Resources for #Writers (#Authors and #Freelancers)

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Resources for writers are plentiful. You can find almost anything using Google!

That said, there are too many writing resources to list here, but I’d like to point out that this is one of the most comprehensive lists for writers of all types — freelancers and authors alike. great one for bloggers, freelancers, and authors alike:

The following post is also a great one for bloggers, freelancers, and authors: Google Authorship: The Complete Handbook for Getting Respect, Readers, and Rankings.

Because freelancing is a business, here’s a list of 55 directories you can submit your business profile to: The Most Important Local Business Directories for SEO.

The following lists of resources are very useful.


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WRITING RESOURCES

The Top 55 Apps for Writers in 2016

The 120 Most Helpful Websites For Writers in 2015

10 Awesome Editing Tips + 10 Best Editing Tools for #Writers and #Bloggers

8 Great Writing Tools to Keep You Motivated to Write

Some FUN Writing Tools to Get You In the #writing Mood

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FREELANCE RESOURCES

Here is a list of free freelance resources that will help you start earning money from your writing:

30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success

70 Freelancers Reveal Their Best Source of New Business

Where to Find Freelance Writing Gigs Online: Updated for 2015!

Freelancer’s Survival Guide

Security Tips for Freelance Writers and other #Entrepreneurs

How To Earn More From Your Writing: The Simple Yet Neglected Secret

100+ Websites That Pay Writers

7 Websites that List Freelance Writing Opportunities

57 Blogs That Will Pay You $50 or More

30 Sites that Will Pay to Write for Them, Right Now.

20 Awesome Tools To Use When Joining The Freelance World As A Blogger

192 Publications That Actually Pay Freelance Writers

Articles about freelancing worth reading:

Why Submitting a Resumé Might Not Get You the Job

What to Do When Your Freelance Blogging Career Is Going Nowhere

How I Have Created Strong Client Relationships

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AUTHOR RESOURCES

Here is a list of free writing resources for authors and aspiring authors (and self-publishers):

All About Self-Publishing

Discoverability Series

Advice for Writers: a list of posts by author Mike Wells

How to Be a Writer: 201 Compelling Tips

Free Resources for Writers

How To Make Your Own Free Book Cover In MS Word

I’ve Written a Book, How Do I Publish It?

From Word to Jutoh: Ebook Creation Made Easy and Getting Started With Jutoh: A List of Resources and a Cheat Sheet

Amazon Author Central Refresher Course

Advertising on Goodreads

How to Prepare a Novel for Publication in Ten Sort-of-easy Steps

How to Develop an Elevator Pitch for Your Book

What’s an Elevator Pitch for Your Book?

How to Hire an Editor, Part 1: Know What You Need

How to Hire an Editor, Part 2: Ask Questions

How to Check Your eBook Formatting before Pushing the Publish Button

How to Make Your Book Signing Event Completely Successful

How to Write a News Release

How to Make a Quick But Usable Cover in Publisher

How to Plan and Execute a Blog Tour

 Writing Your Bio

eBook Formatting 101

A Helping Hand…dot dot dot, dash dash dash…S.O.S! (note that CMOS refers to Chicago Manual of Style)

Formatting the Look Inside (feature on Amazon)

Have others promote your book – How to get Reviews

How to price your Indie book

Uploading Your Book to the Google Play Store

How To Make Life Easy For Librarians So Your Book Gets In Libraries

5 Reasons Your Blog Needs A Kindle Book

Analysis: 16 Kindle Book Marketing Strategies (Dissected and Graded)

How to Publish an eBook: 5 Steps to Successful Self-Publishing

Other writing resources:

Practical Typography

Some fun Tools for you to Use:

Pacemaker (a writing tool to help you plan your progress and amount of words you need to write)

Written, Kitten! (to give you the boost you need!)

Pomodoro Timer 

8 Great Writing Tools to Keep You Motivated to Write

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My Online Journey

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When I first got a laptop in January 2013, I never imagined that I would be where I am today, doing the things I am doing.

The online community may reach worldwide, but the internet brings us closer. The technological advances that have been made while I was raising my son, going to school, and teaching are simply astounding. They boggle my mind.

In addition to trying to put together an ebook of short stories, I started writing a book about my life. I have a timeline created, and a few chapters written. My short stories are currently being re-worked, as I needed to make some improvements (according to the people I chose to be my “beta readers”).

In my quest for learning how to do new things, I’ve also been trying to learn how to create infographics.

As you can see from my personal “infographic”, I’ve met a lot of great people online.

The famous Carol Tice is one of the people I have met. I have been reading her blog, Make A Living Writing, for many months. A few weeks ago, she was asking for guest posts. She is one of the many bloggers who pay for guest posts, too, so I was excited to see this – it was a great opportunity for me! Normally she only invites people who have taken Jon Morrow’s class OR are members of her “Freelance Writers Den.” Since I fall into neither of these groups, I never thought that I’d have the opportunity to guest post for her. However, when she decided to “break her own rule” and seek guest posts from (almost) “anyone,” I decided to give it a shot.

I thought I had a pretty good chance at being accepted since I have actually crossed paths with her on a few occasions. I also comment on her blog on occasion (when I have something noteworthy to say). I’ve entered two of my posts into her linky contests, too. (The last one was during this one, in early September. I placed 23rd out of 46 entries. Since the post I entered had nothing to do with freelancing, I’m surprised I was not last!)

Anyway, when I submitted an email to Carol Tice with my idea for a guest post, it was rejected. I wasn’t very surprised; it was not the greatest of ideas. (I can see that now!) Not letting this rejection get me down, I decided to persevere. I then spent an evening thinking of three more ideas – better ones! – to pitch to her. I was thrilled when she accepted one of them. Oddly enough, it was not the one that I thought she would select.

However, I wrote the post she requested, but not well enough to meet her standards. I had to re-write the opening paragraph, and alter things a bit. I wanted it to be perfect. When I thought it was, I sent my re-write to her. A week later, I was told that she sent it to her editor. YAY!

I have guest posted on other sites before (look at my Services page) but never for pay! Since I will be paid upon publication, I haven’t made any money yet…but I’m told that it will happen within the next few months. (She schedules her posts months ahead of time.)

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to being “featured” on her site! I’ll be sure to keep you informed of my post’s publication date, too.

To wrap things up for now, let me say that I love learning. There are so many other things that I have learned during my time online. Some of them are outlined in my post “21 Things I Learned From My 21 Days In The Scavenger Hunt”. I am adding to my list weekly, and am loving my journey.

But, enough about me…

I want to know more about YOU.

What are some of YOUR online accomplishments? Share in the comments, please!