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Writer to Writer - October 2009

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Welcome - it feels like a lot longer, but it's only three weeks since the last newsletter.

Yep, you guessed it - that dreaded lurgy has reared its ugly head again. The infection did start to go away, but then came back again. <sigh> I've just finished my fourth round of antibiotics and have have now been put on cortisone. Wonderful - not.

I know it sounds strange, but I get the worst infections in October (Spring) each year than any other time of the year.  My doctor believes it's to do with all the pollens etc hanging around, but either way, it's a pain in the proverbial.

Okay, enough about my health issues...

As you probably realise, I receive a LOT of requests asking how writers can earn an income from their writing skills. So I've decided to again dedicate an issue to helping you earn an income from your writing skills.

Literally every week I read a non-fiction book.  I challenge myself to constantly learn.  I love learning new skills, and it not only helps with my writing, in some cases it's also a big help when it comes to assisting my grandchildren with their school work.

The bottom line is this:  all writers need to constantly update their writing skills.  There are gazillions of writers out there vying for work, and to win assignments, you need to keep ahead of the crowd.  Education is the best way to do that.

I'm not saying you should buy every book about writing that comes on the market, but I am saying you must keep yourself educated, and you must keep your skills up to date.  As I've said many times before, on average I take at least one course a year to update my skills and to expand my level of knowledge. 

To be honest, I was going to only list one or two books here, but I decided that would be a major injustice to you.  The reason is there are a wide range of courses/books available, and because everyone is interested in different areas of writing, I would be restricting your exposure to what is available.

I've put together a list of courses, books, and other resources for writers that I know are high in quality, but low in price for what you are getting.

These are all produced by the publisher of The Wealthy Writer, and they stand behind everything they sell. (And so do I!)

Okay, here's my list of extremely helpful - and highly recommended - products: (These are all produced by the same people who publish The Wealthy Writer, and as you'll see, there is a wide variety of topics available.)



The Wealthy Writer

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Travel Writing Secrets



The Ultimate Copywriter

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Movie in a Month



How to Write a Children's Book

Novel in a Month



Write Any Book in 28 Days

Self-Publishing Secrets

How to Win Contests

Book Proposal Secrets

Best-Seller Secrets


The following are not courses, but may be helpful:

Eliminate Writer's Block

Book Back-up Software

Essential English for Authors


This is a perfect time to educate yourself - the year is coming to an end, so by studying and practicing, you should be ready to put your new skills into practice with paid assignments by the start of the new year, if not earlier.

A word of warning:  if you don't intend to follow through (that is, take action on what you learn), please don't consider any of these resources.  They are no good to you unless you actually do something with them.

Now for this issue.... NaNoWriMo is not something I've ever attempted, but if you're even slightly interested in the National Novel Writing Month challenge, Judy Bagshaw's article this month is a must-read!

Continuing on with the theme of this newsletter - helping you earn an income - I've written a 'story' about my newsletter writing career.  It's not an article, it's not a rant, but it is my personal experiences of earning excellent income from writing newsletters.  You'll find it further down the page.

Okay, that's it from me (finally!) - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…



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The NaNo Experience:
Getting That Romance Novel Written

©Judy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved


November will bring with it National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, or NaNo to those of us in the know. J  



Instituted in 1999, the goal of “NaNo” is to write a 175 page (50,000 word) novel by midnight Nov.30. This is “seat of the pants” writing, favouring quantity over quality. You register at their site, where you can also find forums for support. Once registered you can set up your own page where you can post about your progress.


The beauty of NaNo is in the accountability. Once you register (and it’s free, by the way), you are compelled to check in daily, or every few days, and report on your progress. You can see other writers’ progress, sign up to get emailed encouraging messages, drop in the forums to rant or cry or ask questions or just rub elbows with other obsessed writers. You can even arrange to meet up with other writers in your area. And if you reach your goal, you get a neat little virtual certificate that you can post front and centre on your author web page.


I participated in NaNo in ’06, ’07. and ’08. I totally failed to finish in ’06, but the book was awful anyway and will never see the light of day. I ’07, I finished but was unhappy with the manuscript and set it aside. In ’08, I reached just over 30,000 before the end of the month, so didn’t win but had a pretty good start to a romance novel.


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Writing Newsletters as a
Regular Income Stream
© Cheryl Wright


Have you ever considered writing newsletters?  Did you know they can often become a regular income stream?

When I first began my writing career, I was totally unknown in any form of writing.  I’d barely been published, and had no idea how to secure my first writing gig.  

Then I was offered the position of editor for a staff newsletter produced by a large radiology company where I worked.  They’d been producing the newsletter for several years, and it was very unprofessional.  Plus the person creating the newsletter each month was doing it when she had the time – during work hours.

Since I’d been helping her for several months, the job was offered to me when she’d had enough.  But I didn’t have the time during my normal work hours to do it, so the management offered it to me as an additional job, and supplied all the software for me to work from home.  

At first I saw it as just a bit of extra money here and there but that ‘extra bit of money’ quickly turned into an additional $25,000 - $35,000 income each year.  And I only did it for a few days each month!  

The newsletter job lasted until I left the company, nearly six years later.  That experience helped me secure a position at an international insurance company where I did something similar, only this time I wrote a client newsletter. That newsletter contained technical information, and therefore gave me experience as a technical writer. After leaving that company nearly eight years later, I freelanced, selling my newsletter expertise to businesses (online and off), non-profit organisations, clubs etc., earning income I wouldn’t have otherwise received.  

The bottom line is this:  companies all over the world produce client newsletters.  This helps them keep in touch with their clients, provide technical information, and helps them sell their products.  

If you can produce a newsletter, you can often secure an ongoing gig.  That means money in your pocket each and every month. 

How much you charge will depend on how much work is involved, but the average is around $100 per page, and often more. 

There are loads of variables like whether the business will provide you with copy or you have to write everything, will you need to do layouts or will they secure a graphics designer, will it be a print copy or an electronic copy, and so on.  But in every case, you will get paid for your services.  

Why am I telling you all this?  Because I recently came across a course that teaches everything you need to know about producing newsletters.  The course was originally written for people who wanted to set up their own newsletter business, but since I’ve read the course, I know it can also assist you to sell your newsletter services.  

Not only will this course teach you how to write newsletters, but it goes into many writing techniques.  That means you’ll benefit in many ways.  

Here are just a few of the techniques covered: 

  • Adding emotion to non-fiction
  • Making your writing compelling
  • Putting life into your writing
  • Speaking to your audience on their level
  • Finding ideas

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Writing newsletters does not require a lot of capital, in fact, unless you’re doing the graphic design and layouts as well, you need nothing except your computer, an internet connection, and knowledge.  

Since you’re reading this message, I know you have the first two, but the latter could be a major stumbling block.  

That’s where this course can make a huge difference.  

This is one of those times you need to seriously consider investing in yourself, because without the knowledge or experience necessary, this is not something you can simply go out and do. 

This is not an ebook, it’s a full-blown self-paced course.  All modules and exercises are sent to you, and you get to work at your own pace.   

To learn more, go here - the price being offered is way lower than normal.

There's just one thing I'd like to add - if you do not intend to act on the information, please don't buy it.  This opportunity is for action-takers; they're the people who will benefit.  Information sitting on your hard-drive will not help you to earn income.


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