G is for GoodBlogs

GGoodblogs is a writing platform I think about frequently. I stay on their mailing list but I don’t put any effort into writing for their sites. Basically, each blog has its own pay scale but you only get paid of your post gets voted to the “top post” spot on the site for the day.

That said, pay ranges from $20 to $50, give or take, depending on the site. I do know a couple of people who simply enjoy writing for them and who have gotten paid for some of their posts. I don’t discount this, as I don’t discount some other very low-paying gigs, because a) everyone starts somewhere and b) not everyone is in it it to make a living. [Read more...]

E is for Exercises (Writing Exercises, That Is…)

EE is for exercises.

Writing exercises, that is.

I personally write web content, blog posts, etc – nonfiction. I know a lot of you write fiction. The one thing we all have in common, regardless of niche or reason for writing, is that we all need practice.

I thought I’d keep this short and sweet today (it’s Saturday evening here), and share a few sites where you can find some writing exercises and prompts. [Read more...]

Time Management and Your Writing Career

deadlinesI wanted to touch base this evening . I’m trying to get back into a regular routine. Today, for me, was rough. I was feeling a bit down today, as happens to anyone from time to time. I was also watching the social media outlets and seeing hundreds of posts about 9/11/01 and my heart just welled up over and over again.

In an odd way, trying to get away from social media sites really helped me to stay productive today. I wasn’t checking and double checking, worried I’d miss something on a business page. I just focused on other things.

That got me thinking about time management.

Writers have a really bad reputation when it comes to deadlines. A lot of people think this is just an expected attribute, but it’s not – and it’s not OK. What it really boils down to is time management, or lack thereof.

There are only 24 hours in each day. No matter what happens, this is something you can’t change. It’s fact. It’s non-negotiable. Twenty four. That’s it. [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...]

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Getting Started

One of the questions that people ask me most is, “How did you get started as a freelance writer?” My answer is always the same, “The hard way.” I knew what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure how to accomplish it. I am going to make things easier for you by sharing some things I know now that I wish I knew then.

Backup Your Work

My first experience writing for money was with a website called Print N’ Post. The payment structure wasn’t what I was hoping for, so I moved on to other projects. A few months later, I tried to visit the website and it was gone…along with all of my articles! I made the naïve mistake of assuming the website would always be around and it cost me dozens of articles that I could have reused elsewhere. I now make it a point to keep all my original Word documents.

Know Your Rights

Associated Content, now known as the Yahoo! Contributors Network, offers an up-front payment depending on whether or not you allow them exclusive or non-exclusive rights plus royalties based on page views. I foolishly gave them exclusive rights to most of my work believing that I was getting paid more for it. The truth is that after I did some experimenting, the difference between the two was often less than $1.00. For that little difference, I should have kept my rights to republish the content elsewhere. [Read more...]