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Title: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: dhanks on December 19, 2009, 05:11:07 PM
I just want to say that when I joined this forum, I had no idea that Nick was THE Nick Daws that co-authored The Wealthy Writer. I have a copy of that book on my desk.

I have been a writer at heart since my earliest memory of 8yrs old sitting in front of a stack of school paper. I knew I wanted to write, but I didn't know what to write.

More than 30yrs later, I still have the desire but also the experience and some knowledge to go along with it.

May 2010 be a great year for anyone trying to deepen their roots and purpose in life!!

D
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: ma100 on December 19, 2009, 06:17:24 PM
Hi dhanks, good to meet you and welcome to MWC. I'm sure you will find it a fun .    ;)
We are a friendly bunch so when you feel comfortable jump in the water's warm.


The best place to start is reading the stickies on each board and they will give you a general idea what to do. But pm if you have any trouble.

 
Here's the formal bit:

We don't have many rules here on MWC, but would appreciate it if you took a few moments to check out our etiquette guidelines by clicking on the link below:

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=7415.0

Please take a look around, you’ll find the stickies at the top of the boards hold general guidelines about posting in the different areas.
Maybe enter a couple of the challenges and generally have fun.

With regards to the Review My Work section, we do ask that you comment on a few pieces of work before posting your own. Don't be shy. It's a great way to get to know the other members and their work. (And it really helps when it comes time for your work to be reviewed.)

If you have any questions, or anything else you are unsure off, just ask - there is always someone willing to help.      ;D

The moderators are the ones with the blue stars.  :)

Ma
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: A.W.M on December 19, 2009, 08:01:48 PM
hello, dhanks.  Welcome. Wishing you the best.
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: Gyppo on December 19, 2009, 08:06:12 PM
Hi,

Welcome to our little corner of the Big Bad Web, where a surprising amount of 'good stuff' gets done despite - or maybe because of - the fun and frolics in the less serious parts of the site.

Gyppo
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 19, 2009, 09:07:19 PM
Hello and welcome dhanks, enjoy the boards as you learn your way around.

Smiles,
Alice
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: Swampfox one on December 20, 2009, 03:32:17 PM
Welcome D. ;D

Pull up a stool for I know you have already found the bar and look around.
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: dhanks on December 20, 2009, 03:38:50 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome from all!

I found the bar pretty quickly. LOL. But that's just me.

I am looking so forward to offering my help as well as getting help. So far, I am thoroughly enjoying this forum!!

D
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: Matt Walker on December 20, 2009, 05:05:39 PM
You look very much like a pig in your profile pic...
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: dhanks on December 20, 2009, 05:47:33 PM
Ok, I changed my profile pic. I love my little piggy picture.

This pic of me was taken about 5 years ago. Of course, I have aged. LOL.

Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: A.J.B on December 20, 2009, 06:39:24 PM
You look very much like a pig in your profile pic...

And I look very much like a swirl, but meh, it makes me stand out in a crowd.
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: Matt Walker on December 21, 2009, 03:57:13 AM
The piggy pic was very cute I must admit, and AJB I thought you were hypnodisc from Robotwars? My mistake  :)
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: A.J.B on December 21, 2009, 06:04:16 AM
The piggy pic was very cute I must admit, and AJB I thought you were hypnodisc from Robotwars? My mistake  :)

You'd be suprised how often I get that :P I loved that robot, next to Razor he was the ultimate killing machine :D
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: dhanks on December 21, 2009, 09:30:43 AM
Mornin' Leah,

Yep, I've had my copy for several months as well. After I graduated, I entered into this whirlwind of activity trying to start a consulting company - complete with writing, public speaking, one-on-one consulting/coaching - Basically an empire. Obviously that didn't happen. I was trying to start to much at one time, especially during a bust economy, and pretty much never got my feet off the ground.

So, here I am today. Taking baby steps.  ;D

D
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: A.J.B on December 21, 2009, 09:33:36 AM
Mornin' Leah,

Yep, I've had my copy for several months as well. After I graduated, I entered into this whirlwind of activity trying to start a consulting company - complete with writing, public speaking, one-on-one consulting/coaching - Basically an empire. Obviously that didn't happen. I was trying to start to much at one time, especially during a bust economy, and pretty much never got my feet off the ground.

So, here I am today. Taking baby steps.  ;D

D

That's incredibly interesting! Perhaps it would be wise to start, as you said, with baby steps and just offer consultancy on writing to begin with?

Are you still persuing this endeavour?
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: dhanks on December 21, 2009, 10:02:31 AM
Yeah, I still have interest in pursuing the coaching and consulting. My degree is in Knowledge Management, which is a really cool niche. But when companies are laying off some of their best workers to get by, or worse, closing down, there isn't a lot of money to be spent in the corporate world for such rubbish.

So here's my newly updated plan:

1. Develop an even more narrow topic. KM is an extremely broad area. I need to work on figuring out what one tiny area I want to focus on and be viewed as an expert on.

2. Start a website and start blogging. Perhaps a newsletter. Hopefully this will begin to establish a 'following'. (I hate the way that sounds.)

3. Produce some Booklets. I like SavvyWriter's idea. Between Items 2-3, I should begin to get some feedback on what is most interesting to my readers.

4. Book Proposal and Agent.

5. Consulting and Coaching, Public Speaking, only AFTER I have prepared my foundation as an expert on the subject.

So, rip it apart. What do you think of this plan?
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: A.J.B on December 21, 2009, 10:11:51 AM
If you are going about it I think you have the idea set out in the best order as it goes from small to big.

But personally I would have stuck a 'seek out fledgling publishing houses and offer my services to them'. Newly opened publishing houses migh tno have people in such positions and will most likely be doing alot of work themselves rather than employig people. If you can offer your services at a fair price (even if you're not making a lot you will be getting experience in the field) then they may be willing to take on your services in a freelance position of sorts.

If you are going to try my suggestion then I would advise making good use of duotropes digest. It has a wonderful search function that helps you find publishing houses/magazines who operate in certain genres.

Best of luck with your future endeavours.
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: dhanks on December 21, 2009, 10:53:42 AM
Ah, yes. I actually know someone that got published is a now very reputable journal during the first year of their operation. Great Idea!

I have an awesome idea for a book that could hit the streets today without all the other hoopla. But I'm scared to query without having any "presence" anywhere.

hhmmmm. So much to do!!
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: A.J.B on December 21, 2009, 05:01:56 PM
The best way to gain a following is to start a group on facebook or something similar and then herd the members towards your blog :P
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: dhanks on December 21, 2009, 05:59:02 PM
Leah, I've thought about starting a Proofreading Service. But it seems to me that I would have to spend as much time on that as I would on my writing business?? idk.

AJB, Yep I got a Facebook account. Mainly for my family and a few friends. If I did start a Group, none of the people that I have connections with would be interested except just to see what I'm doing. Most of them would look at it one time if I asked them to. But I'm not sure how to advertise the group to people on FB that aren't in my connections. Do you know how to do that?

D
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: A.J.B on December 21, 2009, 06:14:34 PM
No..that is a tricky one. You would have to advertise somewhere where you already have a fair few people know what you are doing etc..
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: A.J.B on December 21, 2009, 06:22:52 PM
I would love to be part of a proofreading group. Would be a nice littler earner if enough people sent stuff in. I have proof read a novel for  apublishing house before so I reckon I could do it :D
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: A.J.B on December 21, 2009, 06:28:34 PM
Aha! And take the world by storm :D
Title: Re: The Wealthy Writer
Post by: dhanks on December 21, 2009, 06:42:47 PM
Count me in please!! I don't know why or how I developed the skill. But I can find errors in things that have been past several people before me. I would love to make some extra money proofing.

Maybe we should collaborate on a website and divy up the business?? I love working with other people.

D