I just searched for Small Publications in Seattle and was pretty disappointed to find that none of my fellow writers had compiled this. If they did,they weren’t on page 1 and the only useful thing on page 1 was Wikipedia. So I’m writing it. If you want a list of small newspapers in Seattle or small magazines in Seattle,this is what I came up with.
I’ve been biting my tongue trying not to argue with Carol Tice in my head about Content Mills. Her premise is that Content Mills are horrible and nobody should be writing for them. I might be oversimplifying. She did a survey and found that the majority of people responding were making around $5 an hour. I’m pretty sure that if you’re only making $5 an hour,then maybe writing isn’t for you. Maybe that’s just as harsh as her stance,I should kick it down a notch. In the 10+ years that I’ve been writing web content,I don’t think I’ve ever made as little as $5 an hour. My range is anywhere from $20-$80. With kids at home,however,an hour of work can take me 2-3 hours depending on the interruption ratio.
Anyway- So I took advantage of a holiday sale at UsefulWritingCourses.com because I know Carol coaches people into submitting to print publications and contracting their own clients. Since there isn’t a lot of authoritative content in this area,I’m taking the Escape the Content Mills course as well as the 4 Week Journalism School course. At this moment,I might be the only person I know who has secured outside clients for a web content business,so I need to hear from someone more experienced than I am.
So far I’m about halfway done with the course and I haven’t heard anything new. And shame on me because if I already know this stuff,then why am I not acting on it? I keep bouncing back and forth between scared-to-ignore-fast-cash (on the grounds that I don’t want to be broke) and promising-myself-I-will-ONLY-focus-on-fiction.
So,recognizing that I have this mental flip-flopping weakness,I think my current “happy spot”is devoting my first few hours of work to fiction and then moving on to the nonfiction. As my business grow,like it did before,I can always hire other writers and bring my agency back to life.
When this site was first started,it was the result of a conversation between myself and other work-from-home content mill writers. We met on a message board back in 2003 (I think). Our concept,at that time,was to submit a query a day to a real,live print publication.
In addition to securing more local clients,I’m also querying small magazines and newspapers in Seattle. Here’s the list of Seattle small press publications,in case you’re interested too.
48 Degrees North
Ballard News Tribune
Beyond (Alaska Airlines)
City Arts Magazine
City Living Seattle
Eat The State
El Siete Dias (Spanish language)
Encore Arts Seattle
Horizon (Alaska Airlines)
Jewish in Seattle
Madison Park Times
Nguoi Viet Tay Bac (Vietnamese language)
North American Post
Northwest Asian Weekly
Northwest Yachting Magazine
Pacific Maritime Magazine
Phuong Dong News (Vietnamese language)
Puget Sound Business Journal
Queen Anne &Magnolia News
Seattle Business Magazine
Seattle Chinese Post (Chinese language)
Seattle Chinese Times (Chinese language)
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Seattle Gay News
Seattle Soy Source (Japanese language)
The Daily (UW)
The Sentinel (SSCC)
West Seattle Herald
I love that so many of you are wanting to support my romance writing by reading my books. Unfortunately,I made a promise to myself and my neighbor,a fellow author. I’m not revealing it until I have sold 1 million copies. It’s true and I’m not going back on a pact that’s been sealed with a pinky-swear. That’s just not neighborly. If you’re not a fan of romance novels,you’re not my target market anyway and if you are,then maybe you’ve already read it. But here’s my promise to you..
1- I swear I’m doing everything humanly possible to reach that 1 million sales goal. I’m pretty sure I can kick my neighbor’s ass,romance sells way more than wizarding world fiction,with the exception of Harry Potter. Wait- did 50 shades sell more than HP? I don’t even know,I just know my market is bigger.
Continue reading So you think you can guess my pen name?
I’m going to start with a caveat…and that’s that content mills are really great for beginners. Right now,I’m a little bit of a beginner again. I’m not working TOO HARD to secure private clients because I’m trying to focus on my fiction writing. That said- my fiction royalties aren’t enough to live on yet so I’m spending 25-50% of my time focusing on generating fast income. These sites are web content agencies that all operate essentially the same:
- Client signs up to receive articles or blog posts for their web site
- Writer chooses assignments
- Writer writes
- Client pays
- Writer gets paid
The details and reward structure for each of these sites vary slightly. The user interface also varies,so even if you sign up for all of them at once,I recommend you take time poking around to learn where everything is. Each site has their own version of a tutorial to teach you how to use the site,so plan to spend time working through the instructions. You won’t regret it.
First,I’m not recommending any site that I haven’t used frequently for the past 3 months. Period. If it’s on this list,you can be sure that it’s part of my daily routine and I’m happy to vouch for their legitimacy.
Second,some of them offer rewards for recruiting,so I’d be a fool if I didn’t use the link they gave me to keep track of that.
Third,If writing web content is your dream career,you’re better off securing private clients. I plan to write some advice for securing private contracts since that was my job for so long. When and if I do that,I’ll put a link here but in the meantime,since it’s a steadier gig and ultimately results in a better portfolio and higher earnings.
Fourth,The income potential here is all related to your speed. You need to think fast and type fast. Some writers take an hour to write a500 word piece while others can knock them out in 20 minutes. My strategy is to either A- write only about topics I can spew forth with little research or B- research only things that I can write about frequently,to build my knowledge base til I get to the point where I can spew it out. Spewing. Sorry,I realize that word may sound gross.
Top Content Mills For Writers 2016 –2017
Blogmutt has a clean user interface and makes writing for income easy.
Blogmutt is a Colorado based company that pays writers anywhere from $8-$72 per blog post. They have thousands of clients and once you’re accepted as a writer you start at the lowest level ($8 for 250 words). As you submit and as posts are published,you earn points that can elevate you to higher levels. At higher levels,writers are allowed to choose higher word-count assignments and receive higher levels of pay. At level 7,writers can choose the 1200 word assignments and receive $72 per article.
The Interface at Blogmutt is very easy to use. They have instructions on their Help page. Read them all the way through. The staff is very responsive to feedback from writers,simply send them an email or tag then in your forum question. About those forums…I don’t understand recreational writing on a writer’s forum,so I don’t spend much time there. I get it that some people enjoy a sense of community but I don’t understand why every time I log in there are hundreds of new chatty conversations happening in the forum. Aren’t you here to work? They seem like a perfectly nice group of people and I love that they have a sense of community but I’m there to work and I rarely stop into the forums. Mama ain’t got time for that. If you do,and the community is attractive,you’ll enjoy Blogmutt. They all seem to be supportive of one another and generally kind people.
Self-policing…not a topic you’d expect to see in this section,but I feel it’s important for protecting the brand and the integrity of the agency you’re writing for. One advantage Blogmutt writers have is to review the history of a client’s acceptances and rejections. The writer’s name isn’t shown,but their work is. So,in preparation for writing for a new client,you can get a feel for what sort of voice they like to see and what they’re rejecting. The staff at Blogmutt monitors this a bit,but sometimes I’ll come across a rejection (or- gasp- an accepted post) that’s actually an embarrassment to the company. As a writer,you can “flag”your colleagues work to let staff know that something is very wrong here. Whether it’s terrible grammar or spelling,mumbo jumbo or other “funny business”it’s helpful to flag awful articles so the staff can pay more attention to the work of whoever submitted it.
Blogmutt pays every Monday via Paypal for all articles accepted prior to invoicing. However,you won’t get anything if you don’t turn in an invoice. Some writers let their money pile up before invoicing. Others create an invoice each time they’re published. I’m in the latter group,I have kids to feed. Once you create an invoice,everything that’s accepted between the creation of the invoice and the Monday pay transfer is added to the invoice. Creating an invoice is easy,you just click one button and your pay is scheduled for the following Monday.
Last thing to say about blogmutt,clients can choose specific writers for special assignments and add them to their list of favorites. I haven’t explored that very much but they do have access to your profile page,so be sure you set that up. Here’s mine for reference:
My writer profile for blogmutt.com
iWriter is a busy agency that always has assignments available,even at the lowest level of authorship.
iWriter is a site I didn’t use in my previous write-for-income life,so I’ve only been registered there for a few weeks. Their interface is a bit crowded for my taste and the internal messaging system is a bit tricky to navigate. The only thing I don’t like about this site is that every writer starts off at one star. For me,that means that when I take an assignment on iWriter I am being paid as little as .004 per word. That’s right,less than half penny a word. It’s fine for topics where I can spew (there’s that word again) 150 words in 2 minutes and make $1,that’s $60 an hour which is fine. But if a 500 word post takes 5 minutes to write,it’s only $29 per hour and that’s really not fine.
I visit iWriter a few times a day and grab teeny little assignments in an effort to increase my star rating and be eligible for higher paying jobs. Currently,at the highest level there are 17 cents/word assignments. It’s still pretty low but the site always has open assignments.
iWriter pays a minimum of $20 at a time and writers can choose to be paid every Tuesday,every other Wednesday or monthly on the 5th or 25th. Pay can be issued via Paypal or they can mail a check. I believe the minimum for a mailed check is $100.
My ClearVoice Writer’s profile
I’ll admit,I haven’t written a single thing for Clearvoice.com yet. I did,however,set up my writer’s profile and I have to say that I’m really impressed with the profile page they put together for me. I also like that writers can choose exactly how much they want to be paid per word.
I signed up when Carol Tice posted about receiving $400 for a blog post. I’ve been reading Carol’s blog for years and she’s always been against content mills because of the low pay and the anonymity of the writers. I generally disagree with her “no content mills”stance because honestly,not everyone working as a writer from home has the skills or time to invest in building up a private clientele. But when she posted about her experience here,I listened. She’s got a healthy level of skepticism and values her time and energy as a writer.
Setting up my profile was easy,I simply linked to my previous work and they generated this beautiful page. I can rearrange the tiles if I choose and social media stats are also included (but not shown here. If you click on it you’ll see). I have several more I could add to this,it’s on my list of things to do. In addition to choosing your acceptable rate-of-pay,you can choose whether or not to have a byline and what topics you’d like to be considered for. Rather than explain a system I’m not familiar with,I will direct you to the “How to get more gigs”section of their FAQ. I hope you find it helpful.
Writer Access website is cleaner on the outside than it is on the inside
I visit this site daily and pull 3-4 assignments a week. I have to say it’s the most complicated interface I’ve ever seen. When I first started writing here,I got several very annoyed notes from an editor because I’d pulled an assignment and hadn’t written it. However,navigating the back-end of their site is such a nightmare. They’ve got stars and tests and badges and awards and certifications and all sorts of different levels of writing and none of it makes any sense to me. If you can make sense of it,you can probably have access to a ton of different assignments I’m not finding. For example, in poking around their complicatedness to try and explain this site,I’m seeing that “There are 29 asset types for which you do not meet the minimum order requirements. You will need to complete more orders to qualify for additional elite badges.” What does that even mean? They also have a “love list,”a “garage”and “casting calls” I really don’t know why they make it so complicated. My way of working on this site is definitely not optimizing it. If I ever have time to learn their language,I might be able to make more money there but really I think they just need to tone it down,it’s ridiculous. To make matters worse,I’ve clicked on the FAQ a few times this week trying to understand how to optimize it and the page comes up blank. So that isn’t helping.
If you want to do it “my way”sign up and click on “Dashboard”(why it doesn’t automatically take you there is anyone’s guess). Under the “manage orders”section click on the number associated with “available content orders”and choose an assignment,then start writing. Because I’m the low man on the totem pole there,I often see zero available assignments. Surely if I were to take their tests (if I could find them) I’d make more. I’m not bothered by it,Blogmutt always has plenty to choose from and they’re easier to find so I usually only go to WriterAccess when they send me an email. Somehow I got on a client’s “love list”and I might be writing exclusively for them at this point. I don’t even know. The rates vary and my only advice is that when they give you a minimum and maximum word count,always beef it up til you hit the max,otherwise you’re leaving pennies on the table.
If you want to do it “the right way”check out their tutorials and plan to spend some time reaching for their higher levels. Although it’s such an ego boost to see so many clients saying that I’ve exceeded their expectations. For whatever it’s worth…I think I’m the only one who can see that (except I took a screen shot of it to share with you ———->>>>
More Writing Sites for 2016
Sites I’ve already written about:
- Constant Content
- Demand Media (formerly Demand Studios- if you click on this,enjoy the drama. I actually haven’t written there in years,they changed their protocol and I can’t figure out how to be approved for any category but I’m still getting paid from stuff I wrote ages ago,so I’m not complaining)
Sites I’ve Signed up For But Haven’t Written About
Sites I Haven’t Signed up For
I’d love to hear your experiences with any of the sites I haven’t signed up for. Which ones are worth it? Which ones are a headache? Which ones need more writers? How do they pay? Tell me all about it,please
Amazon Kindle has their own built-in ad platform,and it’s super effective but since they pay authors 2 months later for sales and they require a $100 commitment,you need to either set very short ad run times or risk that $100 that you might not see back for a while. On the brighter side,you can bid as low as 15 cents per click and I’ve never had a book not sell enough copies to make this effective. So it’s a good thing. Just don’t spend money you don’t have yet since you won’t see those royalties for 2 months or more.
Kindle ROI –this one is a Chrome browser plugin that sits to the left of my address bar. I use it in conjunction with the KDSpy tool (from the same creators) that shows me how profitable other authors are. I’ve actually used the KDSpy tool to create a spreadsheet I can use to study the success of authors I find making $10k or more per month. Watching their marketing habits is one of the reasons I like the Kindle ROI tool because they all seemed to be using the newsletter submission tools while they built their own email lists. KDROI has 31 email newsletters that you can submit to with just one form. One thing I wasn’t prepared for when I first started using this was that even though it takes only 15 seconds to fill out the form,you have to go straight away back to your email account to confirm many of the listings. It’s still easier than hunting down the newsletters and using their submit form and figuring it out alone. I have since subscribed to the relevant email newsletters and I’m using them to find books and authors whose success I’d like to emulate.
Facebook ads are also effective. Choose your audience wisely,and very narrowly. There’s no limit to the number of ads you can run at once and you can really learn a lot about your readers by making audiences very specific. For example,if you’re writing horror you can chose to advertise only to members who like Steven King or something. You can also choose an audience based on age,income,location,favorite TV show…
And finally,as always,your OWN Facebook author page should not be overlooked,or your twitter account. Some authors seem to enjoy joining Facebook promotion groups (or maybe those are just fiverr people getting paid to post your link on a bunch of facebook groups) either way,I find these ineffective in the least,annoying as hell at the worst. Unless you’re writing about writing,the audience for your book is probably NOT a bunch of other writers who are also trying to sell their books,so groups whose sole purpose is self-promotion are really stupid IMHO.
So life has become super complicated. Suddenly I’m a mom of kids with medical needs in the midst of my own medical needs. My 15 yr old had surgery a couple weeks ago and I just brought my 19 year old home from the hospital,she had pneumonia and sepsis. One day she’s fine and less than 24 hours later we’re in the ER and she’s being transferred to the bigger hospital with the ICU care she needed. And I know there isn’t a “good time”to have a child staying in the hospital but seriously,my car was in the shop so I was spending over $60 a day to get back and forth using Lyft. (Do you hear that,Lyft? I should get a reward or something. No punchcard?)
Anyway,I was able to meet my daily writing goals even while sitting at her bedside. The irony that for so long working outside the home kept me from living the life I needed to and suddenly I’m writing again and can handle (almost) all of the new shit that’s come my way is pretty intense.
My October earnings so far are bigger than the past 3 months combined,so selling fiction seems to be a lucrative business,plus the Workbooks for Writers series I’m working on is also pretty fun.
Anyway,super big thank you to friends and family who have helped with the car repairs and hospital expenses. Super big thank you to everyone who reads fiction on Kindle also,that’s what’s going to get me out of this mess.
Side note- Geoff Shaw’s Kindling program is amazing. I’m working through it slowly but surely,there’s a wealth of information there for anyone who is serious about writing fiction professionally.
OK,so my 2 years of job experience has taught me a few things,most prominently that I’m not cut out to be the mom that works 50+ hours outside the house with little chance of building real wealth or independence.
About a month ago,I set off on a vacation with my kids. I knew I was tired,I knew I needed a break and the annual family conference is something we look forward to all year long. This is the one week a year where I et to visit with my soul sisters,surrounded by our children playing word games,visiting and attending workshops that help us parent in line with our principles. This conference feeds my soul all year long and ever since the first one I attended in 2011,I knew I had found my tribe. I will never miss one.
Except this year. I actually slept through pretty much the entire thing.
My kids were busy shuffling off to hotel room slumber parties with their friends,attending funshops and swimming in the pool. My girlfriends were happy to chip in and keep them safe,kids travel in packs and there was plenty of help,unlike at home. It was clear that I needed to rest,I couldn’t keep my eyes open. When it was my turn to supervise the kids by the pool,I could barely stay awake. I’d sleep,wake up and text my kids,meet them for a meal,visit for a few minutes with friends and then go take a nap. I only made it to one workshop at the conference.
I returned home and jumped right back into work,with a meeting at 7am the day after we returned. Only I couldn’t stay awake. I took off another couple days to “recover from the conference”only I didn’t. And I was worried.
Here it is a month later and roughly 12 doctor’s appointments later. I have used up all of my sick pay and aside from an ulcer near my vocal cords,likely caused by reflux. I’ve been diagnosed with GERD but other than that here’s nothing they can find wrong with me. I still have more tests and my energy level is up a little bit but not exactly like a normal person. I’ve been put on a very restrictive diet (seriously,no cheese,no fried foods,no citrus fruit,no tomato sauce) and had cameras stuck up my nose,vampire-levels of blood drawn,a chest Xray and other than the GERD all they’ve found was a vitamin D deficiency. Surprise,I live in Seattle. So I’m on a supplement for the D and a restrictive diet for the GERD.
I’m also not going back to work.
The one workshop I attended was from a friend of mine who has been publishing on Kindle. After six months she was making enough that her husband was able to quit his job. Now she’making more in one year than I’ve ever made in my four best years combined. Another friend heard her give the same workshop at the last conference and now,after her first year at this she’s going to be making more than I have ever made in my best two years combined.
Writing has ALWAYS been my very best method of earning money.
Writing for Kindle is different than the writing I’ve done in the past. When you’re writing web content,you’re paid once and the material is often used by the purchaser to profit from for the rest of time (presuming it’s evergreen). But when you write for kindle,you earn royalties for as long as it’s for sale.
- If they can do it,so can I
- I’m already a professional writer,now it’s my turn to profit indefinitely from my own work
- Other people are making money from eBooks I’ve written as a ghost writer and I’m really annoyed that I’m not marketing and profiting from all of that work.
- If they can do this,so can I
I know I spouted off earlier this year (or was it last year) about children’s books and I’ve written several but in order to profit from them I’d have to also have them illustrated. That’s a ridiculously complicated process and I have absolutely no artistic ability to do this myself. I’d have to invest in an artist for every single page. And the end result would be books that live in a genre that only occupies a very small percentage of the book-buyer’s market.
More money is spent on fiction than nonfiction. More money is spent on romance than on any other genre.
So I’m writing romance.
I tried this a little over a year ago and had immediate success,but I got a promotion at work around the same time,backed off and since then Kindle has changed the way they pay authors. My old approach wouldn’t work today. My books need to be longer,they need to look professional and I still need to invest in editing and cover design (still cheaper than a children’s book illustrator).
Writing fiction is harder than I imagined and easier than I imagined. it’s harder because crafting a tight plot with subplots is complicated. It’s easier because you’re just making things up. Anything can happen at that’s pretty exciting.
It won’t pay off immediately. Like I said before,it took friend A 6 months to feel comfortable supporting her family this way. I don’t know if the other gal is self-sufficient yet because I don’t know what her family’s expenses are but if I were making what she is making after 1 year I’d be more than stable.
Since it won’t pay off right away,I am still writing web content to make ends meet. But the best part is that I don’t have to commute,I don’t have to pay for parking,I don’t have to spend 50 hours a week away from my kids and my home.
I’ve opened up a self-employed retirement savings account because I’ve never been employed by anyone who offered this.
I’m 100% confident that I’ve spent my entire life preparing for this.
Finally,I will not share my pen name with you or anyone else until I reach the 500k a year mark (which,by my estimates,should be in 2019*)
I don’t know if I’ll be making enough to purchase my house when my lease expires but I do know that this is the first bit of hopefulness I’ve had that I’ll be able to support myself after that.
*I know that sounds crazy but I actually compiled spreadsheets filled with data about what several other authors are making. Based on their release schedule,the numbers of books they have available and how long they’ve been writing. I was able to determine who to study and who to ignore. the key factors I have identified as being the “markers of success”are aggressive marketing and frequent publication. I’m a fast writer and I can TOTALLY do this.
Today I officially published my first actual book. With my name on it. I can’t even count how many ebooks and physical books I’ve ghost-written over the past few years. I was always surprised by how much actual work goes into them and watching my work rise on the sales charts with someone else’s name on it was bittersweet. But whatever.
So today I tasked myself with finishing a project I started for a client a few years ago. He decided he was unable to pay for the rest of the book,so I finished it without him and published it on Kindle today. It should go live on CreateSpace soon,so readers can order printed copies of this.
When I published the romance books,I had someone else do the formatting and layout. This time,I did it myself and Whoa my goodness,what a royal pain that was. It looks one way on my laptop,another way on my phone,another way on my kindle,another way on the iPad and an entirely different way on the kindle cloud reader.
In the end,I gave up. Literally. I just said “fuck it”and published. I’m done. It’s 5pm,I’m clocking out. Except I’m not really clocking out,just moving on to the next project.
So here it is…Gluten Free Pregnancy
For the record,the magic tool that enabled me to get this done so quickly is called Scrivener. I absolutely love it and I already have all of my projects (a gluttonous 12 right now) loaded into Scrivener. When i was watching a tutorial,I saw the funniest tweet about Scrivener and I totally agree with,it said something to the effect of “I want to marry scrivener and have its little organized babies.”Scrivener is insanely organized and so easy to use. If you can sit through tutorial videos,that is. I went through the Scrivener quick-start tutorial and I got as far as step 5D before I gave up. I watched a 2 hour video tutorial (played it in the background while I tended to other tasks) and as I was working,I checked youtube for specific instructions to specific issues I was having. So there’s a learning curve,you can’t just jump right in and feel the magic. But once you do,it’s amazing. I love Scrivener. So much
I used a coupon code WINTERFEST2015 to get a 25% discount and you can too. And besides,there’s like a free 30-use trial (not 30 days,30 uses so every time you open it it ticks another one off the count. That’s how they got me. I downloaded it a few months ago and I hate when free trials are on a timer because I wouldn’t have had the chance to actually use it if it had been 30 days counting.
Today was a success. I’m off of work until Sunday,so I’ve got a little more left in me during this run. Happy Wednesday to you
My writing adventures were stalled for a while because I thought life would be better working outside of the home. For a while,I was right. Writing from home had become a little bit of a drag for a while because I wondered if I could even make it in a “real”job. I felt the need to “break up”with my dining room table and surround myself with actual living breathing other people who I didn’t give birth to. As a divorced mother,I believed that maybe the best way to generate income for my family would be to seek outside employment. Because isn’t that what stay-home moms “have to do”when they get divorced?
Well,there’s good news and bad news;I made it. I started off as a cashier in a boutique grocery store (think Whole Foods meets Circle K;it’s general store with tons and tons of local delicacies and some housewares and home decor.) It’s an amazing little store and I feel insanely blessed to be part of the company. It has everything I wanted in a workplace;it was a startup,which appealed to my sense of creating something bigger,my coworkers are rock stars who work their @$$#s off every single day to provide an awesome experience for the customers. They care about their work and each other and overall the experience has been phenomenal.
After ten weeks,I was promoted to store manager and I made important changes to the way the company works,changes that have helped the company to grow and we’re now in the process of opening additional locations,the success of which will be directly impacted by my work. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m incredibly proud of the work I’m doing;creating a marketplace for small food producers and contributing to a company that strives to service the needs of an entire community in a way that’s sustainable and responsible (and utterly adorable;you should see this place).
These days,I find that many of my tasks now are related more to the growth of the company instead of the minutiae of running the store (developing training materials,analyzing data,communicating with vendors…),and that puts me right at home;listening to my kids play,cleaning the house and typing away at my keyboard like in the old days.
I’m missing those old days. That’s the bad news. Or is it also good news of a different sort? I’m missing the control I had over my work schedule;For a while my mother was living here with us and watched the kids while I was away at work. She’s moving away in a couple weeks and I’m looking into childcare arrangements and I’m not really impressed with my options. I’m also remembering the days when the kids were able to participate in all sorts of activities,when I was able to sleep in or stay up late and when I could travel easier.
I’m missing the freedom to choose my own income. When I was working from home,it was easy to decide I needed an extra thousand dollars for plane tickets or dance recital costumes. I remember feeling overwhelmed by my own schedule,and how I kept using a million different tools to keep myself organized,but the experience I’ve had over the past 18 months has really helped me master the process of scheduling my time and I’ve found the perfect tools to keep myself in check. If you’re wondering what my favorite tool is,it’s Priority Matrix from Appfluence. Hands down,this is my absolute can’t-live-without-it favorite tool for organizing tasks,projects and keeping track of things I’ve delegated. I am 100% sure that the rigors of this job would have bogged me down if I hadn’t discovered this tool. I’m also 100% sure that if I’d been using this tool 4 years ago I would have been so much more productive.
I’m missing the projects I put on the back burner. When I first started working,my royalties and commissions and ad income from my niche websites in addition to the revenue from web content contracts that I had outsourced were enough to sustain me minimally. Little by little,without any TLC from me over the past 18 months (OK,maybe 3 years),those revenue streams have been reduced to about 1/3 of what they were when I started. My niche websites have lost rank,the content isn’t fresh anymore,my forums haven’t been maintained,a few databases have crashed and even my eBook sales have disappeared because I failed to maintain the lead pages.
So basically,for a while,I was benefitting from the 7+ years I had put into my writing career with a great passive income that I took for granted. Today,with that income reduced to just a fraction of what it was,I’m growing a little tired of my (otherwise awesome) adventure and wanting to bring back my writing business and get back the freedom I had when I was self-employed,while still keeping the awesome connections I’ve made working outside the home and contributing to the growth of this little company I’m completely in love with. Yes,this is me wanting the best of both worlds.
I first started feeling this way last November when I took a crash course in romance writing. From November to February,I published five little romance novels and uploaded them to Kindle. I used a pen name and cranked them out like a madwoman(and no I will probably never reveal that identity). After a while though,the work of managing a store consumed me and I didn’t check it again until June when I realized that I had nearly $800 in my Amazon account just waiting for my payee information to be updated.
That was exciting. And once I dig up the name of the program I will publish a review of it here.
So my mother is moving away,my childcare is disappearing,I’ve grown weary of the 6am-2pm schedule I’ve created,I’m missing my kids and I’m discovering all of these amazing writing tools (hello Scrivener,you sexy thing)
I think I’m back.
It will take a little while to make sure the company is in an awesome position to move forward with less of physical me,but I am committed. During that transition,I’ll be weaning myself back into writing. I have some super exciting projects in the works and thanks to Priority Matrix,I’m simultaneously working on 4 different kindle/ CreateSpace books (each the beginning of a series) training materials for the company,data analysis for the company,social media for the company,inventory management,store management,managing my kids and my home and forcing myself to sleep 6-8 hours a night. (That’s a lie,I don’t actually get that much sleep).
But I’m back. And I’m energized and I’m scheduled and I’m organized. And I’m writing. Life is awesome.
Explaining the Hemingway App without actually copying and pasting from their website would be kind of lame because once you click on it you’ll end up seeing what it’s about anyway. So click on the words Hemingway App above and find out for yourself. It’s pretty awesome. Enjoy.