Every year about this time, I make a writing plan for the next year. Every year, something happens that causes me to have to go back to the mills, cranking out low-paid hits because they are reliable and pay quickly. Every year, this stresses me out and makes me angry at myself. This year, I'm not going to do that. This year, I'm going to put up or shut up.
Now I realize that a good many of you do this part time, so mills are great for the extra money you need. I have no problem with you. That's what I've been doing, but I feel like I'm spinning my wheels, so I personally need to make next year different.
I don't like online private clients, because I've been screwed over too many times. A contract means nothing when you are working with someone overseas (who many times you don't know is overseas until they steal your work and refuse to pay you). I like for my income flow to be more reliable, at least for paying the bills, so a different way of working is in order.
Because I have SS payments, no car and no debt, I need only a minimal amount of extra dollars a day to pay the immediate bills, so I'll get that from the highest-paying and most reliable places, even if they are mills. I figure it will take 2 hours a day to make that money.
- First, I will put up a writer's website with a few very carefully written samples of various lengths and on various topics. I will promote the he!! out of that website everywhere I can. I'll have business cards made up, and I'll put them on every single public bulletin board in the city. I'll make flyers and put those up. This all may seem excessive, but I live in a college town, and you have to be aggressive when you're competing with thousands of college students willing to work for pennies who are actually better educated than you are.
- Online, I am going to start submitting to Constant Content and other spec sites that pay decently. I know a few people who make really good money on these sites. I'm also going to start selling articles on marketing and webmaster forums again. I used to do that, and I found that while some people wanted cheapo articles, a few were willing to pay decently for good writing. It's a great place to sell rewrites that take about 10 minutes to do and sell for $5 to $10 each.
- I'm also going to start working on my blogs more, which is something I've wanted to do for a long time, but was never in a financial position to commit to. I want to start using some marketing techniques to sell and promote products through them. I do a little now with Adsense and Amazon, but I'm on Blogger, so I'm very limited. I'm going to move them to Wordpress on a hosting site and do a lot more to monetize them.
- Finally, I'm going to write some ebooks and sell them through Clickbank. These aren't going to be long novels, but instruction booklets on my first love -- gardening. I know more about that than anything else, especially about how to grow food, so I figure I should cash in on it more.
Do you have a writing plan or an income plan for next year?