Want to become a full time writer? It’s easier than its ever been. This week’s offerings will help you to develop a great writing career.
The two things you need to become a full time writer: writing and buyers.
Essentially, to become a full time writer you need two things:
- Writing which sells;
- Clients and/ or readers who buy enough of your writing so that you have a full time income.
Nothing else matters. No, you don’t need a website or a blog, although obviously they help.
Let’s look at those two things in a little more detail.
1. Writing which SELLS.
You’re a writer. Therefore you need writing to sell.
In our article on the one big secret, we mentioned Ryan:
I asked him: “What did you write today?” He told me he hadn’t written anything. He’s sent out a few queries, and he’s waiting to hear from the editors.
I suggested that to get paid like a professional, Ryan needs to develop a writing process which focuses on writing.
With my writing students, I find that producing — writing stuff — is their one big challenge. If you can produce, you can get clients and readers. And you can make a full time income, which means you can become a full time writer.
2. Clients/ readers who buy your writing.
Once you’ve got writing which sells, finding buyers and/ or readers isn’t much of a challenge. Where writers go astray is that they try to get the buyers/ readers first. They want some sign that an audience will magically appear, and buy, before there’s anything to buy. Needless to say, this tactic works poorly.
After 30 years of working with clients, writing magazine articles, and writing books, I know one thing for sure: your clients and readers don’t know what they want until they see it.
When you’re getting writing clients, you need stuff to show. This means that you can say — I can do this for you, or you need something like this. If you haven’t got anything to show, your prospective clients will brush you off.
When you’re writing short stories, novels, nonfiction ebooks, and even reports, it’s obvious that you need the products for your readers to buy. Writers however tend to want a guarantee: will the book that I started last week sell?
Just about anything will sell. I’ve seen ebooks in the top ten in various niche categories which are selling well on the Kindle book store overall, so I can say that with absolute confidence. These books may not appeal to me, but these days, on Amazon and the other ebook retailers, you have a global audience, so the answer to will it sell is — probably. But only if you finish it and publish it.
The easiest writing jobs to get: copywriting gigs
Businesses need copywriters. If you can sell with words, you’ll never have to hunt for writing jobs. You can set up your own copywriting services business fast. Copywriting has been the foundation of my own writing business for over 30 years. Start your own copywriting business today.
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