• The Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Networks

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 2, 2015
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    For this week's short share we have an interesting one on timing your social media updates from SocialCaffeine.com. What do you think? Obviously the actual best times to post on social networks won't be the same for everyone because of community and niche differences. But how close does your experience come to these recommended times? I've done the most testing […]
  • It’s Writer’s Worth Month 2015!

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 1, 2015
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    Every year Lori Widmer of Words on the Page hosts Writer's Worth Month. In Lori's words, the mission of Writer's Worth Month is "to reach freelance writers and help them gain confidence in the value of their skills." In other words, it's about helping you earn more and build a more successful writing business. To do this, Lori features a […]
  • Selling E-books on Your Author Website [Podcast with Princess Jones]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 30, 2015
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    In this week's podcast I'm joined by Princess Jones (with whom I had a previous and entertaining conversation about crazy authors attacking book reviewers). In this episode we discuss some of the issues around selling your e-books (and physical books) directly through your own website. You can listen below or check out the show notes on the official page for […]
  • Free Scrivener Template: Murder Mystery Novel

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 29, 2015
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    My next Scrivener template is now available for download: a murder mystery novel template. This one is based on my own template that I've been using for my upcoming mystery series. It allows you to plan, outline, and draft your next murder mystery all in one project file. Plus, there's a place to write up some of your promotional copy, […]
  • Quick Tip: Put Your Blog On Your Homepage

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 28, 2015
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    Do you have a blog attached to your freelance writer website or author site? If so, that's a great move because fresh content can help you improve your search engine rankings. But are you really getting the biggest bang for your blogging time? Not if you aren't sharing your blog posts on your homepage. I've talked before about my test […]
  • 38 Websites and Blogs That Pay Writers $100 Per Article and More (Updated for 2015)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 27, 2015
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      How would you like to earn $100 per blog post? You can earn that and more writing online if you know where to look. While I often point out that the best gigs are rarely advertised, that doesn't mean you can't find some public gems out there. That's where this list comes in. Updated for 2015 with 14 new markets (11 of […]
  • Weekend Reading: Working With Beta Readers

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 26, 2015
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    In our previous "weekend reading" segment, we looked at revising your manuscript. Now let's talk about what comes next -- gathering feedback. One way you can get feedback on your manuscript before submitting it to publishers or sending to the editor you've hired is to send it to beta readers. These three posts will help you figure out how you can […]
  • Want to Write Faster Blog Posts? Here’s How [Infographic]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 25, 2015
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    For this week's "short share" we have an infographic from J6 Design called "8 Secrets to Writing Faster Blog Posts." Overall, I think there are some great tips here, from creating self-imposed deadlines to avoiding the dreaded "edit while you write" syndrome. by j6design. What do you think? Do these ideas help you write blog posts faster? Are there any other tips […]
  • Use Ancillary Products to Promote Your Book (and Earn More Money)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 23, 2015
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    Are you earning as much as you want to from your indie published books? Many authors aren't happy with their sluggish sales. And when they come to me with marketing questions hoping to improve their situation, I often ask two questions: What does your marketing plan include? What other revenue streams have you set up around your book's brand? If you're still working […]
  • Quick Tip: Stay On Top Of Your WordPress Updates

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 22, 2015
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    WordPress released a new update this week. It's version 4.1.2, which is an important security release. Make sure you update your sites promptly if you don't have automatic updates enabled. A security issue affecting numerous plugins was also identified, so don't be surprised if you see a lot of plugin update notifications come through this week. Make sure you run […]