21
Oct

Writing Journal 70: My 3 Best Novel-Writing Tips 

Writing Journal 70: My 3 Best Novel-Writing Tips

Writing Journal 70: My 3 Best Novel-Writing Tips

My writing journal for Tuesday, October 21, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Today will be a short writing day. I have three meetings this morning. I’ll get my fiction and nonfiction ghostwriting commitments out of the way, then I’ll need to prepare for my meetings.

The mystery novel flows. Again. I manage another 2,400 words. I have no idea what’s going on. It may seem…

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21
Oct

Kindle Publishing: Author Earnings, and Kindle Unlimited 

Kindle Publishing: Author Earnings, and Kindle Unlimited

If you’re into Kindle publishing, you’re wondering about Kindle Unlimited. Maybe some of your books are in the program.

Author Earnings has published its October Author Earnings Report:

“And however you publish, the chances of earning a full-time living are not great. Our contention, however, is that the chances have never been better. Because every day, the writer and the reader assume control…

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20
Oct

Writing Journal 69: Favorite Content Creation Tools 

Writing Journal 69: Favorite Content Creation Tools

Writing Journal 69: Favorite Content Creation Tools

My writing journal for Monday, October 20, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

As usual, I started the day writing fiction. The mystery novel is still steaming along. Happy days; 2,300 words. Then nonfiction, working on the two business books: 1,800.

Next, Honey’s breakfast. Over the past few days, the weather’s been cooler, so her arthritis is bothering her. However, she’s…

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19
Oct

Writing Fees: You Know What You’re Worth 

Writing Fees: You Know What You’re Worth

Newer freelance writers tend to worry about their writing fees. Stop worrying. As I’ve said many times: there are no standard rates. You charge what you charge. You decide, no one else.

I enjoyed this piece in Smart Company, What are you really paying for – hours or experience?

“Many of us who work in the knowledge industry have had our experience and knowledge trivialized by others who do not…

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19
Oct

Social Media Writer: 5 Tips to Get Social 

Social Media Writer: 5 Tips to Get Social

Social Media Writer: 5 Tips to Get Social

You’re a social media writer now. Yep… whether you’re a content writer, a copywriter, a blogger, an author… No matter what kind of writing you do, welcome to the new world of social media writing.

Way back in the good old days, before Google took a big algorithmic stick to junk content, you could write anything you like, and as long as you applied some basic SEO (search engine optimization), all…

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19
Oct

Writing Journal 68: Manage Your Social Media Images 

Writing Journal 68: Manage Your Social Media Images

Writing Journal 68: Manage Your Social Media Images

My writing journal for Sunday 19, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

It’s Sunday, a short writing day for me. The mystery novel is still chugging along like the little engine that could. I managed 2,500 words. A lot of first-draft junk content, but some good. (Even if I say so myself.)

Then on to nonfiction; just 1,200 words, but that’s OK.

Honey’s breakfast, and then my…

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18
Oct

Writing Journal 67: (Mac People) Hello, Yosemite 

Writing Journal 67: (Mac People) Hello, Yosemite

Writing Journal 67: (Mac People) Hello, Yosemite

My writing journal for Saturday 18, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

It’s Saturday, so that means I need to RUSH because it’s a short writing day, and I have coaching calls this afternoon and evening.

To save time, I shortened the writing time for the mystery novel, but managed 1,800 words. I skipped working on the nonfiction books completely, so I could focus on my email…

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17
Oct

Writing Journal 66: Gorgeous Graphics for Your Blog 

Writing Journal 66: Gorgeous Graphics for Your Blog

Writing Journal 66: Gorgeous Graphics for Your Blog

My writing journal for Friday, October 17, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

After yesterday’s running start, this morning started a lot slower. That’s the writing life for you. One day you can’t keep up with your thoughts, and the next your brain splutters and gasps. Nevertheless, I managed 1,900 words on the mystery novel, and 1,700 words on the two nonfiction books. So,…

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16
Oct

Your Writing Career Is DEAD: What to Do Now 

Your Writing Career Is DEAD: What to Do Now

Your Writing Career Is DEAD: What to Do Now

Your writing career is dead. Because… You’ve just been fired from the Web development company which is your biggest (and only) client. Or, you’ve been shopping your novel around to literary agents for a year. No one cares. Or, you’ve been sending out introductions to your writing services for a month, and nothing. Not a flicker of interest.

What do you do now?

Several writers have contacted me…

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16
Oct

Writing Journal 65: You CAN Self-Publish 

Writing Journal 65: You CAN Self-Publish

Writing Journal 65: You CAN Self-Publish

My writing journal for Thursday, October 16, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

I woke up early this morning, at 4.30AM, with some clever twists for the mystery novel tumbling through my mind. I created a cluster diagram, then wrote it up, and started my daily stint on the novel a few minutes early. I managed 3,200 words, before I wound down. After yesterday’s dithering, I…

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