Paula Neal Mooney has done it again. She’s demystified online freelance writing, proving that fun AND profit await the determined.
I was ready to wave a white flag to Elance. I bid. I tried. I lost, leaving my hope on their doorstep.
Well, bringing hope to the hopeless (not just me!) is Work At Home Jobs. The author offers a most helpful “been there, done that” title. Not a stuffy textbook, but a conversational primer on her self-taught success with this job-bidding site for freelancer writers.
This isn’t a case of a writer finishing with a platform or genre, willing to feed crumbs to others only when after advancing to bigger, better projects. Paula’s still rocking and rolling on Elance. When she published her e-book in January, she included a screenshot of her Elance profile. She had earned more than $7,000.
Check her out just a half-year later. She’s more than doubled that amount!
There’s no holding back in this how-to. Tons of screenshots let you read, test and learn, as the author shows AND tells. This isn’t a sugary valentine to Elance, either. Paula includes chapters like “What I Broke Up With My First Client,” “The Signs That Make You Run, The Ones That Make You Stay,” “Little Tests To See if a Client Will Pay You” and “When A Client Scammed Me On Elance.” Authors who’ll share everything — the good, bad and ugly elements in their own education are the writers who outshine everyone else in this field.
This book is full of specifics for newbies who’d like to land their first gig on Elance, or those who bailed out after false starts and near-misses competing for work.
Work At Home Jobs is a bargain investment, a purchase you’ll recoup many times over after being helped to your best-paying Elance job yet.
Here’s one: a Major League comeback.
Back in 1992, my wife Diana Star Helmer wrote Belles of the Ballpark. This was a pioneering history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the World War II-era league that many people know from the movie A League Of Their Own.
Diana wrote it all, long before the fictional movie appeared. The movie pales in comparison to the truth. You couldn’t make up the adventures these players really experienced!
The book defied odds, selling from a children’s publisher who struggled to market this nonfiction book with untold crossover appeal for all ages.
After the first edition sold out, the original publisher chose to let the book go out of print.
Fast forward to 2014. Enter upstart new publisher, Summer Game Books, declaring it would focus all titles ONLY on baseball.
Diana “pitched” the new publisher. Success!
I’m proud to ride shotgun on this journey, assisting a talented author who wants to load this new version with more epic true-life tales than ever imagined. Early possibilities could offer an e-book before Christmas, with a paperback slated in time for the 2015 baseball season.
It’s a whole new ballgame, as the old saying goes.
Never give up.
Keep showing up. Keep swinging.
Look at the recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductions. One new member is Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas.
Take a contrary look at his career stats.
Baseball purists cheer his .301 career batting average. No one talks about a hitting failure rate of nearly 70 percent. A non-batting average? Well, writers let a one-star review or rejection letter serve as the same career-ending stat.
Even the year (1997) Thomas led the American League in hitting at .347 has a dark side. He wasn’t hitting 65 percent of the time.
His career featured 1,397 strikeouts, the ultimate failure. Thomas took the long walk of shame back to the bench plenty of times.
That doesn’t disqualify him from membership in Cooperstown. The baseball world remembers all he DID accomplish.
My definition of a creative Hall of Famer would be Michael Nobbs. He just posted his 761st podcast this morning for members of his “Sustainably Creative” site. Every weekday, he’s back in the game, offering a new message.
Why stop? The future is more than one blog post or a single manuscript. Think career.
Amazon.com read my mind.
With Amazon Prime, I was never content checking out a maximum of one book per month. I’m a serial user at the public library. Prime put me on a strict reading diet.
I wanted to use an e-book for a research question, needing it only briefly. Or, I wanted to check out the finished product a publisher (or indie author) offered. Not even to read the whole thing, but just to preview what the person or company seems like.
Kindle Unlimited fills all those voids at $9.99 per month. There’s a 30-day free trial right now.
No limit on monthly check-outs? Up to 10 books at a time? Cool!
Plus…(and I’m sure I read this right) authors will get a royalty if you read even 10 percent of their titles before returning.
I’m in, with the hope that Amazon will create a yearly fee to reward early-bird users.
Not since the “Let’s All Go To The Lobby” jingle drove me to buy movie theater popcorn have I raved over dancing words.
Weird Al Yankovic has outdone himself.
Watch Word Crimes and marvel at the words flashing on the screen. Parody is an art form. Mister Y is an artist.
I still have it.
I have the 60-cent paperback entitled Baseball Stars of 1971. I bought it from the Scholastic Book Club. I read the catalog everyone got at school. Then I counted out the nickels and dimes.
Years ago, I found Robinson’s address. I thanked him for making me want to read AND write. This book is the first complete book I remember reading again and again. (Yes, he wrote back.)
So do writers.
Who should you be thanking today?