My New Course About Freelance Writing Niches

by John Soares on July 29, 2013

I recently released my new course: Find Your Freelance Writing Niches: Make More Money for Less Work.

It shows freelancers in detail why it’s important to specialize and how to identify the best areas for specialization. My main niche, of course, is writing supplements for textbooks, but I also have a secondary niche in outdoors and travel (two hiking guidebooks and over 100 newspaper and magazine articles.)

I answer many questions about choosing freelance writing niches in this post on my Productive Writers site, which also includes a link to purchase the course. (You can also click on the course cover in the sidebar of this site.)

Cover for course manual


Summer Time is Prime Time for Higher Education Writing Projects

by John Soares June 21, 2012

Summer is prime time for winning freelance writing jobs to create supplements and ancillaries for higher education/college textbooks and courses. Editors Are Scrambling to Get Ancillaries Ready for Fall Supplements need to be revised with each new edition of a textbook. Publishers time the release of new editions to coincide with the beginning of either […]

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The Biggest Problem I See When I Revise Test Banks

by John Soares June 6, 2012

I’ve written many thousands of multiple-choice, true- false, and essay questions in my 20-plus years as a freelance writer for higher education publishers. Frequently I’m hired to revise an existing textbook supplement, often a test bank. This occurs when a new edition of the textbook is issued and test questions have to added, deleted, or […]

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Best Ways to Improve Your Freelance Writing

by John Soares November 29, 2011

As many of you know, I dish out plenty of advice on how to get your writing done faster and better over at my blog. In this post I feature the best PW articles that will make the biggest difference in helping you get your textbook supplements projects done quickly and well. Each post […]

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What You Need to Complete Your Textbook Supplement Project

by John Soares October 27, 2011

When you create or revise test questions or a lecture outline or a student study guide for a textbook, you’ll need a variety of materials, printed and electronic. Here’s a list of all the potential items you could need for a college textbook supplement or ancillary project in order to do a great job and […]

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Pay Rates for Multiple-Choice Questions

by John Soares September 29, 2011

The pay rates for multiple-choice questions that you write for a textbook or a learning manual can vary greatly. I recently answered the following forum question inside the Freelance Writers Den: “I have a potential opportunity to write 250 multiple-choice questions about a topic I know well, but I have no idea how long this […]

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Writing a Textbook Supplement in the Woods…

by John Soares August 15, 2011

I’m heading out for a three-day camping trip in the mountains to the west of Mount Shasta. Why? So I can finish lecture outlines for a science textbook. The project’s due on Friday, and I need to shield out all distractions. I just wrote about  it over at my Productive Writers blog. Please head over […]

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My Guest Post and Live Call About Writing College Textbook Supplements

by John Soares July 5, 2011

I hope my American readers all had a great Fourth of July. I definitely did! I have two important announcements this week… 1. My Guest Post on Carol Tice’s Blog Please go read my guest post on Carol Tice’s Make A Living Writing blog about the important aspects of writing college textbook supplements. Carol is […]

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Announcing the 2nd Edition of Writing College Textbook Supplements

by John Soares March 23, 2011

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve just completed.. Writing College Textbook Supplements: The Definitive Guide to Winning High-Paying Assignments in the College Textbook Publishing Market, second edition. In the book I cover everything you need to know, from how to find editors to how to get paid well to how to actually create high-quality […]

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2200 Listeners for My Podcast on Freelance Writing for Textbook Publishers

by John Soares February 24, 2011

As many of you know, I was interviewed by Kim Pawlak from the Text and Academic Authors Association in early December on the TAA’s BlogTalkRadio site. I was quite pleased with how well the interview went, and in a past post I told you that you can listen to it live right here on the […]

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