5 Ways to Write for Money
© David Goldsmith – All rights reserved
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 that’s 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
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.
Author David Goldsmith is a freelance writer and author of the popular
e-book "25 Ways to Write for Money". Discover how you can earn a good living from your writing. Download your
copy of his e-book today at http://www.WriterIncome.com