Straight Talk & My Course
A while back I was talking to someone who had written several manuscripts but had not been able to snag a contract for her fiction. She had all these writing expenses and felt incredibly depressed because she had to take money from her household budget to pay them.
To make a long story short (don't say too late), she wanted to know how she could earn some money from writing in order to at least pay her writing bills so she could keep pursuing her fiction dream.
My advice consisted of some straight talk and the gift of part of the course I'm developing to teach next year: Make Money Writing for the Web.
Get over feeling bad. You're making an investment in a writing career. Like most careers, the investment you make in your writing doesn't pay off immediately. You may have to wait months if not years to see a return on your investment. If you want it bad enough, you'll wait. How long you wait depends on various factors from the state of publishing to the quality of your writing and the marketability of your ideas.
Elements of My Course
I gave her a list of sites where she could browse job listings for writers. If you want to get some cash flow going, here are some links to get started. Some of the jobs are listed on more than one site so make sure you don't send duplicate responses.
Blog Her Job Listings.
Jobs Pro Blogger.
About Freelance Writing.
Freelance Writing Gigs.
Tune in tomorrow for Part 2 of this series: Set Up For Success. This will give you today to cruise these sites and read some of the job listings. If you can't wait for tomorrow's blogisode (Do you like my made-up word for blog episode?), then please let me know if you applied and what the results were.
If you're a writer, you have the means to make money with your words.