In today’s writing marketplace, you need to build your audience first. Publishers–be they book, periodical, whatever–want to know that you can make them money. The best way to do this is with a dedicated, faithful, and rather large audience already in place ready to read whatever you put out there.
Content Mills: These are a good place to receive your start–especially if you’re able to find one that provides you a byline. The trick is never to become trapped inside their system. Use these mills to get used to working on a deadline and also to bring in a bit of extra money here and there.
When you’re just beginning, it is a great idea to do at least a little bit of writing every day. The key, however, is that this writing should not carry weight. You don’t have to work on a book or an article pitch. Set up an anonymous blog. Write in a journal. Just find a space where you are able to express yourself without a ton of pressure to be perfect. Use this time to develop your voice and also to find out which times of day and which styles of writing best suit you. This is ground work that every writer should do if they want to be able to make a living from their work.
What Earns The Most Money?
Create Your Own Products: If you’re having a hard time getting a “legitimate” publication or site to pick up your essays, short fiction, articles, poems, whatever, collect some of them together and publish them individually online. The Kindle Singles app is one great choice for this. You can also offer your own downloads or use a print on demand service.
Here’s the reality: you can make money this way but you won’t make much. The “string a few words together” types rarely make it beyond the low paying content mills or sites such as UpWork. If, however, you would like to make a real living by doing actual writing, or if you would like to know how books are made and the best way to earn a full-time income using words, continue reading.
Another important reason to have a site and to create an audience first is that you are able to monetize that website and your audience separately. Some people earn enough they discover that they don’t need or even want to go the corporate publishing route. Thanks to Google Ads, affiliate programs through sites like Amazon, etc., and crowdfunding platforms such as Patreon–you can earn some fantastic money just by being yourself and doing the work you want to do.
This is going to largely depend on you. A book can, on occasion, bring in a six figure paycheck for a writer but that rarely occurs for beginners (or even the very well established). Here are some of the ways that you can build your audience and get paid for it.
You Don’t Have to Write Daily
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You Need a Website
Guest Posting: Guest posting is a fantastic way to get started building your list of clips. Many sites also pay their guest posters (the pay isn’t often great but it is better than you’ll get in a content mill). Guest posting permits you to tap into another individual’s established audience and, hopefully, convince some of them to follow you to your own website.
If you work at it every day and market yourself well, you might be earning a nice living sooner than you might think!
It is so common it has become a cliche: “want to make some additional money? You can do it in your spare time and earn tons of cash!” Many assume that writing is an easy way to make money as it requires almost no startup capital or investment. In case you’ve got a laptop and can string a few words together into a coherent sentence then you’re good to go.