Have You Been Told You Can Write?
Do you enjoy writing, and have people told you that you have a knack for the written word? If so, have you mulled the idea around in your head at times, wondering if there was a way you could make some money with your talent?
Here in this blog post I’m going to tell you about 6 ways that you may be able to use your gift for writing to make some money. Some of the methods I’m going to list take longer than others, because they are more involved. Some will let you make a little cash, some will let you make a living.
It’s up to you which way you want to go.
This list isn’t in any particular order, by the way.
A copywriter writes sales copy for businesses and clients. If you’ve ever received one of those lengthy sales letters extolling a product that you just can’t live without, chances are that it was written by a copywriter.
Here’s a sample of good copywriting.
The passage above is part of a sales letter for a woman’s coat. It catches your attention, doesn’t it?
If you enjoy using your imagination and want to develop your ability to write descriptively and persuasively, then you might enjoy becoming a copywriter.
Some of the pros of copywriting include:
- You write to your client’s needs, and don’t have to come up with your own content ideas
- When you write, it’s for a specific theme
- You choose where and when you write
- You have flexibility with your home life and other commitments
- No steady paycheck. You have to work to get paid
- You have to meet deadlines
- Your work is not yours. The copyright belongs to your employer
- You have to find your clients and get them to give you assignments
Where can you get the training you need to become a copywriter? There are other places, but one of the more well-known is AWAI. AWAI stands for American Writers and Artists, Inc. Here’s their logo:
I wrote a review on them a few months back. You can find it here. Their main course is called “The Accelerated Program For Six-Figure Copywriting.” The price is $497.
Be aware that there are a lot of upsells, so you could end up spending a lot of money. That’s okay if you’re making a lot of money, but initially you won’t be. You have to break in and establish yourself before you start getting consistent assignments.
You can make good money as a copywriter, if that’s your desired method of earning with your writing. If you think it’s for you, do some more research and then go for it.
would you like to get your share of the 600,000 to 1,000,000 books published each year? Have you always wanted to be an author? For many of us, writing children’s books is a great way to start your career as a writer.
A few years ago I thought that I’d like to become a writer of children’s books, myself. They appealed to me because they were usually simpler, depending on the age group that you’re writing for, of course, and children’s stories are usually shorter with a clear moral to the story. Books for toddlers can be very simple, with one word pages in some cases.
After a while I realized that writing children’s books wasn’t my forte, so I moved on. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it if you want.
If you’ve always thought that you’d like to write children’s books, but never really knew how to get started, one of the main websites is the Institute for Writers. Back when I was taking the course it was called the Institute of Children’s Literature.
They’ve updated their home page since I took the course. As you can see, they want you to take an aptitude test. Pass that, and they offer enrollment in the institute. The course is very thorough.
You are assigned a teacher, who gets all your writing assignments. He or she will critique your writing and offer improvements. As you continue in your training, periodic writing contests that offer cash prizes.
If you’d like more information on how to get started in this genre, click on this link. It’s a “frequently asked questions” post by the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators.
If you’re talented, the average advance for a children’s book is in the $3000 to $8000 range, usually split between the author and the illustrator. You don’t earn royalties until the advance is covered.
The logical extension to writing children’s books is writing for adults. In this section, even though I’ve called it “novelist,” it applies to both fiction and non-fiction.
If you’re a storyteller with the ability to spin a yarn that holds a reader’s attention, this may be for you. Millions of adults love to read, and there are many genres to choose from. Just a partial list includes:
- Science Fiction
There are tons of other genres and sub-genres to choose from, as well. Choose to write about what you enjoy reading.
I think that the key to becoming a successful novelist is your ability to write and engage the reader in your story. If you can do that, you can become a successful writer. The average income for self-publishing authors is a little over $55,000 per year. It’s hard to determine what an author will make because of the factors involved, but here’s an idea of what’s possible.
Remember, though, that it will take work, patience, and consistent effort to break in. If you’re good, though, there’s room for you, and you might be one of those writers who get million-dollar advances for your work.
Freelance Magazine writer
Some magazines have in-house writers who write their articles, but there are hundreds that accept freelance submissions. The nice thing about writing magazine articles is that they are usually pretty short, especially compared to a book, cover an almost infinite number of topics, and sometimes you can submit the same article to more than one publication at a time.
Research in your area of interest is pretty easy. Just look at the articles that are being published now. You can write about travel, articles for teens, or for the elderly, or whatever subject you want that you can find a market for.
Nearly all magazines will give you guidelines about what they want and how to get consideration. Follow their guidelines and your article or story will get consideration.
You can earn a good income in this field. The average income for freelance magazine writers in 2013 was $55,000 per year.
Here’s a quick guide by Wikihow that explains how you can break in as a magazine writer.
Important Hint: Always ask for tear sheets when you are negotiating an article with a magazine. A tear sheet is a copy of your article as it will appear in the magazine. It’s a part of your resume, and will help you get other writing jobs.
An essential resource for writers is the Writer’s Market book. It lists publishers of books, magazines, and other media that you can browse to find potential clients for your work.
What’s a blog? You probably know the answer to that question, but I’ll tell you anyway. Blog is short for web log, and it’s basically like an online magazine. If you’ve ever googled something online, chances are that you ended up reading a blog post about the subject you were researching. There are thousands of blogs online, and the number is growing every day.
Blogs require content, just like a magazine. Newer bloggers write all their own content, but as they grow and become more established, many will hire “guest bloggers” to write content for them. They just don’t have the time to write articles to post themselves.
So yes, you can make money writing posts for other people’s blogs, depending on how good you are. $50-$100 for a post up to 500 words in length is fairly common.
As with the other income ideas listed in this post, you need to learn how to do it. Here’s a post from an expert guest blogger on how to get there and what you should be able to make.
Here’s a screen shot of part of the first page of results that I got when I googles “writing contests.”
That’s just the first six, and there are 10 per page in the google rankings. Notice that there are 176,000,000 results found for my search. I think that should tell you that there are lots of opportunities available to enter contests.
Why do organizations sponsor writing contests? In a nutshell, they are looking for one of two things, and maybe both things. They are looking for:
1. Talented writers
2. Great writing.
One of the best and easiest ways to find writing talent is to sponsor a contest and add incentives for those entering, such as a cash prize, publishing the winners, offering free writing courses, and such.
Also, if an organization is looking for excellent content for their use, a contest gives them hundreds of entries to choose from.
You can enter contests, many for free, and if you win you get paid.
I just wrote about guest bloggers, those who write for other bloggers. The logical extension of that is writing your own blog. Do people still do that? Yes, and in ever-increasing numbers. If you have something to write about, you can start your own blog.
Other people with an interest in your ideas will want to read your blog.
People start blogs to express themselves, and some even limit who can read their posts. Other people start blogging because they want to start an affiliate marketing business and earn money from what they write.
If you want to blog to earn an income, you will need to learn the ins and outs of blogging for affiliate marketing. It’s just like anything else, you have to learn and gain experience to become proficient. Blogging is no different.
If you want to blog as a way to earn some money, then go online and look up how to get started. There are many platforms listed that will be happy to take your money and train you. Many offer excellent training.
There is one training platform that will let you get started for free. It’s the one I used, and still use, to learn the ropes of affiliate marketing. It’s called Wealthy Affiliate, and your get 2 free websites and 10 free lessons to get you started, and to help you decide if affiliate marketing is for you.
If you decide that it is, they you can upgrade to the premium training section and begin to establish a genuine business that will bring in passive income to you. If you persist, you can eventually earn 5 and 6 figure incomes, monthly. Your potential is basically unlimited.
I need to tell you that it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. If you are looking for that, good luck. Most are scams. Wealthy Affiliate offers outstanding training on how to start and grow a successful affiliate marketing business, but it will take time, about the same as starting an offline business.
That’s a couple of years. You can begin earning money a lot sooner than that, but it will take about that long to begin replacing what you make in your day job.
I’m blogging for the money. If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m promoting Wealthy Affiliate as one of my income sources. I earn a commission whenever someone moves from the free training to the premium training.
FTC disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I as the affiliate will earn a commission if one of my readers clicks on an affiliate link and ends up purchasing a product. That’s how affiliate marketing works.
Thanks for reading. I know that there are more writing opportunities than just 7. Maybe this post inspired you to check out something that I didn’t list.
If you’d like, leave me a comment. I’d appreciate it.