Expert FAQs

What is the purpose of PWL?
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Prolific Writers Life is an online writing community with live work sessions, events, and workshops. We welcome all writers and all types of writing—from creative writing such as novels, poems, and screenplays to professional writing like blogs, newsletters, ghostwriting, and technical writing. PWL Experts host live events for writers and authors who are seeking expert guidance on their writing projects, as well as the benefits that come from working in community with fellow writers. 

On the Prolific Writers Life About page, you can gain more insight into our vision, mission, services, values and more.

What are some of the ideal qualities of PWL Experts?
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Prolific Writers is a platform designed to facilitate positive communication and relationships among writers and the subject matter experts who can help them realize their goals, however lofty they may seem. Prolific Writers is dedicated to providing a community in which members adopt the courage and conviction to choose to be prolific instead of perfect. The role of the PWL Expert is to provide the tools, mindset, support and connections writers need to succeed with their writing projects.

The most important qualities of a PWL Expert include compassion, open-mindedness, and a genuine interest in helping others succeed. Although it can be beneficial, PWL Experts aren’t required to have any special training, education, best-selling books, award-winning screenplays, or comedy headliner shows. It is helpful, however, to have some sort of subject matter expertise that can be beneficial to writers. In addition, a good sense of humor goes a long way. 

Both PWL Experts and members show up with a suitcase full of life experiences that have shaped their beliefs, fears and actions. A coach with a positive outlook who shows up in the present moment to listen and ask the right questions is what writers need. We’re looking for experts who have a knack for bringing out the best in people, helping them answer their own questions and charter writing projects that are in harmony with their hearts’ desires. Participants who feel positive vibes within the community will continue to come back for more and will be much more likely to invite their friends as well.

We ask that you give back to the community in some way at least once a month. There are many ways to do this, but a few examples include writing BLOG posts, hosting included in your membership events, promoting PWL through your local writing GROUPS, or serving on our advisory board. 

What is the typical length of time for EVENTS?
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EVENTS typically range from sixty to ninety minutes. You have the freedom, however, to schedule your events for any length of time. You can, for example, host a fifteen-minute daily accountability check in, or run a 12-hour writing marathon with check-ins at the top of each hour. The limitation of the length of the event is driven mainly by the purpose of your meeting and the attention span of the participants.

What video conferencing platform should I use to host virtual EVENTS?
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In order to maintain consistency for participants, we recommend that you use Zoom video conferencing to host your events. It offers all sorts of features for professional hosting. Our tutorials are written with the assumption that you’re using Zoom. 

If you’re doing a special event, you can use other platforms such as WebEx, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or any other. When listing your events, be sure to mention the video conferencing platform you’re using and any special instructions people may need if it’s the first time they’re using a particular conferencing platform. 

Although we are mainly dedicated to hosting virtual events, our ticketing system allows you to sell tickets for live events as well.

How can I sign up as a PWL Expert? #

The fist step in becoming a PWL Expert is to become a member of the Prolific Writers Life community.

Once you’re signed up as a Prolific Writers Life member, log in to your account and hover over “MY ACCOUNT.” From here you will see a menu item that says “Apply to be an Expert.” Click on this tab and we will be notified that you’re interested in becoming an expert. You should hear back from us within 24-48 hours.   

 

What are some of the advantages of hosting EVENTS with Prolific Writers?
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As an expert with Prolific Writers Life, you are free to set your own schedule and pricing for all your products and events. We provide a feature-rich shopping cart, and we help promote your events. In addition to displaying your events and products in your store, they also appear on the EVENTS and PRODUCTS pages. This allows you to reap the benefits of PWL marketing, as well as the marketing that fellow experts are doing for their events.

How does PWL market EVENTS and PRODUCTS offered by PWL Experts?
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We drive traffic to PWL through the following:

But the best marketing takes place through the expansive reach of our experts and members as a whole. You get the benefit of the combined traffic coming to the site as other PWL experts promote their events and blog posts. This provides organic and exponential growth for everyone in the community. We share Best Practices for Promoting Your PWL Store so that every PWL Expert has the best chance of success.

Can I record my EVENTS? #

You can record your EVENTS as long as you let everyone on the call know that you’re recording and let them know how you intend to use it. You can save your recording and sell it as a digital download in your PWL store, for example. Let people know in the event description that you intend to record the event and announce it at the beginning of the meeting as well. Some people might be more inclined to participate, while others might choose not to participate in events that are being recorded.

Keep in mind that people are more likely to feel comfortable and openly express themselves when the event is not being recorded. If you want to build relationships with participants, you’re probably better off not recording.

When is the best time to schedule EVENTS?
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You are free to schedule events at any time of day or night. PWL PRODUCTS and EVENTS are available 24/7. Choose a time that works best for you, when you’re most alert and able to give your full attention to participants. Whenever possible, please schedule your event during a time slot that’s free on the calendar. This reduces the chance that members miss your event because it conflicts with another event on the calendar. 

People can join in from any time zone around the world. If you want to reach people in a particular target market or location, it makes sense to take into consideration when they’re most likely to be available. Although all the current experts are scattered throughout the United States, we are taking steps to grow our membership to English-speaking writers throughout the world. 

How much can I earn as an Expert with Prolific Writers Life?
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There is no cap on how much you can earn. Once you become a member of Prolific Writers Life and apply to become an expert, you keep 80% commission on all your sales. You are free to host as many EVENTS as you want. And you’re free to list an unlimited number of items in the PRODUCTS. How much you earn is directly related to the number of events and shop items you list, as well as how much effort you put into promoting them. You have the added benefit of promotion from the entire Prolific Writers Life community.

How much should I charge for EVENTS?
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You set your own prices. Check out the EVENTS and PRODUCTS pages to get an idea of what other PWL Experts are charging.

What’s most important is that both you and your participants feel comfortable with the pricing. Our goal here at PWL is to offer affordable opportunities that help writers build relationships and have fun in pursuit of their goals. If all of your events are free, it could end up sending the wrong message that you don’t have much to offer in terms of value. If all of your events are high ticket, then you might miss the opportunity for people to get to know you before they decide to work with you. We recommend that you experiment with a variety of price points so that both you and the participants feel good about the value.

PWL Experts offer a number of events that are included in your membership. This is a way that experts can give back to the community while getting to know members. These paid events are free for members. 

 

How many participants can I expect at EVENTS? #

This varies greatly depending on the topic as well as how much time and effort you put into marketing your event.

The best way to increase the number of participants in your EVENTS is to host an assortment of events at various price points and refer to our Best Practices for Promoting Your Store for marketing tips.

How can I get more participants at EVENTS? #

Ask participants for input and feedback at the end of each event to be sure that you’ve met their expectations. As participants bring up their needs, refer them to other workshops offered by you or fellow PWL Experts. 

We have found that one of the best ways to grow your following is to host a weekly event where you offer something of value while getting to know people in the community. Words Count is a great example of this. Although Words Count is a one-hour work session, it only requires about fifteen minutes of your time each week.

What can I sell in my store? #

Our primary focus in the community is live online EVENTS where writers and authors have the opportunity to get to know and work with writing industry experts. 

Although our main focus at PWL is to sell live events and coaching sessions, you can also sell PRODUCTS such as digital downloads in the form of Ebooks, audiobooks, video recordings and more. You can also sell subscriptions, books signed by the author, and more. 

Can I blog for Prolific Writers Life? #

Yes. As a member of the PWL community, you can submit a blog post to our BLOG. Although you’re welcome to promote your events through your blog posts, we’re mainly looking for evergreen content with call-to-action links back to your PWL store.

We also welcome guest bloggers. If you know someone who might be interested in posting articles for an audience of writers, please let them know about PWL. 

How many active PWL Experts are currently in the community? #

To learn more about our current Experts, please see the Find an Expert page. From there, you can also click through to visit their store pages and see what each has to offer. You must have at least one active event or product in your store in order for your store to show up on the Find an Expert page. 

Do you have a question we didn't address in the FAQs? #

If you have more questions about becoming a PWL Expert member, click here to schedule a phone or Zoom meeting with Lorraine Haataia

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