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Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success

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The Freelance Writer’s Thanksgiving Prayer: What are You Thankful for as a Freelance Writer?

I wrote the following around Thanksgiving in 2006. It’s become a perennial favorite — one I add to every other year or so. This is the 2013 version. Note: What are you thankful for as a freelance writer? …

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Self-Publishing Money-Making Tips for the Holidays: Are You Leaving $$ on the Table by Not Doing These 3 Things?

Written by Yuwanda Black

I’ve been writing, self-publishing and selling ebooks online for over a decade — since 2002. I can’t believe it’s been that long! If you sell info products online, you probably realize that the holidays are a great time to sell more – just like any other retailer.

Here are three things I’ve done over the last couple of years that have helped me sell more ebooks during the holidays.

I. Write More Ebooks

Every year more e-readers, eg, Nooks and Kindles, are sold. One reason is that prices are coming down. And when people get them, what’s the first thing they do? Load them up with ebooks.

One Ebook Writer Who Earns Between $4,000 and $6,000 per Month — from Just a Few Titles

I write primarily non-fiction, how-to ebooks and in late November and early December especially, I notice an uptick in sales. My sister has transitioned beautifully from non-fiction to fiction, and sales of her ebooks in her new genre (inter-racial romance) are off the charts!

How to Sell More Ebooks During the Holidays (Tips for Self-PublishersShe’s finding that the more she puts out, the more she sells. She’s published three ebooks in the last couple of months, and will have her biggest payout ever as a self-published ebook author in January (Amazon lags 60 days behind in payments, so everything you sell  in November for example, you get paid for in January).

And let me tell ya, it’s not chump change – she expects her earnings to be between $4,500 and $6,000 (if she finishes her latest release). She just told me if she doesn’t sell another ebook this month, her earnings are already over $4,500 for January. And remember, she only started writing romance back in February of this year.

So the more ebooks you publish, the more you earn. I know this from my self-publishing journey.

II. Bundle Ebook Titles

The ebooks are already written, so bundling like titles together is an easy way to upsell clients. Even if you charge just $1 more by bundling, it can exponentially increase sales.

For example, I’ve sold a lot of the internet marketing ebook, How to Make Money Placing Free Classified Ads, which sells by itself for $19.95. But I bundled it with this ebook for just $1 more (it sells for $6.99 separately), and now I sell even more – some three years after it was initially written.

The Psychology behind the “Infomercial Approach” of Bundling Ebooks for Sale

I was doing some research one day on how to sell more ebooks, and ran across an article that talked about the effectiveness of late night infomercials. The idea is to pile so many good offers on that the view CAN’T say no. It really is a science – literally. Proof?

The secret lies in neuroscience. Infomercials are carefully scripted to pump up dopamine levels in your brain, says Martin Lindstrom, an advertising expert and author of “Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy,” which details how ads affected 2,000 research subjects.

“Infomercials take viewers on a psychological roller-coaster ride,” Lindstrom says. The fun starts with dramatizations of a problem you didn’t know you had, followed by the incredible solution, then a series of ever more amazing product benefits, bonuses, and giveaways, all leading to the final thrilling plunge of an unbelievably low price. (emphasis added) After the ride, Lindstrom says, “dopamine levels drop in 5 or 6 minutes. That’s why infomercials ask you to buy in the next 3 minutes.” [Source: ConsumerReports.org, Should you ‘Buy This Now!’?]

Now I’m not saying “dupe” prospects into buying what you’re selling, but if yours is a legitimate ebook full of info someone is considering purchasing anyway, an add-on of equal value that complements that ebook – for a very nominal amount – can be just the thing to make them buy.

Learn more about how I bundle ebooks to sell more of them.

III. Offer Ebook Discounts

I’m not a huge fan of discounts simply because I always keep in mind those who purchase at full price. Even though it works well in retail, my thinking is, if my ebook info is current and someone paid full price for it last week, then it’s kinda unfair that someone else pays less this week.

This is just my opinion – and why I don’t offer discounts often.

3 Tips on How to Get the Most from Selling Your Ebooks at a Discount

(a) Be Crystal Clear about the Deadline: Be crystal clear about when the time to purchase will expire. And remember, we live in a global economy, which means different time zones. So when I ebook discounts, I’ll say something to the effect of, “Offer expires this Sunday, December 1st at 11:59 pm EST US.

(b) Create Urgency: Piggybacking on the last point, I’ve noticed that the longer you offer a discount, the less you sell. I’ve offered ebook discounts for as long as a month, and as short as a week. I’ve had much more success with the shorter time period; I think this is because it creates a sense of urgency to buy.

(c): Use Odd Numbers in Your Pricing: Ever wonder why you never see a price of $19.98, or $49.96, or $15.94? It’s because tests have shown that odd numbers do better, eg, $19.99, $39.97, $49.95. Proof?

Consumers tend to perceive “odd prices” as being significantly lower than they actually are, tending to round to the next lowest monetary unit. Thus, prices such as $1.99 is associated with spending $1 rather than $2. … According to a 1997 study published in the Marketing Bulletin, approximately 60% of prices in advertising material ended in the digit 9, 30% ended in the digit 5, 7% ended in the digit 0 and the remaining seven digits combined accounted for only slightly over 3% of prices evaluated. [Source: Wikipedia.com, Psychological pricing]

The Psychology behind Offering Discounts

Discounts are a powerful purchasing motivator – and why it’s one of the reasons use it year after year after year. Here’s just a little insight into why discounting is such a good way to sell ebooks (and anything else).

. . . although the primary rule of economics states that consumers will act in the most rational, self-benefitting way, discounts have a big effect on purchase behavior. . . . it’s important to note that everyone is attracted to a deal, no matter how large or small. Just think – would you rather pay full price for an item when you could save a few bucks instead? [Source: Leveraging the Psychology of Discounts to Make More Money]

FYI, not all discounts are equal. There’s a great section in the post mentioned just above about learning which types of discounts work best for your target market. Check it out so that if you use this method, you get the best results possible.

Share Your Ebook Marketing and Self-Publishing Thoughts

Is there anything you do this time of year to sell more ebooks? Is there something you’ve tried that didn’t work? Self-publishing is still so new and there are so many ways to make money at it, so please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

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Freelance Writing Jobs for the Week of 11/25/2013

Written by Yuwanda Black

Observations as I went through this week’s freelance job listings . . . Number one – the sheer variety of writing and blogging jobs out there – everything from lawn care to cooking! Second, more and more companies seem to be looking for writers/bloggers to “take over” their blogs (ie, become long-term ghost bloggers). In case you didn’t know, time is the number one reason many companies cite for not doing things like blogging (aka content marketing) and social media CONSISTENTLY; hence the need for freelance writers to take over and be their voice on the web.

One more thing – I know many are in holiday mode, with biggies like Thanksgiving coming up here in America. This means a lot of freelance writers AREN’T focused on work, which leaves the door open for those of you who are super-focused at this time. Good luck applying!

Note: Some of these jobs, although freelance, may be location specific. In those cases, the location is listed. Now, today’s listings . . .

Relationship/Dating Writer: We are looking for 2 Rock Star writer/journalists to join our team to write weekly and monthly assignments on sex, love, dating, and relationships focused towards the interests of women. What makes us different is that all of our content is based on science, research, or psychology instead of opinion. You will be expected to do all your own research as well as come up with engaging and interesting topics for courses, infographics, how-to guides, and blog posts. Pay: $1,200 per month. Get full details on this writing job.

Freelance Copywriter (New York, NY): Firm looking for Copywriter for a 4-to-6 month project. There is a possibility of more and further projects but it will be contingent on this one. We are planning on hiring two people that will be working on different parts of the project. Although you will not be writing together, it would be a good idea to maintain contact with each other to for support, problems or questions. Pay: $1,850/week. Get full details on this copywriting job.

Freelance “Culture” Bloggers: TheBlot is a fast-growing new publication, focused on covering the darker corners of culture: sex, drugs, politics and anything that’s truly scandalous. We’re looking for stringers with a strong publishing history and strong opinions. Please send us your pitches and ideas. Pay: $50/post; 500 to 1,000 words (if you consistently generate high pageviews, we will elevate your rate). Get full details on this freelance writing job.

Wildlife / Lawn Care Ghost Writer/Blogger: We need a someone to research and ghostwrite blog posts for us. Urban Wildlife Removal and Organic Lawn Care / Home Maintenance are of greatest concern. We focus on Texas native lawn care and landscaping and we obviously do not need content about controlling animals not found in Dallas / Fort Worth. Pay: $30-$50 per post, weekly contributions needed. Get full details on this ghostwriting job.

Home Décor Writers/Bloggers: Makespace, a New York-based startup, is looking for writers to help us expand our blog. We are looking for motivated and excellent writers to create content on a variety of topics including home decor and design, organization, and home management. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this writing/blogging job.

Tech Writers Needed: Looking for long-term relationships with writers. We have two types of positions open: reviewer of software/apps for Windows, Android, and web/browser; and writer of tips, tricks, how-to guides, etc. for Windows, Android, and web/browser. Pay: Pay is per article and will be paid via PayPal. Get full details on this tech writing job.

Freelance Writers and Bloggers: Reply! Inc. is the leading online marketplace using cost-per-click or cost-per-lead approach for locally targeted advertising. Reply! seeks part-time freelance writers and bloggers with expertise in one or more of the following vertical topics: autos, home improvemen, (car) insurance, real estate. The work is remote / telecommute and includes writing consumer facing blog posts for the above verticals. Pay: $Submit your per-post rate. Get full details on this freelance writing and blogging job.

Blender Blogger (yes, you read right!): We are the sole distributor of a popular Blender – a leader in the market of high-grade commercial blenders, also suitable for domestic use. With the recent launch of our Juicer, & the increasing success of our blender, we require a BRIGHT, energetic, creative writer to join our healthy, happy team! Blogging on social media, review sites & blogs is where you will spend your approximate 10hours p/w with us. Experience is not essential, however reliability & a passion for health IS. Pay: $20-$25 p/hr. Get full details on this freelance blogging job.

Freelance Financial Bloggers: Gregory FCA, a nationally ranked public relations firm, is looking for financial and business writers to develop posts for the company’s new blog focusing on financials services news and trends. The posts will be thought leadership pieces for RIAs, fund managers, ETF sponsors, and retirement-focused firms. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this finance writing and blogging job.

E-Commerce Blogger: We are looking for an E-commerce blogger/writer. 1-3 articles a week. Pay: $25-$50 an article; 300-1000 words. Payment available after article is completed via PayPal. Get full details on this blogging job.

Freelance Tax/Accounting Blogger: We are looking for a tax expert to blog about emerging tax issues and opportunities for corporations and High Net Worth individuals. Focus is on California but there will be thoughtful discussion of federal tax and international tax shelter planning as well. Pay: $300/week. Get full details on this blogging job.

Freelance Architectural/Design Bloggers (New York, NY): Are you a talented, budding copywriter with a passion for property interiors, architecture and design? Our homes all have distinctive interiors, but here at onefinestay we are about bringing that unique personality and character of each home to life. We want visitors of our website to read a home’s story and yearn to explore further. And we love to delight all of our hosts with beautiful descriptions of their homes. Pay: $80/article; 350-450 words for 1 to 5 articles per week. Get full details on this blogging job.

Freelance Editors/Proofreaders: We are starting an exciting online proofreading/ editing/ translation agency for international clients from non-English speaking countries. We want editors (contract freelancers) with strong editing experience from all professional areas (Academic papers, the natural sciences, legal documents, business writing, etc.). Previous editing experience is a huge plus. Pay: Expected pay is $16 to $30/hour depending on the nature of the project and your skills. Get full details on this proofreading/editing job.

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Publisher Note: Did you catch last Friday’s Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success? Something to REALLY think about as we come upon a new year.
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Freelance Social Media / Marketing Manager: Penny Lane Pictures is seeking an outgoing freelance social media/marketing manager with an interest or background in Public Relations and/or media sales. Duties: Develop relationships with viewers through social media and build social media outreach programs to increase reach & engagement. Maintain presence across Facebook, g+, Twitter, and Pinterest through daily engagement posts and planning of effective editorial calendar and tent-pole events. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this social media job.

Freelance Editors/Writers: 2Blue Media Group is launching 2BlueMagazine.com in December 2013. This online lifestyle site — targeted to American women 25 – 54 — will cover trends and commentary, which inform, stir, and delight our readers.  We have 3 Editor/Writer permalancer positions open: Words (books and beyond); home; and pets. We also have 1 copy editor permalancer position open. These are work-from-home positions. Editors will be responsible for developing the content strategy and producing original content for their vertical. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this editing/writing job.

Freelance Fashion Editor: Beyond the Row (www.beyondtherow.com), a newly launched fashion/beauty/lifestyle website seeks an online fashion editor to take our style coverage to the next level. The position calls for a skilled line editor, a zippy display writer, top-notch packager and a visual thinker. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this freelance editing job.

Freelance Cooking Blogger: Seeking an experienced culinary blogger to write posts (up to 500 words / post) on kitchen gadgets, present, past, and upcoming. This is an ongoing column for a relatively new website. The majority of our readers are females, ages 30 to 55, who consider themselves amateur chefs. The blogger is expected to write 2-4 posts weekly. Pay: $15/post; 2-4 posts per week needed. Get full details on this freelance blogging job.

Freelance SEO Writer: Our small marketing company needs persuasive, SEO-oriented copywriting done for our website. We would like the writing to have personality, while highlighting the services we offer. Pay: $Submit your rate. Get full details on this freelance SEO writing job.

Freelance Business Bloggers: We are an established business consulting firm working with businesses to help them to hire and retain top talent. We need a good freelance writer to contribute weekly or bi-weekly articles to publish throughout our website /social media platforms. Pay: $On a per-piece basis (submit your rate); 500-700 words. Get full details on this freelance business blogging job.

Tech/Gaming Blogger/Writer: Techniquid is a fairly new site the covers almost everything tech and gaming, and we are looking for new writers! We looking for people to cover Tech and Gaming news, along with any articles related to tech and gaming. We prefer people who can do both. Pay: $Per post. Get full details on this tech/gaming blogging job.

Freelance Communications Writer: We are working exclusively with our client in identifying two Communication Writers in the UK. You will be writing memos, articles, papers and interviewing SME’s and helping develop speeches. The audience will be all types of employees and executives and will be diffused through Intranet, webcast, email and brochure. Duration of Assignment: Approximately 6 months; anywhere from 10-40 hours per week. Location: 100% Virtual – must be located in the UK. Client is located in France. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this communications writing job.

Freelance Senior Copywriter for a Leading Pharmaceutical Company: 12-Month Contract. Duties: Creates and develops innovative ideas and copy for marketing, advertising, promotional, professional and informational materials for print and multimedia campaigns/projects.  Collaborates with designers on complex projects, taking direction from the Account Executive (AE) and/or Studio Manager and incorporating feedback into the copy. Ensures all deadlines are met. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this freelance copywriting job.

Freelance Math Editor (Boston, MA): Experienced skilled math editor with portfolio of projects. In depth knowledge of current curriculum, standards and assessment methodology. Solid writing skills and familiarity with book design and associated software programs. Correlation experience a plus. Pay: $Submit your per-post rate. Get full details on this freelance editing job.

Freelance Entertainment/Lifestyle Copywriters (Chicago, IL): Superb is looking for strong, savvy copywriters to join our editorial team. Writers will help generate stories surrounding Chicago’s nightlife, dining, shopping, and culture. Pay: $Submit your per-post rate. Get full details on this freelance entertainment/lifestyle writing  job.

College-Attending Bloggers: We are recruiting a team of bloggers to write articles for our college themed website. Articles will include topics such as, beer/liquor reviews, best college bars, college parties, greek life, sports, music, college life and just about anything that goes on in the crazy world of college! Bloggers must be current college students. Pay: $10-$25 per post. Get full details on this freelance blogging job.

Freelance Writers: About.com, a top U.S. web property, is looking for experienced online freelance writers who are credible authorities in their fields and capable of conveying information to users in a friendly, enthusiastic, and compelling way. Duties: Create original and easy-to-consume articles to meet the diverse needs that arise in readers’ everyday lives. Pay: About.com’s independent contractor writers are initially paid per article. This rate is capped to a monthly per-article maximum. However, contractors with sites that grow and meet certain conditions can potentially earn higher fees in excess of the per-article maximum, based on their success in building an audience for the content they write. Get full details on this freelance writing job.

Ghost Blogger (Medical): Need ghost writer to write physician employment content for my job board. Need 1000 words every 2 weeks. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this blogging job.

Organic Foods/Healthy Living Writer/Blogger: The leading organic food website for savvy, smart, health conscious individuals who love delicious healthy food and live the green lifestyle, is looking for more writers to add to our team. The Organic Whey, Inc. (www.theorganicwhey.com) is a socially conscious company that manufactures and sells premium organic whey online through their own website, as well as through Amazon.com. Pay: $ Market rates, writer-friendly contract, professional team. Get full details on this blog writing job.

Freelance Business Writers (Austin, TX): Busy, growing Austin-based public relations and editorial services firm has immediate need for excellent freelance writers capable of developing well-written profiles of businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals, and writing other business-oriented articles and op/eds. Abundant opportunity for steady freelance work and growth. Pay: $Per article/profile. Get full details on this freelance business writing job.

Freelance Online Writers: Internet related work (websites, blogs, social media), writing for the oil & gas industry, and articles in a variety of subjects/styles. Work is on a contract basis. Company is US-based, been in business since 2004, and places a high value on quality. High volume of work available due to current company workload. Pay: $10-$35/hour. Get full details on this freelance writing job.

Creative Writers (Humorous): We are looking for a creative writer to produce content for a new site we are launching. The creative writer should have some prior experience, a deep interest in creative writing, and be able to produce work samples of witty, humorous content. We are expecting the hire to produce a good deal quantitatively, so solid work ethic is a must. Pay: $Going marketing rate. Get full details on this creative writing job.

Hope you had a great weekend!

WHAT’S COMING UP THIS WEEK

Following is what’s coming up here and on SeoWritingJobs.com, this blog’s companion blog, this week.

Tomorrow: Self-Publishing Money-Making Tips for the Holidays (There’s good money to be made this time of year as a self-publisher; tomorrow I’ll share three tips that have helped me sell more information products (ebooks/e-classes) this time of year).

Wednesday: The Freelance Writer’s Thanksgiving Prayer. This is a fun, ongoing post that I add to every other year or so.  SEND IN what you’re grateful for and I’ll add it to the list, ok?

Thursday on SeoWritingJobs.com, This Site’s Companion Site: 3 Things to Ask Clients This Time of Year That Can Land You More SEO Writing Jobs. Again, more tips that have worked for me this time of year since I started doing SEO writing in 2007.

Friday: The weekly Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success (we post one every Friday; the link is to the most recent one).

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SEO Copywriting Training Course in Negril JamaicaP.S.: Join me in Jamaica for the SEO copywriter training class and learn how to start a high-paying career as a freelance SEO writer. Incentive? Here’s an SEO writer who signed a $24,000 contract!

A nominal deposit reserves your spot. Learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about changing (taking control of) your life! Proof? See average salary of SEO writers in graphic just below.

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P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer. How? Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online pretty seamlessly in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success

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Getting Your Freelance Writing Business Off the Ground: 4 (More) Steps & You’re Ready to Go!

Written by Karen Cioffi

In the prior article here on Inkwell Editorial, Starting a Freelance Writing Business? The First 3 Questions You’ll Need to Answer to Find a Profitable Niche, we discussed the first three decisions you need to make before you can move forward with your plans to start a freelance writing business.

3 Decisions We’ve Discussed Already

The number one decision is to decide what you’re good at. The second is to decide if it’s something you love to do. The third is to decide if that niche is profitable.

4 More Decisions You Need to Make

Now, it’s time to go over the next four steps you’ll need to take to actually implement your freelance writing business – to get it off the ground.

1. Create a quality product or service.

The very first step is to have a quality product. This can’t be stressed enough.

If you have a quality product, it will sell itself. Aside from it making your ‘sales’ job easier, you want to be known as a professional freelance writer, trustworthy, and as an authority in your niche. Your customer/client needs to feel like he’s gotten a great value for his dollar with your product or service.

Tip: In regard to freelance writing, to have a quality service you need to know how to write – it’s important to learn the craft of writing. You also need to know your niche.

How to Start a Freelance Writing Business: 4 More StepsIf the niche you chose is something you’re not too familiar with and are investing in because of its popularity, then you’ll need to research the topic. Become familiar with the keywords and jargon.

2. Know who you’ll be marketing to.

Once you decide on your niche, it’s time to dig in. You’ll need to know what type of people and businesses will be interested in buying what you’re offering. The more specific information you have the easier it will be to market to them and the more willing they will be to use your services.

To get started, you can do a Google search for the niche you want to write in. This will bring you to sites/businesses in that niche.

Suppose you want to write for the allergy niche. Type in “allergy products” in the search box and see what comes up.

I did this and Google listed 159,000 results that offered information on allergy products. That’s a lot of opportunity.

3. Brainstorm your message.

At this point, you have a great service and you know who you’ll be marketing to. Next is to have an effective message. This is essential to a successful freelance writing business or any business for that matter. Your message will be your value proposition.

According to Investopedia.com, your value proposition is:

A business or marketing statement that summarizes why a consumer should buy a product or use a service. This statement should convince a potential consumer that one particular product or service will add more value or better solve a problem than other similar offerings.

Often, you don’t have the time or space to write a lot, so it’s best to tweak your full value proposition down to one sentence to be used in your signature. For example, one of my businesses is helping authors and writers create an optimized online platform. My signature for that business is:

Karen Cioffi

Build an Online Platform that Works

TIP: It’s important to have your niche keyword in your message.

4. Promote your message. This is the ongoing marketing phase.

With your niche and value proposition in hand, you’re ready to take off. This final step is all about promotion, which is the visibility stage of marketing. It’s the process of getting your product or service in front of as many ‘targeted’ people as possible and converting them into customers/clients.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, “customers are the lifeblood of your business.”

At this point, you need to create and implement your marketing strategy. Keep in mind this strategy will be ongoing, so make it realistic. It’s got to be doable.

3 Basic Marketing Strategies for Freelance Writers

Three basic marketing strategies you’ll need to work on are:

  • Create a professional and optimized website
  • Article marketing – this is an inbound marketing strategy that helps bring traffic to your website – it also helps establish you as an authority in your niche
  • Social media – for this strategy you will need to ‘share’ your article marketing efforts (share your posts/articles), be active on your social networks, and share the content of others.

These four steps will help you get your freelance writing business off the ground and in flight.

How about you?

Do you have a freelance writing business up and running? Do you have a value proposition for it? If you do, we’d love to know what it is.

About the Author: Karen Cioffi is a freelance writer and online platform marketing instructor with WOW Women on Writing! She helps authors and freelance writers create and optimize their online platform, including their website. Need help with your platform? Take Ms. Cioffi’s six week in-depth ecourse, Create and Build Your Author/Writer Online Platform.

Tomorrow on SeoWritingJobs.com, This Site’s Companion Site: Why I Love Cheap Writing Gigs (my take on this often-volatile freelance writing subject).
SEO Copywriting Training Course in Negril JamaicaP.S.: Ready to start freelancing? Join me in Jamaica for the SEO copywriter training class and learn how to start a high-paying career as a freelance SEO writer. Incentive? Here’s an SEO writer who signed a $24,000 contract!

A nominal deposit reserves your spot. Learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about changing (taking control of) your life! Proof? See average salary of SEO writers in graphic just below.

seo-writing-jobs-salary

P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer. How? Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online pretty seamlessly in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Using LinkedIn Free Mini Tutorial: 5 Tips That Have Worked for Me

The following is a guest post by Tiffany Howard.

LinkedIn has certainly blossomed as a social network over the past few years. In fact it currently boasts over 225 million members worldwide who represent a broad swath of industries – which presents amazing opportunities for freelance writers.

Whether you’re in content marketing, textiles, holistic medicine, or dog training, chances are you can find people to network with on LinkedIn. Not only that, but there are plenty of tools and features to help you find people easier.

A lot of people realize the potential that LinkedIn has for networking and finding new clients, but the size of the site along with all of its features might seem intimidating. If this is you, here are five ways to make the most of marketing your freelance writing services on LinkedIn.

I. Fill out your profile completely.

When you first join LinkedIn, you should fill out your profile as completely as possible. Your tag line, experience, clips, and currently projects are all important indicators of what you can do for the people who search for you.

Key Tip Here: Don’t forget to include keywords in your tag line and profile. If you’re a ghost blogger, copywriter, and freelance journalist, put all of that in there, and not just whatever you are working on at the time.

II. Ask existing connections.

Is there someone you’ve written for before and would like to connect with again? How about that prospect you haven’t emailed in a while?

LinkedIn is a great way to reconnect with old connections who might have work for you. You will also have access to their network of contacts as well.

Tip You Might Not Know: Use that helpful tool that allows you to add connections from your email contacts. You might even spot a name or two that you’d forgotten all about.

III. Join LinkedIn groups.How to Find Freelance Writing Jobs Using LinkedIn

There are LinkedIn groups for just about every occupation you can think of. This is great because it gives you a chance to reach out to lots of different professionals.

If you’re a writer marketing to SEO agencies, join an SEO group. If you write for nutrition blogs and websites, join a group for nutrition professionals.

Once you join a group, don’t forget to contribute regularly in a meaningful way. You might mention that you’re a writer in some of your posts, but only if it fits into the conversation. Never spam a group. This is the quickest way to get yourself booted.

Important Tip to Remember: You can join writing groups, but be careful not to limit your scope to this area alone. The key is to get yourself in front of professionals and companies who might need your services, not just to hang around other writers.

IV. Join LinkedIn for Journalists.

If you are a professional writer on LinkedIn, then LinkedIn (LI) for Journalists is the group to be in. You have to apply for membership, and you’ll usually get approved as long as your profile has at least a few writing credits.

Tip You Might Not Know: When you join LI for Journalists, be sure to sign up for the very helpful LI for Journalists training. You will learn helpful tools and tricks for utilizing LinkedIn for your writing projects, and you will also earn a free year’s Premium membership just for taking the training.

Premium LinkedIn Membership Benefits

The premium membership has its benefits, including:

(a) Seeing who viewed you recently (I liked to send In-mails to these people letting them know that I saw that they viewed my profile and that I’m available if they need a writer);

(b) Contacting 2nd connections via inMail (see below); and

(c) Seeing how many searches you’ve appeared in within the last 30 days.

V. Search your connections.

Your 2nd connections are valuable prospects since 1) You already have an “in” with them through your mutual connection; and 2) They’re likely in a similar industry as your mutual connection.

Did you know this about marketing your freelance writing services on LinkedIn? If you’re a Premium member, you can use the search tools to look up 2nd connections by keyword, industry, position, and more.

When I’m trying to find second connections that work for marketing agencies or in marketing positions, I check the “2nd” box and type in “marketing” as the keyword. You might find other useful ways to use this feature.

LinkedIn Connection That Pays Off in Possible Future Freelance Writing Work

Actually one of Yuwanda’s connections on LinkedIn opened the door for possible future work for me. I sent her the following email to let her know, writing:

. . . I wanted to thank you for endorsing me on LinkedIn. I was contacting prospects and one of them, … says he used to work with you. He invited me to a luncheon hosted by our local chapter of the American Advertising Federation . . . but I unfortunately will be out of town by then. His company already has a content marketing firm but he said he’d keep my info on file.

Yuwanda emailed me back, saying:

. . . yeah, I remember [him]. He used to work for an internet marketing firm in CA; they were one of my first long-term SEO writing clients. I worked with 5 or 6 ppl in that firm — thanks to [his] referrals (he was my first contact).

Anyhoo, glad you made the connection, and hope you get future work from him. He was a doll to work with.

And that’s the beauty of LinkedIn.

Conclusion

When you know how to use it, LinkedIn is a veritable treasure trove of contacts for freelance writers. It’s an ideal place to make yourself visible to prospects, and also a great way to keep in touch with your existing professional connections.

One more thing to remember about the power of LinkedIn when it comes to marketing for freelance writing jobs – it’s where the decision makers are. Proof?

According to the HootSuite post, Among Decision-Makers, LinkedIn The Most-Used Social Network for Work:

New data from Forrester confirms that LinkedIn is the most-used social network for work among ‘decision-makers’. Using data collected from 283 of these business leaders at North American or European companies with over 100 employees, they were able to determine that LinkedIn was used by 81% of respondents …

The wide use of LinkedIn for business illustrates the broad acceptance of the social network’s contribution to business success. Be it recruiting, networking, marketing or anything else, business leaders are clearly recognizing the value of LinkedIn at work.

If you’re not already using LinkedIn to market yourself as a freelance writer, there’s no time like the present to start.

About the Author: Tiffany Howard is a freelance writer whose work includes articles, press releases, blog posts, eBooks, white papers, special reports, and sales copy, and her concentrations include science and nature, real estate, travel, and nutrition and wellness. When she is not at the beach or playing tag with her little one, she can be found blogging about online marketing and social media. Connect with her on Twitter @THowardWriter.

Coming Tomorrow: Getting Your Freelance Writing Business Off the Ground: 4 (More) Steps & You’re Ready to Go! This is the second part of this post, submitted by the wondrous Karen Cioffi.

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Freelance Writing Jobs for the Week of 11/18/2013

Note: Some of these jobs, although freelance, may be location specific. In those cases, the location is listed. Now, today’s job listings . . .

Freelance Content Marketing Writers: We’re looking for strong, efficient writers who are mobile savvy, or willing to thoroughly research the industry. Ideal candidates will have written tech-focused articles for respected publications and have clips to show for it. While the work is freelance, we’re hoping to foster long-term relationships with multiple writers who we could hire repeatedly. Pay: $Submit your rate. Get full details on this freelance writing job.

Freelance Tech Writer: Small, independent software company needs a freelance writer who can go through our software documentation and simplify the wording and terminology. Our manual was written by the programmers, not from a user’s POV. Pay: $35/hour. Get full details on this freelance software manual writing job.

Freelance Content Contributors: We’re seeking a handful of contributors at the local level to produce interesting and relevant posts across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific (Australia/NZ). This is a cool opportunity for freelance writers and professional content creators to become our ongoing go-to contributor in a region. And yes, writers rejoice – these are paid contributor spots. Pay: Payment will range from $50 to $200 per post depending on length and time. Get full details on this freelance content contributing job.

Freelance Luxury Lifestyle Writers: Start-up digital media company based in Santa Monica, New York, and London with 20 owned and operated sites across fashion, beauty, health, finance, tech, and entertainment. We are looking for two exceptional well-rounded writers to contribute original content to our new luxury lifestyle sites in the following categories: fashion, beauty, luxury travel, and fine dinning. Stories are are short one to two paragraph pieces. Pay: Offering $30/post. Get full details on this freelance luxury writing job.

Freelance Culinary Workplace Writer (Seattle, WA): Exciting online food-delivery service is looking for a creative, curious, and dynamic writer for their blog. If you are interested in writing about employee motivation, morale, and, most of all, food, then we are looking for you. If interested, please send us a resume, cover letter explaining why you’d be awesome for the position, and 5 possible topics you would write if offered the position. Pay: Posting will be 5 days a week/$30 per post, $150/week. Get full details on this freelance writing job.

Tech Blogger: We are building a comprehensive and beautifully written collection of articles that can help system administrators, IT Managers and IT Pros.  All articles should relate to topics that can help day to day activities of Enterprise System Administrators, IT Managers and IT Pros. Pay: $30/post. Get full details on this tech blogging job.

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Publisher Note: Did you catch yesterday’s “The State of Freelancing” post? It gives some great insight into how to not only survive the freelance economy, but makes you think about the value you put on your time — whether you freelance, or not.
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Freelance Content Writers Wanted: Madame Noire, a leading African American women’s entertainment/lifestyle site, is seeking an independent contractor to pitch and write slideshows related to women, relationships, celebrities, and entertainment. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this freelance writing job.

Freelance PR Copywriter (Chicago, IL): Small PR firm needs freelance copywriter, local only, for occasional projects. Must have experience in writing lively, interesting press releases and articles. Clients range from business to pop culture. Pay: Not listed. Get full details on this freelance PR writing job.

Freelance Book Writer/Editor: Project is rewriting Bible series: 1. Bible Stories (children version); 2. Bible Stories (youth version); 3. Bible (adult version). Pay: $1,000 (negotiable). Get full details on this freelance writing job.

Freelance Writers: Prose Media (www.prosemedia.com) is a unique writing agency which creates custom content for corporate and nonprofit clients. We are looking for experienced freelance writers, ideally with paid experience (freelance or in-house) writing for publications or brands. Pay: $ Payment is made on a per-project freelance basis. Get full details on this writing job.

Product Copy Editor: As a Copyeditor for Global Digital Commerce, Candidate will review and edit product descriptions appearing on client web site and play a major role in coordinating the copy process, working closely with a third-party vendor to assist production and meet seasonal deadlines. Pay: $Submit your rate. Get full details on this contract copy editing job.

Photo Editor for Beauty Site: YouBeauty seeks a freelance Photo Editor to join its team for a special project, with the possibility (but not guaranteed) of it turning into a full time position. Responsibilities include researching, organizing and editing photography. Graphic design skills are a huge plus, original imagery is a huge cornerstone of YouBeauty’s look and feel. Photo editor will collaborate with editorial and design. Pay: $Not listed. Get full details on this photo editing job.

Communications Marketing Writer: Responsible for gathering all information required to write directly to the consumer. Provide strategic support for communications and public relations initiatives. Pay: $Up to $30/hour. Get full details on this writing job.

A Note about Applying for Freelance Writing Jobs with Staffing Agencies

Normally, I don’t list jobs posted by staffing firms, but I know this firm from when I owned my editorial staffing agency in NYC back in the late 90s/early 2000s. Also, if you get in good with a recruiter at a staffing agency, they can throw you a lot of work. This firm happens to staff a lot of editorial positions, so it might be worth it to send your credentials in to them – and the rate coming via a staffing agency tends to be more than what many freelancers will command on their own.

Freelance Website Editor: Workman Publishing is seeking an individual on a part-time (10-15 hours per week) freelance basis to manage one of its specialty websites. The Website Writer / Producer will be responsible for updating website content including but not limited to: weekly blog content; creating and scheduling website ads; managing two weekly online photo contests, a monthly newsletter and some social media promotion. Pay: $Submit your rate. Get full details on this website writing job.

SEO Meta Tag Writers (aka Meta Tag Writers): Digital marketing agency seeks a wordsmith who can write website meta descriptions on a project basis (these are HTML descriptions that reside on the back end of web pages). We supply you with body copy and keyword(s); you produce a 160-character meta description (a descriptive summary that includes the primary keyword and entices people to click through to a website listing). Pay: We pay writers $0.75 per completed meta description, payable every 10 days via PayPal. Get full details on this meta tag writing job.

Tech Blogger: We are looking for an experienced tech blogger to write original content for our website. You will be writing about topics that include but are not limited to: VoIP; Telecom news; Hot-to tech; Tech news; VoIP News – 600 words each post. Must be willing to submit one article as proof of skill or provide examples of previous works.* Must provide 2-3 articles per week Pay: $25 per post; $50-$75 per week. Get full details on this tech blogging job.

Note: Learn about the “Freelance Writing Sample Scam.” Most firms are ethical, but with content being such an important part of online success, there are some scammers out there, so just be careful of this, ok? Related Post on how to avoid freelance writing scams.

Freelance Outdoor Writers (Seattle, WA): Outdoor publication looking to hire a handful of witty outdoor writers. Must have command in the world of skiing, riding, climbing, biking, flyfish/paddle, hike/campetc. Must write authoritatively with lingo, gear, culture, etc. Pay: $25 per article. Get full details on this freelance writing job.

Freelance Mobile App Writers: We are looking for savvy freelancers to help us produce roughly 10 pieces of marketing-based content. Each article will be about 500 to 1,500 words with graphics and data interwoven. The assignments will surround mobile apps and mobile relationship management, so strong experience writing about smartphones and apps is helpful. Pay: $Submit your rate. Get full details on this freelance mobile app writing job.

Freelance Food / Recipe Writing Job: For our relaunch, Pasta.com is seeking contributing writers for articles and recipes that celebrate food in a fun, social, modern, thrifty lifestyle. Whether you’re an aspiring writer, hungry college student, cooking show fanatic or culinary whiz mom, we would love to have you be a part of Pasta.com. We don’t care if you haven’t been published or don’t have experience in a professional kitchen– we care that you have a unique/funny/charming/ass-kicking writing voice and a passion for sharing your home cooking. Pay: $5 per recipe. Get full details on this freelance recipe writing job.

Note: This is what I call a “write for love,” not for money, type of freelance job. I have some friends who loooovvvvveee to blog about and trade food recipes – so this is for those who wouldn’t mind picking up a little change for something they do for free anyway.

Here’s to a productive week!

WHAT’S COMING UP THIS WEEK

Following is what’s coming up here and on SeoWritingJobs.com, this blog’s companion blog, this week.

Tomorrow: How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Using LinkedIn Free Mini Tutorial: 5 Tips That Have Worked for Me Regular contributor Tiffany Howard REALLY schools us on how to use this popular social media site to land gigs — a must read!

Wednesday: Getting Your Freelance Writing Business Off the Ground: 4 (More) Steps & You’re Ready to Go! This is the second part of this post, submitted by the wondrous Karen Cioffi.

Thursday on SeoWritingJobs.com, This Site’s Companion Site: Why I Love Cheap Writing Gigs (my take on this often-volatile freelance writing subject).

Friday: The weekly Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success (we post one every Friday; the link is to the most recent one).

Find this post informative? Follow Inkwell Editorial on Twitter.

SEO Copywriting Training Course in Negril JamaicaP.S.: Join me in Jamaica for the SEO copywriter training class and learn how to start a high-paying career as a freelance SEO writer. Incentive? Here’s an SEO writer who signed a $24,000 contract!

A nominal deposit reserves your spot. Learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about changing (taking control of) your life! Proof? See average salary of SEO writers in graphic just below.

seo-writing-jobs-salary

P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer. How? Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online pretty seamlessly in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

Read more.

The State of Freelancing: How Do You Value Your Time?

Written by Yuwanda Black

One of the things I love about being a freelance writer is that I control my time. I don’t have to put on makeup, get dressed, fight traffic and report to an office – all of this saves, easily, anywhere from two to three hours per day. This is valuable time that I put to better use growing my freelance business.

So, when I ran across the Forbes article, Surviving In The Freelance Economy, I totally identified with the mom of four who said . . .

It was a relief to know today that I didn’t have to explain to a boss that I needed to take the late afternoon off to bring our now four children trick or treating for Halloween. I could just do it, no questions asked.

She also said at a different point in the same article, “Now it’s hard to imagine wanting to sell the bulk of my waking hours to a corporation in exchange for a salary, as I once did in traditional jobs.”

Time is money. … Lost time is never found again.~Benjamin Franklin

Is Your Time Your Own? What Price Do You Put On It?

I could so identify because I love to travel, and the most vacation time I ever stayed put long enough on a job to accrue was two weeks. Nowadays How to Prosper as a Freelancerwhen I “vacation”, I go away for anywhere from a month to six months at a time. I don’t live for two or three weeks out of the year to get to explore the world.

In my book, you can’t put a price on this – which is what you do when you work (whether it’s running your own freelance business or working for a company). And the older I get the more I realize just how valuable and precious every second of life is.

Our Time Here is Finite

I’m 47. I’m realizing that it’s a point in life where you start to lose people, eg:

Friends from high school: I had a couple of notices on my Facebook page just this week of acquaintances from high school who died suddenly. This has happened a few times over the last couple of years.

Friends from life: A close friend from Jamaica’s brother died a couple of weeks ago. He was only in his 50s (which seems soooo old when you’re in your 20s). An ex-boyfriend called me about a month ago and told me one of his best friends died suddenly. He was 48.

Parents: A friend from high school lost his mother a month ago. A girlfriend inboxed me on Facebook this past Friday and told me that her boyfriend’s mom died. My parents died years ago — they were quite young; 45 (mom) and 47 (dad). This was a huge lesson for me to enjoy life to the fullest because it is so short.

Death. Death. Death. Our time here is finite; not infinite as many of us unconsciously think. How would you use yours differently if you consciously thought about this fact?

Freelancing Is Not Easy

Now don’t get me wrong, freelancing is not easy, as the writer of the aforementioned Forbes article points out. I once read a quote that went, “An entrepreneur (freelancer) is someone who works 16 hours for themselves to avoid working 8 for someone else.”

And I identify with this – because I work much harder for myself than I ever did on a job. But the rewards are worth it, and I’m not talking about money. It’s time.

Owning Your Time is Owning Your Life

I love the freedom of designing my business to suit my life; not the other way around. This gives me TIME to spend with friends, TIME to spend with family, TIME to indulge my likes and loves (travelling, training for marathons, volunteering, sleeping, bar hopping – you get the gist).

To me — when you own your time, you own your life. What could be more valuable than that?

Surviving the Freelance Economy: My #1 Tip

FYI, if you’re thinking about freelancing, the article gives some great tips on how to be successful if you take the plunge.

One of the best pieces of advice dispensed — which is something I address in the ebook How to Know When You’re Ready to Quit Your Job to Freelance Fulltime: 6 Signs It’s Time and How to Go About It — is to live below your means (she suggests 30% below).

Whatever it is, do this because freelancing can be an up-and-down financial existence, especially when you first start out. Having a financial cushion can make the difference between having to go out and (hopefully) find a 9-to-5 again, or sticking with freelancing.

Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday! 🙂

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A nominal deposit reserves your spot. Learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about changing (taking control of) your life! Proof? See average salary of SEO writers in graphic just below.

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P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer. How? Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online pretty seamlessly in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

 

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Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success

Written by Yuwanda Black

Here’s your Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success for this week . . .

Double Down on Your Holiday Marketing

We started talking about this back in September. If you didn’t put together a holiday marketing plan back then, NOW is definitely the time to get on it.

Wondering how to start? What to do? Well, it’s simple; you can start by sitting down and thinking of two or three things you can do consistently from now until the New Year to get writing gigs flowing in.

If you can’t think of anything, you can start with yesterday’s post on SeoWritingJobs.com, where I tell you about three ideas that have worked well for me over the last few years. In that post, there are links to several other posts where you can pick up even more ideas.

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs during the Holidays: 5 Ideas

Free and easy holiday marketing ideas for freelance writersAfter reading these, you’ll easily have five or six holiday marketing ideas that will help you get freelance writing jobs. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the ideas you’ll read about …

i) How and why to write short special reports to land jobs;

ii) How to get writing “campaigns” — ie, ongoing content — instead of one-off writing jobs;

iii) How and why to bundle your freelance services, eg, social media marketing with SEO article writing;

iv) Get on the email marketing and create effective email queries; and

v) Actively seek referrals.

Are You Supposed to Be Busy as a Freelance Writer This Time of Year?

This depends on the freelancer, their niche, their marketing might, etc.

HOWEVER, in case you don’t know — there is an workflow cycle to the editorial  industry. What does that mean for this time of year? Well, that we’re in the middle of the busy season.

FYI, the busy times for freelance writers is usually September through mid-November and the first couple of weeks of December. Then it slows down for about three weeks, picking up again in late January/early February.

Share Your Thoughts

Do you do anything special around this time of year to get more freelance writing jobs? Can you think of anything freelancers can do to get more jobs during this festive time? Please share in the comments section below.

What’s Been Going on Around Here: Weekly Recap

Following is what’s been published recently here and on SeoWritingJobs.com, this blog’s companion blog.

Friday:  The Weekly Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success | Inkwell Editorial http://bit.ly/19LOL3J

Monday: Freelance Writing Jobs for the Week of 11/11/2013 | Inkwell Editorial http://bit.ly/1iZV7gU

Tuesday: How to Write Great Content that Gets Loads of Sales and Leads: 7 Things That Help Me | Inkwell Editorial http://bit.ly/1cSNZ8Q

Wednesday: Self-Publishing Tips: 2 Ways Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone Can Earn You More as a Writer | Inkwell Editorial http://bit.ly/1aEBA0v

Yesterday: Holiday Marketing Ideas for Freelance SEO Writers: 3 Ideas That Have Worked Really Well for Me the Last Few Years | SEO Writing Jobs http://bit.ly/1bxgq95

Now you’re up to speed! 🙂

Have a Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success You’d Like to Share?

Send it in. Following are the submission guidelines.

Length: 100-250 Words

Bio: 25-50 words; a link to your freelance writing website/blog and a link to one of your social media profiles.

How to Submit: Send in the body of an email (info*at*InkwellEditorial*dot*com). Put “Freelance Quick Tip” in Subject line.

You’ll be sent a link when/if it’s published.

Have a great weekend! I’m gonna do my best to make it to the beach this weekend. I didn’t go last weekend because I’d planned to stay at home and catch up on some work. Then, the internet went out and I was turned into a signal whore, so there went my day.

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A nominal deposit reserves your spot. Learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about changing (taking control of) your life! Proof? See average salary of SEO writers in graphic just below.

seo-writing-jobs-salary

P.P.S.: Need some extra cash for the holidays? Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online as an affiliate marketer promoting “hot products” in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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Self-Publishing Tips: 2 Ways Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone Can Earn You More as a Writer

If you drop by this blog regularly, you know that I’ve been writing, self-publishing and selling ebooks online since 2002. I’m primarily a non-fiction, how-to ebook writer….

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How to Write Great Content that Gets Loads of Sales and Leads: 7 Things That Help Me

I’m what I’d call a “gotta do” writer. What do I mean by this? Simply that I write because I have to: for clients because I have bills to pay; because I have financial milestones I want to reach; because I’m self-publishing a new ebook; etc. Many times, even when I don’t feel like writing, I sit my butt down and get to it because I “have to,” ya know.

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