Successful writers don’t write all the time. Market research, idea development and query letters fill the remaining hours, as well as administrative tasks like sending out invoices, paying bills etc.
Take a time assessment. Schedule some time for market research to sell more articles. You should write regularly, but not always for publication. Feel free to test new techniques. Write something just for you – journal, a short story, a poem or even just a scene. This is a safe environment for you to mine your emotions.
Create a Blog or Website to promote your editing, writing services, or sell your e-books. If you’ve published a few books, update the site with information about your latest novel.
Make a list of targets: List your target markets. Include the publications where excellent writing and top pay combine. Then targets for which you’d like to write regularly. The list will keep you focused and directed.
Study markets by reading past issues of the magazines you want to write for. Note publishers, agents and editors involved with them. Once you know the editors’ needs, you can become the freelancer that fills them. Always deliver on time, written to the specifications and you’ll have an ongoing source of assignments.
Joining a writers’ group is a good idea. Writing is an isolated career and you need to get out and hear other writers and get perspectives. Visit several until you find the right one. You want a blend of experience, including members who produce at a higher level than you do now. Find people who write regularly and are not afraid to share opinions in a constructive way.
Dream big! Best results often come from taking calculated risks. Send queries to dollar-a-word markets and don’t let the thought of rejection deter you. Set your sights high – there is always a publishing possibility. A positive attitude, savvy marketing and business basics will take your talent to the next level.
Even if you get a rejection, read it carefully, look for clues as to why it was a no-go. Pay attention to the comments, but don’t dwell on the rejection. Instead, use the information to prepare your next pitch.
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