How to Do More in Less Time – Part 1

NMN~~~ Notes from Minnesota ~~~

Hey Freelancer!

Our little Notes from Minnesota Podcast appears to be going swimmingly. If you like listening to short (generally under 15 minutes), hard core freelance information, be sure to check us out. You can find everything you need to know at http://BAEricksonBooks.com

Next, I’m spit polishing the Writing Etc. Minis. I want to make them uber-useful… as always. As I’ve researched, I’ve found scads of zines popping up. That’s great. That said, I feel just a bit of satisfaction knowing we’ve been around for so long. Kinda cool, really.

Second, tomorrow is my third cancerversary. In honor of the occasion, I’m relaunching my fiction career. I explain everything here: http://bethannerickson.com/what-have-you-reclaimed/

Third, I’ve missed you! I discovered I tend to retreat from anything public when I’m feeling down, challenged, sick due to all this cancer stuff. It’s sometimes overwhelming. But I can mention that life on the other side is pretty sweet… and I glimpse “normal” life more and more these days.

Tomorrow I go in and get my new tumor numbers. Crossing my fingers. Either way, I ready for a productive ’16.

Hope you’ll join me,

Beth 🙂

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  • Think like a writer
  • Hone your writing skills until they’re razor sharp
  • Tackle the most lucrative branch of writing
  • Learn secrets of fiction
  • Organize your nonfiction articles
  • Write powerful queries
  • Promote your writing business for little or no money

Completely revised and updated, if you want to be a freelance writer who snags paying assignments, this book’s for you.

It’s currently 3.99 for the digital download. Nab yours when the getting’s good. 🙂

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1932794034How to Do More in Less Time – Part 1
Robert W. Bly

Excerpt from Bob Bly’s Guide to Freelance Writing Success

The ability to work faster and get more done in less time isn’t slavery; it’s freedom. You’re going to have the same big pile of stuff to do every day whether you want it or not. If you can be more efficient, you can get it done and still have some time left over for yourself – whether it’s to read the paper, hike, jog, play the piano, or something else.

Here are first two of ten ideas that can increase your personal productivity so you can get more done in less time:

1. Master your computer. Everyone who wants to be more productive should use a modern personal computer with the latest software. Doing so can double, triple, or even quadruple your output.

Install on your computer the same software that your colleagues, other departments within your organization, vendors, and business partners use. The broader the range of your software, the more easily you can open and read files from other sources.

Constantly upgrade your desk-top to eliminate too-slow computer processes that waste your time, such as slow downloading of files or Web pages. If you use the Internet a lot, get the fastest access you can. DSL is getting cheaper by the month and is well worth the money at its current price levels.

2. Don’t be a perfectionist. “I’m a non-perfectionist,” said Isaac Asimov, author of 475 books. “I don’t look back in regret or worry at what I have written.”

Alfred De Musset wrote, “Perfection does not exist. To understand this is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.”

Be a careful worker. But, don’t agonize over your work beyond the point where the extra effort no longer produces a proportionately worthwhile improvement in your final product.

Be excellent, but not perfect. Customers do not have the time or budget for perfection; for most projects, getting 95 to 98 percent of the way to perfection is good enough. That doesn’t mean you deliberately make errors or give less than your best. It means you stop polishing and fiddling with the job when it looks good to you – and you don’t agonize over the fact that you’re not spending another hundred hours on it. Create it, check it, then let it go.

Quality improves with effort according to an exponential curve. That means early effort yields the biggest results; subsequent efforts yield smaller and smaller improvements, until eventually the miniscule return is not worth the effort. Productive people stop at the point where the investment in further effort on a task is no longer jus­tified by the tiny incremental im­provement it would produce.

Aim for 100 percent perfection, and you are unlikely to be pro­ductive or profitable. Consistently hit within the 90-98 percent range, and you will maximize customer satisfaction, as well as return on your time investment.

NOTE: Bob’s got dozens more immediately useful techniques for successful self promotion in his book, “Bob Bly’s Guide to Freelance Writing Success: How to Make $100,000 a Year as a Freelance Writer and Have the Time of Your Life Doing It.” It’s available as an economical ebook right here.

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Our Epic Fails Revealed

Well, this is embarrassing. Today, Beth and Jackie reveal their grandest and most epic fails. Think everything goes slick in the creative world? Ha. They discuss instincts, marketing vs being a marketer, the inner voice, mentors, and dirt roads. It’s a horrific jaunt through the painful path to a lesson hard learned.

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Are you a amateur or professional?

Today’s a red letter day because in today’s Notes from Minnesota I’ve got a fantastic co-hostess (with the mostess.)

Her name’s Jackie. She’s one of the best musicians you’ll ever meet. She’s been playing forever and a day… worldwide. Plus she’s awesome.

Enjoy as we chat about what differentiates an amateur versus a professional. Then answer may surprise you… 🙂

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Fifteen Rules for Successful Self Promotion

February 4, 2016

~~~ Notes from Minnesota ~~~

Hey Freelancer!

Oh my. This new year is gearing up to be an interesting one.

1. Bob Bly (one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet) graciously allowed us to release his incredible ““Bob Bly’s Guide to Freelance Writing Success: How to Make $100,000 a Year as a Freelance Writer and Have the Time of Your Life Doing It” as an economical ebook. I’m beyond excited to hail its praises… in fact today’s feature article is a fast excerpt I hope you’ll enjoy. (You can check it out here.)

2. My podcast, Notes from Minnesota, is growing and now available at iTunes. Very cool. A huge thanks to everyone who has taken a listen, downloaded, and recommended it. I’m humbled (yet very pleased) that so many people have emailed to let me know they found it useful. Yay! If you haven’t checked it out, here’s the video link. The audio link. iTunes.

3. I’ve got some great articles on tap in the upcoming weeks. Keep your eyes open for a number of content-heavy mini issues of Writing Etc. to hit your email box as early as next week. I’m really looking forward to releasing this new idea. Squee!~!

4. Reviews on my novels have been coming in strong. I’m pretty thrilled about that. Thanks for your support. Get free excerpts of all my books, both fiction and nonfiction, here.

5. Finally, and this is fairly sobering news… I haven’t revealed much about this part of my life, although I’ve talked about it in the Podcast. My dad was just categorized as stage4/terminal lung cancer. It’s been a rough couple months with lots of hospital visits and ambulance calls. My only advice concerning this situation is to embrace your mortality, chase your dreams, and write. Life is brief and precious.

Onward and upward!

Beth 🙂

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Think it’ll take forever to earn a great living as a writer? Think again. With Jumpstart Your Writing Career and Snag Paying Assignments, you’ll discover how easy it is to:

  • Think like a writer
  • Hone your writing skills until they’re razor sharp
  • Tackle the most lucrative branch of writing
  • Learn secrets of fiction
  • Organize your nonfiction articles
  • Write powerful queries
  • Promote your writing business for little or no money

Completely revised and updated, if you want to be a freelance writer who snags paying assignments, this book’s for you.

It’s currently 3.99 for the digital download. Nab yours when the getting’s good. 🙂

Get it at Amazon US    Worldwide

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1932794034Fifteen Rules for Successful Self Promotion
Robert W. Bly

1. Never tell anyone that you are not busy and that you are looking for work. (Clients want to hire those who are successful, not those who are hungry.)
2. Always put your name, address, and phone numbers on every piece of promotion you produce. This makes it easy for potential new business to reach you.
3. Write a book. It positions you as an expert.
4. If you don’t have the time to write a book, write an article.
5. When you write that article, try to sell it more than one publication. (You can change the title and a few of the examples to tailor it to each publication’s readers.)
6. Regularly mail reprints of your articles to your prospects and clients. Attach a note or short cover letter to personalize the mailing.
7. Advertise your services in magazines aimed at advertising professionals. Try a variety of journals and different ads until you find which ads give the best results. Also, try both classified and display formats.
8. Use direct mail to generate new business leads. A successful mailing of only a hundred letters can often yield five to 10 highly qualified new prospects.
9. Create a package of literature describing your services, background, fees, methods, clients and so forth. Mail the package to people who request more information in response to your ads and mailings. Such a package is extremely useful in prescreening leads.
10. Some copywriters, such as the late Paul Bringe, have had great success using self-published newsletter to promote their services. Newsletters help build recognition and establish credibility with a select audience (the people who receive the newsletter) over an extended period of time.
11. Don’t skimp on letterhead, envelopes, and business cards. The letterhead design and paper quality can convey an image of class and success.
12. Package your copy so that it looks expensive. Type on high-quality paper, mail flat, and protect copy with cardboard, tissues and so forth. You can charge more if the product looks better.
13. Use a word processor. It will allow you to produce flawless manuscript as well as dramatically increase your productivity.
14. Offer to speak and give seminars before trade associations and professional groups. Make sure potential clients will be among those in attendance.
15. Teach a course in advertising, marketing or writing at a local college or university-day school or adult education. This establishes you as an “instant expert” in the field.

NOTE: Bob’s got dozens more immediately useful techniques for successful self promotion in his book, “Bob Bly’s Guide to Freelance Writing Success: How to Make $100,000 a Year as a Freelance Writer and Have the Time of Your Life Doing It.” It’s available as an economical ebook here.

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You can use any of these articles free of charge on your own website or zine. Just don’t make any changes and be sure to include this byline:

This article is courtesy of Filbert Publishing. Make your writing sparkle, write killer queries, get published. Subscribe to Writing Etc., the free e-mag for freelancers and receive the e-book “Power Queries.” http://filbertpublishing.com

Enjoy!

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