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Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Surprising Thing about the Super Awesome Bonus

When I started freelancing full-time more than 16 years ago, I not only lacked clips (well, I did have two) and experience. I also had no mentors. No freelancing friends. I didn't even know of someone who freelanced full-time, so I had to rely on books (and I did read a lot on freelancing, writing, self-employment, you name it) and figure out my own path.  

Let me tell you, I wrote some horrible queries. But in all fairness, I had no one to help me get better. I didn't have someone I could reach out to and ask for an honest query critique. I just wrote the best queries I could and hoped. It took me months and dozens and dozens of queries to eventually refine them to more compelling pitches. 

That's one of the reasons I made my "super awesome bonus" offer in Dollars and Deadlines. The book is aimed at brand-new freelancers--those who have never written for publication before but who want to. I walk readers through the process and give them tons of templates and samples, but something was missing. 

I didn't want to only give readers all the information they needed. I wanted to give them a chance for feedback. So I created the bonus. I offered readers a FREE query critique if they followed the directions provided. That way readers would have immediate, specific feedback from a professional writer (um, me) and be able to submit a stronger, more saleable query--and possibly have their first pitch result in an assignment! 

A critique like this is valuable. In fact, I charge $100/hour for this kind of consulting work (and believe me, it's worth it). And yet not one reader has taken me up on this offer! If you're a reader of Dollars and Deadlines: Make Money Writing Articles for Print and Online Markets, send me your query! 

Hey, I've never seen a book author make this kind of offer, I wouldn't have done it if I wasn't serious about it. I want you to succeed as a freelancer. So let me help!  


***My latest special offer for readers continues. I sell more books on Kindle than on any other e-platform, so I'm offering this $0.99 special offer comes in. For a limited time, three of my most popular ebooks on Kindle are priced at only $0.99! 

And if you're serious about making money from your words, check out my full-length books, Dollars and Deadlines: Make Money Writing Articles for Print and Online Markets and Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer's Guide to Making More Money, second edition. If you prefer print (like I do), order directly from ImprovisePress.comUse the discount code, IMPROVISEPRESS (all caps/no breaks) for 20 percent off of your order!