I've been writing and selling ebooks online since 2002. To date, I've written about sixty. And I do everything from create the covers to editing and proofreading. So, why am I bringing this up?
Well, one niche that is growing exponentially in the online world is the need for services for self-published authors like me. Proof? A 2012 Taleist Self-Publishing Survey of 1,000 authors by Dave Cornford and Steven Lewis found that:
**70% of writers digitally publishing formatted their own ebooks.
**70% of writers using print-on-demand designed their own internal layouts.
**45% of all self-publishing writers designed their own cover.
But I have to say, this is changing. Self-published authors are earning more, and are beginning to invest in making their books as professional as possible. And this means they're willing to shell out money for things like professional cover art, developmental editing, proofreading and formatting.
Again, turning to this survey, the researchers found that the number one service self-published writers paid for was copy editing -- 29% of those surveyed shelled out money for this. Proofreading was the second most popular service they paid for (25% of those surveyed). Finally, story editing was the third most popular service; a fifth (20%) of writers paid for this service.
Note: Read more on these statistics in the article, Should Writers pay for Professional Services? on BubbleCow.
Other Services Freelance Writers Can Offer to Self-Published Authors
Scene Writing: Yesterday, I was doing some research and perusing the popular site Fiverr. I ran across a service I'd never heard of before -- "steamy" scenes for romance novels. Apparently many romance writers have a hard time writing these particular kinds of scenes in their books -- and there are people out there who'll write them for you!
Ghostwriting: Also, there are people who will ghostwrite entire books for you, of course -- on everything from romance, to sci-fi.
Social Media Marketing: If you're serious about writing, it leaves you very little time to do things like social media marketing. And, this is a service that goes hand in hand with any kind of writing, making it an easy upsell.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Many writers have never even heard of this, which is at the heart of making money online promoting anything, by the way. Remember, SEO teaches you how to market anything online -- so tailoring it to a niche (eg, helping self-published authors get their ebooks found online)) is a way to separate yourself from other writers.
General Marketing: This runs the gamut. Self-publishers need press releases, blog posts, web content, etc.
Again, if you're a writer and spend most of your time on that, it's really, really difficult to do an effective job marketing your book when it's finished. So, someone to "take it from there," (ie, once you finish the book) and get it out into the world is crucial to your success as a writer in the long run. Proof?
The Taleist survey found that self-published writers who didn't pay for certain professional services (eg, editing, copy editing, and proofreading) earned 58% LESS than the average writer.
This spells opportunity for freelance writers who are savvy enough to step up and market themselves to this niche.
About the Author: Yuwanda Black is tis the founder of New Media Words, an SEO writing company. She's also the publisher of the popular freelance writing blog, Inkwell Editorial. Ms. Black has written over 50 ebooks, mostly on/about freelance writing. They can be found on major outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in addition to her own website(s). Want to learn how to earn $50,000 to $75,000 per year as a freelance online writer? Get the SEO writing course that does just that.
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