The Real Costs of Self-Publishing

Linda head shotby Linda Formichelli

Self-publishing consists of whipping out a manuscript and sticking it up on Amazon, right? After all, self-publishing is all about doing it yourself! Who needs to hire cover designers, editors, proofreaders, and marketers?

Sure, you could churn out a quick draft, toss it onto Amazon, and cross your fingers. But smart readers can detect a lazy book from a mile off. Continue reading

Your Pen or Mine

2-pens-writingby Barbara Hunter and Catina Williams

When we tell other authors we are collaborating on a book series, the response is astonishment. Suddenly, no one is interested in what we are writing (harrumph). People only want to know how and why we do it. Collaborative writing has achieved the status of urban myth. No one has tried it, but everyone has a story to tell of foolhardy souls who dared. Lawsuits and bloodshed ensued. When asked to write this piece, we had to analyze how and why our collaboration works. Continue reading

Commit: How to Blast Through Problems and Meet Your Goals through Massive Action

commit ebook coverby Linda Formichelli

Commit is taking massive action to solve a problem or reach a goal. It’s pretty much the opposite of the baby-steps approach. When you Commit, you do whatever it takes to make happen what you want to happen. You can use one giant, crazy, unbelievably powerful tactic, but it’s even more effective to combine several tactics at the same time.

Commit is also about gathering so many resources and so much support that you can’t go wrong. Commit is about concentrating and harnessing that initial motivation to such a degree that it propels you right past any roadblocks you may run into later. Continue reading

Should You Use a Pseudonym?

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer Jan 25, 2011 by Moira Anderson Allenby Moira Allen

As a writer, you naturally want to make a name for yourself. But what if that name isn’t the one you were born with? Writing under pseudonyms or pen names is a fine and honored tradition; many of the greatest names in literature were invented, and many of today’s best-selling authors use pseudonyms as well. Should you?

The answer may depend on why you wish to do so. As with any writing decision, there are good reasons and bad reasons to use a pen name. Let’s start with some of the bad reasons. Continue reading

How to Gain Control Over Your Freelancing Life

Linda Formichelliby Linda Formichelli

When we sense our life is out of our control, we tend to feel anxious, worried, and depressed, and our motivation suffers. We feel as if life is happening to us, and that we’re just reacting to what life throws at us. On the other hand, when we feel in control of our time and our career, we feel confident, motivated, and happy. Continue reading

Love Yourself, Love Your Wealth, Top-Ten Magic Manifesting Tips

TeresaMaronby Teresa Maron

Have you ever thought about what true abundance feels like? Most of us have felt that delicious feeling of complete comfort and joy, but what does it take to sustain that feeling? Is loving yourself the path to true abundance and wealth?

How many times have you put yourself last, doing the right thing for others first? Have you felt guilty for a simple pleasure? Is this habit the most self-defeating habit you possess? Actually, most people—men and women—are in complete denial about how many times they put themselves last until it’s pointed out. Let’s shift perception to this: Continue reading

Around the World and Back Again

C. Hope Clarkby C. Hope Clark

Most readers think I began writing nonfiction, and then branched into fiction. I have no idea which I wrote first, but it doesn’t matter. A real writer can write either one. . . and should.

FundsforWriters was founded 15 years ago, when I could not sell my fiction. Nonfiction, fiction, didn’t matter to me. I just wanted to be a paid writer. Continue reading