Eek! Six Self Publishing Fails To Avoid

It’s no exaggeration to say that self publishing is the opportunity of the moment for writers right today. More and more authors are discovering the excitement, the fame …. and the money …. that can come from self publishing your own book. But if your self publishing project is to be a success here are six self publishing fails you’ll want to avoid:

* Self publishing just because you can. Just because modern technology makes it fairly easy to self publish a book doesn’t mean it’s always a good idea. And, self publishing just because you have an idea, opinion or story you want to put out can be a very frustrating and expensive ego trip.

Always ask yourself …. why do I want to self publish my book?

* Self publishing because you can’t find a publisher. Although this can be a good reason, it can also be a very bad reason. If a publisher doesn’t want your book idea it might be because they know it won’t sell …. and so you’ll struggle to sell it too.

The best self published books are books publishers show an interest in publishing too – it’s just that you prefer to self publish them.

* Self publishing without having a reader in mind. Who do you think will not only be interested in reading your book – but be willing to BUY it too? Before you start writing, always be crystal clear about what sort of person you’re writing for (it’s never just ‘anybody’) and what you hope they’ll get from reading your book.

In particular, if you plan to follow up with more self published titles in future you’ll need to build a loyal following of readers who are eager to read your next book.

* Not having a market in mind. Writing a book and then finding it doesn’t seem to sit well in any particular marketplace. For example, there’s quite a difference between publishing a book that will sell in the bookshops – and a book that will sell on Amazon Kindle.

Think about where you are going to sell your book once it’s finished and, ideally, tailor your book to suit that marketplace.

* Underestimating the amount of publicity you’ll need to do. If your book is to sell in decent quantities you’ll need to do plenty of publicity, and you won’t have either the help of an experienced publisher nor a financial contribution from them to pay for it. So, look at how you’re going to promote your book, and where, and at what sort of budget you have to pay for it.

* Not being professional about production. Normally your publisher will produce your book but with a self published title it’s down to you! Typos, a home made cover design and poor quality paper and print will make your book look amateurish no matter how great the content. Those who sell and read your book shouldn’t be expected to make allowances just because it’s home produced.

If you can’t produce your book professionally yourself find an expert who can help you with it – and allow for the cost of this in your budget.

Here are some related articles on self publishing which you might find useful:

Seven Ebook Platforms You Can Sell Your Book On

Self Publishing On Kindle: Tips For Getting Started

When self publishing can be a good choice



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Writing Short Stories: Tips If You Want To Publish And Sell Short Stories

Although there’s a fair bit of demand for short stories there tend to be a couple of areas which are more interested in short stories than others:

* Women’s magazines. Though not every women’s magazine publishes fiction so always check before you send anything. These tend to be romantic fiction short stories.

* Children’s short stories. This is probably one of the best areas of demand. So many angles have been covered that there is always interest in something new ….. or something traditional with a new twist.

* Mystery, horror and crime. Demand for these types of stories mostly comes from the USA. (Just as with any other type of writing there’s nothing to stop you writing for buyers abroad. They’re often delighted to get a different perspective from a foreign writer.)

How long should a short story be? Well, there are short stories from as little as 1,000 words to as much as 10,000 words. Be guided by the stories your buyer has already published.

Whatever your short story is about work out your story line first. Make sure there is enough mileage in the plot to fill the given length of the story without padding – or without having to cut things short in the last few paragraphs. Balance your plot throughout the story too.

Don’t use chapters in a short story. If you can, go for lots of short paragraphs to keep things moving along.

If you’re interesting in selling a short story and have either written one – or have an idea for one – you might find this useful: Make Money Writing Short Stories

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When self publishing can be a good choice

When self publishing can be a good choice

Most writers and would be writers have thought about self publishing. But it’s often difficult to know when self publishing is a good idea, and when it’s not such a good idea. So here’s some advice on when self publishing your book can be a very good choice.

* When it’s a very niche subject

It’s much harder to find a publisher for a niche subject, so becoming your own publisher makes a lot more sense in these cases. If you’ve looked hard and just can’t find a publisher who publishes the sort of thing you’re writing on it could be well worth a try.

* When your book is text rich

Keeping things simple is the name of the game when self publishing. For writers, text rich books are much easier to self-publish rather than books that have a lot of illustration, photography or design.

* When it’s a highish cover price

Self published books tend to sell in lower quantities than books which are produced by a publisher. Publishers will usually have more time and resources for promotion which in turn generates more sales. So to turn a profit your book will usually need to have a higher cover price than average (and justify it of course).

* When it’s suitable for publishing as an ebook

Ebooks have absolutely transformed the world of self publishing. It’s cheaper and easier to publish your book as an ebook.

If your book would work well as an ebook (and remember not every book does) then consider self publishing it this way. If it is successful you can always publish a paper edition later.

* When you know what your market is

Self published books are harder to get into bookshops, into distribution networks or into libraries (although it can be done) so you can’t rely entirely on those methods to make sales. You need to know what/who your market is and how you’re going to sell to it before you decide to self publish.

If you need some help with your self publishing project, take a look at how I can help you here.

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How To Choose A Best Selling Fiction Title

When you’re writing a book, choosing a good title is one of the most difficult things to do. You want a title that is not only relevant to your book, but which will help it sell. Here’s a guide to choosing the perfect title for your book.

First of all a few key principles: You don’t have to have a title before you start writing your book. You can start with just a working title, or no title at all. Don’t let not having a good idea for a title stop you writing your book.

Is your intended title already in use? With millions of books in print there’s a good chance it might be. So search thoroughly to find out. Although it’s possible to use a title that already exists it’s better to be original and will also avoid confusion.

Keep your title short. It’s no secret that best selling books tend to have short titles. Five words maximum is ideal. It’s hard, but if you can think of a two or three word title even better. For example, The Hobbit is probably the most famous two-word book title (and is also, according to several lists, the third best selling book of all time).

It must be eye catching. So that it gets noticed by potential readers, who will probably only glance at your title on the shelves (or on Amazon’s pages) momentarily.

Visit your local library or bookstore and browse through the shelves. Notice which titles stand out and why.

Bearing those principles in mind, here’s a few tips on how to get ideas for your title.

* Choose a character from the book, and make your title their name, role or function within it.

* Choose a place. Probably the place that is central to the book.

Tip. Notice how many top selling books start with ‘The’.

* Take a key phrase or line from your book and use that. Gone With The Wind is a perfect example.

* Use emotion. Ask yourself what your book is really about …. love, loyalty, fantasy, betrayal or whatever. Try and choose a title which evokes that emotion.

If in doing this you can add an element of intrigue, making the prospective reader want to delve deep into the book to find out more so much the better.

One last thing. Take advice from your publisher, if/when you have one. Although the final decision is up to you remember they have a very good idea of which titles sell, and which titles don’t!

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11 Different Travel  Writing Ideas To Get You Published Now

Make Money From Travel Writing

One of the things I really love (and I mean really love) about travel writing is that it offers you so many opportunities-within-opportunities. Not just for writing travel books, guides, reviews, travel articles and fillers, but on so many different individual travel theme opportunities.

If you want to make a success of travel writing a good  approach, rather than just writing a ‘cover all’ travel book or article, is to focus on one (or a few) specific topics within the overall subject area of travel writing. These are easier to write, easier to pitch, easier to sell and you can also build up a name and reputation for that particular type of travel writing.

Here are a few of my favourite ideas for different travel writing opportunities you could explore:

1.Suggested itineraries. Many people don’t have the time or inclination to plan a tour so itineraries for a day/week (or whatever tour), with suggested places to visit, eat and stay are always popular.

You could tailor your suggested itineraries for rail travellers, motor tourists, cyclists or walkers.

2.History and culture, art. Take a look at the bookshelves, you’ll find these kinds of books are some of the most numerous kinds of travel writing books. Many people travel to explore the history, culture or art of a destination.

Remember though, there are a lot of books and articles on these subjects so, so be sure to drill down to a specific niche, eg. military history of an area, or a specific artist, musician, figure or period in history.

3.Food and drink. Every traveller has to eat and drink, so this kind of writing ranks highly on the best seller lists. Again, food and drink writing is plentiful and it’s pretty competitive, so focus in on something specific.

Another plus about this kind of writing is that it sells to a non-travel market too – people who just love exploring new food and drink.

4.Wildlife and natural history. Books and articles which take a look at the flora and fauna of a particular area are a smaller but popular niche. (Just look at how popular these kinds of programmes are on TV to see that.)

5.For kids. As any parent will tell you, unhappy kids can turn your trip into a nightmare. So there’s lots of interest in books and articles covering things that will keep the children happy as well as, ideally, being fun for adults too.

6.For young and independent travellers. Young and independent travellers are often small in budget, but big in numbers. So there’s a big demand for writing from their perspective that addressees their needs and interests.

7.By budget. Write a book or article which is aimed at travellers on a particular budget, eg. economy, middle-market or no-expense-spared luxe. If you can add money numbers to your piece so much the better.

8.Top tens. Most destinations have so many things to see and do it’s impossible to cover everything. Carefully curated and personal selections of your ideas for things to see/do/visit/eat/drink/try at your chosen are ideal ideas for articles and shorter guides.

9.Candid reviews. Remember that travel writing doesn’t have to be (in fact ideally shouldn’t be) an ad. for a particular place – modern day readers (of all subjects, not just travel) can be a tad cynical. So writing that takes a ‘warts and all’ standpoint is hot right now. Tell your readers what you really think, good or bad, you’ll be respected for it and it will help build up a following.

10.Hidden gems and off the beaten track places. At the end of the day this is what most travellers really want (well I know I do!) – great, inspiring places to visit that aren’t packed with other travellers.

Write about places which have bags of travel interest but which haven’t much covered much (or at all) by writers before and – I promise you – editors will be keen to snap up your work.

11.Travel narratives. These usually tell the story of the writer’s own travels rather than being a travel guide as such. For example, Bill Bryson’s wonderful ‘Notes From A Small Island’ is my favourite narrative travel guide ever …. even though in many ways it’s hardly complimentary (but does it in such a tactful way I can forgive it) about the UK. There’s nothing to stop you writing your own travel narrative books or articles, telling the tale of your own journey, in your own style.

In fact, whatever you want to write about you’ll probably find that travel writing affords you an opportunity to write and sell it. If you’d like to get started exploring the wonderful world of travel writing opportunities then why not take a look at what my self study Travel Writing Course can offer you.

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How to Write a Serial

Writing a serial can be an interesting proposition for a writer. It’s something half way between writing a short story and writing a novel. It shares some of the features of both yet is also quite different. In this article I’ll share a few tips that will help you write a serial …. and have the best chance of selling your serial.

* First of all, just like any kind of writing look at the market you intend to sell your serial into. Read the magazine regularly (magazines are the most usual buyers of fiction serials). Ask for their Contributor’s Notes. The serial market is very niche so a serial that is perfect for one market might not suit another.

* Serials usually follow a specific genre, just like novels. So decide what genre you want to write and which will also suit your market. For example, romance, a crime serial, a thriller or historical serial.

* Characters are all important in a serial. Interesting characters, much more than a plot, will help carry your reader through your serial and looking forward to the next issue.

* Serials are typically organised into instalments and chapters, and it’s important to understand the differences between each. An instalment is the portion of your serial that appears in each issue of a magazine. Each instalment may be divided up into a number of chapters.

In other words, you do not have to match chapters and issues on a one-for-one basis.

* Work out the most appropriate length for your serial and how it will be sub-divided from the outset. This will normally be governed by your intended market who will probably have a fairly fixed format both for your short story and each individual instalment.

A typical length for a fiction serial, for example, might be between four and ten instalments of 5-6,000 words each. Each instalment might have three or four separate chapters.

* Your first instalment is the most important instalment of any serial. In it you need to set the scene, introduce your characters and give a hint of what’s going to happen in the story. The first page is particularly important. It must hold the reader’s interest right away. Decide on the best way to do this: For example, your characters might be embarking on a wonderful adventure, or some crisis might have just come to a head.

It’s often a good idea to make your first instalment a little longer than subsequent instalments when writing a serial – in fact your chosen market may prefer you to do this.

* Writing a serial isn’t like writing a novel in that you don’t have the opportunity to develop your characters and your plot over several thousands of words of carefully written narrative.

In many ways, a good serial is like a good TV soap. While each scene, and each instalment, must contribute to the bigger picture it must also stand alone. You can learn a lot about good serial writing by studying the TV soaps!

* Dialogue can be an effective technique in a serial, much more so than in a novel. Since it allows you to set the scene, explain things, and move the story along in a compact way without having to do it all yourself. In other words, you can use your characters to tell the story. Again, note how the writers of soaps use dialogue to tell the story.

* However, like a novel each chapter should deal with a particular issue or incident, ideally add something new, while at the same time moving the story forward. The final chapter in each instalment must be strong enough to encourage the reader to look forward to the next instalment.

Although there is bound to be overlap between instalments (and in fact it is essential in order to encourage readers to move on to the next) each instalment should be more or less be complete as a story in its own right.

* As with a novel, it’s rarely a good idea to write your serial and then try and find a publisher for it. A much better approach is to write an instalment/chapter plan, a synopsis and (perhaps) a few pages from the first chapter and then try it out with an editor. If they like your idea they will usually be able suggest ways it could be written so that it fits their requirements and their readership more closely.

When writing a serial it is well worth taking the extra time needed to do this. One of the advantage of writing serials is that, if your story goes down well with readers, you’ll probably be commissioned to write more serials.

If you’re not quite ready to have a go at writing a serial yet, then writing and selling short stories could be a very good way of developing your writing skills. You might find this page helpful: Short story writing course



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How to plan and structure a book professionally

So you want to write a book. You have a great idea for your book. Here are some tips that might help you structure your raw idea into a professional-looking book:

First, set your boundaries

Only when you know where your book will start and where it will end can you decide how to structure it properly, so give this some thought. For example, if it’s a fiction book you might set ‘1903 to 1911’ as the start and end of your story. For non-fiction it might be something like ‘50 easy pasta recipes’. (Maybe you’re not writing about pasta, but you get the idea!)

How long should it be?

I’m a great believer that a book should be as long (or short) as it needs to be. But it’s not that simple. Buyers equate length with value. So you need to bear in mind the eventual selling price to ensure you give value – but that the same time avoid making your book too costly to produce and sell too.

How many chapters do you need ?

I’m sure there are good books without chapters, but probably not many. So think what your chapters will be, and what their individual boundaries will be.

Again, I’m a firm believer that the content should dictate this. Books should break down into chapters naturally by content. Then again, too few chapters or too many chapters can be unappealing to readers. If you’re not sure try experimenting with different chapter plans before you get down to writing.

Structuring each chapter

It’s often a good idea to think of each chapter as a book-within-a-book. Or perhaps an act within a play. In other words each chapter should make sense in itself whilst at the same time contributing to the whole book.

Also think about whether, and how, each chapter needs to be sub-divided. With a fiction book it probably won’t be necessary. But non-fiction books are often better when broken down into sub-sections and even sub sub-sections. So work out how you’re going to divide each chapter and be consistent in every chapter.

What front and end matter do you need ?

It is easy to overlook what front and end matter (also known as prelim or back matter respectively) you might need. But these are things that can really help turn a good piece of writing into a great book.

You might need one or more of the following, and it’s a good idea to think about this before you start writing:

* A preface, which explains what your book is about.

* A foreword, which is often an introduction or endorsement from a third party.

* A list of contents.

* Acknowledgements.

* A bibliography.

* A prologue, and an epilogue.

* Appendices.

* A glossary.

* Jacket copy – including some copy about the book and the author.

* Don’t forget the index too, Here’s a useful article covering indexing.

Tip. Writing some of the front and end matter before you start writing the book can be a very good way to help you decide if the book is a good idea in the first place – and if you really have what it takes to write it!

Whatever kind of book you’d like to write I hope that will help you to organise your thoughts and structure it professionally. If you’d like some help with writing and creating your book you might find my Services For Writers useful.

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How to make money as a writer. The plain truth !

Today I’d like to talk to you about something that is pretty fundamental to the whole business of making money as a writer.

You see, going back a few years now when I first started (more than a few years I have to say!) making money from writing was a relatively straightforward business. You wrote a book. Or maybe you wrote articles. You found a publisher for them. They paid you for them.

Simple. It as all very ‘route one’ if you like.

Today however things have changed quite a bit. Although writing and selling articles and books or whatever still works, now you need to look at the wider picture.

Here’s what I mean by that: Instead of just selling your writing, look at how you can use your writing talents in some kind of writing-based business. That is, some kind of business were writing is a big part of the product or the service that you sell but not necessary the service itself.

There are a few good reasons why I recommend you look at this approach: It’s easier to do. There are more customers, not just publishers. You stay in control of what you write. In many ways it’s more interesting. Ultimately you can make a lot more money from it too.

There are lots of different ways you can make money from writing in some kind of writing based business. Too many to cover in a shortish letter like this. But here are a few ideas I think you might be interested in:

* Blogging is a great way of making money from writing. So think about setting up a blog. Perhaps something hobby or interest related. You can then sell products and services from your blog, perhaps using affiliate schemes.

* You can even make money from blogging without having a blog! One way of doing that is to write content for blogs for other peoples’ blogs.

Here’s an article that looks at setting up a blogwriting service.

* Social media is booming right now. You could offer a service writing Facebook posts or Twitter tweets for companies. I have a few clients who I write social media content for. The main advantage of this kind of writing service is that it is short and quick to do.

* Set up a CV service, writing curriculum vitaes or resumes for other people.There are lots of people who are looking for a job who would appreciate help with this.

* Do ghostwriting for other writers. Perhaps those who don’t have the time or talent to write what they want to write.

Here’s an article about ghostwriting.

One idea I’ve looked into recently – and which I think offers a lot of scope – is to offer an autobiography writing service. There are thousands of autiobiographies published every year and I’d guess only a minority of them are written by the subject themselves.

Check out this article on Make Money Writing.

* Take and sell photographs, either with or without writing. In today’s digital age there’s huge demand for original images. You can sell your photos to publishers, list and sell them on photo library sites, or sell them as prints or photo products.

I could go on and on. But these are just a few ideas for ways you could make money from writing which don’t involve just writing as such.

In future I think the writers who make most money from writing will be those who exploit writing business opportunities just like these.

If you’re interested in writing business opportunities let me know what kind of opportunities might appeal to you. Also keep checking back with Make Money Writing – I’ll be posting up new articles on writing biz opps from time to time, alongside my regular tips and advice.


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Your book idea …. what happens next?

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So you have an idea for a book you’d like to write. Maybe it’s a bouncing baby of an idea you’ve been nursing for some time. Or just the tiniest little new born that only emerged into the big wide world a few days ago.

What should you do next?

What are the next steps towards turning an idea into a happy, healthy, successful book and hopefully enjoying fame and fortune? (Well fame would be nice but, if that’s not possible, the fortune will do just fine!)

Well this is my very best advice to you:

Whatever you do, don’t rush off and start writing it right away.

It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve had a book idea – something I was really passionate about – and put pen to paper there and then . A day or two later it’s all ended up in the back of a drawer because my idea wasn’t quite as good as I thought.

So what do I suggest?

Once you have an idea for a book, fiction or non fiction, what you need to do is PAUSE and THINK before you start writing. Does your idea stack up? Does it have legs as a potentially successful and profitable book?

Here are some tips you might find helpful in progressing an idea into a book:

* Will anyone else be interested in reading your book? You’re the author (or will be). You obviously love your book idea. But you need to have a long, hard think (and I really do mean a long, hard think) about whether other people will love it as much or ideally more than you do.

* Will people be willing to actually buy your book? It’s quite a big leap to make from seeing a book you like the idea of on a bookshop shelf (or online) and actually buying it.

Think of it this way: Would you buy your book? Would you part with your hard earned cash to buy a copy of it? Do you like it so much that you would carry it home, or wait eagerly for several days for it to be delivered? Yes? Well that’s a good start.

* Are there several potential publishers for your book? Do some research. See what the publishing market is like for that type of fiction or non fiction topic.

Ideally you need to make sure there are at least five or six publishers for books on that subject, who might be interested in taking a look at your idea, rather than just one. This increases the odds of getting a book deal by five or six times and so on.

If there aren’t any obvious publishers for your book idea then self publishing could be worth considering. But bear in mind that’s a different proposition entirely.

* Are there any other books on the same or similar lines? And how well did they sell/how well are they selling?

If there aren’t similar, existing books ask yourself why. The chances that no one else has thought of the idea before are actually quite slim. (It could be that it’s not really a viable idea.)

The fact is, your book doesn’t have to be a totally original and unique idea. Normally it’s a good thing if there are other similar books published and selling, as it’s shows there is interest in the subject. (Although obviously you should have your own twist on the idea and, ideally, something that will make your book even better than the existing ones.)

* Have a go at writing an outline for your book. At the very least this should be a list of chapters with a few notes on what each will cover. (And, if it’s a fiction book a list of the main characters with a few notes on each.)

If you find this hard, writing the book will be even harder. If you find this easy, enjoyable, even fun then that bodes very well for your idea.

By the way, you don’t necessarily need a title at this stage. In fact, sometimes starting with a good title and trying to write a book to follow on from that is hard work. If your idea is good a great title idea will turn up sooner or later.

* Next, try writing a chapter. Or at the very least a few pages of a chapter. This doesn’t have to be the first chapter … although it’s good if it is as that is frequently the hardest.

Keep plugging away until your sample is finished. Was it harder than you expected …. or did it flow easily from your pen (so to speak), leaving you eager to write more? If so, wonderful!

* DON’T ask friends or family for advice. In my experience this is absolutely one of the worst things you can do as a would-be author. You’re likely to get one of two replies: Either your family/friends won’t want to upset you, so they’ll tell you your idea is fantastic when, possibly, it isn’t. Or your family/friends won’t want you to fail. So they’ll tell you your idea won’t work when, potentially, it could be a best seller.

Neither piece of advice is very helpful. So, unless your family/friends happen to be successful writers, or in the publishing business, don’t even mention it to them.

* But …. do, do DO take independent, expert advice. This really should be your next step. Get a second opinion from people who know what they’re doing. For example, editors, publishers, agents or ideally other experienced writers.

In book publishing, as elsewhere, people who’ve been-there-and-done-that are the best people to help you decide if your idea is really worth taking forward and help you to develop it into a book properly.

For example, take a look at what my own Criticism & Advice Service might be able to offer you. My Criticism & Advice Service can help you decide whether your book idea is worth taking further, whether it is likely to sell, and which publishers might be interested in taking it on. I can also help with improving your basic idea, plotting and structuring, creating and writing an outline and even putting a book proposal together to send to a publisher.

More details here. This service is totally impartial and risk free. It’s designed to make the whole complex process of taking your idea and turning it into a successful book as easy and pain free as it can possibly be.

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How About Becoming A Food Writer ?

Make Money Writing Food

In a world of novels and short stories this might seem a bit of an odd idea, but there are many good reasons why you should write about food ….

It’s a huge market. Everyone needs food. Everyone eats food. Most people are interested in reading about food in some way. In a publishing world where sales of many types of books are struggling food and cookery books are actually a growing area.

The food writing market can be very profitable too. Famous chefs have literally made millions by writing about food. Jamie Oliver has apparently sold 10 million cookbooks and in the process made £126 million from them.

Another good reason is that there are lots of individual opportunities within the food writing and publishing industry too. So there’s something for every budding writer.

You could start in a simple way by writing single recipes for magazines and websites. You could write a recipe or food-related book. Another opportunity which is big at the moment is to set up a food-related blog and then sell products and services on the back of it.

Food related articles are another big area of opportunity. If you’re interested in writing and selling articles take a look at my Article Writing Course.

If you’re interested in getting involved in food writing here are a few pointers:

* Look further than just recipes. Although recipe publishing is a good opportunity you can also write about food-related topics, such as cooking techniques, health and diet tips or catering for occasions like dinner parties or barbecues.

One opportunity to consider is travel orientated food writing, writing about food from other countries or regions. If that sounds like it could be for you take a look at myTravel Writing Course.

* Don’t forget drink. You could write about wine, or beer, cocktails or soft drinks – for example healthy smoothies are still a big trend.

* Find a niche within the vast overall food writing market. This is the best way to get your name and your writing noticed. Plus you can’t hope to cover every type of food or drink.

Go for something you enjoy. Or perhaps something that is connected with your area/region that would also be popular worldwide. Millions have been made writing about Italian cookery for example. Does your area have a local food or type of cuisine that the world would love to read about? (In mine it’s rhubarb, yes honestly, although I’m not so sure the world wants to read about it!)

* Look for trends, if you want to maximise your sales. Think about the latest trends in food and eating. Read other books and magazines for ideas. For example at the moment recipes that cater for special diets, or intolerances/allergies, are big business.

* Where to find ideas? Personal and old family recipes are perfect. Or, although you should never copy anyone else’s recipes, you can modify them and add your own twist. (All the big TV chefs do this.)

* A picture paints a thousand words so far as food writing is concerned. A great picture that shows a tasty, appetising dish is a great way to encourage your reader to read (and buy) your work. So as you’re developing recipes, photograph each stage as well as the finished product. You might be able to earn more by selling your photos too.

* Get to know the market for the type of food writing you’re planning, before you actually put pen to paper. Know who publishes what you want to write, and consider if they might be interested in buying your articles/book ideas.

Self publishing can also be a good option. There are lots of successful self-published recipe and food books. The best ones have sold tens of thousands of copies – some going for a self published book.

Ultimately, if you wanted to become a celebrity chef or foodie with the income to match it’s not impossible. When writing about food the world is really your oyster!

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