Pay What You Want for My Upcoming Book Series! [Introducing the LWB Book Club]

Belief book cover

Longtime Leaving Work Behind readers will know that I’ve been working on a book/books for a long time. With that in mind, today I am excited to announce that the first book in an ongoing series will be available to my LWB Book Club members in just seven days.

But that’s not all: they will be able to pay what they want for the book.

I’ve placed the value proposition in hands and trust in the LWB community to reward me appropriately for the quality of my work.

In this post I’m going to introduce you to the upcoming book series, explain why I have chosen a pay what you want model and also give you an opportunity to sign up for the LWB Book Club (it’s completely free to do so).

How I Created Paid to Blog Jobs [Membership Site Case Study]

Paid to Blog Jobs

I closed the doors on beta access to Paid to Blog Jobs just a few hours ago. In the four days that the doors were open, we managed to attract a total of 75 members, each paying $20 per month.

While it’s far too early to call PtBJ a success (my definition of which I’ll get into later), enough money in the bank to cover my financial outlay after the beta launch is a good start.

In this post I want to reveal the steps behind the creation of PtBJ. If you’re thinking about launching your own membership site, or are simply interested in knowing the process I went through, keep reading.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Pauline and family

Tom: the following is a guest post by Pauline Sabin, owner of Word Dynamics. It is one of the most touching pieces of writing I have ever read, and I think the moral within it is clear to all of us. Thank you for allowing me to share this Pauline.

I hope Gerry and the Pacemakers don’t mind that I’ve borrowed the title of this blog post from them. In case you don’t know it, You’ll Never Walk Alone is the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, and my Dad, being a Scouser (the colloquial term for a Liverpudlian) was a massive Liverpool FC fan.

You’ll Never Walk Alone is also the song that we played at my Dad’s funeral in January this year.

On 5th December 2013 we received the news we never wanted to hear — Dad had terminal, inoperable cancer in his lungs and liver. We later found that the tumours had also spread to his brain.

We were told we would have around two months with Dad.  As it turned out, we had exactly 37 days.

Why Your Freelance Website Stinks (Mine Did Too) and How to Fix It

The following is a guest post from Katharine Paljug, a freelance writer and actor. You can follow her freelance adventure at Katharine Writes or visit her website (that used to stink),

When I first started working as a freelance writer, I bought a domain, put together a website and waited for the clients to roll in.

Of course, nothing happened.

So I got my act together and went to work. I networked on social media. I wrote blog posts and sent out queries. I was ready to start making the big bucks.

Do you know what happened next? If you guessed more nothing, you are spot on.

Eventually, I sat down to figure out what was going wrong. The answer, when I finally admitted it to myself, was painful: my website stunk.

If you’re a freelancer trying to get clients and turning up nothing, it’s time to face the truth: your website probably stinks too. You might have experience, skill and a killer pitch. But if prospective clients are turned off by your website, they’re not going to hire you.

With that in mind, in this post I have outlined a number of reasons as to why your freelance website might be failing (as mine was!) and explained what you can do to turn things around.

Find Freelance Blogging Clients That Will Pay You What You’re Worth [Introducing PtB Jobs]

Twenty dollar notes

The beauty about freelance blogging is that you don’t need any qualifications or prior experience to get started.

But this beauty also creates a problem.

Since the barriers to entry are low, there are a lot of writers competing for entry level work. Furthermore, a plethora of cheap writers in the market has led many to undervalue quality writing.

The apparent lack of quality job offerings can be thoroughly disheartening.

But here’s the truth: there are clients that are willing to pay you what you are worth.

I found my first two writing clients via online job boards, and I still work with one of them today on a contract worth in excess of $20,000 per year.

You can do it too; you just need to know where to look and what to look for.

That’s exactly why I have created Paid to Blog Jobs – a unique resource designed to help freelance bloggers identify and secure viable freelance blogging jobs. If you want to find more work, earn what you’re truly worth and even get paid to bolster your blogging portfolio, Paid to Blog Jobs is the solution.

If you’d like to know more, just enter your email address below and click the “Sign Up” button. You’ll get exclusive early access to the beta version of Paid to Blog Jobs before it gets released across the blogosphere.

I’m seriously excited about this resource and I can’t wait to tell you more and ultimately help you succeed as a freelance blogger, so submit your email address above and I’ll be in touch!

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