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How Rookie Indie-Authors Achieve Success on a Limited Budget

Did you all miss me?

Yes, I took a one month hiatus in the middle of winter. Hibernation, so to speak. Er…not really. Spent a lot of time editing for the final book in the Original Lord of Columbia Trilogy entitled Missing in Columbia which will be out soon….very soon. Also, I was hard at work on my affiliate blog and of course, Lord of Columbia Series blog, but I didn’t forget about My Freedom Flame.

So, last month I spoke of how indie-authors can create a plan and today I hope to expand on the subject as to how rookie indie-authors can achieve success on a limited budget. I know a lot of us are doing the following:

1. Working a day job they’d rather be without.

2. Drowning in debt.

3. Refinancing or flat out defaulting on loans.

4. Have this urge to succeed in writing but we don’t know how we can build a business without capital.

Don’t worry, I’m here to give you some advice.

Want to know a secret?

Just a few months ago I was down to my last seven-hundred dollars, so I can relate to your pain.

I joined the Wealthy Affiliate Community and learned to blog. I learned how to at least get my site’s name into Google and Bing search engines. It was a cheap investment that started at a measly $19 a month; best nineteen dollars I’ve ever spent.

In fact, it taught me a lot of cool stuff and guess what?

You too can succeed on a limited budget.

As I’ve mentioned before, I also joined the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild in November 2017, which transformed my writing one-hundred-fold. His Guild isn’t open at the moment as it’s only open for a limited time throughout the year, but if you have a shot to join, I suggest you join.

Want to go inside the numbers?

Wealthy Affiliate costs me $585/year, and if I decide to go annual, $359/year.

Jerry’s Guild cost me $370 for the year.

So, we’re looking at a grand total $955 total throughout the year.

Throughout twenty-three months if I were to combine the two.

No, you don’t have to invest thousands in courses, so if you’re on a limited budget, follow me down the list here.

 

Invest in a Cost-Effective Book Cover

Did you know all three of my book covers for the Lord of Columbia Original Trilogy are pre-made?

The cover for Northern Knights cost $85. Ditto for Missing in Columbia. Swords of Destiny cost $95.
Grant total of $265.

What?

You don’t have that much, either?

No worries.

Back when I was vetting for a book cover, and you will vet, believe me, I came across a few that were as low as $30, so you can definitely find something to fit your budget here.

I would not hire someone from Fiverr for a book cover as I’ve seen them and you’d be better off making one for free, which you can do if you go to Canva. However, I recommend you not use Canva to create covers for books you plan to sell. Freebie e-books are fine, but not paid books.

 

Learn How to Self-Edit

While hiring a professional editor would be top-notch, they can charge as much as .02 cents a word. Had I hired someone to edit Northern Knights, it would’ve cost $1,600. Some of the better ones charge more, as much as a nickel per word. Yikes!

Most of us don’t have that kind of cash, but don’t worry, because self-editing really isn’t that hard once you learn tricks to the trade.

Which is why I recommend the Guild, something I tried myself and enjoyed learning. Okay, I enjoyed learning some new stuff after I found that the first drafts of Northern Knights sucked, but still.

Take your pick: $370/year, or $1,500+ per book edit.

Again, for those of us on a budget, we have to be smart with our money.

$1,500 is a little much.

At the very least, invest in a book that teaches self-editing.

Whatever you do, don’t use this blog or any other free source of information as your only information. We can teach you some, but the best thing to do is always, always, always find a mentor; even a virtual mentor.

Grammar Checkers Don’t Break the Bank

Grammarly and Pro Writing Aid are my two favorites. Grammarly is the one I have built into my laptop and it’s saved me countless times. I really never go a day without it.

On the other hand, Pro Writing Aid does have a freebie tool on its site and if you have any questions, Pro Writing Aid has the answers. It’ll tell you if your writing is fast or slow-paced, whether you used too many glue words, and much more. It gives you sentence length, word frequency, and if you’re running a chapter of fiction through it, how much unnecessary back story you’re using up.

Grammarly is my top choice due to the fact it’s readily available and will point out errors within seconds. It catches things other grammar checkers can’t and it’s free to install.

So, if you’re self-editing, take your grammar to the next level here with Grammarly or Pro Writing Aid, as in time, you will thank yourself. It’s one thing to self-edit to make the work interesting, but it’s a completely different ballgame when it comes to finding you forgot to put ‘the’ where it’s needed, ‘a,’ or any similar word.

 

Book Promotion is Fairly Priced

Books Butterfly has a Silver Eagle campaign running for $50. JustKindleBooks, one I used last December, has an $18 package. Book Runes costs a simple $25.

I’ll never tell you to invest in promotion I haven’t personally used. I’ve used all three and I plan on using more in time.
The above equals a grand total of $93. Three cheap promo packages sold me a grand total of nearly 600 copies of Northern Knights on its free days. It didn’t really come out of the wash, but for $93, I’ll take it.

As a rookie indie-author on a limited budget, I’ll really take it. Especially when my KENP has steadily increased, meaning in time, the promo may end up paying for itself.

Even if you don’t have the budget for $93, there are other options as well. I’ve come across bknights, which is a Fiverr-based promo site that charges $5-$10 for basic promotion. Per Reedsy, they’re a good deal. I’ve never tried them when it comes to freebies, but it shows what can be done even on a small budget.

 

My Investments

Okay, so I joined Wealthy Affiliate for site building, keyword research tools, site networking, and SEO practice for $558, bought my Lord of Columbia Series domain for $14, so we’re at $572.

I joined the Writers Guild the year before this, which cost $370, so we’re up to $942.

Add in the $265, and you get $1,207. Add $93, and we get a grand total of $1,300 that I spent from November 2017 and will spend to November 2019. Divide this by twenty-five months and you get a total of $52/month I’m investing in my indie-author business.

Do you have $52/month to spare?

And again, if not, there are cheaper ways, but for me to create the highest-quality product on my limited budget, I squeaked out $77/month and I mean I squeaked it out.

So, rookie indies, just because you have a small budget doesn’t mean there’s no hope out there. There is hope, and trust me, you will thank yourselves when you invest in something important to you. Invest in something beneficial to you.

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A Plan for Your Indie-Author Business

I’ve said it in at least two posts: most indie-authors never make a full-time living on their writing. The sad part is most of them can and would make such a living because I’m a firm believer in the fact most books will find an audience.

Even a small audience in an obscure genre or plot element will find a home. Somewhere, a readership will form. The problem is that many fail to build an indie-author business because they have not a single plan going into the game.

I’ve written a few posts in the past regarding goals and ways that indie-authors can boost their sales, but today I’m going even further and will outline a way for you to make a full-time living as an indie-author.

 

NOT A GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEME

I know, writing in all caps is equivalent to shouting, but it’s something I want to clear up immediately. What I’m about to show you is not a get-rich-quick scheme, so don’t think for a single second you can quit your dreaded day job and become a successful indie-author by simply implementing these steps.

My way will give you a roadmap that will get you to your destination if you take the time to treat your books or book series as a full-time business. Yes, if you have two full-time jobs, welcome to the big stage.

You think working 40-50 hours a week at a day job is tough, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Hey, if this were easy we’d all be doing it, so I hope you’re up for a challenge, which is another reason why a lot of aspiring (fill in the blank in a field of your choice) fails. They’re unwilling to put in the time and effort required to see their dream through.

Everyone wants to live their dream, but few are willing to put in the work to make their dream a reality. Ironically, these are the same people who are miserable at their own day jobs, so maybe they just don’t like to lift a finger and contribute in any way to society.

Sorry for the harsh words, but there are a lot of dreamers that just expect success to find them and these are the same people envious of those who are successful. Listen, unless your name’s Paul Menard, it’s not going to happen.

 

Storytime: Who is Paul Menard?

Paul Menard is a professional NASCAR driver whose father, John Menard Jr. founded Menards Inc., the third largest home improvement company in the nation behind Lowe’s and The Home Depot.

Long story short, Menard is a mediocre driver whose experienced one win at NASCAR’s highest level over the past fourteen seasons. His father sponsors his racecar and according to NASCAR legend Tony Stewart, Menard’s father “writes hefty checks to buy his son a ride.”

So, unless you’re Paul Menard, success finding you, albeit on a yearly basis of embarrassment over the course of thirty-six weeks, is rare. You’d be more likely to discover your favorite Pokémon exists.

This isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme, so if you think it is, go somewhere else. I want workers for this operation.

 

Step One: Identify a Target Audience

Who are you writing for?

If you read my dedication page for Northern Knights, I mention Libertarian America. Boom, done, Libertarian America is the target market.

BUT!

Libertarians tend to disagree with one another on what they perceive to be Libertarian issues and non-Libertarian issues. I can go on forever about this.

You have your Green Libertarians, Paleo-Libertarians (um, that’s me), Libertarian Socialists, the list is insane.

But I’m more Rothbardian in nature, hence my preference for the Paleo sector. Libertarians everywhere might disregard my work for not being Libertarian enough because:

a) My main character starts a war, and

b) The enemy colors happen to be anarchocapitalist and voluntarist colors of black and yellow…I’m a Cleveland Browns fan, people, hence the color scheme of this site, Lord of Columbia Series, which can be accessed here, and even my book covers.

Before I scare you all away with politics, I’m stating this because it shows how narrow a target audience must get. There are a lot of Libertarian sub-sectors, I’ll call them, but only select groups of these sub-sectors will be interested in the work.

Why do we even need a target audience?

Because people who read Nora Roberts aren’t reading anything by Todd Matthews, so why the hell would we bother with people who won’t read our work? Likewise, my reading audience probably won’t be reading Nora Roberts.

So, identify that target audience. Ask yourself who will read your book. These are the people who need to know your work exists but the only way they’ll find out is if you show them the work.

 

Step Two: Work Within a Niche

Much like a target audience, by working within a niche you can bring people to you either via a blog or social media. While a blog, in time, will grant you far more traffic and social media won’t even take you to minor celebrity status.

But search engines can, and it’s all about knowing how to blog within a niche to make your work visible.

This is true for both fiction and nonfiction writers. You need to have an audience for your work to become visible and a live blog to keep people coming back to your site while driving new traffic each day. Only a blog can do this. And it’s cost effective.

How much does a blog cost?

You need a domain and webhosting, plus a vibrant theme, so it’ll cost a few, but nowhere near what social media promotion will. Also, Google doesn’t charge for ranking unless you pay for AdWords, which will put your business at the top of a listing if a keyword within your blog is searched.

Now, this is a slow process and you’ll toil away in obscurity for a time, sometimes as long as twelve months. But you know what? Keep churning and moving, because Google will reward you. On my NFL blog, Get Pro Football Apparel, Google’s trust of my site has increased by 40% over the past five months.

The key isn’t to add content, but to add relevant content readers are searching for. Investing in a keyword tool like Jaaxy will work wonders here, as it shows you what readers are searching for.

 

Step Three: Promote, Promote, Promote

I’ve heard mixed reviews regarding Amazon KDP Select, but a lot of authors love it because it gives their books a chance for exposure with its Kindle Countdowns or Free Promotions.

For new authors, you will give away far more books than paid sells, but it’s worth it in the end.

One indie-author who makes a full-time living off their books earned about $95 in royalties their first year, but gave away a lot of books….thousands. They promoted like crazy when the free promo days came, and Amazon gives you five of these every ninety days. Kind of cool, right?

If you’re a new author, you need to be active in free promotion by signing your book up for promos with Freebooksy, Books Butterfly, or something similar.

 

Go For It

Okay, now that you know what it takes to make a formative business plan, it’s time for you to go for it and start creating.

I’ll be back with another installment soon with a more advanced plan that comes once your initial readership is exposed to your work.

Note that what you see here is the formative stage, which will take one to two years, I’m afraid, but if you keep going, make your way through the dark times, and stay consistent, you will find success. And I heard once you find success, it will follow you.

What is the Average Income for Indie Authors?

 

The indie-author business is a tough one just like any online business these days, and the average income for indie-authors varies as well.

I posted previously that the average is around $500 per year in royalties, not even close to making ends meet for even a single month of rent anywhere in the United States.

However, I also said that it doesn’t need to be this way as most indies believe royalties will pile in the second they upload a manuscript.

Or, they might upload something that resembles an early draft with little to no editing. Once enough people read, or try to read, the book, it’s game over for that author.

So much can go wrong and so little can go right in the indie-author world, but today I’m showing you all that can go right and boost your own income over time.

 

Rookie Season

Okay, so if you’re in your first or second year as an indie, it’s going to be a rough outing.

Why?

Nobody knows your name and you could have a book out there that’s better than Harry Potter but why would a reader new to your name choose your work which just launched with zero reviews over a proven product like Harry Potter?

Chances are, they probably won’t, so just like when you start a new job, you need to realize your place in the pecking order. That’d be the bottom, so enjoy the basement life for a bit.

Most rookie indies won’t make jack, including well-established names raking in seven-figures, so don’t worry if your royalty count for year one and year two reaches a grand total of $200.

The first year is all about getting your name out there, as well as your second year.

You do this by doing the following:

1. Go to where the readers are. Enroll your books in KDP Select since, while you must give exclusivity to Amazon, you also earn five free giveaways every 90 days.

But the sad truth is people still won’t buy the book and you’ll be lucky to see a little over one-hundred sales. So, let’s go to the next step:

2. Invest in book promotion.

There are hundreds of thousands of readers on the email lists of Freebooksy and Books Butterfly, among others. Note I didn’t mention Book Bub, since it’s rare for anyone to get accepted onto it even if you have a killer work. We’ll try for Book Bub and their 7,000,000 email list later.

If you want to test the waters with paid book promotion, there are a lot of options, which allowed me to sell around 250 copies over my last free period, which worked rather well. This time around, I’m looking to go with Books Butterfly before Freebooksy a couple months after.

Notice we’re giving the book away more than anything else.

Why?

We want two things:

Reviews and rankings.

That’s all you’ll need for the first year or two.

 

Ads. Do They Work?

I would point to yes and there are dozens of ways to use them to get your author name out there.

Newspaper, radio (yes these still exist), social media, Amazon, the list is endless. Marketing companies can do this. There are so many ways to get the name out there.

While you’ll have to pay some hefty prices for some ads, wouldn’t you think them to be more than worth it if it meant a steady income stream in the long run?

Again, I would point to yes.

So many indie-authors fail to make a full-time income doing what they love because they like to search for free ways to get their series out there or they’ll just create social media pages and think this will do the trick.

Remember a golden rule and that free is free, meaning it won’t get you far.

 

How to Really Earn Money as an Indie

Earning money with your own products isn’t an easy task for anyone, especially if you’re new.

It’s like running a Tough Mudder with the hardest obstacles staring you down within the first few miles.

That said, you will have to pay a lot of money to get a head start in this field in terms of promotion and advertisement. It might mean working more hours at your dreaded day job. It might mean needing a second job to pay for production costs.

You just don’t know until you crunch some numbers.

Think of being an indie-author as being in business for yourself. Being self-employed. Being a business owner.

Name me a single business owner who started their own company that didn’t invest capital into their own business.

Why would you think being an indie-author makes you exempt from that rule?

You should be investing in the following:

1. A professional cover.

2. Paid promotion.

3. A blog.

4. A keyword tool.

5. Social media ads (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest are the Big Three).

6. Newspaper ads (these still work, by the way).

A decent book cover will cost $60 at the very least. Paid promo ranges between $25 and $50 for something that’s halfway decent. Something like Freebooksy will cost about $100, but the results speak for themselves.

Blogs won’t cost too much to uphold. I pay $49/month at the Wealthy Affiliate platform as WA is a course complete with a community of millions dedicated to helping you perfect your blog. It’s worth the $49/month or $349/year investment. My keyword tool comes with the WA package, too.

Finally, set a budget for ads and do your own ad campaigns.

 

Bonus Tip!

Create an email list. You can do this by giving something away in exchange for an email. MailChimp has a free option which works well for up to 2,000 emails before they start charging you by the month.

You can create a work, upload it to Prolific Works, and start collecting emails, create a landing page on your blog, there are so many avenues you can undertake here.

So, if you’re struggling to find an audience, try my tips and see how much you can and will earn in time.

Five Benefits to Creating a Novel Series

There’s always the old standalone versus series debate and whether it’s better to write one standalone novel as opposed to a multiple-book novel series.

While there’s nothing wrong with writing standalone, authors wishing to earn steady passive income should always opt to write a series as it can do things standalones can’t.

Here is a quick-hit list of five benefits writing a series can bring you.

 

No Reinvention of the Wheel

That’s right.

You already have your characters and while there’s definitely need for more as the series progresses, you have a main cast who will likely see the series through.

For that reason, you can say good-bye to reinventing a whole new cast of characters. This will save you a lot of time in the beginning stages of each new work.

Also, readers have become close to specific characters and by the end of each novel should be craving to find their eventual fates throughout each book and the series finale, whenever you should choose to write one.

You just saw two benefits with only the first headline.

So, what are some of the others?

Let’s find out.

 

Readership

Yes, you already have a readership with a series. As shown in Reason One, readers come close to the characters.

However, they might become close to the plot elements themselves.

Look at Northern Knights, where there are so many themes related to the work, such as 1) Libertarianism, 2) National Sovereignty, 3) Voluntarism, 4) Bill of Rights, 5) Anti-Police, 6) Anti-Intervention, 7) Anarchocapitalism, the list goes on and on.

I’ve often stated I loved Harry Potter not because of J.K. Rowling or the characters, but the overall plot elements running through the entire series, the themes, and the messages.

Reading the work sparked positivity in me because I agreed with many of the messages whether it was Rowling’s intention or not.

So, your readers might be close to the characters but others will be in love with the messages stemming from your plot.

You’re building an active readership in all avenues with one single series.

Rather than writing standalones, which might make a case for finding a new reading audience, you can keep your audience time and again with however many books you decide to write in one series.

 

A Series Creates a Brand

Yes, you can brand yourself as an author but you can also brand a series. While I’ve read many articles advocating against this, including articles from my favorite indie-authors, I’ve come to disagree.
In doing so, I created this web site for my Lord of Columbia Series.

A series can be a brand of its own and from experience of successful indie-authors utilizing this tactic is where I rest my case. While I still advocate for authors to brand themselves, it still is wise to brand the series.

Readers will read a series if they’re interested in it.

For instance, they will say they love Game of Thrones, not that they love George R.R. Martin.

Ditto for Tolkien, Rowling, C.S. Lewis, etc.

It’s going to be Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Chronicles of Narnia over the authors themselves.

Again, these authors, well, the modern ones anyway, will always have their own brand, but they all realize the series brand will take them so much farther than their own, personal author brand.

 

Additional Cash Flows

No one’s going to wear a t-shirt with your face on it, but they might wear one with your characters’.

A series is a potential gold mine that goes farther than just books; you can build an entire franchise around it unlike a standalone. While possible, it would be way harder to build around a standalone work unlike what it would be like to build around a series.

T-shirts, apparel, memorabilia, the possibilities here are endless.

For instance, if I wanted to sell tees with the Lord of Columbia Series characters on them, I could do so easily, which will likely come in due time.

Some readers might be close to the Columbian coalition, or whatever, and by designing shirts with the logo and colors, they will trek to an online shop.

Again, a standalone can do this, but it’s easier when people know a series. With Harry Potter, I see people wearing merchandise of their Hogwarts House time and again, which is just one of many examples in Harry Potter.

Your franchise doesn’t have to be that big, but it can and will be beneficial enough to make a full-time living doing so in time.

 

Binge Culture

Yes, we live in a culture these days where people want everything this instant. It’s why Netflix is so popular.

It’s why people spend entire days watching marathons. The same goes for books.

The more books you have available in a single series, the higher the potential of you selling them in bulk.

If a reader or readers find your book covers and work captivating, you just found an audience willing to buy every single book you have available in that series.

Just like your marathon viewers, readers will be spending days (or weeks) reading your work.

Have five books out in a series and each are priced at $4.99 in e-book format? That’s $25 and after the 70% royalty from Amazon gives you about $17.50 in profits.

Compare that to just one standalone.

Or, if your reader prefers paperback and each are priced at $15 apiece, you just earned $75 before royalties and deductions for production costs, which for Amazon equals about $3.50 in profits per book, or $17.50 altogether.

Thousands binge, so the potential, especially in today’s global market, is endless.

Six Ways to Make Money Online Writing

I covered a few ways in earlier posts to make money online writing, but today I’m providing a list that you can use at your disposal to make money online as a writer.

First and foremost, don’t quit the dreaded day job that you hate just yet or within the next year. My list isn’t composed of miracle work, nor should it be used as a get-rich-quick scheme.

Instead, you have a little hub toward profit generation as a writer as long as you:

1) Are patient with yourself.

2) Realize the need to treat writing like a job.

In other words, there are no three clicks to instant cash or anything like that, but if you want to read those articles, feel free but I can guarantee that you’re going to get scammed and still be looking for the nonexistent magical formula this time next year.

So why not get a head start?

How can you generate online income as a writer?

Let’s find out.

Publish Fiction

Listen, Amazon is going to give a self-published author 70% royalties if their book is priced at $2.99 or higher.

In other words, say if you sell 27 books a day at $2.99, you just made a little over $20,000 in an entire year at 70%. Sell 27 at $4.99? $34,000, and a living income in some areas in America.

But again, there’s always that catch, because selling 27 books per day requires an uphill battle with advertisement and book promotion.

So get ready to make a few investments along the way if you really want to succeed at this.

The clear upside is if you turn this into a business and your published works into a book series, you’re clicking.

Publish Nonfiction

Perhaps you prefer to write nonfiction or creative nonfiction.

Well, the same concept applies.

If you’re a hybrid author, congratulations. You just made some money off yet another cash flow.

But again, you have to work on your projects long after you publish them. I can’t stress how important sound investments are, so don’t quit that day job you hate just yet, but I can assure you if you make the right investments, you will very soon.

Just imagine the looks on your boss’s and co-workers’ faces when you walk out that day making an income doing what you love.

Start a Blog and Monetize It

Starting a blog and monetizing it has yielded fantastic results since a writer can utilize multiple income streams.

By the way, your co-workers and maybe even that boss you just fired wants in on your secrets.

Fantastic.

You can publish an e-book to a blog and charge for digital downloads.

Fantastic, right?

You can also make money from Google ads, and Google AdSense will reward you for clicks.

Find that niche of yours. That passion, and go the freaking distance by creating relevant content to your blog and monetizing it with ads.

Again, you’re going to have to work hard at making this blog visible. Google won’t trust new sites, and each site has to prove its worth by providing high-quality information, or information that just stays on topic and within a site’s niche.

But once you find something you’re good at, what you’re passionate about, why not blog about it?

Even if you don’t like writing, start a blog. All you’re doing is communicating a point per post. The point in this post is to show you ways to make money online as a writer.

Anything can become a blog. There are relationship blogs, fitness blogs, sports blogs, you name it. I came across one blog today where the author’s niche was tractor trailers.

Anything is possible here.

Affiliate Marketing

Why stop at just monetization via Google AdSense when it comes to blogging?

Heck, you need to have more than just Google AdSense if you want to succeed and capture as much income as you can.

Why not sign up for affiliate marketing?

Sites like Amazon and eBay both have affiliate programs and are easy to get into.

On your niche blog, you can review products, both good and bad, create affiliate links, and bam, people can buy through your site.

Review products systemically, and Google will award you for your affiliate efforts. Don’t always provide affiliate links to every article, but when you see a product you feel needs reviewed, by all means review it.

In time, you will have enough traffic wishing to click through and get their hands on the product you’re featuring.

Easy, right?

Well, in time yes, but in the short-term, as in the first twelve to eighteen months, you’re responsible for an uphill battle that involves generating traffic.

On any blog you start, it’ll be an early battle, so whatever you do, don’t walk out of your dreaded day job.

The key is to persevere and not get discouraged. Building blogs will take time, and making a living off strictly affiliate marketing takes even more time.

Guest Blog

While guest blogging doesn’t always pay, it will grant you exposure and usually bloggers you guest post on will give you a chance to get your website into your author bio.

So, you’re either going to get paid or you’re going to get exposure, or both.

Either way, blogs that you can guest post on that generate a lot of traffic will likely send readers your way if they like your work.

So why not guest blog?

It’s something I need to get into doing more often, not once every six months. The publicity you can and will attain via guest blogging will lead to more web traffic and if you do have AdSenese or affiliate products on your site, you’ll make a few bucks in the process.

Freelance Write

Some of us can wear many hats and take on writing projects we’ve never seen before. If this sounds like you, why not freelance write?

A freelance writer can have a niche or two, but they can also have a broad spectrum from which to work.

If you can write about motocross and turn around to write about kitchenware, freelancing is for you. It’s not unusual for the freelance writer to write about fly fishing in one article and submit one later on about life in Manhattan.

Freelancers love writing about different topics and get bored with repetition.

If this describes you, try freelancing.

While the bigger jobs won’t come for a bit, win over small gigs and build yourself a resume.

Conclusion

Okay, we just covered six strategies on how to make money writing.

If any jumped out at you, start researching on different ways to make money in these six sub-fields in greater depth.

And yes, you can even undertake multiple writing niches at once and always feel free to take on all six.

Success in the matter is completely up to you and like I said, these strategies all require one thing: Work.

You need to work to earn your writer stripes, and if you despise your day job, it’s time to change your thought process and make ends meet.

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