Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Making Money to Write for Regional Parenting Publications

I just heard from an ebook buyer and writer friend. She said she doesn't want to write for free, which I totally understand. I don't want to anymore, either. She said she went through the ebook and found the paying markets only and just submits her work to those places. Her list was small. Which made me think ...

I want you to get paid!!!!!

So check out my publishing credits down the left side of this site ... they aren't just there to look pretty or for me to brag. I put them there so you know I was published there and so you can check the ebook for what they pay. New ones that I've just sold to which are not in the ebook ... well, I'd be happy to let you know what those pay, as well.

I understand not wanting to submit to pubs that you don't know if they pay or not or if they'll steal your work or whatever. I take that chance anyway, and that's my problem or success, sometimes both. BUT ... out of my publishing credits on the side of this site, I've been paid by probably 50, which means you should be submitting to THOSE 50 PLUS any others in the ebook which have their pay listed but that I have NOT been published in yet.

I keep blind-submitting in the hopes of finding more markets that pay, and then I share that information with you. If you've been published in an RPM that is not on my credits list, you could do everyone a solid by sharing the info with me so I can pop that in the next edition of the ebook, adding even more paying markets.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Only a Writer?

I struggle sometimes with all the other hats I have to wear as a writer. I mean, you can’t just write something and POOF! … it’s published and checks are flying into your mailbox. Here are some of the other roles you have to try to perfect when you’re a writer if you want to be successful:

Organizer … how can I make sure I’m sending out my articles at the best possible times so they’ll be accepted for publication? I have to make sure my calendar is updated, my files are pristine, my invoice numbers are up-to-date and ready to go. My spreadsheets have to be in order so I know who isn’t paying me and when checks should be arriving. My online folders have to be set up so I know how to find what I need quickly.

Marketer … how can I get the word out about my articles and ebooks? Through a blog? Twitter? Authorsden? Should I send out a press release about my ebook to my local newspaper?

Salesperson … this is one I’m bad at. I don’t get much time to go to other blogs at all, and going just to comment, hoping someone will come to my site to check out the ebook, feels greasy.

Businessperson … how can I make more money from my “products”? … I recently decided to not only sell my ebook as-is, but to break it into 3 parts for those who may not be able to afford or may not need the full ebook.

What roles am I missing? What else do you have to stay on top of to be a successful writer or even an aspiring one?
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