If you’re reading this you’re probably hankering after becoming a writer. You probably fancy earning your living from writing. You probably dream about seeing your work in print and, of course, making money from it.
But is it really practical? Could you actually make it as a writer? Well, here are a few tips that I hope will help you along:
Start part time. It could take a year, maybe two or three to build up a reasonable income from writing so starting part time, perhaps alongside another job, is a great idea. Oddly, when you don’t need the money from writing it’s easier to write and be inspired.
Get known for something. Specialise in a particular type of writing, a particular subject/genre or a particular style. There are thousands of writers out there and doing this will help you stand out above the crowd.
Promote yourself. Big name writers have publicists or PR agencies who help keep their name in the news. You can do this yourself, in a smaller way. Set up a blog and post to it regularly. Use Twitter and Facebook. Offer yourself for interviews on whatever you want to write about in the media.
Here’s another reason why this is a good idea: You might actually get offered writing assignments, rather than having to ask for them.
Do more writing. Obvious perhaps, but often overlooked by new writers. But the more pieces of writing, synopses or ideas you send to publishers the better your chances of success.
Consider self publishing. This is a great way of showcasing yourself and your writing. It will help your name get known and also, once you’ve been published once, it’s much easier to get published again and again. Even if you don’t make a lot of money from it (and you might!) it should at least cover costs.
Here’s an article about self publishing which you might find useful: Four Different Ways To Self Publish
Keep at it …. and don’t be put off! It takes a lot longer to get yourself known as a writer than you might think …. which is why it’s a good idea to start part time. Don’t get disheartened by rejections along the way – the more rejections you suffer the closer you are getting to getting published.
I hope you’ve found these tips useful.