So I am working on my first fiction book. I somehow stumbled across this book: Layer Your Novel on Amazon. I’m really impressed by it so far. At the end of each chapter, there are activities to help you use what you learned in that chapter. You can purchase your copy by clicking on my affiliate link at the end of this post.
Want to know what keeps a lot of writers from charging what they’re really worth?
It’s that all-too-common belief that ‘I am not a sales person.’ Combine that with a healthy dose of ‘It’s rude to discuss money’, and you can see why it’s just easier to keep your rates low.
It’s time to think of your services from a different angle. Not only will you see things in a clearer light, but selling suddenly won’t feel so salesy.
Here’s how traditional pricing discussions go:
You talk to a potential client, and you explain what you can offer, how your coaching or service works, what he or she can expect (how many calls/emails, phases of work, length of contract), etc. And then you say, ‘My rate is $XXX.00.’
Your client either says yes, no or (the kiss of death) maybe. Here’s how you can make this conversation turn into a yes more often.
Focus On Your Potential Client’s Goals.
Your client is looking for a writer for a reason. Ask your potential client what she plans to accomplish as a result of using your services. Once you know this information, focus on what they will achieve as a result of using your services.
It might just be the most stressful decision you ever have to make: how to set your rates.
You’ve got the competition to consider, your own skill set, what you perceive to be your skills (yes, this is different from the former for most of us), what your market will pay, your location, and a host of other variables. Working it out can feel like a hurdle you can’t quite get past.
Of course, there are some strategies you can employ. You can just pick a random price that you like. You could also decide what you want to make per month and then figure out how much you need to charge per piece to get to that number. I have a calculator that can help with this on my site at www.writerresourcesite.com.
But what about all those other questions? Creating a solid pricing structure requires you to do a little more digging. So with your starting number in line, take a look at:
Anytime there is a major news story happening, it can be difficult to focus on business. School shootings, police brutality, and natural disasters tend to flood our timelines with negativity. This can make it hard to stay focused on growing your business. Here are some tricks to help you stay focused on your goals and not get sucked into reading story after story after story about something that will keep you wanting to hide under your covers for the rest of the day.
1. Step Away From The Internet
I hope you have enjoyed this book publishing series. This is the last post in this series. If you missed any of the other posts, click on the title of the post to get to them.
Book Publishing Post #4
You’ve spent your time, energy, and attention creating a book. Youve worked hard to write the content. You’ve created a professional-looking book cover. You’ve chosen your category, written a description and are ready to publish your book. But, youre not done yet.
So you’ve finished creating your masterpiece. That’s fabulous. You may think that all you have to do now is upload your book to the Kindle marketplace and start promoting. That’s not 100% true. You still have to edit your work.
One of the biggest mistakes an author can make is to publish a book they have edited themselves. Sounds harsh, but it is true. It is essential to hire an editor for your book so that you get the results that you want.
Your Reputation Is At Stake
This is part 2 of my series on book publishing. If you missed the first one, click here to read the first part of the series. Now on to the Post #2.
Want to write a book but not sure how to get the job done? There are many different options for people who want to see their name on the cover of a book. Being an author does not mean the same thing to every person.
There are many ways to write a book. You can wing it. You can sit down at your computer and just start writing. Many people take that approach. In the world of fiction writing theyre called pantsters because they write by the seat of their pants.
However, there are other types of writers too. They are called plotters. They essentially plan their book before they write it. Whether youre writing fiction or non-fiction, there are many benefits to outlining and planning your book before you write it.
Most writers have a hard time finding writing gigs. There’s a lot of competition for work from other writers. It’s also tough to tell the difference between actual job ads and scams. I have to tell you about something that will help you with that. My friends Alice Seba and Ron Douglas (from Writers Help Wanted) have put together a guide that will help you evaluate freelance opportunities. You can pick up your copy today by going to my affiliate link: http://www.learnsmallbusiness.com/whwfreeguide
Today is the final day for you to sign up for Writer Help Wanted at the great price of $27.00. I signed up and took a look around the site. I was literally blown away by all of the good information in the member’s area. There are literally tons of job listings on the site. If you upgrade to become an elite member, you get the Facebook group and exclusive content that is not available to regular members. Please don’t procrastinate. This is something that will completely improve your freelance writing business. Here is a link to a video walk through of the site: http://www.learnsmallbusiness.com/whwst. Here’s the link to join: http://www.learnsmallbusiness.com/whw. Both are affiliate links. Join today!