This week, our theme on the freelance writing blog is personal writing — writing essays and books based on your personal experiences.
This can be extremely lucrative in a couple of ways. Not only can you sell material based on your life stories, you can also help others to share their stories, as a ghostwriter.
I’ve just posted this article to the blog, “Writing to Sell: Sell Your Experiences In Easy Personal Essays”:
You can write an essay about anything, and if your essay or book based on personal experiences strikes a nerve, you’ll make money. The book which first convinced me of this was Betty MacDonald’s “The Egg and I”. Published in 1945, this blockbuster about the struggles of a chicken farmer sold a million copies in a year; an enormous number of books for its time.
Are personal essays profitable? Consider that in 2013, O, The Oprah Magazine, pays $2 a word for personal essays, and other writing.
In conjunction with our theme, I’ve responded to many requests for the Memories Coaching Workshop.
The “Memories” Coaching Workshop Has Become Self-Guided
I’ve been receiving a stream of requests about our original “Memories” coaching workshop. At almost $600, this workshop is out of the reach of many writers. Of course I understand that, so I’ve created a self-guided version: a workbook, with accompanying videos.
If you’re interested in writing about your own experiences, for $2 a word or more modest amounts, it will help you to get started.
Watch for more articles on writing from personal experience on the freelance writing blog this week.
On another front, Google is killing the RSS reader, Google Reader …
If You’re An Online Publisher, Is It Time to Worry?
On the Creativity Factory, I’ve written about the sunsetting of Google Reader several times. Reader sends traffic to blogs. Sadly the death of Reader may lead to the death of some blogs.