The internet has transformed to life of a writer completely, particularly for writers of fact rather than fiction. Even fiction writers no longer rely on the approval of publishing companies to expose their work to the world.
Online, you can publish anything you like. While some lament the lack of quality writing, many readers and writers have recognized the countless opportunities the internet has showered writers with. If you want to write and make a bit of money, you can! Full stop!
Let’s just go through some of the new opportunities for writers, perhaps you’ll find something of interest.
Try the Traditional Route
You can go the traditional route, write a novel, submit your own work or submit through an agent. This route is a difficult as it has ever been and requires lots of talent and tenacity. If you want to try your hand a journalism, the task is similarly tricky, especially in view of the tough competition.
Online, you can find lots of useful “how to get published”-type articles and sign up to blogs dealing with this topic.
Publish a Novel with Amazon
Some people opt to self-publish on Amazon, first a Kindle version and potentially a print version. Conveniently, you can order as little as one copy of your book. The only problem with this process is that you are all alone and do not get the advice and support of an editor.
Sign Up with Writing Agencies
A quick Google search will guide you to numerous writing platforms. Some of them make you complete a writing test while others accept just about everyone. Once you’ve signed up, you can start pitching for a wide variety of jobs. There is plenty of work out there, however, a lot of the assignments are badly paid.
Start a Blog, Build a Following, Sell Advertising Space
Starting a blog and gradually building a following is a more lucrative road in the long run, although, success doesn’t come overnight. You will have to write strong content, preferably on a topic you love, share it on Facebook and all other social media platforms, and use any software tool available to you to draw more subscriptions. Again, with a bit of research and patience, this route can prove quite profitable. As soon as you have a strong following, you can sell advertising space or join affiliate programmes.
Set Up a Content Curation Website
Content curation is the new kid on the block for writers. In essence, you write blog posts, articles, training manuals and a plethora of other content for businesses. Undoubtedly, this is the most profitable route because you cut out the writing platform and charge businesses directly for your services. By all accounts, you can make a nice bit of cash on an ongoing basis this way.
Write Frequently and Get Your Name out There
The more ubiquitous your work, the better the chances of getting more work. Don’t be afraid to charge for your work. Never miss deadlines, always check your grammar and spelling, stick to your client’s brief, and take instruction graciously. With every word your write, you’ll improve while also having the pleasure of learning in the process.
Researching your topics in advance of writing a piece is also vital. If you are particularly knowledgeable on a subject, offer your services to clients in need of such expertise.
Try to improve your writing and take online courses in areas such as SEO, copy writing, etc. Overtime, your experience and know-how will allow you to choose only the best jobs and make plenty of money. If you love writing, write every day!