Make That Money Smartly

Maybe it’s the Think and Grow Rich calendar I have on my desk. Maybe it’s the focus of my just-published book. But money seems to motivate me. Economic considerations aren’t the only reason I write — I like to think my work makes some contribution to my readers’ lives — but monetary compensation validates me, and I think I’m not alone.

What about you? Would you like to earn more money from your writing this year? (Or, perhaps, earn some money from your writing!) It doesn’t matter whether you’re a full-time, part-time, or whenever-you-can-grab-a-minute-time writer, you can apply these strategies to make more money from your writing–even double what you earned last year. Heck, would you like to start a business? This site has a regional breakdown of the best small business opportunities in the Bay area.

But first, you must have a goal.

Even one as simple as “I want to double my writing income. ” Or, “I want …

Unauthorized Biographies: Could YOU Write One?

If everyone told the truth and nothing but the truth, writing biographies would be easy. Just talk to the right people, write up what they say and — voila! — you’d have the story of a life. But human nature being what it is, people would rather present themselves and their loved ones in the best possible light than share embarrassing or painful incidents from the past.

That’s why biographer Carol Felsenthal doesn’t mind when subjects like Katharine Graham, the legendary publisher of The Washington Post, flatly refuse to cooperate with her. “I have no desire to write an authorized biography,” she declares.

Felsenthal prefers telling the whole story — warts and all. Her research into the life of Katharine Graham, for example, unearthed a great deal of information that Graham and her family were apparently quite upset to see in print.

Much of Felsenthal’s bestselling biography, Power, Privilege and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story (Putnam), focuses on …