An Ohio woman earns a part-time income writing long personal letters to prisoners, shut-ins and service people. Her clients: families and friends of the individuals who explain the likes and dislikes of the people she writes to, and she corresponds with them along these lines. She advertises her services in nation tabloids and charges a few dollars per letter. This must be a very rewarding service!
Several small concerns in the US and Canada do fairly well by drafting custom letters. Among their requests are love and hate letters, eviction notices, prank letters, "Dear John" letters, termination notices, even notifications of damage done to a friend or neighbor's property. In short, they specialize in writing letters that their clients for one reason or another, would rather not write themselves. They also make phone calls for the same reasons.
Custom letters such as these can fetch from $10 to $50 depending on the subject matter, research and risk involved. The best clients are office workers, executives, salesmen, professionals and secretaries, people who know the value of a well-turned phrase. If you're handy with a word and would like to try this, you may have to advertise heavily and provide a bit of complimentary service until you become established, as this is a most unusual and little known service.
The all-time best selling product in the mail order industry is the simple two to three page "How To Succeed" reports such as this one. Most of the time these reports are priced at $2 each and offered as series or packages of reports.
Everybody wants to be a writer - to write best-selling books - and to become famous as well as rich.
When I started out as a freelance writer the market for such services was a bit different than today. Most freelance writing then was "on spec" - you wrote something, a story or an article, then peddled it.
Your novel sits unfinished, waiting for a burst of inspiration to send it out to be typewriter and right to the top of the best seller lists, right? You are not alone. Thousands of would-be writers are waiting as well.
When it comes to promoting your product or service business, most people think of the traditional marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, newsletters, and the like.
This is the "real" Money Maker in the Mail Order business - the basic "How To" Report. It's something anyone can produce, and with all the proper ingredients at the right time, you can become independently wealthy!
Writing and publishing a successful newsletter is perhaps the most competitive of all the different areas of mail order and direct marketing.
According to Howard Penn Hudson, publisher of The Newsletter of Newsletters, "there are at least 100,000 professional and amateur newsletters in the United States--some estimate as many as 500,000--and they are read by millions of people."
Whatever amount you come up with for the price of your book, remember that advertising expense will usually take 50% to 60% of your selling price if you are to promote your book properly and get into the mass market.
Have you ever heard the expression, "everyone has a book in them that's trying to get out?" What does this really mean? Not everyone writes books, do they?