For most of us, it’s tough to make a living writing fiction. Unless you’re very lucky or have a patron or significant other subsidizing your writing, there’s a good chance getting there will take a lot of time and effort. Many writers deal with this by keeping their day jobs, while others prefer to fill in the gaps with freelance projects.
If you’re among the latter, here are some sites that offer training, job boards, or other financial opportunities for writers.
Money for Writers
This is a free subscription site that periodically sends out freelance writing opportunities. It may be a list of trade publications that pay $500, a list of fantasy & sf sites that pay for short stories,or a list of Chicken Soup for the Soul deadlines. Or any number of other freelance markets. Since it’s free, you can’t go wrong with it, but I suggest steering clear of the occasional list of content mills that comes through.
If you subscribe to the free version of this site, blog owner Bamidele Onibalusi will periodically send you lists of freelance writing markets and articles about freelancing. He does have a book for sale and a membership site, but there’s no pressure at all to do anything, just a lot of great content. He has a free list of blogs that pay, which you get when you subscribe (at no charge) to his email list.
Exactly what it sounds like: a place to find out about contests, grants, and markets. It offers three free newsletters and inexpensive e-books for writers. The site is run by C. Hope Clark, author of The Shy Writer.
I joined Carole Tice’s Freelance Writers Den more than a year ago and have never regretted it. The Den is a membership-based community of writers where, for $25 a month, you get unlimited access to boot camps and courses on things like building an author website, approaching clients, finding high-paying clients, writing query letters, and more. Some of the boot camps I’ve taken include writing newsletters, writing case studies, and writing effective copy. The focus in on writing articles and other nonfiction freelance writing opportunities, so if you’re looking strictly for fiction techniques or places to market your fiction, this isn’t it. However, if you’re looking to supplement your fiction writing with some freelance work of the nonfiction kind, the Den might be perfect for you.
The training alone is worth the monthly fee. But in addition to the training, there’s a forum where you can ask questions of Carol and the other den members, a resource library, and a job board with all the junk offers already sifted out. Sadly, the Den is only open at certain times of the year, but they do have a waiting list, so if you’re interested and they’re closed, you can get on the list.
There’s no obligation, so if you do decide to try the membership and decide it’s not for you, you can unsubscribe any time you like.
If you’d like to learn more about the Den, click on the banner. (This is an affiliate link, which means I get a small portion of the sale, like a referral fee. There is no additional cost to you. But if you’re uncomfortable with the idea, there’s a non-affiliate link below it. Of course, I appreciate your using the one that puts a few pennies in my pocket, but if you don’t, that’s okay. I’ll never even know.)
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Carol also has a helpful blog called Make a Living Writing. If you follow the blog and later decide to join the den, you’d be doing me a kindness to come back and click through from here.
I’ve been a member of Wealthy Affiliate since June 2016. It’s hands-down the most comprehensive training site for anyone considering creating a blog or website monetized by affiliate links. The training is extremely thorough, and there’s a supportive community.
Again, it’s geared toward nonfiction blogging, but much of the training here could easily be applied to an author website or a blog devoted to fiction.
The idea is that you choose a niche to write about. It should be something you’re interested in and have plenty to say about, something you could write articles about indefinitely. Pretty much anything could be a lucrative niche, though some (e.g., care of pet rats) have a smaller audience than others (e.g., health and nutrition) and might take longer to build traffic. On the other hand, a smaller niche can work out better because there’s less competition.
You use your writing about that niche to attract readers and establish your expertise. Over time, you can offer, through reviews or other content, some related products you think your audience would like. When they click the link to the product and buy it, you get a commission. In some cases, you get a commission on everything they buy there in the next 24 hours or longer.
If you think this might be interesting, you can learn more at this Q&A post and, if you don’t find your answers there, you can ask me in the comments.
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