How Do I Write an eBook? 5 Writing and Self-Publishing Tips

Question from a blogger: “How do I write an ebook?” These writing and self-publishing tips are based on my experience – I wrote four Quips and Tips ebooks in six months.

It’s easy for me to write, format, and self-publish ebooks. Marketing is the hard part! I know how to market them and I’m not afraid of self-promotion, but I’d rather be blogging. (Time to hire a publicist, you say?).

“I need to hear that [ebook writing] is doable,” says this blogger, who self-published a book and CD. “I tend to procrastinate when I don’t know how to do something. But, when I hear firsthand another person’s experience, it makes it easier for me to take my next step.”

Reminds me of Sir Isaac Newton’s quip: “If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.” If you want to your writing career to succeed, fellow scribes, you need to learn from those who have gone before. You don’t necessarily need to seek out the most successful, famous, wealthy, or productive writers. You can learn from little writers like me – or books like Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual, 16th Edition: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book.

Okey dokey, let’s dive in to this blogger’s questions and my answers…Read More »How Do I Write an eBook? 5 Writing and Self-Publishing Tips

5 Tips for Creating Passive Income for Freelance Writers

The more streams of passive income freelance writers have, the happier and wealthier they’ll be! These tips for creating passive income are inspired by Thursday Bram’s recently released The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Passive Income.

“It’s a simple truth for freelance writers that, most days, someone else is making more money off our work than we are,” writes Bram in The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Passive Income. “Magazines pay a fair rate for articles, but turn around and make far more on subscriptions and advertising.”

Fellow scribes, that is exactly why I want to earn a full-time living blogging, not freelance writing! If you’re thinking the same thing, you must read Bram’s ebook. And, here are five tips for creating passive income (inspired by – not excerpted from – Bram’s guide).Read More »5 Tips for Creating Passive Income for Freelance Writers

The Make Money Blogging eBook – and My Top 10 Tips

Writing my “make money blogging” eBook changed my approach to blogging! I learned that most bloggers don’t have the time, energy, or desire to be a six figure blogger — and so Quips and Tips for Successful Bloggers is for us bloggers who want to earn a few hundred (and eventually thousand) dollars a month.

A few hundred dollars a month is realistic and achievable goal for most bloggers. Hundreds of thousands of dollars a year isn’t!

Here are the top ten tips I learned while researching, writing, and editing . You won’t find these tips in the eBook itself – the information in the book is completely different than the information here on my blog.

Before the tips, a quip:

“If your blog provides genuine value, you fully deserve to earn income from it.” ~ Steve Pavlina.

If you spend time and energy building a valuable blog — and you want to make a few hundred buckeroos a month from your efforts — take Quips and Tips for Successful Bloggers for a spin. And, here’s what I learned from writing this, my second eBook…Read More »The Make Money Blogging eBook – and My Top 10 Tips

Motivation for Writers – Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Writing Muse

Finding the motivation to write is a constant struggle, even for writers who earn a living from writing! What roadblocks do you face? Fear, doubt, uncertainty, lack of time, rejection sensitivity, perfectionism, procrastination, self-criticism, impatience?

You’re not alone, my friend.

“Everyone has talent; what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.” ~ Erica Jong.

Helping writers find “the dark place” is why I wrote 73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Muse: How to Write When You Don’t Wanna, or Think You Can’t.  It offers solutions to most obstacles, with practical tips and inspirational wisdom from professional freelance writers, novelists, journalism professors, and other successful scribes. This ebook also offers “quick quips” from published authors (because quips and tips are what I’m all about!).

Here’s what one reader says:

“After reading your e-Book I am totally charged! It’s motivational, easy to read, and speaks directly to me and every one of my writing angsts and blocks – your energy vibrates off the page. It’s like having you personally talking to me, telling it like it is and encouraging me on. It spoke to so many of my blocks – and I credit it with firing me up after being on simmer for so long.” ~ Maggie R.

I love it — that’s exactly what I was hoping would happen!  If you’re struggling to achieve your writing goals, this book will help…Read More »Motivation for Writers – Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Writing Muse