Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Guest post by Nancy Parker
Writing for Different Publications
If you are a full time writer or want to be, then you are going to have to diversify. The print business is on its way down, the online blogging and writing business is soaring, but you will have to be flexible to take advantage of any of it. Here are some tips to survive diversification as a writer.
1. Write news – The first type is the old standby. News sells. Okay, it is just as simple as that. No one refuses a good news piece, and if you can do it right there will always be a job for you.
2. Write blogs – Blogs are everywhere. You will have to be prolific, opinioned and current to stay afloat, but it is possible to make money blogging. I also find it to be the most relaxed and fun to write, so that is an added benefit.
3. Write fiction –The market for fiction is not huge, but if you can make it there you stand to gain a pretty penny. Know what sells and write what you are good at.
4. Write poetry – Now, this does not sell, but it will get you noticed and it is usually fast to write. You can get in the more ‘artsy’ publications with well-written poetry.
5. Write science –There is always a need for someone to write those incredibly detailed science reports. Take reams and reams of lab notes and results and turn it into a semi-coherent paper. This actually pays decently if you have the background to get it.
6. Write business – Someone has to send out those PR things, and someone has to create all those business documents floating around. Why not you? All it takes is a little knowledge of what they need and some creative juice to get it typed up.
7. Write tests – Tests and practice tests have to be written by someone. Why not you? Think SATs and MCAT and you’ve got yourself some seasonal employment. If you can write a how-to-study book, then you’ve got a steady gig.
8. Write textbooks –If you know a lot about a subject, or are just willing to do the research, textbook writing is an option. While it can be dry and dull, it will also keep you employed steadily for quite a while.
9. Write descriptions – Someone has to write all those cutesy descriptions about products being sold online. Why not you? Sure, it doesn’t take a whole lot of time individually, but when you’ve got an entire website to do, it will definitely pay off.
These are just a few of the ways writers can diversify their talents. Writing is literally everywhere. Take a look around and see where your talents can be used and what you can get paid to write.
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny, live out nanny etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com