Writer to Writer - April 2008 - Issue Two
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It's felt like I've been chasing my tail a lot lately, so I've had to sit down and reassess a lot of areas in my business. I've now made a few decisions, and that includes outsourcing work that can just as easily be done by others.
Over the past twelve or so months I've found myself getting busier and busier, and as a result, so many aspects of my writing business have been ignored. It got to a stage that some of these things became a huge burden. A weight was lifted off my shoulders when I recently began outsourcing.
If you've thought about it, but like me felt the cost was too great to consider, think again.
Here's how it was put to me: if you're being paid (for instance) $60 or more per hour, and you can outsource for (say) $25 per hour, then it's easy to justify outsourcing. The argument being that if you do the work yourself, you're losing $60 for each hour, when you could have more than two hours work done for you for that same amount of money.
I had a project I've wanted to finish since last October. (This was not a writing job, rather a compilation of information required to complete a project.) I simply couldn't find the time, so it was constantly put to the side. Then I contacted a local Virtual Assistant, who did the whole project in two and a half hours, (costing $62-50) while I worked on a job that was worth nearly a thousand dollars.
If that's not justification, I don't know what is. And what's more, the project is now complete, and I'm earning another stream of income because of it.
The biggest (and best) decision I made recently was to get an affiliate manager. Craig and I are currently working out an action plan to streamline the process, and he will take over control of this area of my business very soon. This should be in the next 2-4 weeks.
A few days ago I purchased a new ebook about working from home. There are so many of these sorts of books around now, that I nearly didn't buy it. But this one is different in that it's written by someone I have a great deal of respect for. Ewan Chia has been around quite a while now, and has made massive amounts of income with his online businesses.
Many of you have told me you want to earn an online income, through both ebook creation and also affiliate commissions. Ewan's book covers both these, plus another online income model. The price is very low (only US$9-95), and I believe it's worth well in excess of that amount.
I earn a huge chunk of my income through ebook creation and online businesses, and highly recommend this book. It's probably the most straightforward and down to earth book I've ever read on this subject. I urge you to check Ewan's book out before it's no longer available:
Probably the best piece of advise I can give you right now about making an income using the internet, whether that's using your writing talents, or with an internet business, is this: just do it.
Taking action is the most important step anyone can make, and I'm living proof that it can be done.
Onto a more personal subject.... In the last issue I talked about my granddaughter Tara, who suffers from Williams Syndrome. Many of you went and visited the blog my daughter has set up, and several who live out of Australia asked for a way to make a donation for the Seizure Alert Dog.
As a result I've set up a page at my author website, where donations can be made via PayPal. Here's the link: http://www.cheryl-wright.com/Tara
All the information links related to Tara are on that page.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your good wishes, and also your generosity. My family are extremely grateful to each and every one of you.
Okay, let’s move onto this issue.
We have just the one article this month, and it's a little longer than usual. Cheryl Malandrinos brings us part two of her excellent article on becoming organised and clutter free. If you missed part one, don't stress. You'll find the link to it on the article page.
Okay, that's it from me - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.
Til next time…
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The bestselling A Cup of Comfort book series is now seeking submissions for these six new anthologies. Stories must be true, original, positive, narrative essays (creative nonfiction), and 1,000-2,000 words. Entrants pay no fees. Writers' guidelines: http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm
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The primary purpose of this book is to celebrate adoptive families and to recognize the extraordinary and challenging experiences that are unique to “chosen children” and their families. We are most interested in stories written by adult adoptive children and their adoptive parents and siblings, but the book will also likely include some stories written by members of the extended adoptive family (grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousin), close friends of the adoptive family (i.e. godparent), and birth family members. Virtually any topic relevant to adopted children and their adoptive parents is acceptable—as long as it is authentic, positive, insightful, and uplifting or inspiring. We do not want heartbreaking stories about adoptive parents or birth families that regret the adoption; there is a place for stories of that ilk, but this book is not that place. All of the stories in this collection must show a positive aspect of adoption and must bring comfort or joy or inspiration to those who have been adopted and/or to the families who adopted them—no matter how difficult the experience and emotions portrayed in the story might be.
Submission deadline: June 15, 2008
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