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Writing for $5 — How Do Real Writers Compete?

There’s a protest movement in social media. “Real” writers spend tons of time complaining that non-degree writers work for $5 per article. They howl that cheap SEO writers and hacks are ruining the marketplace for “real” writers who should command $2 or $3 per word. Writers are going down the tubes! Hold on. Many, many […]

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Loading your website with keywords for page rank

If you are still cramming your website with keywords, or making keyword focus your priority or jamming web pages full of keywords, you may not be up-to-date with Google and other search engines. Playing  with optimization for single words, or hiring someone to take your money and optimize your site, is like paying someone to […]

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Why people don’t read self-published books

Why don’t some people take self-published books seriously? Not everyone can interest an agent or publisher in their work, just as not everyone (no matter how talented) can play in the NFL. Some writers make the effort and pay the cost and self-publish. Writers sell writing to live, you know. Some really skilled football players […]

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Content mill Suite101 may be improving for writers

I’ve written for Suite101 and other content mill farms in various iterations on and off for about 10 years and have seldom been a fan of how they treat writers. But let me say this: Suite101’s newest management team, seems to have a better path. There have been a confusing number of shake ups there, […]

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Writing jobs people do better than computers – indexing

A blog called Editorial Inspirations has a terrific post about why a human can create a book index better than a computer can. If you are wrapping up your non-fiction book project, chances are you’ve figured out your readers need an index to make the most of your book. You may find it isn’t always […]

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Why I buy self-published or POD books

In a recent LinkedIn discussion a couple people flamed over a comment I made. I advised doing thorough homework before paying a publishing company to handle your book and reading contracts carefully before signing anything. It’s good advice whether you self-publish, work with Simon and Shuster, use  POD, or crank the stuff out on your […]

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Writers: Refuse substandard pay and substandard respect

Go to any forum, social media or networking site, or writer blog and you’ll find the battle of what writers should get paid raging on and on. An interview with a most successful writer/ghost writer/publisher, Claudia Suzanne, turned up dead -on advice: Don’t settle for substandard pay. “Bow to your fears, and you will be […]

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Court decision: Jessica Seinfeld did not plagiarize

Jerry Seinfeld’s wife Jessica Seinfeld published her first book a year or so ago and was promptly accused of copyright infringement and plagiarism by another writer, Missy Chase Lapine. Case went to federal court. Court decided Jessica did nothing wrong. Jessica Seinfeld wrote a hip, timely cookbook showing moms how to incorporate healthy food into […]

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