Friday, December 30, 2011

Saying Goodbye to 2011

Saying Goodbye to Write Moms
Hi all,

2011 - The good, the bad and the ugly

2011 started out great - Panda had not hit and my income was increasing at leaps and bounds across the board at sites like eHow, Suite101 and Examiner.  Then, as we all know, Google's Panda took a big bite out of earnings and things just kept going downhill from there.  So, instead I placed more focus on my own websites which were beginning to earn a monthly income.  Once again, mid-year, Google struck again.  For reasons unknown to me, Google closed my Adsense account claiming there was click fraud, and that was the end of my Google Adsense earning power.  You see, Google can call it click fraud whether you do it or someone else you don't even knows overclicks your ads.  Since I know I never touched an ad - and neither did any of my family - I have to think that someone else did and that lost my account.  Losing income from Panda was bad enough, but now I lost most of my income from the sites and that caused me to really rethink the direction I was going.

The good news is I was already writing regularly for a couple of very big sites so the income I lost earlier in the year was replaced with those.  And, quite frankly, I was earning way more than I ever had with all those revenue share sites combined.  Again, I began to rethink my strategy for freelance writing and decided that writing for other sites made more sense to me than trying to build an income through revenue share or building my own sites.  While these two ways work for many people - they just weren't working for me.

More than doubled my income

If you follow this blog, you know that my only resolution for 2011 was to double my freelance writing income and continue to find new sites to write for.  Well, despite the fact that I lost a lot of income through being hit down by Google, I still managed to end 2011 by more than doubling my income - in fact, I increased my income by 237% this year.  Amazing, considering I worked a lot less and yet earned a lot more. That is mainly due to being fortunate enough to find sites to write for that pay incredibly well.  I will be sure to stick with these sites for 2012 too - or for as long as I can!

Changing focus in 2012

As you have all seen with my last few posts, I have been changing my focus from freelance writing articles to writing books and self-publishing.  As some of you already know, I had already written two books years ago and wanted to somehow get back to novel writing - but wanted to be paid also!  I began looking into eBook publishing and found so many people who were not only living their dream of writing novels and self-publishing them - but also earning a living doing it.  Well, if they can, why can't I?  So since the end of November, I've been busily creating eBooks out of the two books I already had and am now working on the next book I hope to publish by March.  I have also been working furiously to promote these eBooks, get reviews, and, of course, sell a few.  In only one month I've accomplished a lot, had a couple of really nice reviews and even sold a few eBooks, and I hope this will snowball and continue.  All I can say is thank God for Kindles, Nooks and iPads and self-publishing because I am finally back to where I want to be and will hopefully grow from there.  In 2012, I will be working on writing a publishing more books and hope to have two more fiction novels out there by the end of the year.

What about Write Moms?

After this post, I will no longer be adding new posts to Write Moms.  I have so enjoyed writing this blog and helping other people find ways to work from home by freelance writing.  But it is time for me to move on and I've already done that at my new blog - Deanna Lynn Sletten.  There, I will be writing about self-publishing, promting and other aspects of being a self-published novel writer, so come on over and visit.  Write Moms will still be here, though, because it contains a lot of valuable information for the beginning freelancer and hopefully people will still find answers to their questions here.

Thanks to everyone who followed this blog, who commented and who visited.  I look forward to seeing you all over at my new blog and, if you want to read a good book, maybe you will read mine and leave me a comment. :)

Happy writing,
Deanna

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Background on My Novel, Widow, Virgin, Whore

Buy eBook Here!
Hi all,

I just wrote a post over at my other blog that tells the background on where my ideas came from for my novel, Widow, Virgin, Whore and describes more about the story and why I chose the title.  Click here to visit the post.

Cheers,
Deanna

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Author Interview for Outlaw Heroes

Read my interview on Frantic Mommy!
Hi all,

I want to give a big Thank You to Becky Flansburg of Frantic Mommy and Lakes Area Moms Squad for the author interview and promotion of my book, Outlaw Heroes.  Click the links above to see the interviews on both of her sites. I've known Becky since I began blogging here on Write Moms in 2009 and have followed her progress through the years. She has two very successful blogs and I'm happy that she honored me with this interview. Be sure to check out both sites and place them on your list of favorite blogs to read!

Also - don't forget that through the month of December, my eBook Outlaw Heroes is available for 50% off by using Coupon Code: BN72H at Smashwords. Click here to download a copy or download a free sample copy here too.

Cheers,
Deanna

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Free Fridays eBook Giveaway!

Win a free copy
of this ebook!
Hi all,

That's right - every Friday starting on December 23, 2011 and going though January 27, 2012, I will give away 5 free ebook copies of my women's fiction novel Widow, Virgin, Whore.  Visit my blog, Deanna Lynn Sletten to learn more on how you can sign up to win a free copy of my new ebook! No strings attached!

Cheers,
Deanna 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Download My Women's Fiction eBook for Only .99 cents - Limited Time!

Hi all,

(Sorry, this promotion is over.)
I have just self-published my women's fiction novel, Widow, Virgin, Whore on Smashwords and am now able to sell it for the new low price of $3.99 a copy. In celebration of publishing my eBook - I want to offer you a copy of this eBook for only .99 cents! For a limited time - until Thursday, December 15th at midnight - you can purchase WVW for only .99 cents with the following coupon code:

Coupon code: VE27T

Go to this link to purchase my book: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/113695 You will have to register for a free Smashwords account before you can purchase and download the ebook. If you love reading books - having a Smashwords account will be useful for finding great self-published books for affordable prices. All e-reader formats are available - so whether you have a Kindle, Nook or iPad - or even if you just want to read it on your computer - there is a file type for you.

You can read more about this book on the My Books pages listed in the tabs at the top of this blog page. Don't be fooled by the title - this is a heartwarming story that you will enjoy.
If you do download a copy of WVW, I hope you will take the time to write a review so others will know what you think. You can leave a review of this book at any of the following sites:
I hope you will take advantage of this sale price and read my book - I think you will really enjoy it!
Cheers,
Deanna
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