Money-Making Ideas – How to Make Extra Money

Some of your favorite things to do on your day off—yes, even watching TV or taking photos on a hike—could make your wallet a little bit fuller.

Writing fanfiction

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Step into Your Guilty-Pleasure TV Show or Book

If you’ve ever gotten lost in a 40-minute rant about the plot twist that should’ve happened, Amazon’s new

Kindle Worlds

was made for you. The company has formed partnerships with several popular franchises—including the

The Vampire Diaries

,

Gossip Girl

and

The Foreworld Saga

, with more on the way—and lets users submit fan-fiction stories based on those titles. For every copy of your story sold on Amazon, you get a 20 to 35 percent royalty, depending on the length of the piece (it can be as short as 5,000 words).

Just as important as your story, though, is the cover. Barbara Freethy, co-author of one of Kindle Worlds’ best-sellers, Hush Little Baby, a Pretty Little Liars novella, says many people decide to buy based on that thumbnail image (so the cover design should be clean and simple). She chose a title that mirrored the tongue-and-cheek style of the episode names—which helps pique die-hard fans’ interest—and selected a simple stock-art image that fit the mood of the plot.

Published 08/14/2013

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