How to Make a Living as a Writer

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How to Make a Living as a Writer
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Making a living as a writer is a challenge that requires hours of hard work and dedication. No matter what genre you write in, there are things you can do to earn an honest living as a writer. With the growing Internet market, there are a variety of jobs available for writers both online and offline.

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Things you need

  • Resume
  • Writing samples

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Compose a portfolio of writing samples. Make sure you show a wide range of your writing capabilities so the companies you apply to write for can get an accurate idea of your writing voice, style and skill.

  2. 2

    Make a resume that explores your work and educational experience to date. Update your resume regularly.

  3. 3

    Look for writing opportunities in your local community. Small newspapers and small-market magazines are a good place to start. Submit your resume and a cover letter that demonstrates your interest in a given position if you find an opening. If there are no openings, you can still send in a resume and cover letter and ask that the editor keep your records on file for future reference.

  4. 4

    Browse online freelancing sites like ProBlogger and Elance for freelance writing opportunities that suit your areas of expertise. Apply to jobs that you feel you can complete well.

  5. 5

    Visit your public library and search through the Writer's Market books for publication opportunities to submit your work to. Writer's Market has books that cover a wide variety of markets searching for content and writers. Be sure to find the latest version of Writer's Market when you search at your library. A new edition with updated contact information comes out every year. The Writer's Market is also available as an online subscription.

  6. 6

    Offer your services to businesses and non-profit organisations looking for brochure and newsletter writers. This is a great way to establish connections and start networking.

  7. 7

    Seek out opportunities to ghostwrite. Ghostwriters write a variety of material, from fiction books and stories to non-fiction and biographical work.

  8. 8

    Apply for copywriter positions. Copywriters create the content in catalogues, brochures, radio spots and general advertising. Advertising companies are a great place to search for copywriting work.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a firm outline for a writing project, you may be able to apply for and obtain a writer's grant from your local government.
  • Do not let rejection deter you from pursuing a career as a writer. Rejection is a regular part of every writer's experience.

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