Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com

Without selling courses or doing the blogging grind.

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In September 2017, I wrote a post about how I made $6500 that month as a full-time freelance writer.

In that post, I shared my breakdown of how I made that money and what kinds of work and clients I had to get there.

Two years later, in October 2019, I had my first $10,000 month!

While I have made a livable and decent salary since I started freelancing in October 2016, this was my first $10k month. I have seen many articles from people about ramping up and making $10k and more right away; that is not the case…

I just don’t enjoy it anymore.

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I was in the wave of people who joined Facebook in 2004–2005, back when it was only open to college students. You could mark what classes you were in and post on each other’s pages and that was about it.

It quickly became the Myspace/Livejournal alternative, and within a few years, everyone was on it — including our mothers.

Hell, my 80-something grandmother is on Facebook.

In the beginning, each new social media was an opportunity to learn, explore, and be entertained.

I pinned jokes and how-tos and blog posts on Pinterest. I played with the filters on Snapchat. …

This week has been a struggle for me

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I don’t know why, but this week has been particularly difficult for me.

I have a lot going on. I just got officially diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and am on a new medication to try to deal with it (metformin).

I’m exhausted — I’ve been struggling with my anxiety lately, which has been really pushing on my insomnia.

I love my work but I have felt “off” this week.

I’ve had weird muscle spasms and stomachaches all week. At first, I thought maybe it would become a migraine but it never did thank goodness!

Today in particular I…

Instructions and information!

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As many of you may know (and some may not), most authors do not make a real living wage off of book royalties.

I wrote a post once about other ways to make money writing, and I still stand by it. However, I still write and publish books — and I love it.

I’ve also written about finding clients and pitching yourself and marketing.

But this post is not about that.

From my research, the two genres that DO tend to make the most money from book royalties are children’s books and romance novels.

In 2020, I made over $3k from book royalties and my Medium blog.

This was JUST from book royalties…

What to do when the Creativity Well runs dry

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As a writer, sometimes I just don’t have a great idea.

We’ve all been there. Artists and sculptors and designers and architects — any profession that requires creative ideas — have had times when they hit a wall.

In writing, it’s simply called “writer’s block.” A simple, clear phrase that indicates a brick wall in my brain between “I want/need to write” and “I have no idea what to write.”

But creativity is not a waterfall. It is not continuous. Creativity is more like a river. …

And probably you, too.

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This person has words about HBO Max and SO DO I.

One of writer Catie Keck’s comments is “I do like to stream from my computer but I, like many many users, have been experiencing crashes every 5–10 min through my browser. HBO claims it’s an internet issue but all my other serves stream beautifully.”

Unlike her experience with a crappy discovery content feature and burying non-HBO titles, my experience has been different and more frustrating. And it involves Hulu.

I like HBO.

I mean, what’s not to like? …

My first experience with an Instant Pot.

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I got an Instant Pot Duo for Christmas.

I was more excited than I thought it was possible to be about a kitchen appliance when I was 10.

I’ve been wanting an Instant Pot for a couple of years, but I already owned and regularly used a slow cooker, so it just didn't make sense to spend money on a new thing to take up space in my kitchen. I already have a storage issue!

But in summer 2020, my crockpot broke. It stopped working and was WAY out of warranty range.

So I thought, “This is it! …

The world will not be magically fixed on January 1, 2021

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While it is SO good to have a light at the end of the tunnel with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, it is crucial we all realize that everything won’t change just because 2020 ends.

We all know 2020 has been a dumpster fire shitshow of a year. Despite any and all good news that came through this year, there has also been devastation.

Shootings, explosions, a divisive and exhausting election, and — of course, the global pandemic.

As we look forward to getting vaccinated and resuming normal life, it’s important that we know just how much our government has…

Making it special in a new way.

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It’s been a hard year for everyone. And since 2020 has seemed to last at least 5 years, everyone has had to deal with having their birthday in quarantine during a pandemic.

It’s like having a summer birthday when you’re little: everyone else is out of town and no one can come to your party. So, you celebrate at home with your family.

Today is my husband’s 35th birthday. I love him a lot and wanted to make it special.

Which is why, at the end of 2019, I and several of our friends started thinking about planning a big…

A review and thoughts

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I’ve written once before on the genius of the Taylor Swift Marketing Machine in the lead up to releasing a new album — singles, social media clues and easter eggs, music videos, merch, and more.

Fans were shocked and elated when Swift released her eighth studio album, folklore, suddenly and without fanfare on July 24th, 2020.

It was a completely different style and vibe from any of her previous albums — which really does not come as a surprise.

Swift has evolved her music style with almost every album she’s released in her long and storied music career.

She has…

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