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Money from Writing Blog Posts

Many of you know I’m a maverick—in my writing and in the promotion I do… 

And, it seems apropos to share the etymology of “maverick” from my Oxford English Dictionary:

Samuel A. Maverick (1803–70), Texas engineer who owned but did not brand cattle.”

Branding is all the rage now for self-published authors—come on, get on the brandwagon—cereal is branded, cigarettes are branded, underwear is branded—why not books?

Well, I don’t brand myself or my books because I don’t brand my cattle—I’m a Maverick

Another thing I don’t do is overly concern myself with how many books I sell—I give them away, too (see the left side-bar…)—I want folks to read my books; and, those books are nowhere near any type of popular genre, which means most of the promotion “rules” just don’t work.


There are a few things the “experts” say that make sense to me.

One of them is to use a blog as an author platform and the other is to solicit guest posting opportunities.

I, personally, never seek a guest posting opportunity in order to get paid

However, I’m sure many of my readers are not mavericks; so, I present to all interested folk, from Daily Finance, the following:

$50/post at Make a Living Writing

$35/post at The Write Life

$100/post at Be a Freelance Blogger

$50/post at Write Naked

$50/post at Funds for Writers

$100/post at A Fine Parent

$100/post at Cracked

$100/post at Listverse

$10/post at Knowledge Nuts

$50/post at TopTenz



Also, you can find more paid guest post opportunities at Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs and at 110 Websites that Pay You to Contribute an Article, Instantly.

NB: The quality of any of those blogging sites can not be guaranteed by this writer :-)
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Writers & Money ~ Revisited . . .

There are many reasons to write besides making money.

Writers and Money

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Some folks might even declare that having money as a goal is “improper”

I suppose it depends on one’s ability to be detached from the money—not having money as the prime reason for writing?

Seems that writing for only the money could easily warp some of the more humane reasons to write?

I’ve written quite a few posts about writers and money and one in particular about a new magazine that focuses on money-making opportunities—Scratch, Scratch, Who’s Got The Money?

And, l should mention a literary conference in the U.S.A. in May called, The Muse & the Marketplace.

Someone I’ve featured here many times, Jane Friedman, will be speaking at that conference and wrote in her blog post, Writing & Money: A Brief Syllabus:

“I’m…reading up on the tension between art and business, and finding that the ability of writers to earn a living through their creative work is a fairly new phenomenon, dating back to the 18th century and the rise of literacy, which largely made professional authorship possible.”

She also says, about today rather than long ago:

“…anybody and everybody can write and publish—but attention is scarce. Thus it’s little surprise that we have writers being paid in exposure, not dollars.”

Then she shares a few of the books she’s been exploring to prepare for her talk at the conference (do go to her blog post for her descriptions of these books):

Authors & Owners by Mark Rose

The Author, Art, and Market by Martha Woodmansee

The Content Machine by Michael Bhaskar

The Gift by Lewis Hyde

Make Art Make Money by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

Then, she closes the post with a wonderful note:

“While my talk is part of the official conference schedule at The Muse, it is also free to the public. Click here to reserve your seat.

So, what are your thoughts or feelings about writing for money?
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Are Writing Contests Worth The Effort?

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Writers do all kinds of things to improve their abilities.

Certain activities take a bit of courage; though, for most folks, writing itself takes a lot courage :-)

Also, a writer is constantly being judged—first by themselves, then by anyone reading their work.

Some feel they need to submit to Literary Contests before they publish—a trial-period to hone their skills

Some do contests just to, hopefully, win some cash.

A Google search for “literary contests” will give you plenty to think about; but, what are some of the reasons, besides money, for entering these contests?

I found an article on Women Writers Worldwide that could give you a few reasons: Why Enter Writing Contests? Let Me Count the Ways…

That article also has these topics:

* You won a contest—so what? Will it increase your book sales and add to your credibility?
* Raise your odds of winning—choose the right contest for you
* Slamming scams
* Dos, don’ts and top tips to avoid scams

And, while that article can help you get your foot in the door of literary contests, there’s a WebSite that could help you walk right inside and take up residence :-)

Winning Writers

This site is a Mega-Hub about literary contests—including many that are free to enter.

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If you visit and find the Site helpful, do, please, come on back and tell us about it in the Comments :-)

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Bad Advice for Writers = Most Advice for Writers

writers advice I have 34 past posts tagged “writing advice” and I encourage you to use the Top Tags widget in the left side-bar for all things Reading, Writing, and Publishing

And, “writing advice” needs those quotes around it these days—such a slew of “experts” out there—so much B.S.

And, along with all the “advice” about the act of writing, there’s a bigger slew of “experts” yelling about how to make your book sell, sell, sell

One particular previous post that any aspiring self-published author could benefit from is, What About All The Authors Whose Books Don’t Sell Very Many Copies?

Here are a two quotes from that post:

“An extremely small percentage of writers sell more than 500 copies of a book

“Perhaps, no matter what an author does (or, a publishing company), most books will still sell not so many copies?”


Someone is a writer and writes a book—no, wait—wants to write a book.

That someone looks at the publishing landscape and realizes the intended years of effort to create the book could be followed by many more years of the book not selling, even if they self-publish, even if they spend every waking hour doing social media, even if they can afford to pay a publicist, even if they find a magician who specializes in spells woven ’round readers hearts

Perhaps, to salvage the self-esteem of aspiring writers, there need to be other options than sales and money to keep their artistic boat afloat?

There used to be an article on the site Electronic BinderyNot About The Money: 10 OTHER Indie Author Motivations—but; it seems to have disappeared… Good thing I saved its bullet points—I’ll just add my own comments :-)

1. It’s classless and egalitarian

Many writers shun class-consciousnesss and desire equality in their relations. Many more writers, these days, are working together on projects, not letting themselves fall into the AuthorWars that sometimes rage

2. Indie authors enjoy creative freedom

Naturally, creative freedom to produce your own unique work is a necessity—including the freedom to not care about money ( My books used to be available for purchase; but, now, I persist in giving them away ).

3. You’ve got an authority problem

I surely do And, gatekeepers for authors is so medieval.

4. You want a dog

Or, any other high maintenance pet that needs your attention and doesn’t want you to spend all day promoting some damn book.

5. You think you may think like an entrepreneur

I probably could be considered in that group but I prefer the term maverick—less accountability for generating cash.

5.5 You think you may NOT think like an entrepreneur

Authors as business people is all the rage these days—raging authors—creative types concerned with their bottom-line—really??

6. You like making stuff

Yep. Far too many folks don’t realize the joy of playing around with fonts and typefaces and cover art—crafting a book to your own idiosyncratic specifications.

7. You’re a control freak

Much better to be a control freak about books than attempting to control other people

8. You’re an introvert

I’m one—glad of it—wouldn’t ever want to live the life that demands I use the available world-scene as what I should consider the spur for my intentions and actions.

9. You don’t look good in a suit

Well, I kinda do look good in a suit but why the bother?

10. You stopped buying stuff

Stuff needs attention. Stuff needs caring for. Stuff costs money. Stuff accumulates. Stuff can cause one to stuff their sensitivity to stuff that goes way beyond mere stuff

O.K., my brazen opinions :-)

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Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing?

“Creative” and “Fiction” might be considered somewhat synonymous when used as adjectives for the word “Writer”.

“Freelance” is not as often associated with the act of writing fiction.

I’m stepping way out on a limb in this post since I don’t know of profitable avenues for Creative/Fiction writers to pursue in the arena of the freelancers.

What seems more natural is for a writer of fiction to use their creativity in freelancing as a non-fiction, money-making “day job”.

In my previous post, Simple Question ~ Can Writers Make Money?, I quoted Chris Brogan from his ponderings on writers making money:

“The money for fiction authors? Oh, I forgot that part. That doesn’t work. Fiction is about passion except for the very few percent of the herd who really can move books like no one’s business.”


Perhaps, not

I would like to propose a challenge to Creative/Fiction Writers.

I wonder how many won’t take the challenge because they’re right where I am—working too hard on writing the fiction I must write to consider writing fiction for others

Also, I wonder how many people can conceive of the idea of freelancing fiction.

Is there a market?

Why would folks want or need a freelancer to create fictional copy for them?

And, I should point out, I’m not considering ghost writers here, unless, of course, they receive their pay regardless of the book being published

If you’re enterprising enough and have the time, would you even consider discovering a freelance market for fiction writers?

If you want an even greater challenge, consider creating such a market, fostering it, making it come alive

For those of you who would rather freelance non-fiction (and, for the enterprising who might consider discovering or creating a market for fiction freelancing), the site provides a potential resource (or, model).

From a press release:

“ introduces students, professional writers and freelance writers to writing jobs available through Amazon Mechanical Turk. Writers are also able to choose writing jobs that meet their interests and advance their career through a tiered system designed to promote writers for quality and reliability.

“According to Stephanie Leffler, CEO of CrowdSource, ‘We employ a recognition system modeled after offline career paths to motivate and reward our best writers. Those who compose quality work are able to earn a position as an editor. Editors who do a good job can earn a promotion to editorial trainer and so on.’”


Have I pointed toward a resource you might consider using?
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