I’m still on maternity leave (baby Nick due in just a week, on the 15th!) My husband Paul is handling business-related things for me, so if you have any questions about the sale, please drop him an email at paul@aliventures.com.
In case you missed my post on Monday, or haven’t had a chance to check out the Blogger’s Guides yet, here’s a final heads-up: they’re all currently just $9.67 each or $22 for all four. 

This is only the case till the end of Friday 12th, though. After that, they’re going off the virtual shelves completely until I’m back from maternity leave.

The individual Guides are:

  • The Blogger’s Guide to Freelancing – this explains the exact process I used to launch my freelancing career (while working a full-time day job).
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Effective Writing – this is packed with tips and techniques to help you go further with your writing.
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Irresistible Ebooks – this covers what you need to do to create a free or paid-for ebook, with step by step advice.
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Loyal Readers – this goes through everything you need to do to (a) get your blog in shape for visitors and (b) draw them in.

You can find out plenty more about all of them on the Blogger’s Guides websiteBut move fast, because I’ll be taking them down at the end of Friday 12th.

 

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I’m still on maternity leave (baby Nick due in just a week, on the 15th!) My husband Paul is handling business-related things for me, so if you have any questions about the sale, please drop him an email at paul@aliventures.com.

 

While I normally do a Blogger’s Guides sale every December, I wasn’t planning one this year. Due to some VAT changes in the European Union, though, I’ve made the difficult decision to take all the Blogger’s Guides off the virtual shelves while I’m on maternity leave.

(They’ll be back in some form, with more interaction from me, in mid-2015.)

Of course, I want you to be able to get your hands on the Guides if you want them … so I’ve slashed the price by two-thirds for the whole of this week.

This means that:

  • The four-pack of Guides is just $22 instead of $66.
  • Each individual Guide is just $9.67 instead of $29.

This is the cheapest you’ll ever be able to get the Guides. I’ve never cut the price so much before, and I never plan to do so again (especially as I’ll be adding more to them next year). Once you own any Guide, you get all future updates and extras for free.

If you’re new around here, you might not have heard much about my Blogger’s Guide series. The individual Guides are:

  • The Blogger’s Guide to Freelancing – this explains the exact process I used to launch my freelancing career (while working a full-time day job).
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Effective Writing – this is packed with tips and techniques to help you go further with your writing.
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Irresistible Ebooks – this covers what you need to do to create a free or paid-for ebook, with step by step advice.
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Loyal Readers – this goes through everything you need to do to (a) get your blog in shape for visitors and (b) draw them in.

You can find out plenty more about all of these on the Blogger’s Guides website.

After the end of this Friday (12th), you won’t be able to buy the Guides at all for several months … so if you’ve been dithering about buying one (or all four!), now’s definitely the time. :-)

 

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Baby bump at 35.5 weeks.

It’s been a little under two years since my last blogging break … and, as many Aliventures readers know, my husband and I are expecting our second child, a little brother for Kitty, due 15th December 2014.

Once again, I’m taking a few months of maternity leave. I won’t be publishing any new posts or sending out any newsletters, and plan to be back around April/May 2015.

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While I’m Away…

If you’re a blogger, check out my Blogger’s Guides. The discount code “babytime” will give you $10 off any individual guide, or off the four-pack of guides. (Enter it after adding the Guide(s) to your shopping cart.)

The four guides are:

The Blogger’s Guide to Freelancing – make real money from blogging, by finding freelance writing jobs (suitable for confident writers)

The Blogger’s Guide to Effective Writing – learn how to write great blog content (suitable for new and established writers, updated 2013)

The Blogger’s Guide to Irresistible Ebooks – write and publish an ebook on your blog (suitable for anyone who’s been blogging for a few months or longer)

The Blogger’s Guide to Loyal Readers – attract more readers to your blog, and keep them there (suitable for established bloggers and those yet to start a blog)

 

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Image from Flickr by Vassilis Online

If you’re looking for some writing-related reading, try these popular posts on Aliventures:

7 Habits of Serious Writers

Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You

The Four Essential Stages of Writing

What it Feels Like When Your Writing is Rejected – and How to Bounce Back

How I Make My Living as an Online Writer (And How You Could Too)

Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career

 

I hope you have a wonderful end to 2014 and start to 2015 … and I look forward to being back with lots of new ideas for Aliventures (plus some baby photos). :-)

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Important heads-up:

I’m closing Writers’ Huddle for new members this Friday (31st October) and won’t be reopening the virtual doors until, at the earliest, May 2015.

So if you want to become part of a thriving writing community, with access to the full archive of seminars (33 and counting) and new content each month, check it out today.

And now, on with the post…


 

(Photo by Antonina, a fantastic London contemporary portrait photographer)

Updated October 2014.

It’s over six years since I left my day job.

Ever since then, I’ve been supporting myself through writing. It’s my dream career – and I love being able to set my own hours, work from home, and have a huge amount of flexibility and freedom.

I haven’t written much here on Aliventures about how exactly I actually make money. Maybe you suspect that there’s some amazing secret skill involved, or some sort of dark art.

But there really isn’t. Turning words into money might sound like spinning straw into gold … but it’s a darn sight easier.

And … if you want to … there’s no reason why you can’t do exactly the same as me.

In short, I have a bunch of different revenue streams that bring in cash every month. I’m going to explain the basics of each, and provide some links to places where you can get further information or try these methods out for yourself.

I’ll start with the ones that were easiest to get going with, and work up to the methods that take a bit more time…

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Get Inspired, Get Creative, Get Writing – My New Ebook with Tracy Wilson

October 13, 2014

Note: Get Inspired, Get Creative, Get Writing is off the virtual shelves while I’m on maternity leave. Make sure you’re getting blog updates and/or the Aliventures newsletter (sign up in the sidebar) so you hear from me when it’s back on the market. If you get the Aliventures newsletter, you’ll have heard about this already […]

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Review: Business for Authors, by Joanna Penn

October 6, 2014

Back in early 2011, I made the decision to self-publish my novel Lycopolis – and that was largely inspired by Joanna Penn, who was then bringing out her first novel Pentecost. Fast forward three and a half years, and Joanna has now published five full length novels, two novellas, and a short story series – […]

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Are Your Writing Dreams Unrealistic?

August 15, 2014

(Image from Flickr by Lennixx.) Sometimes, I get emails like this: I enjoyed your blog post on making money from your writing. I’d love to make a living writing but I don’t know if that’s unrealistic. I can tell you now … it’s not. I make a living writing, and I know lots of other […]

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Super Summer Sale on the Blogger’s Guide Four-Pack (Time-Limited)

August 7, 2014

I’m celebrating six years (!) since I quit my day job and became a full-time writer/blogger. So, until Tuesday 12th August, you can get all four of my Blogger’s Guides for just $33. (They normally cost $29 each, or $66 for four.) Sounds like just what you need? Head on over to the Blogger’s Guide […]

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How Do Readers Choose YOUR Book From a Million Other Choices? The Story of a Book Purchase

July 25, 2014

It’s Friday 20th June, and I’m going to the Winchester Writers’ Conference. I’m due to head off for a train in less than an hour and I’ve not finished packing. I want something to read on my Kindle Fire. I don’t have much time, so I don’t browse book blogs or ask on Twitter for […]

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Stuck in a Writing Rut? Get Back On Track With My (Free) Seven-Week Ecourse

July 10, 2014

If you’ve been an Aliventures reader for a while, you might remember the On Track ecourse I launched back in 2011. It was one of my favourite projects, and over the past couple of years, it’s only been available to members of Writers’ Huddle, because a couple of other projects (Kitty and the bump) have been […]

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