I’ve finally decided to put on my big girl pants and try something new.
As I was writing articles for Constant Content, I found myself pulling some of them off the site. I put a lot of work and research into my articles and expect to be paid accordingly (Anna’s rant hit home). I decided not to play around with pricing. I also decided not to sit back, hope and pray my articles would sell. Instead, I’m taking a proactive approach.
I went to Barnes & Noble and picked up a copy of the 2013 Writer’s Market. My old 2008 copy is out of date. Over the next few days I’ll spend time learning about how to write an effective query letter. I’ll test the market by sending out several letters. I fully expect to receive rejections initially, but rejections will help me to hone my query writing skills. Once I get the hang of it, it should be smooth sailing (more or less).
In the Meanwhile
When I’m not playing around with query letters and rejections, I’ll be spending part of my time completing a few of the ebooks I have sitting on my computer. For the past year I’ve been bouncing around looking for ways to earn money. I’m pretty burnt out on blogging (hence the infrequent posts here) and am not willing to play by the new blogging rules (Facebook, Twitter, Pine Interest and the rest of the social networks). Writing books and publishing articles sounds like the next step in my writing journey.
My blogs and online articles still bring in a steady income. The income is significantly lower than what it used to be. It averages about $1,000 per month, some months a little more and others a little less. $1,000 a month is nice for residual income, but not enough to meet my financial needs so it’s time to move on.
There are so many ways to make money online. It’s a matter of finding what works for you. Back when I first started online, I enjoyed the challenge of writing hundreds of articles and blog posts in an attempt to earn money. I no longer enjoy that challenge.
Change in Pace
I’m ready to take things slower and delve deeper. Writing an ebook allows me to fully explore a topic. I get to educate myself as well as the reader on all aspects of the subject matter. I won’t need to use keywords, worry about ad placement or concern myself with Google’s latest algorithm changes. When it comes to writing, all I’ll have to think about is providing an engaging reading experience for my targeted audience.
The real challenge is in getting the book to the folks who would benefit most from reading it. I’ve got quite a few ideas and strategies floating around in my head, but nothing concrete. Fortunately, my first book is one that would benefit several of the small businesses in my area (or any area as I think of it). It should be fun (and scary) testing my presentation skills.
Since I feel like I’m starting all over again, I’ll end this post with the following quote:
“Everyone starts from scratch, but not everyone keeps on scratching!”