Happy New Year! It’s 2020 and time to set writing and marketing goals for the year. If you have a plan in the works, then continue with it, but I’d also like you to consider thinking outside the box. If you’ve written books and/or screenplays, but still haven’t made money as a writer, this article is for you.
Positioning yourself as an established writer can boost book sales and the purchasing price of a screenplay!
Rather than waiting around for that big screenplay sale or for a novel to become a bestseller, start earning money now as a writer! This turns the wanna-be into a professional and could potentially up the sale price of your work because you’re a professional, paid writer.
The problem is most writers fail to consider this and think they have to wait for a book or a screenplay sale before becoming a professional writer, which is far from the truth. In fact, being an established writer BEFORE the big sale puts the writer in a powerful marketing position to negotiate with agents, managers, producers, publishers, and directors.
The list put together in this article covers resources to help the writer take their marketing to the next level and resources to help the writer start making money writing immediately! Without further ado, here are the Top 20 Resources for Authors and Screenwriters in 2020:
#1 – 10 WAYS TO GET A HOLLYWOOD AGENT TO CALL YOU
Yes, I wrote this book because the question I’m asked the most by authors and screenwriters is ‘How do I get an agent?’ This book tells the writer how to get the agent to call you by using out-of-the-box techniques that turn the writer into a commodity that will attract the agent. It’s available on Amazon or by clicking the link https://tinyurl.com/vrb4nht
Writers who’ve purchased the book emailed me to say the information was stellar, but where do they get the agents’ contact information? That brings us to number two.
#2 – HOLLYWOOD AGENTS AND PRODUCERS GUIDES
Unfortunately, the Hollywood Creative Directory went out of business, leaving many screenwriters in the lurch, but no need to despair because there is an alternative. Fade In Magazine On-Line offers guides for Hollywood Agents and Hollywood Producers with contact information that’s updated yearly and submission guidelines! They’ve done all the legwork for you! Here’s the link: https://fadeinonline.com/product-category/books
For book authors, I recommend the Writer’s Market 2020 Guide because it’s the most trusted in publishing. Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/2Dt7lCn
#3 – SPEC FORMAT GUIDE & ENGLISH GRAMMAR RULES
Fade In Online Magazine also has a Spec Format Guide that’s highly recommended because it’s updated on a regular basis and contains the current industry standards for screenwriters. It virtually eliminates having to guess if the format is right, wrong or outdated. Here’s the link: https://fadeinonline.com/product-category/books
For authors, the best resource is the Complete English Grammar Rules. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/unkjakk
#4 – CREATE EBOOKS IN UNDER 10 MINUTES
One of the coolest new online resources for authors or anyone who wants to create their own ebooks is Sqribble. It’s an online software program that lets the author create ebooks from cover to cover. It’s extremely user friendly and comes with video tutorials and an on-line chat help, if you need it.
The program automatically creates a Table of Contents and converts for Kindle and other formats with a simple click. Check it out at https://tinyurl.com/r5yyq4e
#5 – KINDLE PUBLISHING ON AUTO PILOT
Most writers compose their books and figure out how to convert them to ebooks, but have no idea how to market the book to boost sales. Did you know there’s an Internet, millionaire guru who teaches how to earn up to a six-figure, passive income with Kindle publishing on auto-pilot?
Learn his techniques and apply them to your Kindle books to boost sales and potentially earn a substantial passive income. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/w7zeagd
#6 – GET PAID TO WATCH MOVIES
While writing a screenplay and hoping for a sale, why not get paid to watch movies? You already love movies so much that you write them. Get paid to watch movies in your spare time from the comfort of your own home and watch movies you enjoy. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/wm6sfw7
#7 – SONG WRITING FOR BOOKS, TV & FILM
A potentially lucrative area of writing often overlooked by aspiring authors and screenwriters is song writing. A single song can generate royalties for years to come from motion picture or television. This is even possible for books that are adapted for film or TV.
As a writer, you already have a natural talent toward putting words together in a creative way, so why not learn how to hone that skill and write original music for your screenplays or books? Here’s a link: https://tinyurl.com/wqrgc2r
#8 – TURN YOUR IDEA INTO A HIT REALITY-TV SHOW
Authors, screenwriters and almost everyone you meet has an idea for a reality-TV show, but few know how to package and pitch it to Hollywood. This book shows you how to put the idea into a pitch package to present to Hollywood producers. It’s an A-Z approach that anyone can do.
So, if you have an idea, now is the time to package it for Hollywood. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/s57hlxx
#9 – AMAZON BESTSELLER GENIE
This book helps the author understand how to use Amazon to skyrocket book sales. There is more to book sale than just uploading a book or ebook to Amazon’s marketplace. The writer who understands how to use Amazon’s massive audience is the author who has the most potential to make sales. Here’s the eBook link: https://payhip.com/b/1DNp
#10 – GET PAID TO WRITE ONLINE – START IMMEDIATELY!
Paid Online Writing Jobs is a resource with thousands of writing jobs available online. You can start immediately. No experience necessary. Work as much as you want when you want.
Earn extra money. Most importantly, getting paid to write means you are no longer an aspiring writer, but a professional writer! Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/vp4wvjx
#11 – BLACK WASHABLE KEYBOARD
Here is something every writer, whether you write books, screenplays, articles, blogs, online content, ebooks or other forms of writing, a keyboard is mandatory for your Mac or PC. But how many times have you dropped something on your keyboard, like a glass of water, soda, juice, lunch, soup, candy, sticky snacks, etc.?
Dropping anything on a computer keyboard can be an expensive disaster, not to mention the inconvenience of having to rush to the nearest store and buy a new one. Now there is a special kind of ‘washable keyboard’ that literally allows you to WASH YOUR KEYBOARD clean of soda and other spilled messes! Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/2rBJ1LW
#12 – GET PAID TO WRITE 300-500 WORD ARTICLES
Online writing sources are great, but what if you don’t have the time to devote to larger, paid writing projects? There’s an alternative. Get paid to write 300-500 word articles. You might be surprised how many online content providers are seeking these shorter articles for blogs and other online content and they’re willing to pay you to write the material.
And like the larger, paid projects, getting paid to write online articles makes you a professional writer! Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/sa2mhjc
#13 – SMART REUSABLE NOTEBOOK
Authors and screenwriters can go through reams of paper in a given year with writing notes, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, writing and rewriting. Using this Earth friendly, reusable notebook allows the writer to explore all the writing options listed herein while saving on paper consumption. Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/36pLQyZ
#14 – FREE BUSINESS CARDS
Whether you’re a professional or aspiring author or screenwriter, you should have a business card. This says you’re serious about writing and consider yourself a ‘real’ writer, even if you’ve never sold a single word. This website allows you freebie business cards. The card maker does include their website link on the back of the card, which means free cards for you and free advertising for them. Here’s the link: https://www.4over4.com/
#15 – MAKE A 5-FIGURE INCOME WITH USED BOOKS
How many used books do you have lying around your house? I bet it’s more than a few. Did you know used books is big business? If you’ve ever thought about getting into book sales, then check out this resource that teaches how to scale used book sales to a potential 5-figure income. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/v8d8vd6
#16 – UPWORK
It is free to sign up, upload a profile and find work in a number of writing-related online jobs, like ebooks, ghostwriting, screenwriting, novel writing, article writing, memoir writing, and much more. It’s a virtual daily carousel of writing jobs and some writers on the site make $50K or more a year! Here’s the link: http://www.Upwork.com
#17- PEOPLE PER HOUR
People Per Hour is similar to Upwork with the same type of writing jobs that allows writers to make money online writing when they want and as much as they want. Here’s the link: http://www.peopleperhour.com
#18 – FIVERR
Most of us have heard of Fiverr before and you may have gone there to hire a freelancer to help you with a gig, but did you know you can offer your services on Fiverr as a writer? It’s an alternative approach to Upwork and People Per Hour, but it does provide a third online market to find online writing work. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/qkuqze8
#19 – EBOOK COVERS & EDITORS
For the book author, the cost of publishing a book can add up into the thousands. This article has already shown the author how to create their own ebooks, how to put Kindle sales on autopilot and now the writer can reduce the cost of ebook covers and expensive editors by using freelancers. Did you know Fiverr’s freelancers are often a fraction of the usual costs and many have designed covers for bestselling authors! Check it out: https://tinyurl.com/qkuqze8
#20 – NEW APPLE MACBOOK PRO 16-INCH
The latest laptop from Apple is top of the line and ace for writers! More importantly, if you’re a PC user and you’re a screenwriter, you might want to consider learning to work on a Mac because most of the entertainment industry runs on Mac! The only exception is the business end of the entertainment industry. The creative side of the industry is Apple all the way! Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/33wh2dR
I hope these resources help you take your writing to the next level and help you become a paid, professional writer in 2020! Special thanks to Writer’s Secret Cove (www.WritersSecretCove.com) for allowing Extreme Screenwriting to use a few of its listed resources for this article. Please note that some of the URL’s contain affiliate links.
Here’s to making 2020 the best writing year ever!