In my second writer interview I asked Misty Spears of www.mistyspears.com to answer some questions. Misty is an online entrepreneur who focuses on writing content for her niche site projects. She has published three books on the Kindle platform and currently blogs all of her progress on her writing activities on her blog, MistySpears.com.
Q) What made you get into writing?
Misty: My husband writes fantasy and I’ve always done his editing so I’ve always been exposed to it. While I don’t possess the creative juices to write beautiful stories, I do enjoy writing informational types of pieces. That led me to writing content for niche sites which is primarily what I am involved in these days.
Q) What is your favorite topic to write about?
Misty: Wow, that’s a tough one to answer. I have several different niches that I write about, but to be honest I really love writing about topics on my personal blog (www.mistyspears.com) where I talk about my progress in my own business. It’s probably the one site I own where I don’t really make any sort of income from it, it’s purely for accountability to myself, but also I get to help others by sharing my experiences. I think maybe the reason I enjoy it so much is because there is no pressure or expectation of income behind it.
Q) Please name 3 places where you find new clients.
Misty: My business model is a bit different than that of a normal writer. I don’t get clients like others would. Instead my writing is viewed by a large audience and hopefully, if they like what they read, they will stick around and click on ads, buy affiliate products or possibly pick up one of my books.
Having said that, the top three places my audience seems to come from is from Google searches, Facebook and Twitter. I’m a huge fan of social media and firmly believe it’s the best way to go to expand your audience.
Q) What hours of the day do you do most of your writing?
Misty: Since I work a regular 8-5 job Monday – Friday, I tend to do most of my writing in the evening, usually from 8-11PM is my time to work on my writing. Weekends are a toss-up and I can get a lot more done, but of course, having a family does bring it with it constant interruptions.
Q) Please share one or two tricks you use to stay motivated and productive.
Misty: I think the biggest motivation for me is being so aware that people are watching. Since I blog about my activities it puts me in a spotlight of sorts and definitely keeps the pressure on. Who wants to let others see them fail or even fall behind?
Although I will admit, I’m pretty honest on my blog and I have failed, lost motivation and struggled and wrote about it on my blog. It’s pretty awesome when writing those types of things to get the support behind you to keep going. So I guess that’s 2 things that give me motivation…putting myself out there and having good support behind me.
Q) How long did it take for you to get to the point where you were making your ‘goal amount’ with writing (if you have).
Misty: I’m still in the process of getting to my goal level of income but I am certainly on my way. I don’t really have a set number or goal exactly, but more of a desire to grow. I love seeing my numbers get slightly bigger each month and what more can I ask for?
Q) How did you get your start in writing?
Misty: I’ve always loved writing since I was a kid, but I didn’t get serious about it until just this past year. I started in August and by the end of September, I had published a couple of niche sites plus wrote my first Kindle book.
For me, it started out of a desire to create a more passive income for myself so that I could one day cut back my hours or even work at home completely so that I could be home more for my daughter, who’s now 14 months old. I’ve been following the blog of Pat Flynn over at SmartPassiveIncome.com and his niche site activities for several years now, and I’ve tried to follow his example.
Q) Do you do any writing besides freelance (books, kindle publishing, your own website(s))?
Misty: I regularly document my business and writing activities on my own blog but I do have three Kindle books published on Amazon. Kindle publishing has been one of the most rewarding ways to publish.
It’s nice being able to publish something and make it available to anyone immediately, rather than having to go through a publishing house. Having watched my husband go through those pains and time issues is a breath of fresh air for me. Sure, you don’t have the marketing power behind you, but if you are aggressive in your own marketing strategies, you can do quite well for yourself.
Q) Is writing your only source of income, or do you also work in a ‘traditional’ job?
Misty: I do work a regular job as well as my writing. I’m a senior developer in an IT company so I get to write code all day. It’s not quite as thrilling as writing for my blogs or a book, but I guess it counts.
Q) What is your favorite part about being a writer?
Misty: My favorite part of writing is letting myself shine through in everything I write. It doesn’t matter what the topic is, when I write in my own voice, I tend to really love those pieces.