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Writing Online Paperback – May 11, 2011
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"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?
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Going back through it, I couldn't quite put my finger on the problem.
Perhaps it's that "online writer" is too vague. It covers people who blog for themselves, people who blog for others, Kindle novelists, people who write website articles, people who write emails for others and so on.
Not many people do all these things. Each demands its own skills, as well as focused time to master them.
And not all are equally lucrative, though it's true some people starve and some people get rich in them all.
And you need to learn to be a marketer, not just of your own writing services, but of your own products and other people's products.
If you're just getting started or wondering what an online writer writes, this is good book for you. And it's good on blogging. But once you've chosen your specialty, you'll need more in-depth info.
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.
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.
No book could cover the entire topic of "online writing"...there's just too much to cover, but this book covers in enough depth that you'll get your fill for sure.
If you're considering online writing as a career choice...this needs to be the FIRST book you get on the subject. If you're an experienced writer, you'll still find nuggets you can use.