July means “Christmas” to writers. Savvy professional writers gear up for the holiday season NOW for one simple reason. They know that the holiday trade is worth billions to retailers and businesses.
Many businesses survive the year on the income they make between October and January. This means that they need writers, and they’re willing to pay them well.
Let’s look at five ways you can cash in on the holiday season.
1. Send queries to (paying) websites and magazines now
Want to sell Christmas-themed articles? Now’s the time to get ready with Christmas stories for mass-market and trade magazines, as well as for websites. If you’re just starting out as a magazine writer, it’s time to approach local magazines with ideas for Christmas-themed stories.
It’s also time to approach businesses for story ideas, and with ideas for their holiday promotions. Ring local business owners, and tell them you’re looking for ideas for Christmas and holiday stories.
At the same time, offer some ideas of your own. You could offer to write a Christmas newsletter for businesses, or offer them advertising on your local-area website.
Brainstorm now. Remember, big money changes hands during the holiday season. If you can help businesses and publications to make money, you’ll get a share of that money.
2. Get holiday-season writing jobs now
In the northern hemisphere, once September arrives, staff’s summer vacations are out of the way. It’s time for businesses to gear up for the holidays because that’s when many business make the bulk of their annual incomes. Orders are placed with suppliers, plans are made for Christmas-season promotions.
In the southern hemisphere, winter promotions are out of the way. Christmas brings the long and lazy summer holiday season. Turn your thoughts to stories of vacation getaways, as well as Christmas holiday promotions.
Now’s the time to contact businesses and websites. You’ll get top paying writing jobs when you do. They need writers. You’re solving headaches. They’ll pay you well, because you know how business works, and you’ve approached them.
3. Write Kindle holiday-season-themed fiction and nonfiction now
Now’s the time to get your holiday-season fiction and nonfiction written. Publish it when it’s done. Create a webpage and a Facebook page for your holiday material. You’ll be way ahead of other writers who write holiday Kindle ebooks in November and publish them in December.
4. Create a Christmas-themed website and/ or blog now
I know several writers who do very well over the Christmas holidays with tiny websites. Their websites get a few visitors at other times of the year but at Christmas they make a killing. You can join them. Create a small website, and by the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll have it set up so that’s producing income for you.
One writer’s been doing very well with her website on Christmas ornaments. The website’s grown over the years. She’s got a mailing list, and coins money over the holidays.
5. Create information products now
Information sells at Christmas. People want many different kinds of information. Your choice of topics is endless: home decoration, budgeting, recipes for Christmas food and drink, how to make the Christmas gifts, how to decorate, etc.
Write a series of short reports, and start selling them as soon as you write them. Not only will you make money with them this year, you’ll make money with them every holiday season for years to come.
Start writing: it’s Christmas for writers… 🙂
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