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Getting Started In Writing FAQ


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What do I need to get started in writing? » Improve Q

Not a lot! A computer and some word processing software should be more than suffice. Once you start earning money though, you may want to invest in a couple of books that will help hone your skills and learn new writing techniques. You may also want to invest in marketing yourself.

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What websites can I use to start earning money? » Improve Q

There are a few of them out there, but in my opinion, the best ones to get you started are www.fiverr.com and www.elance.com. Eventually you are going to want to branch out, but this should give you a nice base to start working from.

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How do I market myself? » Improve Q

This is probably one of the most difficult parts of cracking into writing. The first thing you are going to need to do is start writing articles on one of the sites that I have mentioned. Once you do this, you should start gaining the trust of a number of different people who will hire you in the future, often paying a lot more in money. Word will quickly spread amongst people, and that is going to bring you in more business than you can shake a stick at. In addition to this, you will want to be developing your website at the same time. This will include a portfolio of work which you can share with people. You can advertise your site either through sensible SEO or PPC advertising, although bear in mind the latter option will be expensive if you don't know what you are doing.

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Can writing Kindle Books earn me money? » Improve Q

Nowadays, due to the explosion in the eBook format, many people are actually skipping working for somebody else and writing their own eBooks. You can earn money from doing this, and a lot of it, however, you need to be aware that it will take a lot of marketing, and your book will need to be absolutely amazing if you want it to stand out. This applies to both fiction and non-fiction.

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Do I need a website? » Improve Q

The great thing about writing in the modern era is that there are now more websites than ever for you to showcase your skills and drum up work, you don't even need your own website to get started. However, if you do want to make a living from writing, then you are going to need to set up your own website. This will have a portfolio of your work, as well as your rates.

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Is it easy to break into writing? » Improve Q

I must admit, breaking into writing is far easier than it was in the past. There are more people than ever hungry for content online, and you can write for them. You won't be paid much, but it will certainly give you the break that you need. You will need to be good at writing though, otherwise you won't be holding onto your customers for too long!

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How much can you earn from writing? » Improve Q

This is an incredibly difficult question to answer. There are a couple of factors at play here. First, how good are you at writing? Secondly, what type of writing are you doing? Generally speaking, you can anywhere from $1 to $2000 for a single article. Of course, to reach the upper echelons, you will need to be very good.

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What should my standard rate be? » Improve Q

Well, this is up to you to decide. Many people are tempted to price themselves low to break into the market, but what you need to realize is that when people start to see how cheap your prices are and how good the writing is, you will quickly become overloaded with work. This will cause quality to drop. In addition to this, people will be reluctant to pay more if your price rises in the future. If you price yourself too high then you won't get any sales. I suggest you take a little look at what other people are pricing themselves at and using this as a guide.

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What is PLR? » Improve Q

Nowadays, more and more people are getting started in writing by selling PLR they have created. PLR stands for Private Label Rights. Basically, you will be selling on 'pre-written' articles to people who can then use it for whatever they wish. With PLR you will be selling multiple copies of the same article.

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What type of things will I write? » Improve Q

Well, a variety of things. The great thing about writing is that what you do changes on a daily basis. One day you could be writing a sales pitch and the next an informational article. The day after you may even find yourself writing a book!

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