Freelance Writers – It’s time to make money

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Over five years I have been a freelance writer, in addition to writing books, creating online magazines, working and looking after a young family. My motivation is what pushed me to work late nights, while the children were sleeping, with the aim to change my life and earn immediate funds to pay for the ever-growing money that our daily lives need and want.

I started the experience blind but went in with guts and found work immediately. Not only that but I was working to earn a weekly income, which provided me with the flexibility to be at home with my children part-time and work the other part-time hours.

I have so much knowledge in the industry, in addition to all the fears felt by a freelancer, such as will their be enough work around when there are heaps of competitors (the answer is yes, but I explore why there is enough).

Plus, I show you how to run and manage your own business. Because once you become a freelancer, not only do you need to learn how to manage your time to meet your client’s deadlines, you also need to know how to think of your freelance writing as a business.

I can assure you, once you take my online course and follow the steps and keep up with the program and then continue to follow it after it ends, over the following twelve months you will see freelance writing opportunities coming your way and did I mention paid opportunities!

If you are serious about getting into writing, then wait no longer. Sign up today so you can start earning an income to give you the freedom to work for yourself and be anywhere in the world.

Click here to enroll: https://store7784056.ecwid.com/#!/Mentoring-Program-for-want-to-be-*paid*-freelance-writers/p/58754723/category=18537002

 

 

This month as a freelance writer

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If you ever wanted to know what life is like as a writer, you are following the right writer.

First of all, I have recently created a YouTube channel of 30 second daily videos of my life as a writer, click the link to subscribe to my channel.

But I also wanted to give you a glimpse into my writing day and I say writing day because the rest of my day is lived and explored. No dullness here.

Let’s begin:

This month I got paid to write:

  • Format a person’s resume
  • Write 2 articles on wealth
  • Write 1 marketing email about a financial course
  • Transcribe a two hour audio tape
  • Write website content for the main pages of a flooring business
  • Write a real estate ad on their website
  • Write a selection criteria for a job application
  • Create a business flyer and write content for it
  • Write two blog posts on camping
  • Write 4 mail chimp newsletters for a real estate business
  • Help finish ghost writing an article on Western perception of beauty
  • Rewrite over 30 website pages for a global company

 

In addition to, I received some lovely / heartwarming reviews:

“MEL YOU ARE A WRITING GODDESSSS!!!!” ~ Monica.

“Brilliant work! Thorough, on time and so easy to communicate with! 10/10!” ~Ellenor

“Highly recommend Mel’s services. She did a great job researching and writing content for my website.” ~ Isaac

“Excellent writer, right to the point, and have the skills of uploading content in website. Will definitely use Mel for most of my future work.” ~ Stan.

“Mel did an awesome job completing my resume and making it look professional. She went above and beyond and exceeded my expectations . Her communication throughout was fantastic and the speed she completed the task was great. I would recommend Mel to anyone as she has demonstrated what a capable person she is in completing my job. Very happy.” ~ Sam.


 

Now I recently got asked, is there one channel you would love to focus on? My answer – nope. I love the diversity, I love how every day is different and every writing job is different and for different industries and markets.

If you would like me to write for you, please contact me at: melanie.toye@gmail.com with a brief description of your job and budget.

If you would like to sign-up to my freelance writer’s mentorship program – for want to be paid writers, click here for further information.

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New program dates

New program dates for my mentoring starters program for want-to-be *paid* freelance writers.

For more information on the program click here: https://melanietoye.wordpress.com/1194-2/

Program dates:

16th November 2015 – 11th  December 2015 – Enrolments have closed.

23rd November 2015 – 18th December 2015 – Enrolments are now open.

30th November 2015 – 30th December 2015 – Enrolments are now open.

7th December 2015 – 8th January 2016 – Enrolments are now open.

4th January 2016 – 29th January 2016 – Enrolments are now open.

18th January 2016 – 12th February 2016 – Enrolments are now open.

Course length 4 weeks.

^To ensure enrolment, please complete the ‘How to Enrol section’ at least four days before the program start date.

How to enrol

To enrol in Melanie Toye’s mentoring starter’s program, simply pay the fee via paypal to: melanie.toye@gmail.com at least four days before the program start date. In addition to, please copy and paste the below questions and answer them via email and send to: melanie.toye@gmail.com.

Instead of wondering if you are heading in the right direction with your freelance writing, discover how to find more clients and in turn build your income by enrolling today: https://melanietoye.wordpress.com/1194-2/

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My writing process blog hop

Thank you to the lovely and sweet Jo Robinson who tagged me in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Hop.’ I enjoy reading Jo’s blog as her personality and outlook on life really shines through her work. Be sure to follow Jo’s blog here: http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/ and buy her books here: http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/books-international-links/

The idea with this Hop, is to answer a couple of questions about my writing process, and then nominate the blogs of three other writers who inspire me to do the same. If these three choose to Hop along, they would then post their writing process blogs the following week, together with links to this post, and the sites of their three nominees.

The Questions:

  1. What are you working on?

I am always working on various writing projects. I am a freelance writer and write regularly blogs and articles for businesses, as well as updating their website content. It is fun and has me researching the latest industry news about a wide variety of markets.

I am also working on another novel. (To date I have published nine, ready to publish my next one, writing another one and have so many more ideas for more novels, I can’t write fast enough). My recently finished novel which is yet to be published is Destiny Lane. And my new novel, well… I can’t tell you about that yet, it’s a secret. Shh …

And besides the freelance writing and novels, I also write weekly for my beautiful blog and brainstorm new ideas for marketing and promoting my brand – which is me. It is an incredibly fun career, which I would love to one day write a book about.

  1. What have you worked on recently?

My recently finished novel which is yet to be published is Destiny Lane. Read about Destiny Lane here (trust me, you will want to click this). I also wrote content for a business website.

List other writing projects.

  1. Why do you write what you do?

I do not stick to one genre. I like to push myself and see where my imagination takes me in a terms of genres, different characters, scenes and then let my characters create the story. What will happen? I don’t always know. I just put pen to paper and the story begins to come to life.

  1. How does your writing process work?

I obviously have to make time for it. It seems simple, to make time to do what you love. For me, if I ever start to procrastinate I remember the quote – “Remember why you started” and that is living my dreams as a writer. If I stop writing, I stop my dreams. For me, having the focus and dedication to write, equals success.

Writing for me is very simple. I love it. When I try to make it harder than what it is, that is when it does not read well. My process is simple, when it comes to freelance writing, I create a topic, research it, then sit down and write it in one hit. And then I will leave it for a period of time and come back and edit it, reword it, make it even better than the original.

When I write novels, my process is somewhat different due to the extensive amount of time a novel takes. I write, I write, I write, I write. And then I type everything. Because I find the magic of writing through pen to paper and because in the past I have lost whole novel’s due to malfunction’s of computers. I feel comforted that if I write my entire first draft of my novel in (many) notepads, I then have that as a back up if it is ever lost on my computer ever again. So I write, I type and then I go through my novel and change words that when I was writing I could not find the right word I wanted, and instead write BW. Which means – find a better word. And this way I can spend the time afterwards to find those better words rather than stopping the creative process in the initial stage. Then after I fill the gaps, do further research for some specific scenes, even find better names for some of the characters, then I will edit my first draft. And then edit again. Edit again and edit some more. And then I create a groovy front cover image (sometimes I seek a professionals help), format my book for publishing and before I hit publish, I create a marketing campaign over a certain specific timeframe. This might all sound, I don’t know, a bit crazy. But the truth is, I love it. I love every part of the process.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the ins and outs of my writing process. What is your process for your dream career?

Below are my three nominees to continue this blog hop:

Isabella Louise Anderson – This blogger has been with me from the beginning. Doing an interview with me for my novel Entice Me and then publishing my press release for Destiny Lane and interviewing all the authors who I co-authored with on 8 Slices of Cake, which appeared in my magazine, Imagine This. If I could say two words it would be, thank you! And now she has published her first novel as well. So please do support her and read her new book! http://chicklitgoddess.com/

Yvonne McEvaddy – who is from Ireland and is absolutely the sweetest although you may not know it when you read she writes thrillers. Yvonne was one of the talented women who co-authored in 8 Slices of Cake with me. And whose writing I could never stop reading.  Follow her blog here and read her books! https://sites.google.com/site/yvonnemcevaddy/home

Lisa Day – This woman has talent. Another writer who co-authored in 8 Slices of Cake and with other books published to her name. Sensual, action packed novels plus her real comedic personality is someone I will always hold dear. http://lisaday.weebly.com/whats-this-blog

Help my dreams become reality

I need your help!!

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I need 13 new clients to write for. I can produce articles and blogs about their business and industry on a weekly basis. I am seeking paid work only. I can write about any topic or industry.

I need 13 new clients to be able to achieve my dreams.

Currently I write for mortgage, tax, financial planning, air charter brokerage company, plus I am the author of 7 eBooks (fiction and non-fiction, adults and children). And I have published my own monthly online reader’s magazine. You can view more of experience via LinkedIn: au.linkedin.com/pub/melanie-toye/44/676/a32/

This is where I need your help. Help me to achieve my dreams. Please share this post with your networks for me, in the hope one of them is seeking a freelance writer!  It will only take a minute of your time.

Thank you!

Here is to 2014, a year of dreams turning into reality.

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Looking back at 2012 …

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Looking back at 2012 I am stoked to see how far I have come. The dream to be living off a full time wage as a writer as well as bring up my son have never escaped my thoughts. With this dream and motivation I have been able to push myself out of my comfort zone, follow an invisible path with no road map and come out feeling more alive than ever.

Here is what I started and achieved. Look at the below as goal posts and see how I began my paid writing career.
In 2012 I had no idea how to chase my dream as a paid writer.
In 2012 I started this blog and now have over 14,000 readership.
In 2012 I sourced freelance writing work and received regular paid work from February right through to December. I was writing in fields I had never written about before yet embraced the audience and content and learned much about what type of content and language drew more readership to the sites etc.
In 2012 I released my four years to write novel, Entice Me on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com of which I self-published and self-promoted.
In 2012 I spent four months solely on marketing Entice Me via free methods that gave me excellent coverage to mass audiences such as a 2 page feature in the Courier Mail which is the third largest newspaper distributor in Australia. As well as other newspapers, magazines, interviews and profiles. And please note marketing is still continuing.
In early 2012 I feared in 2013 I would be forced to return to my day job full time.
In mid 2012 I was receiving enough income from freelance writing to continue working part-time.
In late 2012 I realised I had achieved a great milestone in knowing that’I had come so far in chasing my dreams.
In 2012 a new printed publication took a chance on me and welcomed me to be their short story writer.
In 2012 I received awards and nominations for this blog, all of which I am grateful for.
In 2012 I created a network of writers from all around the world of which have not only helped promote my work yet now we are so close we are co-writing a book of short stories together titled 8 Slices of Cake, which will be released soon.
In 2012, I wrote and published 3 more ebooks for children, ‘Activities for Babies – when toys are not enough’, ‘Kids, write your own stories’ and ‘Annabelle’s Angels’.
I achieved the above and more and I am so proud of where I started at the beginning to where I am now. Looking back at what you have achieved in a year is incredibly uplifting to see how far you have come and how closer you are to achieving your goals.

You may read this and see it reads as if to boast, but what I would rather you do is to read it as if its a step by step goal sheet when working out targets to achieve your goals, especially if it is to earn a decent income from writing. It can be done and it can be achieved and I believe you can do it. There are so many different avenues to earn money through writing and what I suggest is to be as varied as possible. Write about as many different subjects and genres as you can to continue to receive more paid writing opportunities.

 

Follow your dreams

Good luck and send me your success stories in a years time!

Melanie Toye in the Courier Mail

Productive: Melanie Toye works from home as a freelance writer and mother. Picture: Angie Simms

Writing Herself Home

Melanie Toye lives with words.

A Brisbane-based freelance writer and mother of one, Toye has embraced online publishing from home and is now spending 20 to 25 hours a week building a freelance business.

“I have limited time to get things done and, while there are so many distractions online, I have so many deadlines with editors and clients that that always pushes me to make it happen,” she says.

Toye contributes to online mortgage, finance, retail and travel websites and has just published her first fictional ebook, Entice Me. She also blogs on how she has built up her freelance career, which is designed to inspire working mothers to follow their dreams.

“My one-year-old son was my motivation to get out there as a freelancer,” she says. “I wanted to stay home with him and teach him life through example.

“When I stopped work to start a family we were living on a lower wage anyway so that helped the transition to working from home.”

She earns $25 to $30 an hour but wants to build her business so it is not so reliant on writing.

She has designed an online, free author promotion Facebook page for local writers.

Visit www.melanietoye.wordpress.com to follow Toye’s blog.

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I was very excited to receive the call that the Courier Mail, the third largest newspaper in Australia wanted to do a piece on me and my writing. I just hope when you read the article that it makes you think about chasing you own dreams.