Monday, April 28, 2014

#Book Review Gigs for Clients on #Fiverr

*I'm not going to get into with you if this is ethical or not. It is happening and that is all. As long as someone is not providing you with review text and you are giving your own honest review, I don't see a problem with this. You are being paid for your TIME, not for a 5-star review. I personally always feel smarmy asking for a review on any of my own ebooks for free ... someone is spending their time to check out my book and I feel like they should be compensated.

Okay, that being said, there are a lot of companies and authors looking for book reviews. Product reviews are a different animal and I would not do one of those unless provided with the product.

Here's my personal experience with doing book reviews for Fiverr clients: It was too busy and I could not keep up! Then someone reported me or something and I got shut down. Fiverr shut down my book review gig and won't let me even put REVIEW in any of my gigs anymore. I'm not sure how this highly successful Fiverr seller has gotten away with it for years but see how she words her gigs. Remember that when you are first starting on Fiverr you can't offer the EXTRAS like she is doing ... I believe you can do that after about 30 days. Then it's nice to be able to charge an extra 2 gigs for 24-hour turnaround if you are able.

For now you can charge one gig for the review and another gig for any ebook priced up to $4 and a third gig for any ebook priced up to $8 (Fiverr takes 20% of your sales so keep in mind you get $4 per paid gig and not $5). You keep any overage. You simply purchase the ebook on Amazon, peruse it, speed read, whatever, and give a review. If there are ever any problems with getting paid from a buyer, simply go back to Amazon and request a refund for your ebook purchase.

The seller I referenced above, plus all the others doing this, must be speed readers or have a lot of time on their hands as shut-ins or something???? I can't figure it out and let me know if you can! I wish you success at whatever you try on Fiverr!

*Do not give 24-hour service for free and do not pre-write a review until you have been paid, no matter how big a hurry you are in. There are people/buyers on Fiverr who are looking for free work and will threaten to give you bad feedback if you don't cancel their order and give it to them for free. Trust your instincts on jobs like this.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Eight Influential Women Writers Throughout History

Often minimized, occasionally outright censored, women writers have nonetheless made major contributions to the history of literature. These eight women writers are just a small sample of the many who have written valuable, engaging, and entertaining poetry and prose over the centuries.


Born in the 7th century BC, Sappho was one of the most admired poets of the ancient world. Ancient Greek scholars counted her romantic lyrical poems, which were often dedicated to other women, among the greatest works ever produced. Though a great deal of her poetry has been lost, her immense reputation endures even today.

Murasaki Shikibu

Lady Murasaki is credited by many scholars with single-handedly inventing the novel as we know it today. A lady in waiting in the Japanese court, Murasaki wrote around the 10th century AD. Her sprawling epic The Tale of Genji spans 1200 pages and took more than a decade to complete. Along with other Japanese women writers, she was instrumental in helping to create a written language out of spoken Japanese.

Christine de Pizan

De Pizan was a French author of poetry, prose, and nonfiction who wrote between 1390-1430. After the death of her husband in an epidemic, de Pizan, who was only about 25 at the time, completely supported herself and her three children on her income as a writer. Her best known work is The Book of the City of Ladies, a celebration of the contributions made by women throughout history.

Aphra Behn

The mysterious Aphra Behn was a contemporary of Shakespeare and also wrote several well-received novels and plays. All this was accomplished while working as a spy for the British Royal Court. Her short novel Oroonoko, about an enslaved African man, was inspired by time she spent in Suriname.

Jane Austen

Since the publication of her first work, Sense and Sensibility, in 1811, Austen has become one of the most widely read writers in the English language. She is the author of six books, all of which are undisputed classics. Unafraid to experiment with different styles and forms, her work was incredibly influential on future generations of writers.

Mary Shelley

Daughter of the pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and wife of poet Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley had quite the family name to live up to. She accomplished this in a single stroke in 1818 when she published the novel Frankenstein. The book was a pioneering work in the science fiction and horror genres, as well as a thoughtful exploration of some of the social issues of the day.

Virginia Woolf

The brilliant Woolf was one of the foremost writers and scholars of the Modernist movement. Her most famous novels include the fantasy story Orlando (1928) and the more realistic character study Mrs. Dalloway (1925). Among her many works of nonfiction and criticism is A Room of One’s Own (1929), a book-length analysis of women writers.

Toni Morrison

Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1993, the American writer Toni Morrison is one of a kind in her ability to give voice to marginalized groups of people. Her novels focus on the struggles of poor rural African-Americans, telling their stories in a fresh and lyrical way. She is the author of ten popular books, published between 1978 and 2012.

This list only scratches the surface of women writers throughout history. Since the earliest eras of the written word, women as well as men have been leaving their literary mark. Check out the graphic below for more iconic female authors:

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March's Kick-Ass Work-From-Home Income ... Stop Whining, Make Money!

As always, I don't post this because I'm bragging; I post it as a challenge to you if you want to do what I do. Of course there are those who make much more than I do, but I choose to do what I do with kids underfoot and I can only put in a handful of hours per week. The income potential for you is there, and I just want to share sources and helps with you.

March came in at  $1,766.76.  I've been able to take my kids on some fancy dates lately with more planned and we are able to save up for a week-long trip to Branson (okay, two nights are free for being a blogger but still!) and are saving up for another week-long trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas in the fall. Sure couldn't do that last year! And can you imagine what groceries cost each month for a family of SEVEN?

Sure, Mr. Kerrie brings down a nice wage, but these days prices are going crazy ... some people NEED this "extra" money to pay basic bills because of a layoff has happened or some other bad situation is going on. Some people like being able to make extra money for "wants" ... and why not when it is so easy to do from home when the kids are at school or when they are asleep or watching a movie?

In case you wanted to know, here were April's numbers, and then May's numbers. Then here are June's numbers, and you can see I'm increasing my income every month. July was amazing but not as good as AugustSeptember was $1,651.26. October was a little better than that. Here's November. Here was December 2013. And here was January. February is here.

I am in the Stop Whining About Money and Do Something About It Club! Care to join me in 2014? Open enrollment is now and there are lots of new members!

Disclaimers: For the record, I have no reason to lie to you about any of the income I’m reporting, and the most underhanded, nasty, smarmy thing I’m going to do is give you my referral links so I can make a whopping dime or so off of each person who signs up to do what I’m doing! The dollar amounts I show are what I actually RECEIVED in my hot little hand or PayPal account, not what I EARNED because things show up at different times and take different amounts of time to come around.

Just like always: I STILL do not count my eggs before they are in my PayPal account. Now, let's get started:

1. Fiverr and other private proofreading. $1,137.50. 

2. Bubblews. $320.05. Just click on the word Bubblews and you can sign up using my referral link and I might make a dime. This is basically a blogging site that you can read more about here. Anyone can join. I made less here than other months because of the way the payments worked out. I've started to cash out only on Sundays at around $80 each time so it takes about a week for the payment to clear. Last month I wasn't able to do as much because I was proofreading, but I was still cashing out around $50 per week.

3. Regional Parenting Magazine articles, new and reprint: $120. That would be thanks to this little gem, and I'm not even really trying or writing anything new. I got busy with proofing and slacked hard on this area, but plan to make a comeback in 2014!

4. Blogging income, BlogHer tweeting, etc.: $105

5. Ebooks on Amazon: $18.47 because I share half with my cover designer and partner. Here's how to find my offerings!

6. eBay: $65.74 by selling some extra stuff.

Come back to see April 2014's numbers!

*Yes, I pay taxes on every stinking cent!
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