Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Earn More Money for Writing - How to Maximise your Writing Income

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There is no money quite so special as the money you make with your writing, especially when you first begin. You will always remember the day your first cheque plopped through your letterbox, or appeared on your online bank statement. That's true even if it's only a few pounds or a few dollars, but a little bit extra is always welcome. Here are a few ideas for maximising your income when, after all your hard work, you've finally got into print.

  • Communicate with other writers: It helps to network and that’s about give and take, whether it’s feedback, advice or legitimate favours. Writers should always help each other.
  • Don’t just write: Speak at events, run workshops, read your work at literary festivals. Get your name known and, if you have a book to sell, always take along a few copies and leave them in a conspicuous place. Don’t forget to offer to sign them and do it with a flourish.
  • Promote yourself online: You’re a brand now. You need a website. It’s not difficult; there are plenty of organisations offering free, user-friendly websites (for example, Wordpress).
  • Be time-sensitive: Maybe you are on a long project and need to take a break, either because you’re waiting for certain information or assistance or because you need to re-energise. Why not fill these gaps by writing short features?
  • A one-off advance over royalties?: Generally, this is not a good idea. Go for a high advance and generous royalties – if you can. But don’t trade.
  • Be canny: Write for pleasure, but to make money choose writing projects with a good shelf life. Your royalties may continue for years ahead.
  • Meet your deadlines: If something goes wrong that’s completely beyond your control, tell your editor immediately. At best, s/he may be able to accommodate you. If your editor has to make other plans, at least, by being responsible, you have left the door open for the future.
  • Recycle your research: Write articles afresh from a different viewpoint or angle for alternative publications.
  • Tune in to your readers: Whatever market you’re writing for, find out what editors and readers really want from you, through submission guidelines, writers' forums and word of mouth.
  • Spend time on your writing space: It may be small, but make it pleasant and tidy and have a comfortable chair with good back support and arrange a few flowers in view. Feeling okay about what you’re doing and where you’re doing it will help you concentrate.
Enjoy your writing success and good luck.
Copyright Janet Cameron


Karen Warren said...

I so agree about the satisfaction of your first payment for writing. I spent mine on an old chest which sits on my landing and reminds me that (even if only in a very small way) I am a published writer!

Janet Cameron said...

Yes, it's good to have reminders of those special moments. I remember when my first book was accepted by W.H.Allen, I ran through the house, screaming insanely, up and down the stairs,jumping about in all the rooms. I just couldn't contain myself and my partner was doubled over laughing at me. A mad and wonderful moment.