You can sell your writing in many different ways. Your challenge is to do it effectively, so that you make money for the time you spend.
Each week desperate writers contact me, telling me that they’re writing for some “revenue sharing” content website and haven’t made any money. Or that they’re writing articles for $1 for somewhere or other. They want to know the “best” way to sell their writing.
The Web’s built on words. So, it should be easy to sell your writing on the Web, shouldn’t it? A little history. In 2006, a company called Demand Media launched and its writers started churning out “content.” Other companies followed, also churning out content. Finally, Google’s algorithmic changes shut all that down.
If you check the outsourcing sites, you’ll see that companies still want low-priced content, and writers are happy to provide it. However, this is “writing” as a commodity, and it’s a long way from the “best” way to sell your writing.
Your Words Have Value
Start by realizing that your words have value. Primarily, to you. If you write an article for $1, there’s a cost to you, which is (usually) way more than $1. Your words’ basic value is the the price you put on your time. Think about that for a moment. What’s an hour worth to you? Maybe you decide that your time is worth $10 an hour. If so, you’ll find lots of writing gigs on websites like elance.com. Bid on projects, and you’ll make $10 hour. (A little less, because of the fees.)
That may well be the best way for you to make money writing, right now.
Yes, you’d prefer to get more for your words. If so, you’ll have to find companies and publications which pay more. Or you’ll need to write ebooks, and create products, which over time will make you way more than $10 an hour.
I created our newest product, Sell Your Writing FAST, in response to everyone who asked for the best way to sell their writing.
The Best Way to Sell Your Writing
The Web’s democratic. If you wish, you can make $10 an hour, or $1 an hour. You can also make hundreds of dollars an hour, but that takes a little more effort. It’s up to you.
Over the years, writers got themselves into a tizzzy, saying that buyers of writing services should “pay more.” Why? So writers could make a living wage. The same sense of entitlement showed up in the seven-month Hachette/ Amazon kerfuffle. Authors United wailed:
“… traditional publishing houses perform a vital role in our society. Publishers provide venture capital for ideas. They advance money to authors, giving them the time and freedom to write their books.”
Yada, yada… No one cares. In a very real sense, “writing” has long been a commodity.
So, if you’re looking for the best way to sell your writing, start by realizing that your words have value. Their basic value is the value which you put on your time.
In Sell Your Writing FAST: Super-Quick Ways To Make Money Writing I give you lots of ways in which you can sell your writing. Yes, those ways take a little effort. However, there’s no ceiling on your income. You can make as much money as you want to make.
Value Your Words
We started by saying that your words have value. Do you value them? How much? When you can answer that, you’re a lot closer to figuring out the “best” way to sell your writing.
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