7 Most Simple Steps to Begin Earning A Living As A Writer
Earning a living as a writer depends on your you, your tenacity and your determination. It is up to you to decide on your characters and plot developments in such a way that it harnesses the attention of the reader. However, once that is all done, how do you begin earning a living as a writer of these short stories? Here are 7 Most Simple Steps to Begin Earning A Living As A Writer that will most certainly help you to live your passion.
7 Most Simple Steps to Begin Earning A Living As A Writer
1. Where To Publish
The key factor of earning from your short stories is to realize that this is now your business. You need to see your writing as a sell-able item. Publishers wish to sell their products, which may include anthologies, books, magazines and various other products. Take a look at these really great high-paying publishers.
2. Get Recognized
Another great way of having your work published is to write for websites. You can have an opportunity to showcase your work as a guest blogger and thereby obtain links which you can use as future reference to your published work. You may also consider creating your own write-from-home-business.
3. Remember The Three R’s
Although there is a lot of doom going around that websites don’t pay. Some do. Many have much to say about the acceptance levels of articles. Sure, but ensure that your story is relevant, well researched, and grammatically readable. The three very important R’s of writing 🙂 Submit your articles for links, get your work out there and then head off for the well-paying sites.
Nothing showcases your writing skills better than winning a writing contest! The prize money may really surprise you too!
5. Find Constant workflow.
Writing for a living is not the easiest, but it offers you the opportunity to put pen to paper, to share your thoughts and dreams. If you are needing constant workflow, subscribe and receive freelance writing jobs emailed to you.
6. Be Bold
As many will agree, the freelance writing business has become rather cut-throat. Therefore, use your social media platforms as a means to advocate your abilities and skills. Use every link you have to get your work out there on all the various relative platforms. You can showcase your skills by answering questions on forums .
7. Have fun!
First of all, and this step may sound rather wishy-washy, inspired writing is far more meaningful and in addition it gives people a reason to return to your work. Keep writing for the passion of writing.
There are many sites out there that you can visit, Write For A Profit is a very straight-forward site that offers free ebooks, tutorials and videos on how to improve your writing… and much more.
I trust this article helps you. Please feel free to contact me with any queries or suggestions you may have. I would love to hear from you and will gladly research any subject that may be of value to readers. So do pop me an email or leave your comments below.
Get ready to showcase your writing skills! I trust you will find a contest within these 7 free writing contests that will suit your talents. Take note that Guardian Angel Kids is offering four various submission themes, so technically you have 11 contests to choose from, and FYI, the highest paying contest is Real Simple offering $3,000 cash prize!
Earn up to $400 per article in this weeks 7 Paying Ideas to Showcase your Writing Skills! Be sure to check out the Penguin House Roll of Thunder contest!
7 Paying Ideas to Showcase your Writing Skills
#1 Backcountry Magazine
Backcountry Magazine welcomes queries and speculative submissions for all editorial departments but will take no responsibility for them.
Send us researched, original ideas with a strong backcountry hook, from current events to prolific characters to unique destinations. We are always looking for Feature ideas, as well as Destination stories for our Route Finding Department.
Payment: $0.35 per word.
Photographs paid according to placement up to $400. Read More.
As the complete beading resource, Bead&Button magazine publishes innovative and imaginative projects that challenge and inspire readers to learn, grow and excel. As helpful partners in beading, Bead&Button’s editors fully test projects for clarity and dependability so that readers can master the skills needed to create beautiful, wearable projects. Read More.
#3 Outdoor Canada
As Canada’s authoritative outdoor magazine, we expect our outdoor writers experts in their fields. All features must provide the latest, most reliable information; they must also be well-researched and original. Most articles run from 1,500 to 2,500 words, while shorter pieces can run from 100 to 700 words.
Payment: from $100 for short articles to $400 and up for features. Read More.
We look for lively, penetrating material unencumbered by jargon or academic argument. We prefer well-researched, objective, and grounded unsentimental pieces in one or more religious or cultural tradition; articles that focus on dreams, visions, or other very personal experiences are unlikely accepted. Direct all articles related toward the theme of an issue.
Poetry, short fiction, and tangents are all accepted.
Article payment generally ranges from $150 to $400.
The payment for epicycles and book reviews is $75. Read More.
#5 Range Report
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) publishes The Range Report. Its intent is to offer information that will help shooting range owners, operators and officers manage ranges in a professional, environmentally sound and economical way while providing their shooters with the best experience.
Payment: up to $500.
Payment for photographs: $50 to $100, depending on size. Read More.
#6 Roll Of Thunder Publishing Contest
Penguin Young Readers celebrates this momentous publication by launching a début children’s fiction contest to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14. Submit your manuscript for a book about diversity for ages 8-14 and you could receive a publishing contract from Penguin Random House LLC!
Payment: up to $400 for full-length features. [Expired]
#7 Traditional Bowhunter
Our hunting stories generally emphasize do-it-yourself, unguided hunts except in circumstances in which a guide is legally required.
Payment for unsolicited short features ranges from $150 to $250. Payment for assigned columns is $300. Payment for features is $300 to $400. Cover images pay $400.
Book reviews pay $75 for 600 to 800 words in length.
Short features up to 1500 words are also accepted for online publication on our website. payment is $50 for text and photographs. Read More.
Trusting these 7 Paying Ideas to Showcase your Writing Skills will inspire you to keep on writing. Do contact me if there is anything further I could assist you with. Remember to check out Guest Blog For Us if you have a story you would wish to showcase here at The Write Styles.
As a freelance writer, the ideal is to have people find you to do work, but what about those quiet periods? Or perhaps you are facing writers’ block and need some ideas to get you going. These 13 popular websites for freelance writing jobs may just be what you’re looking for.
AGNI regularly features emerging writers and is known for publishing many great writers early in their careers. The print magazine appears twice annually, however their website grows bi-weekly postings of online-only essays, fiction, interviews, poetry and reviews. Their payments range up to $300 as they believe in paying writers well!
Boulevard’s interest lies in publishing the finest of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction written by unpublished or less experienced writers showing exceptional promise. If you believe you show these traits then submit works of up to 8,000 words.
Elance has made it really simple to join their platform. One simply needs a computer, internet, and skills, then your freelance profile does the rest to showcase you as a professional. You can also take their tests and display your results as proof of your abilities. Furthermore they have a freelancer manual for you to download as a guide to success.
Freelancer offers writers the opportunity to translate or write articles, or write content writing. However, their site is not limited to writing, one can also do Data Entry, Design, Mobile, Websites and IT, or even find local jobs. Their site is most diverse. They do have over 19 Million registered users and almost 9 Million jobs now posted. Read More
Guru allows you to search for over 5,600 jobs in any category. They especially cater for the IT, Web, Design, Writing and Sales. Although they do also offer Engineering, Management and Legal side too. They do offer you a means to showcase previous work to back up any proposals.
Helium offers varied freelance work for professional writers, ranging from articles, blog content, to custom content, to managing solutions and overseeing entire editorial processes.
#7 Home Jobs Directory [expired]
Home Jobs Directory is a simple method on how to work from home, for a real and immediate cash return, every single day. With them you can choose from Pre-Screened Online Jobs ranging from article writing, Admin Work, Clerical Work and Proof Reading to Transcribing, Graphic Design, Web Design and more.
Onlineflexjob.com creates online flex jobs for people looking for a solid flexible career. Complete a short application to match you with companies looking for processors that fit your profile. This is an equal opportunity offer with no discrimination in regards to age, race, sex, education, employment history and references are not necessary. Everybody has an equal opportunity of processing offers for their company.
#9 Real Writing Jobs [expired]
Real Writing Jobs offers users assistance finding paying writing jobs so they can work from home, set their own hours, work directly online, and earn an excellent income. They will pay you to write articles and stories, help you to improve books and movie scripts, and they give you can create content for thousands of blogs while receiving your cash the same day!
The New Yorker accepts short fiction, even welcomes humorous short fiction for their ‘Shouts & Murmurs’ Section. They accept poetry submissions as well as cartoons too. Popular belief is that The New Yorker is not the easiest to have your article published, but it is well possible, and it will most definitely give your portfolio a cutting-edge of note! So good luck with this one 😉
Threepenny Review is a quarterly magazine interested in your article, poem, or story of up to 4,000 words. They also have a more humorous ‘Table Talk’ piece regarding Art, Literature, Memoir or Theatre to submit articles under 1,000 words. Payment averages between $200 – $400 per submission.
Treehouse has a diverse range of topics, but give preference to design, freelancing and productivity. Democratization of technical education is their main impact. Their students learn at their own pace and become job ready within months.
#13 WorkListing [expired]
WorkListing.org offers users easy, independent work, the scheduling is flexible and requires no experience. Albeit this is a popular site for work, personally I would feel this is more of an extra-income filler job than an income.
May these 13 popular websites for freelance writing jobs really come in useful and grant you some financial freedom too. Wishing you all the best with your writing career.
This Week’s 14 Top Paying Ideas for Short Story Publishers
Having published Piotr Mierzejewski and Michele Barrow-Belisle’s articles this month, readers have been inundating The Write Styles asking where they too can have their short stories published. I did some digging around and came up with 14 Top Paying Ideas for Short Story Publishers to add to my previous publishing post.
#1 Apex Magazine
Apex Magazine publishes Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction. Visit their website to get a gist of the types of stories that they accept for publication.
Payment: $0.06 a word up to 7,500, plus an extra one cent per word per podcast. Read More.
Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine is looking for “character oriented” stories, where the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the reader’s interest. Sci-Fi dominates the fiction published in Asimov’s, but they do also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction.
8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words,
8 cents for each word over 7,500.
Asimov’s seldom purchases stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words, and don’t serialize novels.
They pay $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines. Read More.
#3 Cicada Magazine
CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fiction, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.) Their readers are smart and curious; they do invite submissions but they are not required to engage young adult themes. CICADA does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues.
Especially welcome are works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, gender-queer folks, and other marginalized people. Not welcome: cultural appropriation. Read More
*Cicada is now running a contest.
Creative Endeavors Contest: What You’re Carrying
What gear gets you through the day? Unpack your backpack, your purse, your fanny pack: in art, photography, or poetic ode, count the items you’ve got on you at this very moment. Deadline: May 31, 2016. Read More
#4 Clarkesworld Magazine
Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction. Monthly publications available on their website for purchase in e-book format and via electronic subscription.
Clarkesworld Magazine is currently open for art, non-fiction and short story submissions consisting of 1,000 – 16,000 words.
Payment: $0.10 per word for the first 5,000 words, $0.08 per word afterwards. Read More.
#5 Fantasy & Science Fiction
Fantasy & Science Fiction has no set formulas, they look for stories that appeal fantasy and science fiction readers. They do expect the sci-fi element present, however subtle as they have a lot of fantasy, but never enough humor or sci-fi.
Furthermore, only send full manuscripts up to 25,000 words as they do not accept queries, and make a point of reading their magazine before submitting.
Payment is 7 – 12 cents per word on acceptance. Read More.
#6 Harper’s Magazine.
Writers wishing to submit nonfiction to Harper’s Magazine may send queries via snail-mail, accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The magazine will neither consider nor return unsolicited nonfiction manuscripts.
Artists, illustrators, and photographers may send material in any format. Read More.
HeroesandHeartbreakers.com welcome original romance stories in all sub-genres (erotica, contemporary, paranormal/urban fantasy, women’s fiction/chick lit, historical, romantic suspense, etc).
They require short stories (15k – 30k words) as well as novellas (30k – 50k words) and category-length works (up to 60k). They will consider Novellas and category-length romances for publication as serials.
Payment: $1,000 to $2,000 advance (length dependent) against 25% Royalty. Read More
#8 Inter Galactic Medicine Show
Intergalactic Medicine Show are looking for fantasy and science fiction stories modeled around a PG-13 that are up to 17,500 words. They are wanting well-developed milieu and believable, engaging characters. They are also requiring clear, unaffected writing. Asimov, Niven, Tolkien, Yolen, and Hobb are better literary exemplars than James Joyce.
#9 Inter Galactic Medicine Show are also in need of Artists
All illustrations and artwork in Inter Galactic Medicine Show are by assignment. For consideration of art assignments, send samples of your work. (higher rates for professionals) Read More
#10 Lightspeed Magazine.
They are now closed for unsolicited submission, but will open during 2016. Normally they would accept stories between 1,500 and 10,000 words of original science fiction and fantasy novels.
Payment is 8 US cents per word. They do also accept reprints at 2 US cents per word. Read More.
#11 One Story
Submission period September 1st – May 31st.
One Story is seeking literary fiction. They do only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words of any style and on any subject as long as they are good. They are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and that are strong enough to stand alone.
Payment: $500 and 25 contributors copies. Read More.
#12 Strange Horizons
They want fiction with a speculative element up to 10,000 words, with preference of under 5,000 words. They are not a horror market.
Payment: 8 US cents per word. (minimum payment of $60) via PayPal or check. Read More.
#13 The Sun
The Sun publishes essays,fiction, interviews, and poetry. They favor personal writing, but are also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. Actually, The Sun seems open to just about anything. In fact they actually invite you to surprise them, as not even they know what they like until they have read it.
from $300 to $2,000 for essays and interviews,
$300 to $1,500 for fiction,
$100 to $200 for poetry.
Please do not send simultaneous submissions. Read More
This is an online Fantasy and Sci-Fi magazine publishing fiction and poetry, as well as nonfiction, 750 – 6,000 words, from writers of every conceivable background. They are seeking intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.
Well, that concludes your 14 Top Paying Ideas for Short Story Publishers, I trust this list will assist you. Do feel free to contact me if you wish to add to the list, or leave your additions in the comment section.
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A Writer’s Magic and Inspiration By Michele Barrow-Belisle
A blogger once described my writing journey so far as a Cinderella Story. He went on to explain how I’d landed an agent and a publishing deal, and that my debut novel had hit the bestseller list, sold audio and foreign language rights, and been optioned for a major motion picture. I remember pausing to reflect on his analogy for a moment, at first wondering if the “magic” of Cinderella took into account the blood, sweat and tears that went into getting my first book published. Then I smiled when I realized that, yes, it really did.Continue reading Writer’s Magic and Inspiration by Michele Barrow-Belisle→