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5 Ways to Write for Money
by David Goldsmith
There are many ways to earn a good living as a writer. In my book "25 Ways to Write for Money" I cover twenty five different ways that you can turn your words into cash. In this article I want to show you five ways that you can get started on right now.
1. Write an E-book
Electronic books or "e-books" have had a major impact on the publishing world. Not too many years ago it was very difficult and time consuming to get a book published and distributed to thousands of readers. Now it is possible to write an e-book and have it published in a fraction of the time it takes for a traditional print book.
Because of this many authors are choosing to publish their own e-books online. By doing this they end up collecting as much as 90% from each copy sold rather than paying it to publishers and distributors.
2. Write Articles for Magazines
When many people think of freelance writing they automatically think of writing articles for magazines. And thatís not surprising since magazines are one of the most popular types of publication that work with freelance writers.
Many magazines in North America pay freelance writers in the range of $0.15 to $0.35 per word. At the upper end are magazines that pay around $1.00 per word. These tend to be the large circulation publications such as magazines for women and travel, and some specialist magazines such as in-flight publications.
3. Write Fillers
A filler is a short item used to fill a space in a publication. Fillers include tips, hints, jokes, facts, light verse, recipes, puzzles, and anecdotes. At the longer end there are sidebars, columns, and short department pieces. Fillers are generally non-fiction.
Many publications publish more freelance fillers than freelance articles. Yet they receive many more articles and article queries from writers than they receive fillers. What does that tell you? There is far less competition for filler writers!
Many markets pay $10 to $25 for fillers. That might not seem like much until you recall that fillers have very few words and are quick to write.
If you consider the pay 'per word', or calculate an equivalent hourly rate for the time it takes to write them, fillers can sometimes pay better rates than articles.
4. Write a Column
If you enjoy freelance writing for newspapers or magazines then you might like to write a column.
At Society of Professional Journalists web site, Eugene Kane explains, "Columns are given out by editors, and editors usually reward reporters with a column for exceptional achievement or for a particularly stylish way with words and information."
A column usually shows the writer's by-line at the top next to the title. Columns tend to answer the why and how of a topic. They are usually written in a strong distinctive voice, in the first and second person and unlike other forms of journalism in a column it is acceptable to state an opinion.
An advantage of writing a column is that it is a regular work assignment. Compare that to regular freelance writing where you need to make a new sale for every piece you write.
Blogs are a great way for writers to make money. They are easy to set up and their design is simplified due to the availability of good software and ready-made blogging templates.
There are several ways to earn money from a blog. These include selling advertising spots, showing Google AdSense ads and selling your own information products or e-books.
Blogs are also great for writers because they provide a place to showcase their best work, promote any books, and keep their readers informed about what they're working on next.
I have shown you five ways that you can start writing for money today. Now forget the starving writer stories you might have heard. Be proactive. Get moving. Start building your successful writing business today.
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