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December 27, 2008 - 2009 Calendar for You!


Thought for the Week - New Year, New Slate!


Hi all,

I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season.  It's Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in our home! 

As the new year (quickly!) approaches, have you thought about your goals for 2009?  Here are my top five questions to ask yourself as you do your planning:

  • What are you planning to write this year? 
  • When will you write?
  • Where will you write?
  • Imagine it's December 2009. What amazing goal have you accomplished that made this a rock star year?
  • Who will support you and who can you mastermind with?

And a bonus question:

  • What was the biggest hurdle to your writing this year and how can you tackle it in 2009?

The 2009 calendar is finally finished!  See below where you can download the free copy from me.

Happy writing (and organizing)!  And I'm so glad to be back with you.


P.S. Did you miss the last issue? Read it here.  

P.P.S.  Be sure to watch for an email from me coming in February.  I'm doing a brand-new class to help writers get organized and I'd love to have you join us.  (You can get an early-bird sneak peek here. Be sure to page down to see the description of the class.)

P.P.P.S  Need help with the questions above?  Be sure to get The Organized Writer: 30 Days to More Time, More Money and Less Frustration.  By the end of January, you could be wonderfully organized:

"I'm on day 5 of your book and already have done more writing and compiled more ideas in this short time as I usually do over several months." -- reader M. Howard

Angela Hoy of says "...the most organized writer I know is Julie Hood...." 

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One of My Favorite Business Models for Writers

How hard is it to sell your book on your website? First, you have to find the prospect. Then, you have to get them to visit your site and go to the order page. Then your words have to convince them to buy. Maybe you are selling a $16.95 book or ebook. They buy, you make money, woo-hoo!

Then what happens?

You start the whole process all over again!

But what if there were another way?

What if you could continue to get revenue from that one prospect, over and over and over?

There is a way!

One of the absolute best business models on the Internet is a Membership Model. You have the initial sale, a prospect becomes a “Member”, you provide regular information (monthly or weekly), and you keep getting paid month after month.

Imagine having 500 members paying you $20 per month. That’s $10,000 in revenue… every month!

This is my absolute favorite business model so I’ve been scouring the Internet to find all the best resources, hints, secrets and tools for creating memberships.

I’ve found some really fantastic resources, and I’m excited to tell you that one of them is now open to new members.

Membernaire explains how to setup your own membership site in 48 hours or less. I’ve been a member since it first opened last year…and I’ve got an entire notebook of material already.

What I love about Membernaire is how easy the whole process is. Some of the other membership training courses get really complicated by setting up special websites with complex software…. but Membernaire explains exactly how to set this up just using email and a basic website.

The author, Jimmy Brown, has created multiple membership sites so he shares all his success secrets (and the problems to avoid)! He is a very talented writer, and every lesson teaches me something. In our most recent lesson, he explains how his wife (who can’t do technology) outsourced everything to set up her member site.

Membernaire Review

The lessons come every week (so you get four or five a month), and it only costs $27.

I've shared this with several writer friends of mine who have a topic they are passionate about but really want to just write about it--they don't want to do audios or videos or live classes. They love how this course instructs them step-by-step how to make a nice income just from their writing.

If you think you might be interested, go to Membernaire and read about all the different lessons, what a “Fixed Term Membership Site” is, and why it’s so much better than a regular membership site.

The Organized Writer rating is 5 stars!

Any questions, let me know!

2009 Writer's Calendar
The 2009 Writer's Calendar is finally finished!  Enjoy this holiday gift from  You can download it HERE.
Your 2009 Business Blueprint
Do you have your business set up for 2009?  This site has a detailed 60-page ebook on how to setup and grow your business.  I really like how the ebook has tons of resources and the end of each chapter has a checklist for you to make sure you hit all the steps.  Get the Business Blueprint ebook here.
Happy writing and organizing!

Like Organized  You'll love the ebook..... 

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the Bestseller

"Julie, I am sending a quick note to thank you for your well measured and extra-ordinary website. You have a tremendous amount of information at a very reasonable cost. I subscribed to your free site and, for the first time in forty years of writing, found a planner that works for me.  I felt so guilty for receiving so much information free from your
site that I have now ordered and downloaded the e book. I have found that you have struck a cord among so  many writers regarding procrastination and simple  organization. Keep up the good work.
-- Raymond Freeman
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DRAW daily (Declutter-Read-Assess-Write)
What is this? 

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1. Declutter (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Read (only 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3. Assess (30 seconds to 5 minutes)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. Write (at least 5 minutes)

Weekly Checklist

For freelance writers: Use this weekly checklist to find, write and send a query every week this year!

__ Make notes on a new idea.

Tuesday: Accounting Day
__ Post your accounting records.
__ Pay bills.
__ Follow up on outstanding invoices and queries.

__ Find a new market using links below.

Thursday: Errand Day
__ Make copies.
__ Return books to library.
__ Make deposit at bank.

__ Finish query and submit.
__ Match your query to the market.

Saturday Weekly Review
__ How was this week?
__ What's up next week?
__ Review your Projects list in your planner and check the status.
__ Jot the next action steps for your projects on next week's calendar.
__ Backup your computer files.
__ Virus scan your computer.
__ Update windows software at
__ Update Microsoft(R)  office software at

__ Relax and enjoy!
__ Do something fun today!


Organized Writer's Guideline Database
Absolute Write's Market Archives
Writer's Weekly Jobs guidelines writers wanted
Funds for Writers - Jobs and Markets
Paying Markets List
Freelance Job Bank 
Writer's Write Writer's Guideline Directory
Writer's Digest - Market of the Day
Writer's (subscription only)
Writer Gazette Job Board
Writer Gazette Call for Submissions


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It has inspirational quotes, my monthly routines, and places to record your monthly writing goals. 

Print it here and please telll your writing friends and discussion groups to help spread the word about  Thanks!



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