Everything We’ve Ever Published About Getting Paid to Write – by TWL TEAM…

Some great resources here pulled together by The Write Life team. Sharing with my writer friends….

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

There’s one thing we know for sure about the community here at The Write Life:

You want to earn a living from your writing.

There are several paths to explore to get paid to write, but one in particular stands out among The Write Life’s readership: freelance writing.

With close to 900 posts published since The Write Life launched in 2013, our articles on freelance writing are among the most popular and widely-shared on the site.

We’ve rounded up 30+ blog posts and resources from The Write Life to help you land more writing jobs and get paid.

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Writing Tips: 8 Ways To Take Your Book From Good To Great – by Braedan Phillips…

So glad I read this today, so wanted to share it with others.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on The Creative Penn:

Making a lasting impact with a story isn’t exactly easy.

First off, selling your novel and getting it read is hard enough. You’ve got a lot of competition, you have to deal with marketing, and readers are quick to drop a book that doesn’t interest them.

After you’ve managed to achieve that task, then there’s another problem you have to wrestle with.

Let me explain.

How many “okay” novels have you read, but you quickly forgot afterward? How many movies have you seen that you don’t really remember?

If you are like most people, then you’ve probably experienced hundreds upon hundreds of different stories, and only a few would have stayed with you.

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Types of Rhymes in Poetry – by Melissa Donovan…

Great and succinct information for poets out there!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

We’re all familiar with rhyming poems. After all, these are the first poems most of us encounter as children, from the delightful stories of Dr. Seuss to the hilarious poetry of Shel Silverstein.

People often think rhyming poems are rigid, conforming to strict meter and perfect rhymes at the end of every line, but within the world of rhyming, there is a lot of flexibility.

Let’s look at some of the types of rhymes that are available to poets and writers who craft stories in verse.

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The Young Adult Market: Who’s Reading All These Books?

I particularly liked the conclusion.

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a post originally posted on Azure Fire Publishing.

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People refer to it as young adults market, segment, or genre. Whatever you call it, there is something definitely going on with it. According to Valerie Peterson, the number of Young Adult (YA) titles published more than doubled in the decade between 2002 and 2012 (this doesn’t even include Indie titles). This growth in sales for YA far exceeds the percentage of growth in the adult e-book sales, indicating a dramatic overall increase.

We do not have the 2018 numbers yet, but judging by the number of new titles in Amazon, the trend is strong and thriving—at least from the publishing point of view.

But who is reading all these books? Are we looking at a wave of young readers?

Who’s Reading All These Books?

Looking for sales numbers is a harder task. According to 2012…

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Writers: Don’t Edit Away Your Voice

Loved this advice.

Uninspired Writers

Good morning wonderful writers, I hope you’ve all had a great week.

This week I finished another set of edits, which I think puts me on draft…7? 8? I’ve lost count! Since I finished my first draft almost a year ago, it has been not stop edits. It’s safe to say my story is a lot more well rounded and polished now.

Yet I’ve been thinking a lot recently about all the advice we writers are given in regards to how we tell our story; show not tell, don’t use this word, don’t use that word, don’t write like this or like that…and it’s difficult because we are also given the almost contrasting advice to break the rules, to be unique, to write the way we want too.

Editing, I’ve learnt, is about finding the balance to strengthen your writing, while staying true to your voice. Writer and blogger K.M.Allan

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How Does Amazon.com Sales Rank Work?

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AMAZON.COM SALES RANK

Amazon assigns a sales rank to every product that has sold at least one time.

The lower the number, the better the product is selling.

For example, a sales rank of 2500 is better than a sales rank of 375,000.

The product that sells the best in its category has a sales rank of 1.

CATEGORY RANKS

Amazon has different ranks for different types of products.

Books are ranked independently from sports equipment and video games, for example.

For a given type of product, there are also category ranks.

For example, a few Books categories include Romance, Children’s, and Science.

A great overall rank is more impressive than a category rank.

For example, a book has to sell quite frequently to rank 500 overall in Books, but can sell much less frequently and still rank 500 in Romance.

A good rank in a broad category is more…

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