If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
What books are on your nightstand?
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
Favorite punctuation mark? Why?
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements?
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
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Book Award season is coming up very quickly, and whether you are a small time author or the owner of a book press, you should submit your book to AT LEAST FIVE contests annually.
Submitting to contests requires a bit of prep work, so make sure you visit each site and understand everything you need to do to submit your book. Before you submit, spellcheck everything! The smallest error can be the difference.
To get you started, here are nine contests to consider for this upcoming book award season.
The publishing house I work for recently partnered with another little press to create a writers for writers website. The site is currently offering a free download for a super simple book template.
You can check it out at www.writersphd.org.
Back when I was young and poor and committed to working from home so I could teach my kids, I made a lot of mistakes. As a single parent, I've learned my mistakes are another's person's chance to be better than me. One of the major mistakes I made was applying for work-from-home jobs that were dead ends. I didn't know what was real and what wasn't, but thanks to the explosion of internet-watchdogism that has changed. But that doesn't mean some WAH jobs are worth your time.
I can't tell you all of the jobs that suck, but I can tell you which ones are worth applying to. Not because I want you to click on my pin-worthy picture, but because I've applied for them, worked for them, and know the ins and outs of them! Here are the companies I've applied to and worked for in my past.
I worked for Kaplan as a GRE tutor and the work was fulfilling, but the scheduling didn't always line up with my life. I was making $35 and hour after the commission taken by the company. This would be a great company for an educator who can work in the evenings.
Okay, this was one of the first "jobs" I did in college. I wrote articles and tested websites to put food on the table and pay the rent. I hate the work, and for beginners, it can be tedious. HOWEVER, if you are strapped for cash, nothing is out of the question.
I have worked for Onespace, formerly Crowdsource, for nearly five years. It is a great gig when there is work. When it was Crowdsource, work was constantly flowing and I was easily making $1600 a month just through them. But as soon as they transformed to Onespace, there isn't work every day....and sometimes there isn't work for weeks. Too bad. But that doesn't mean you should apply. If you apply and get accepted, you can set an alert to check for work every day. Pick up what you can.
Love to Know
I applied for Love to Know but never heard anything back. Even when I sent a follow up email, I got nothing. So, try it, and let me know what happens!
I applied using the Google form and never heard anything back.
I worked for this company for a long time editing academic dissertations. It pays well, around $50 an hour, but I hold several graduate degrees. For a newbie, this isn't the place.
Tutor jobs are whatever. I find it impossible to tutor somebody via the internet. Chegg is great, but the work is sporadic because it is needs-based. When I worked for them, I would pull in 250 a week in of the off season and 750 per week near finals.
Many bloggers and savvy entrepreneurs are using Pinterest to make six figure incomes. I haven’t been one of those people, but I am fascinated by the folk who do it every day. I think the main issue with figuring out the system is that too many bloggers are saying they do it, but aren’t really tell you what they do because they are too busy trying to sell you a YouTube video on how to do that. Sorry. I am NOT paying $72.99 for you to tell me your secrets.
Anyways, I think I’ve figured it out on my own; now I just have to employ the technique. I’m not going to keep this a secret from you. Here it is:
Optimize Your Best Boards with Products You Love
It should go without saying it, but I’ll say it anyways – you should only promote products you love and use. I like to promote the educational tools we use during our homeschooling year. Also, I don’t promote a product until I’ve seen it myself in person and have combed through it.
Once you’ve figured out what you plan to pin, you need to get your board spruced up. Clean out old pins and feature your affiliate pins along with your blog/website pins. Don’t make them all sales pitches. You must have variety; otherwise you will see your audience dwindle. Your boards should reflect your overall mission and brand.
Don’t forget to edit your profile. Rewrite the profile information, double check your blog website, and add a picture that is true to your business.
Beyond that, make sure each board is categorized properly and has a solid title. Your audience wants to find information and image quickly, so don’t muddle it.
Add Affiliate Product Pins to Your Boards
Once you’ve cleaned up your boards, you can set up a schedule to pin affiliate pins. You could use Pin scheduler, but those are limited and they cost money. You could easily take 20 minutes every morning to pin (or analyze when your audience looks at your boards and do it then) what you want, and be done for the day.
Now, you are probably wondering how to add your affiliate link to your pin. Follow these steps:
Increase Exposure for Affiliate Pins and Popular Boards
Don’t just let those pins sit there. You need to do a little promo work. You can use Pinterest’s in-house promotion button or you can go the free way and schedule sharing via social media. Here is where I recommend a scheduling app or program. There are a few free ones like Buffer that I use to do this. If you have Twitter, you can freely use FutureTweet to schedule them.
As you build your boards, use the analytics on the business side of Pinterest to see what boards do the best and continue to work hard on those boards
Writing a manuscript is fucking hard. Once you've written your book, whether it is 50K or 200K words, it's important come at it again with a new perspective. The first thing that you want to do is put it on the shelf (yes, print it out and put it on a real shelf) and forget about it for 2-4 weeks.
Once you've had time to take a much-needed vacation from your work, it's time to return to it. Use these steps as guidelines for working on your book during the editing phase. Remember, you can only edit so much, and when it's over, you'll feel it. Good Luck!
There are hundreds of publishers in the book publishing market. I know this because I work for a small literary press; it's amazing just how many companies are making books. It's really quite lovely. But with all of these publishers, it can be hard finding the perfect publisher for your book. Here is a list of publishers I know who are interested in hobby, craft, and art books. Please look at the requirements for each publisher...do not just send a mass query. That's bad business.
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