The Personal Benefits of Specializing in A Freelance Niche

nichecoversmallHere’s a short excerpt from my new book, The Niche Freelancer: How To Craft The Lucrative Writing Career of Your Dreamsonly $2.99 on Kindle! Enjoy!

A quick glance at the freelance writing industry as a whole reveals there’s no lack of competition. Pick an industry, any industry, and you’ll find lots of skilled freelance writers doing quality work for a very diverse range of clients and publications. Competition is fierce, even in smaller markets, and it’s getting harder to stand out from the crowd simply for just being a good writer.

Niche freelancing is your secret weapon.

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Grab My Freelance Pitching Guide Resource for FREE!

23 ways to improve your pitches copyI’ve got a new series of freelance writing books rolling out shortly, so I figured it’d be a great time to overhaul, update, and release my free pitching guide, 23 Ways To Improve Your Freelance Pitches.

This 40-page PDF mini-guide for freelance writers is packed with tips to help you hone your pitches and land your dream gigs! It’s available exclusively to anyone who joins my Freelance Insider mailing list.

Sign up today, and you’ll receive an instant download link to the guide. You’ll also be the first to find out about gig leads, exclusive content, special offers, freelance-related book launches, beta reader opportunities, and other unique tidbits of awesomeness! Don’t sweat it though, you won’t get bombarded. I only send out sporadic emails every so often when important things come up.

A Great Chat with Joanna Penn on Self-Publishing, Writing for Games, and Indie Development

I’ve been a long-time fan of successful indie author Joanna Penn and her excellent writing podcast The Creative Penn, so it was really awesome to be invited on her show to talk about writing for games, indie development, interactive fiction, and self-publishing. We had a great chat, and the interview is now live!

You can watch the extreme bearded edition of the interview above, or listen-in on The Creative Penn podcast. If you’re into writing and self-publishing, definitely check out Joanna’s other excellent guest episodes!

twinecoverDuring the interview, I also talk about Twine dev stuff, how that might of interest to authors, and my new self-publishing/horror twine game project: This Book Is A Dungeon [This Dungeon Is A Book], which you can pre-order now to save 30% off the full price ($9.99)

Announcing: “This Book Is A Dungeon [This Dungeon Is A Book]” Pre-order and Demo!

twinecoverI’ve been working hard on a secret thing this past month. Something that blurs the line between indie game development, self-publishing authorship, and, well…weird creative book/game hybrid experiments.

Today, I’m excited to roll out the official pre-order and playable demo of my latest crazy project, This Book Is A Dungeon [This Dungeon Is A Book].

Whether you’re into games, into self-publishing, into game development, into interactive fiction, or into ALL OF IT, I hope you’ll take a second to check out this neat experiment, and consider supporting it with a pre-order! It has a little something for everyone in those assorted camps.

***So what IS this weird book, game, errrr… thing?***

In a nutshell, it’s:

1) A dark, horror-tinged Twine game dungeon crawler (think interactive fiction or choose your own adventure but with cool pixel art)…

2) …that’s being distributed inside a paid Kindle book on Amazon…

3) …which documents the entire game development and design process as well as the inner workings of this entire strange self-publishing / indie game hybrid experiment from start-to-finish. Whew!

It’s a game. It’s a bookumentary. And it’s a self-publishing experiment that blends the two together. Wheee!

Launch Date and Pre-Order Discount!

The project will officially be launching on July 12th for $9.99 on Amazon’s Kindle storefront, and will include the book and a link to download the game itself within the back of the book. The game itself will be playable on PC and Mac via a web browser (you can play it offline).

If you want to support this weird experiment and save a few bucks, early adopters can pre-order the book right now for $6.99 and get a 30 percent discount! I appreciate your support.


Play the DEMO

I think the book aspect of this project is going to be super interesting, and it’s really coming along like a rocket at 23,000+ words and counting. It documents the day-to-day aspects of designing and building this game as well as the creative process. I also spend plenty of time talking about the writing and self-publishing aspect of the project too, so it’ll be a neat read regardless of what camp your in, creative-wise.

But I’m equally excited the game itself, and you can playtest the first core area of the dungeon RIGHT NOW by downloading the DEMO right here! Do you like Dungeons & Dragons? Dark fantasy horror? Weird stuff? Choose your own adventure games? All of the above?

You’ll dig this. At least I hope so.

I’d love to hear what you think and get any feedback, so free free to ping me on Twitter or email. Also. Warning: this game is dark, grisly, and a bit gory. It’s not for little kids. Just sayin’


And Please Help Spread the Word!

The self-publishing experiment itself is a huge, and frankly risky, piece of this project’s complex puzzle. I’m essentially designing and building a game, writing a book about the entire process, and launching it all from start-to-finish in under two months.


But it’s also part of the fun and the experiment.

If you enjoy the demo, or are interested in the project, I definitely appreciate your support via pre-order. If you’re a member of the press (or a podcaster or a blogger) and would like to chat about the project, about indie game dev stuff, or self-publishing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m always up for interviews.

And if you’re just a regular human on the Internet who feels like sharing news of this thing with your peeps, that’s also super cool.

Thanks again! Buckle up. It’s going to be a wild ride through July, and this is only one of several big things I’m working on.


Book Review Drive (Last Day!) Get Self-Publishing Success Strategies for FREE on Kindle!

Untitled-1 copyIt’s the third and final day of my FREE promotion and “Book Review Drive” experiment for my latest book, Self-Publishing Success Strategies: 19 Tips To Sell More Kindle Books and Grow Your Audience! It’s been going quite well so far, and I’m hoping the large number of downloads over the past few days will translate into more reviews in the coming days and weeks. These things take a while to click, but it’s off to a great start!

You can still grab the book FREE on Kindle TODAY (But hurry, because it’s switching to paid again later).

In two days, I’ve had almost 650 people download a free copy of the book on Kindle, and it’s currently #1 on the free book charts in its categories, and at #582 out of ALL of the free books currently available on the Kindle store. That’s pretty good!

But the real objective of this “Review Drive” was to get more reviews for the book, and that seems to be working too! The book has been stuck at 12 reviews for a month or so. Since I started this drive two days ago, I’ve received four more reviews, and I expect others will trickle in over the course of the weekend and next week as folks who grabbed the book get around to reading it.

So far, so good! Today is the last day to grab a copy for FREE! If you do so, and enjoy the book, please consider leaving an Amazon review! That’s sort of the point of me giving away all these freebies this week. ;)


Book Review Drive! Get A FREE Book + Please Leave A Review!


It’s like a blood drive, but…for Amazon reviews? No, wait, that doesn’t quite fit. Errr..Weird. Sorry. I mean:

Hey folks! I’m running a three day Book Review Drive for my latest book Self-Publishing Success Strategies: 19 Tips To Sell More Kindle Books and Grow Your Audience! I’ve set the book price to FREE through Friday! The idea is that you can download a copy at no cost, give it a read, and if you enjoy the book, please consider leaving a short review and rating on Amazon! Why is this so important? Read on.

Book reviews help indie authors

Did you know that on average only, like, 3 percent of people who buy a Kindle book actually leave a review? That’s a bummer, especially because reviews really help other book buyers decide whether they might enjoy a particular read. As an indie author, it’s super tough to get readers to rate our books, even if folks love them.

I’ve sold about 4,000 copies of one of my other books, Write Short Kindle Books since it launched in January, and I’m lucky that 131 people saw fit to leave a review. That’s not bad, but it’s not great when you consider how many people actually have a copy, and that’s not including another 700 or so who grabbed it for free during a special promo.

Positive reviews are really powerful and can help a book out. They provide social proof and actually impact Amazon’s rankings a bit. Very negative reviews can have the reverse effect, damaging a book, though having some contrast across your book ratings can be a little helpful, as long as the balance doesn’t tip too far into the red.

I love it when people read my books, dig them, and take a moment to leave a nice review. That tells other readers on Amazon that my books don’t suck.

That said, I also encourage people to leave honest reviews, and I use constructive critiques to improve my current and future books.

How the Book Review Drive works! [Step-by-Step]

STEP 1: Between NOW and Friday, go download a free copy of the book on Kindle. [Don’t have a Kindle? No sweat, you can get a free app to read it on your smartphone, Mac, or PC!

STEP 2: Read the book. Easy. It’ll prob take an hour or two max. It’s a quick, info-packed read.

STEP 3: If you enjoyed the book? Go to the book’s Amazon page and leave a short review and a starred rating. It can be short and sweet, or more detailed. Whatever you prefer. You can do that manually be clicking on “customer reviews”, then “write a review.” OR just use this handy link to go RIGHT TO THE FORM! [P.S. You’ll have to log into your Amazon account first if you’re not already logged in.

Thanks so much! I really appreciate your support!

Already have my book(s)? Enjoy them? GREAT! Please leave a review.