For the Writer: Quick Bytes

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I hope you are inspired and entertained. And if you would like YOUR author or writing story told, please email me about that.


FREE Book Launch plans including questions for your publicist, worksheets to stay on top of timelines and deadlines, promotions and business development and worksheets to track your budgets!


PINTEREST: List to use for examples or brainstorming promo for your book

GOODREADS: Make use of the “Ask the Author” opportunity afforded by this huge reader’s site!


THE HOW_TO GUIDE FOR ALL WRITERS – leave your contact information with the BookBaby folks (they do NOT haunt you, though you’ll get offers and information) and get your free PDF instantly. Includes information on pricing, promotion and selling a eBook. It’s written by Steven Spatz – a man who knows this business better than MOST!


2014 Proves Another Solid Year for Indies – this Publishers Weekly article is very encouraging! And, on the local scene, I have been hearing the same thing. Are readers needing to “unplug?”


AWAI, Inc. ad, Nov/Dec Writers Digest

Article: 7 Best-Paying Projects for Writers in 2015 by Rebecca Matter

According to Ad Age marketers spent 52.8$ billion on digital marketing in 2014. Direct Marketing Association will surpass $190 billion by 2016. WHAT A MARKET FOR INCOME!

  1. Direct-Response Sales Letters ($2000-10,000 plus royalties in some cases)
  2. E-Newsletters ($900-$2000 per issue for 1200-1500 words)
  3. Case Studies – before and after stories ($1250-2000 for 800-1200 words)
  4. Online Content – topic experts, short works ($100-500 per piece plus more if you develop the content marketing plan for them)
  5. Social Media ($2000 per month, based on involvement)
  6. Emails – PERFECT for that writer who is an IDEA MACHINE! ($100-1000 per email for 500-2000 words)
  7. Video Scripts – a blog that’s meant to be read aloud! ($100-500 per minute/page or 3-5 minutes)

(Yes, I have gotten a lot of my copy writing education and experience with AWAI and COPYBLOGGER but I am not paid to put this information out.)

You CAN make money writing for hire while working on that novel!


2014 Nov/Dec Writers Digest Issue (

INKWELL: SHORT IS THE NEW LONG by Anne R. Allen is an article about what she calls “Bite-sized fiction.” Why writing little stories pays off big! Per Penny C. Sansevieri, “Short is the new long.” Short stories are experiencing a strong revival in the digital age.

  • Smaller portable screens
  • Anthologies are hot!
  • Publication identifies writer as a professional
  • Short fiction editors have friends in the book publishing world
  • Filmmakers buy rights to short stories
  • The more titles authors have published, the more online retailers love them
  • Short fiction contests are nice on a bio or writing resume
  • Keeps fans engaged and brings in new ones (small time and money investment – less risk!)
  • “Per word, a story can make more money than a novel…” They make money and hold their value.

From NQ – anyone who has heard me speak knows one of the top reasons I push writing short stories is for the writing practice! Keep writing – and reading!

Nancy Q.



About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014. Author of Murder in Black and White, Still Shot, Merciful Blessings, and numerous published short stories.
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