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Cynthia B Ainsworthe commented on the blog post 'Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?'
"I agree. KU was no friend to me. Yes, I do write a series. Working on book 4. I've been doing all the PR things, still it's rough out there."
Sep 22
Yuwanda Black commented on the blog post 'Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?'
"It's KU Cynthia -- the dramatic drop in sales for many authors (including me, of course), came when AMZ introduced/tweaked/rolled out a version of its KU program in the summer of 2015. There are so many moving parts to it, I forget exactly what…"
Sep 22
Cynthia B Ainsworthe commented on the blog post 'Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?'
"Yuwanda, I tried higher pricing which resulted in very few sales, down to none. $2.99 seems to be the sweet spot no matter how many words are in the book. I think all the free books and 99cent books have soured the market. Readers are now on the…"
Sep 22
Cynthia B Ainsworthe liked Yuwanda Black's blog post Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?
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Yuwanda Black commented on the blog post 'Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?'
"Gee Cynthia, seems to me that you should be charging more -- b/t $4.99 and $6.99. You might want to check out Lindsay Buroker's blog: http://www.lindsayburoker.com and do some poking around for posts where she discusses pricing.Your genre and…"
Sep 22
Yuwanda Black commented on the blog post 'Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?'
"That still seems to be the case for me Patricia. I've never priced one at $4.99. I've priced several at $3.99, but again, those tend to be the "erotic romances." These days, I'm writing mostly straight romance and still…"
Sep 22
Yuwanda Black posted a blog post

How to Suck Readers into Your Story from the Very First Sentence

I'm in the middle of writing another romance novella, the latest installment of "The Affair with Mr. X." It's hit a little snag, so I thought I’d take a break and tell you about a post I did for Angela’s Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing blog entitled, How to Suck…See More
Sep 22
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Book Marketing: What Traditional Publishers Expect from Authors Beyond Writing the Book

Getting a book contract is exciting beyond belief. I finally got a hard copy of the book. I said to my sister  one morning as I stuffed a copy into envelopes to mail off to those who contributed:“I’m doing ‘authorly stuff;’ it makes me feel even more like a real writer.”In case you don’t know, I’ve self-published over 90 ebooks (fiction and non-fiction). The Ultimate Freelancer’s…See More
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7 FREELANCERS SHARE ADVICE ON HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY MAKE THE LEAP TO FT FREELANCING

My book is here! My book is here! My book is here! ... Well, almost.I've self-published over 90 ebooks, but was contracted by a trade publisher to write one back in December. Well, now it's an "actual book" -- ready to be held in the hot little hands of interested readers according to my editor, who wrote me a couple of days ago, saying:"Well...it's a real book! We just received the office advances of "The Ultimate Freelancer's Guidebook." And it looks fantastic! Thanks again for all your hard…See More
Aug 9
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7 FREELANCERS SHARE ADVICE ON HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY MAKE THE LEAP TO FT FREELANCING

My book is here! My book is here! My book is here! ... Well, almost.I've self-published over 90 ebooks, but was contracted by a trade publisher to write one back in December. Well, now it's an "actual book" -- ready to be held in the hot little hands of interested readers according to my editor, who wrote me a couple of days ago, saying:"Well...it's a real book! We just received the office advances of "The Ultimate Freelancer's Guidebook." And it looks fantastic! Thanks again for all your hard…See More
Aug 5
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How to Live and Work from Jamaica as a Freelance Writer

If you’re a regular reader of InkwellEditorial.com you know that I’m an American freelance writer, but I currently live and work from Jamaica. I’ve been coming to this country since 2009. I visited for the first time at the behest of one of my sisters, who came on vacation a few years before I started coming, and fell in love with it.…See More
Jun 6
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NEW RELEASE: "Dare to Love" -- A Steamy, Contemporary Romance

Available on Amazon at http://dld.bz/e82xb. Amazon Prime Members Read for Free. Following is an excerpt.PREVIEWOne man had the power to destroy Casey McMahon, personally and professionally: Jean Luc LeGrande, head of the century-old French cosmetics empire, LeGrande Cosmetique. One night…See More
May 26
Yuwanda Black posted a blog post

How to Make Money Writing Short Romance Novels -- Really Good Money!

Yesterday, I uploaded the 2nd edition of How to Make Money Writing Romance, an ebook I first published in the fall of 2014. I combed through 20 months of income statistics from four different outlets, ie: Amazon, B&N, Google Play and All Romance Ebooks. For three solid days, I stared bleary-eyed at Excel sheet after Excel sheet of ebook titles, dates, copies sold, returns and earnings, I started thinking, “Hmm, I…See More
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Who I am:
My name is Yuwanda Black and I'm a freelance writer, self-published author and web entrepreneur.

I've been a freelance writer since 1993; an indie writer/publisher since 2002 and an internet marketer since 2008.

TRAVELING FREELANCE WRITER

I'm American, but since 2013 have lived and worked from Jamaica (Negril).

THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT MY CAREER

The thing I love the most about being a writer is that it allows me to live and work where I please. As long as I have an internet connection, I'm good to go.

I've worked everywhere from a hotel room in Barcelona, Spain; to a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden; to a farm house in Cordoba, Argentina. As far as work, I feel like the luckiest girl alive most days.

THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER

In a phrase, "income stability." As long as I can write (ie, produce new products), I can make a living. How much I earn is entirely up to me. Thanks to places like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, you don't have to be famous to make a living as a writer.

RUNNING, RUNNING, RUNNING!

I'm also a marathon runner. I've completed almost a dozen marathons and am always training for the next one.

LIFE PHILOSOPHY

Just do it! (As a runner, of course Nike's philosophy fits who I am :-)).

LEARN MORE ABOUT ME

You can learn more about me at http://InkwellEditorial.com/about. Inkwell Editorial is my freelance writing website. It's been live since 1999 (for better or worse, especially design wise) and has hundreds of articles on how to start a successful freelance writing career.

You'll also find info on ebook writing/publishing, blogging, social media, SEO, article marketing and more.

I publish my fiction works via Inkwell Editorial Publishing, my indie publishing company (InkwellEditorialPublishing.com).

CONNECT WITH ME ON TWITTER

Connect with me on Twitter at Twitter.com/InkwellEditor. It's my preferred social media outlet for inquiries about freelancing.

For fiction writing, I'm on Twitter @AnInkwellPub.

Thanks for dropping by, and feel free to send me any questions you have about freelance writing, internet marketing and/or self-publishing.

CONNECT WITH ME ON FB

Facebook.com/InkwellEditorial; and

Facebook.com/InkwellEditorialPublishing.

Sincerely,
Yuwanda
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Facebook: Facebook.com/InkwellEditorialPublishing

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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/yuwanda

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AnInkwellPub

Twitter: http://twitter.com/InkwellEditor and

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/inkwelleditor.
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
3 Weeks ’til Forever: A Contemporary Romance;

How to Make $250+/Day Writing Simple, 500-Word Articles;

Become a FT Self-Publisher: How to Make the Transition from Writing for Clients (or from a FT Job) to Writing for Yourself;

How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days, Market It & Start Getting Sales within a Week — Really!

And almost 50 more at http://inkwelleditorial.com/start-a-freelance-writing-career.

Fiction (mostly romance): http://inkwelleditorialpublishing.com
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
Ebook Marketing: http://newmediawords.biz/ebook-writing-services-for-self-publishers...
I found out about She Writes from:
My sister (Cassandra Black)

Yuwanda Black's Blog

How to Suck Readers into Your Story from the Very First Sentence

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

I'm in the middle of writing another romance novella, the latest installment of "The Affair with Mr. X." It's hit a little snag, so I thought I’d take a break and tell you about a post I did for Angela’s Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing blog entitled,…

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Book Marketing: What Traditional Publishers Expect from Authors Beyond Writing the Book

Posted on August 19, 2016 at 4:40pm 0 Comments

Getting a book contract is exciting beyond belief. I finally got a hard copy of the book. I said to my sister  one morning as I stuffed a copy into envelopes to mail off to those who contributed:

“I’m doing ‘authorly stuff;’ it makes me feel even more like a real writer.”

In case you don’t know, I’ve self-published over 90 ebooks (fiction and non-fiction).…

Continue

7 FREELANCERS SHARE ADVICE ON HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY MAKE THE LEAP TO FT FREELANCING

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

My book is here! My book is here! My book is here! ... Well, almost.

I've self-published over 90 ebooks, but was contracted by a trade publisher to write one back in December. Well, now it's an "actual book" -- ready to be held in the hot little hands of interested readers according to my editor, who wrote me a couple of days ago, saying:

"Well...it's a real book! We just received the office advances of "The Ultimate Freelancer's Guidebook." And it looks fantastic!…

Continue

How to Live and Work from Jamaica as a Freelance Writer

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

If you’re a regular reader of InkwellEditorial.com you know that I’m an American freelance writer, but I currently live and work from Jamaica. 

I’ve been coming to this country since 2009. I visited for the first time at the behest of one of my sisters, who came on vacation a few years before I started coming, and fell in love with it.…

Continue

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At 12:21pm on July 12, 2013, Jill Starishevsky said…

Welcome to SheWrites.  Feel free to reach out if you need anything.

 

Jill Starishevsky

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At 2:46pm on June 27, 2013, Judith Newton said…

Hi Yuwanda.  Thanks for friending me and welcome to She Writes!  Looking forward to knowing you!

At 11:35am on June 27, 2013, Chrys Fey said…

Thank you for the friend request, Yuwanda. I look forward to getting to know you!

Chrys Fey

At 6:03am on June 25, 2013, Cassandra Black said…

Welcome, sis! :)

At 1:09pm on June 24, 2013, Quanie Miller said…

Will do! Thanks for the link!

At 12:17pm on June 24, 2013, Quanie Miller said…

What? Your first? I'm honored! I'll have to pick your brain about Indie pubbing since I've just decided to go that route. You'll have lots of fun here on Shewrites. Lots of helpful, encouraging ladies! Are you also on Goodreads?

At 12:07pm on June 24, 2013, Jennifer Lauck said…

Hi and let me be one of the first to welcome you to Shewrites.  This is a terrific site, tons of resources and innovative info.  As my own bonus, you have access to my teaching site and free teachings on memoir.  Just click here and sign up.  No spam, I promise.  Just great teaching tips.  Enjoy!  XO Jennifer

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