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30-year freelancer. Found on: Newsweek, Cruise Critic, MSN Travel. Writer’s Toolkit weekly series on The Writing Cooperative https://melindacrow.substack.com/

Writer’s Toolkit

I have 76,000 followers; that has almost zero impact on who sees my tweets

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I’m not about to scrap my 76K followers. They still have value, but only as potential audience members (which, believe it or not, earns me money, from time to time). …


Here’s how it happened and how I’m trying to fix it

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Before the hookers came, it was a pretty tame bunch. It all started when I wrote for Yahoo Travel for eighteen months in 2014 and 2015. In case you haven’t spent any time reading Yahoo content, it attracts a rather rowdy crowd. …


Here’s my Ko-fi rundown, as promised. Hope some of my ideas have potential for you. My research completely changed my opinion about the platform. I think the key is finding…


Writer’s Toolkit

Deep dive into 7 creative ways to use Ko-fi that don’t resemble begging

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Lets all take a deep breath and start slapping price tags on a few more of the things we slave over. It’s honestly not begging. It’s providing information, assistance and/or entertainment for a fee.

Last week we talked about all the ways writers can monetize their writing. I’ve seen the…


Pardon me while I pick my jaw up off my desk. Tomorrow’s story for the Writer’s Toolkit series I write for The Writing Cooperative details my research on creative ways…


First, you’ve got to learn how to write $60 stories consistently

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Two dollars per day. That’s what a story must earn, averaged over a 30-day period, to fit into your $1,000 base pay plan. It sounds pretty easy, and sometimes it is. The hard part is doing it story after story.

In case you haven’t been following along, I’ve put together…


Anybody have a story that earned $60 in a 30-day span and is willing to let me analyze it? I’m working on a piece that shows Medium writers the path…

Melinda Crow

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