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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collective Inkwell (May 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984338136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984338139
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"This book isn't just an inspiration, it's a roadmap to owning your career as a writer in a world that seems to never stand still long enough to know which way is up."
--Jonathan Fields, Author of Career Renegade

"Sean teaches you how to do it (write online) effectively, and actually make a living with your words. The fact that he practices what he preaches seals the deal - it's time to get this book and go pro."
--Brian Clark, of Copyblogger.com

From the Author

In 2008, I gave up the security of running a preschool to pursue my dream of writing. It was both the scariest thing I ever did, and the best.

Armed with tons of energy and lots to say, I quickly built a decent following at a blog about fatherhood. But I wasn't making a living at writing.

I devoted the next two (very long) years to studying from the best and making enough money writing copy for clients so I could support my goal to write fiction.

Along the way, I made many missteps, wasting time and money on things which didn't work, while learning from what did and adapting. In a couple of years, I went from chasing low paying jobs to setting my own rate, writing for great clients, and building a successful ghostwriting and consulting business.

And I can finally afford to take time to write for myself.

If you're writing online, you need to be more than a good writer. You need to be versed in blogging, social media, SEO, content creation, and marketing. I've learned from some of the best in each of those arenas, some of the rock stars of the online writing world.

If you're tired of chasing low paying writing gigs, want to take your writing to the next level, and finally make the great living you deserve, I'm here to share what I've learned along the way.

In the course of a few hundred pages, you will learn what took me years to learn ... without making the same mistakes I made.

I wrote Writing Online for the me in 2008, the book I wish I'd read back then. It's part how-to and part inspiration that you can return to time and again.

I wrote this book in a super friendly manner, explaining things in easy-to-follow, easy-to-implement ways which can help you regardless of what kind of writer you want to be. My goal is to help other writers make their dreams come true, also.

So, what's your dream?

More About the Author

Sean loves writing books, even more than reading them. He is co-founder of Collective Inkwell and Realm & Sands imprints, writes for children under the name Guy Incognito, and has more than his share of nose.

Together with co-authors David Wright and Johnny B. Truant, Sean has written the series Yesterdays Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, Available Darkness, Dark Crossings, Unicorn Western, The Beam, Namaste, Robot Proletariat, Cursed, Greens, Space Shuttle, and Everyone Gets Divorced. He also co-wrote the how-to indie book, Write. Publish. Repeat.

With Collective Inkwell
Yesterday's Gone: Post Apocalyptic - LOST by way of The Stand
WhiteSpace: Paranoid thriller on fictitious Hamilton Island
ForNevermore: YA horror that reads nothing like YA Horror
Available Darkness: A new breed of vampire thriller
Dark Crossings: Short stories, killer endings

With 47North
Z 2134: The Walking Dead meets The Hunger Games
Monstrous: Beauty and the Beast meets The Punisher

With Realm & Sands
Unicorn Western: The best story to ever come from a stupid idea
The Beam: Smart sci-fi to make you wonder exactly who we are
Namaste: A revenge thriller like nothing you've ever read
Robot Proletariat: The revolution starts here
Cursed: The old werewolf legend turned upside down
Greens: Retail noir comedy
Space Shuttle: Over the top comedy with all your favorite sci-fi characters
Everyone Gets Divorced: Like "Always Sunny" and "How I Met Your Mother" had a baby on your Kindle

Sean lives in Austin, TX with his wife, daughter, and son.
Follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/seanplatt
 (say hi so he can follow you back!)

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Sean Platt's "Writing Online" is giving my writing career the boost it needs for success.
Debra Torres - web writer and designer
Sean's advice inspired me to make some serious headway toward becoming a successful freelance writer, and it can do the same for you.
Emily Helms
If you're just getting started or wondering what an online writer writes, this is good book for you.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Hill on December 23, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Writing Online is one of those rare resources that saves time, provides clarity, and helps to make better writers. This is because Sean Platt has taken the first years of his journey to become a self-sufficient writer and condensed the lessons he learned into this easy-to-read book.

Sean doesn't gloss over the hard work required to be earning a living as an online writer, nor does he relentlessly promote expensive materials while promising extraordinary riches. Instead, this is a very realistic, down-to-earth practical guide to what it really takes to lead a successful online writer's life, whether that is as a blogger, copywriter, ghostwriter, novelist, or some other kind of writer.

Writing Online provides a solid overview of the core competencies required of any online writer in today's market, such as blogs, headlines, and social media, as well as work habits, tools, finding your voice, and common mistakes to avoid. It's not really a detailed how-to book (although it provides plenty of details), it is more of a foundational book that helps build a solid understanding upon which anyone wanting to learn or become better at writing online can build. Perhaps more importantly, it lays everything out with enough clarity that anyone can then visualize and build their own path to the goals they want to reach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By phaedrus"Neil on January 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
As an author and writer Sean has an engaging way of putting things. His take on what works and what doesn't is honest and encouraging in spite of what could go wrong (or right, in spite of ourselves). The information he gives is practical and useful and his insistence on doing what it takes to get to where one wants to ultimately be is refreshing. He doesn't deny there is work involved.

Anyone who has spent any time to research the subject of writing probably has landed on their own particular style but Sean's take on things can only help one become more effective at becoming the writer you're meant to be.

What I found most helpful was the transparency of his description of the process. Good and bad. Success comes from deliberate planning and honest effort. It's a great reality check for dreamers. Aren't we all in some way, shape or form?

The tag line of his messages are most telling of all. "I did it..so can you"

How true.

Get this.

Get busy.It won't happen until you do.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fhfarmer on July 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Writing Online, by Sean Platt, is a must-read guide for anyone wanting to know what it takes to become a legitimate online writer. From starting a blog to writing, publishing, and selling your own creations, Sean not only tells us about many different ways to make it as a writer, he also tells us HOW to do it. Sean's transparent account of his personal struggles and successes on his online writing journey are weaved throughout the book and serve to provide inspiration, encouragement, and wisdom to those just getting started.

Writing Online will also prove to be a valuable reference to aspiring online writers. Each chapter stands on its own by providing specific, valuable information that can be revisited at anytime, no matter what stage of the game you're in. Sean also provides a very useful "tools" guide that will show the writer how to save time and work smarter.

Perhaps the best feature of Writing Online is it's straight forward, tell-it-like-it-is delivery. Rather than false promises of easy riches with no effort, you'll learn that being a writer requires actual work, time investment, and diligent effort. Sean explains that, although making a living online can be very difficult, it also delivers greater rewards that make the challenges worthwhile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine McKinney on December 27, 2011
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Reading Sean Platt's Writing Online is like grabbing coffee and sitting down to a long chat with a good friend who happens to be a successful writer. His conversational tone, revealing vulnerability, and actionable advice is the perfect blend of inspiration and expectation.

The book addresses the basics of the online writing potential without sugar coating. Sharing his writing adventures, Platt answers many questions an online writer poses while standing at the edge of the precipice - providing the courage for the next step.

Reading the book from beginning to end is an education in itself, but not necessary. Even single topic chapters are short intensive learning pods, to be revisited, for the budding online writer. The chapter on headlines alone provides not only a sampling of strong, persuasive headlines, but also provides ideas for jump-starting other writing projects, if not single writing exercises.

Suggestions, examples, resources fill out the friendly conversation. All through the book Platt reminds the reader, the aspiring writer, the benefits of failure, of learning, of sharing and most importantly of all, of writing. And writing some more.

Platt reminds us our dreams are meant to become real. Writing Online provides a path towards that goal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orlando Sanchez on January 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Whether you are beginning or a seasoned writer this book is a must to have. Sean gives you the ins and outs of managing a writing career online. Its concise and informative and written in an easy to understand style. I strongly recommend getting this book and making it part of your permanent writers library. You will refer to it often.
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