There are many of us who are good writers. We all have a lot of ideas on our minds and also like to put them on print. How nice it would be if we can make some money out of it too! Is it possible? It is possible to make instant money out of your writings. I’m outlining the top three ways to earn from your writing skills. There are multiple avenues within each of them again. All three broad categories fetch money for you. An hour spent in writing is at least dollar worth in money. And you can get that money too. Most of the payments occur by Paypal, checks or direct bank transfers or as cash/ reward points, or gift vouchers. Here are the top 3 money-making avenues for writers:
Self-Publish your writings in the form of a book online
Create your book & get published. This is totally being on your own. Be at your creative best. Write stories, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, cookery, pottery, language tutorials or anything that you are well-versed in. There are a number of online self-publishing platforms like Balbon, Penguin’s and others. Some of them are not free. Choose a free self-publishing forum like Amazon Kindle or Createspace and publish the book yourself. You get to choose your price. Price it reasonably, neither too high nor too low, so that buyers get attracted to your books. Make sure that you describe about yourself and the book in the given space to give a snapshot to readers before buying. You can sales on soft copies as well as hard copies on your books. The money is credited on KDP sales and after accumulation of $100 on Createspace sales.
Get your writings published as books
Create your books and give it to a famous publisher for putting them up in the print market. If you are famous, then publishers will come seeking for you! Get all writings – scholarly or business or other genres – published into books. Publishers will pay you royalty as agreed upon in your contract. They will get reviews on your book. They will take the responsibility of promotions and marketing. Write on your favorite topics or the ones solicited by the publishers.
Put your writings as poems, stories or articles online
There are many internet websites where you can get paid for publishing blogs, articles, poetry, stories, recipes etc. The payment varies from $1 – $1000! If your articles are of high quality and get a lot of readers, then you get paid more with or without contracts. Tax is deducted after a threshold. There are upfront and performance-based payments. Try About.com, Digital Studios, ghostbloggers, ecopywriters.com, iwriter, allrecipes, etc. for articles on various genres. Pick some writing assignments from freelancer.com and odesk.com. Companies and individuals offer payments for completing their writing assignments. Some give the rights and some retain the author’s rights. You can get to know the details upon acceptance. You may choose to write reviews of products, books, services, brands or articles. You get monetary compensation or in kind. Many a time reviewers get to use and keep the reviewed items for free.
Keep your eyes open all the time and explore any new avenues as they emerge with possibilities in front of you!