I’m really excited to share (more like ecstatic-gone-crazy) that one of my biggest passions and lifelong dreams is HAPPENING, today.
A book, written by yours truly, is now widely available for sale in print and Kindle on Amazon: So You Think You Can Write? The Definitive Guide to Successful Online Writing. (Click here to get on Amazon.)
So You Think You Can Write? is a guidebook I’ve been working endlessly on the entire past year.
After this year of writing and completing my first book, you bet I have a newfound respect for authors…you bet.
Many 2 a.m. nights, an unhealthy sacrifice of social life, and an uncomfortably far-too-close-relationship with English grammar after rounds and re-rounds of editing, has resulted from the writing of said book.
(By the way. Modifying compound adjectives, oh how I hate thee!)
But, it was all worth it, because I’m thrilled to launch So You Think You Can Write today.
This book sums up everything I’ve learned to become a successful online content creator. (Not every single lesson; that would be a 10-volume series. More like the essential foundations that make up successful online writing.)
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Who I Wrote So You Think You Can Write? For
My ultimate goal in sharing this book is to offer a complete, one-stop guidebook that teaches any brand, business or creator how to write great web content, from the foundations of SEO to the factors that make up engaging, evergreen content; and, it’s for the writer that wants to take their skills from offline to online AND make money (see my bonus chapter on how to market yourself), and for the business owner that wants to successfully create and publish great online content.
Still… Why Buy My Book?
^That may help. Still wondering why buy? I’ll give you three good reasons right now:
#1. You’ll come back with better writing skills.
No matter WHO you are, I would bet money right now you will learn something you didn’t know about how to write online content. Whether that’s how to pick out your keywords, a new, awesome content tool from my Appendix and Resources lists, or an unusual way of marketing yourself online—you name it, I bet you’ll walk away with something to take away and use right now in your online writing. And if not, tell me what’s missing! I’d love to know, because I’m working on my next books.
#2. Learning the foundational skills of great online content writing now just arrived in one place.
OK, I’m not claiming to be the only one teaching all of this. I’m not claiming to even be the top expert. And this is by no means the only information you should read. (This is just one book out of several I plan to write on this subject, too, FYI.) But what I am saying is that all the foundations of good SEO writing, that I’ve learned to become successful and which took me years to teach myself, are now in one place in So You Think You Can Write. Wouldn’t you rather have one book in hand than hundreds of articles and downloadables to read?
#3. You’ll learn that there is a career in online writing, and you’ll know the foundations of how to make your own.
There’s a HUGE need for good writers today. I’m very passionate about sharing this need and teaching creative people how to take their writing skills online, so writers earn work, brands and websites get filled with great copy, more people are inspired…cycle repeats, getting better each time as writers hone their trade.
A serious need for creative online writers is happening this year more than ever. The past few months, we’ve seen a lack of writers available. (To note here: we’re in the middle of our biggest re-brand and new development launch that goes live this summer, which will include an internal pay raise for all of our core writers. I’m excited to be able to reward good talent better coming up very soon.)
As we hire, we’ve always had to employ writers that were already experienced and knowledgeable in the skills of online writing. We have a thorough online writing test that rules out anyone not capable of writing for our level of clients. We’re so fast-paced, we simply can’t stop and “teach” someone. (Granted, we have done that a few times, but very rarely, with extremely adept learners.)
So, I’ve always wanted to give every single capable writer that wanted to apply—or even just go make a career for themselves out of independent freelance clients, like I did—a way to learn the necessary skills in one place. And now, it’s happening, with So You Think You Can Write?
I couldn’t be more thrilled to share what I know.
BONUS #4: It’s out, it’s fully illustrated (fun things to look at), and it’s pretty.
My toddler was actually entertained with the drawings I have inside that represent the seven forms of online content.
Here she is–and FYI, it’s super hard to get a picture of her, she moves so fast:
Buy it for your toddler, or yourself, if you like cute illustrations.
Go buy it here.
How I’ve Gotten Here
So You Think You Can Write has been a journey—both in learning these life skills, using them in a self-made career, and writing this book to share my knowledge with others.
I like to think this career path chose me. Not to be cliché—young budding writer makes it big—but really, the path started way back. The earliest memory I have of a genuine love for writing was when I was 9. I was sitting in the back of my mom’s Grand Caravan and a plot, a character name, and an entire fictional world was in my head. Just there. I could not wait till we finished shopping and I could get home to write it down. That day, I started saving the document on a 3 ½ floppy disk, and I titled it The Knight of the Silver Lance.
Fast forward to age 12. I had a completed story about my knight of the pre-Dark Ages: a 200-page fiction novel, in tiny size 10 Times New Roman font, saved on that floppy. One morning, I inserted the disk to proof the book with my parents—an exciting moment, because we were talking about publishing it—and there was a loud BEEP-BEEP. A window of death appeared: the disk was fatally corrupted.
I started rewriting it, but something else began demanding my focus: the internet, and the new technology of computers. I ate up everything I could learn about the computer, joined different online writing and marketing communities, and started learning how to make money online (I was illegally doing surveys at 13—the minimum age was 14). I earned $300 in a month just doing my online surveys. By 16, I started three companies: a computer repair company, a cleaning company, and a budding surveys-for-cash pyramid company (complete with business cards to blast every unsuspecting stranger). The computer repair company was by far my most enjoyable endeavor. I helped several elderly people who lived in my small town learn how to connect to a router and use the internet—and then uninstall the viruses they unintentionally downloaded while surfing the web.
Fast-forward even more. I’m 19, working at McDonald’s full time, and trying to fulfill what I (and my parents) thought was a calling: full-time nursing school towards earning an R.N. degree. Short story there: I hated both, and researched my side passion of writing by night, teaching myself online writing and earning gigs through Elance and oDesk (now Upwork). At 20, I started my company, Express Writers, while still in nursing school. Things got crazy, I couldn’t keep up with everything—on one side, my writing company was flourishing (due to the fact I was a really good writer who stayed creative in the middle of an age of really crappy online content), and on the other side, I was failing in nursing school. Both lecture classes and clinical. I couldn’t keep up.
My lack of passion exhibited itself when my clinical teacher failed me in nursing school at 21: I was driven into building my business. So I did just that, and here I am. I’m now 25 years old, with a 70-person team of writers, and thousands of clients worldwide. I even launched a podcast in March that hit New & Noteworthy in iTunes within 36 hours. And I started a Twitter chat in January of this year that has consistently topped #45 on Twitter during its live hour. Beyond that, I’m working on our next big steps: new products, training and re-launch, complete with a year-long custom team room creation developed by our COO, Josh McCoy.
So What Happened To Writing Fiction?
I still love writing fiction. If you’re wondering what happened to my medieval fiction, when I was 12 years old: I never got it recovered, but I did actually rewrite the whole book before 16 and still have that book deep inside some Dropbox folder, where it probably won’t see the light of day. It’s just not my favorite area of fiction anymore. I’m working on a fictional story concept now that is more in the style of fiction I like: post-apocalyptic, worldwide, end-of-earth plots—think Hunger Games, The Giver, Chronicles of Narnia, Divergent). And, I’m working on the tale of my personal story—something that’s necessary for me both to write out, and to share.
I’m so excited to share my book launch with y’all.
Buy it, and please do leave me an honest review if it helped you! I’d love to know. (You can also view a sample in the Flipboard preview on my book page, or listen to me read a chapter on my latest podcast episode.) Click the book to go straight to Amazon: