiences, my services, how I handle payments, and more. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 7/21/13 Edition

Here I am again, on a Sunday afternoon. I haven’t done a ton of true work today, but I’ve been working on a bit of marketing and I’ve been developing my plan for the coming week.

While I guess I got a fair amount of work done this week, I am definitely not being as kind to myself about it as I was last week. I could have done more. The heat here is ridiculous, and cooling 2 rooms with one window unit and some fans is tough. The heat just makes me want to take a good, long nap.

That said, here’s another snapshot of what I did accomplish last week:

  • I reviewed and edited 32 posts written by members of my team. I posted all 27 on various websites.
  • I spent 9 hours on the timed project I do for one of my clients.
  • I put together 17 mini blog posts from the book my client had me working from. That project is currently on hold. [Read more...]

Ghostwriting Cash – Part 1: The Pie in the Sky

Alright. It’s time to get down and dirty and start working through the Ghostwriting Cash report by Tiffany Dow. I spent some time this afternoon going through the first two chapters and it’s time to get things rolling.

First, you’ll notice from your downloads that there are several different folders. The main folder is the Ghostwriting Cash report and that’s what I’m working with today. Within that folder are two small text documents labeled READ FIRST and VIDEO ACCESS. The READ FIRST document is your rights (or lack thereof) regarding the course and the VIDEO ACCESS document says where you can see the videos streaming online if you don’t want to try to load them on your PC.

The Cover and The Disclaimer

On to the report. I noticed that the Ghostwriting Cash report doesn’t have a fancy cover page. It is 100% black and white text. This doesn’t bother me at all, really – I’m in it for the info – but I know a lot of people are used to seeing a lot of images and formatting on cover pages online. It’s just not necessary here. [Read more...]

Bubblews User Interviews: Danielle McGaw

As part of my informational series about writing for Bubblews, I want to offer not only informative articles about using the site but some perspective from other users. I’ll start that series today by welcoming Danielle McGaw to Writing for Peanuts. She’s been writing for Bubblews since October of 2012!

Writing for Peanuts (WFP): There is some debate over whether Bubblews is trying to be a social media site, similar to Facebook and Twitter, or a writing site. How do you personally view the site?

Danielle McGaw (DM): I really think it is a combination of a blogging site and a social media site.  It’s not one or the other really.  I mean, you can treat it like a blog and write longer posts about specific subjects but you can also be very social on the site.  You connect with people, visit their posts, read, like, share. [Read more...]

Tiffany Dow’s Ghostwriting Cash – The Landing Page and the Purchase Process

The landing page is the first thing you’ll see when you consider the Ghostwriting Cash program by Tiffany Dow, so I thought I’d start there in terms of this review.

Branding Ghostwriting Cash

The first thing I noticed is that the program is still branded as offered by Tiffany Dow. This isn’t something that bothers me at all, really, but I wanted to point that out to you because Tiffany Dow now goes by Tiffany Lambert. She’s going through a divorce and she’s reclaimed her maiden name – more power to her! If you end up looking for her online, you’ll want to recognize her as both while she’s making the transition. I’m not sure if she’ll be rebranding her training courses or not. If you buy her product, you’ll end up on her mailing list (I think), and it could certainly get confusing if you buy from “Tiffany Dow” and end up with emails from “Tiffany Lambert.” Don’t put her in your spam box, ok? [Read more...]

Are Forums and Groups Dragging Your Productivity Levels through the Mud?

Yesterday morning, I spent a few minutes procrastinating while watching the clock. I was waiting to head out to a store, but it wasn’t open yet, so I decided to start the timer and network in the Warrior Forum for a little while.

Notice, I used two important words: timer and network.

Networking is something writers often confuse with socialization. When you cross that fine line you run the risk of wasting a TON of time. Time wasted is time you’re not spending on writing projects; which means you have to shift your writing time and take away from things like family or relaxation time.

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Tiffany Dow’s Ghostwriting Cash Review – Intro

Tiffany Dow is one of my favorite online marketers – ever. Trust me, I’ve attempted following quite a number of “gurus” online. I’ve learned a lot about attitude, and I’ve seen a lot of people who seem to be very successful, but I’ve never felt like any of them were connecting with me as a person. That is, until I found Tiffany. She’s honest. She’s caring. And while she’s not a mentor, she’s definitely there for her customers and followers. I even appreciate her “honey-badger” persona (ie. don’t piss her off). While a lot of her products are still branded under the Tiffany Dow name, you’ll also find some of them (and her blog) are now branded under her newly re-claimed maiden name, Tiffany Lambert.

A couple of years ago I purchased Tiffany’s Ghostwriting Cash program. At the time, it was presented by Tiffany Dow & Craig Desorcy. While Tiffany and Craig have since parted ways in relation to this course, it wasn’t for any reason anyone would find questionable or unethical. As a matter or fact, I’m pretty sure Craig still mentors Tiffany. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 7/14/13 Edition

It’s Sunday evening and I’m sitting here in front of the computer. I’m working. A lot of people might give me a hard time for not “taking the weekend off,” but anyone struggling to build a strong business knows that sometimes you have to just do what is necessary to get by. Everyone views the work week differently. I personally run my to-do list from Sunday through Saturday. On Saturday I try to wrap up anything that’s been left outstanding from the week, and then on Sunday I map out what the following week will look like.

I generally do a little bit of work, but I try not to over-do it. And, yes – there are Sundays where I just shut down and take the day off. It’s not as though my schedule changes in a way that I couldn’t get it all together on Monday if I needed to. I always shut down a lot earlier on Sundays, and I never stick to a schedule. I run errands, watch TV, clean, cook, go out and do stuff with Forrest – whatever I really need to do.I thought I’d spend a little bit of time on Sundays outlining what I accomplished in the past week. [Read more...]