Do you dream of becoming a writer? Many people do, but have no idea where to find writing jobs. There is a lot of work out there for an ambitious wordsmith with talent; you just have to know where to look. Here are a few tips:
- Beginner? If you are just getting your start, one of the best places to try is a small, community newspaper. Hometown papers frequently publish pieces from residents of their readership area. If you can convince the editor to publish one or two of your submissions and you get positive reader feedback, you may be on your way to becoming a regular in the paper.
- Be realistic. Many publications prefer to work with published writers, so in the beginning, take every job that comes your way. Work cheap, even for free, just to get your name out there and to get a nice portfolio of published clips. Don't worry, you won't be donating your time and effort for very long. Once you have some experience, you can begin to demand market value for your work.
- Blog. Blogging, the term for writing a "web-log," is increasing in popularity and is a wonderful way to get your work read. The money made from blogging varies dramatically, from mere pennies to big bucks. Choose an active blog site and participate regularly in its blogging community. Post your articles, but be sure to read the work of fellow bloggers and take the time to add comments. Once you comment, they are likely to visit your pages, too. After a short while, you will have a loyal readership.
- Network. Let people know that you are interested in writing jobs. You never know who may be looking for a writer or may know of a job opening.
- Submit, submit, submit. The more you put your work out there, the better your chances of getting published. Learn to accept rejection for what it is--temporary. Keep writing and keep submitting.
- Do a search. One quick entry on your favorite search engine will result in a number of possibilities. Try typing in "freelance writer" or "writing jobs." Register with several sites, but only those that are free. There are so many websites that list writing jobs, both freelance and staff, that there is no need to pay for this information.
- Online is okay. Don't dismiss online opportunities--they offer a good way to earn a part-time or even a full-time income and they are plentiful. While you may dream of a corner office with a huge publisher, those jobs are pretty rare.
- Sharpen your skills. Join writer's groups, take writing classes and participate in workshops. Not only will you improve your journalistic proficiency, but you will make valuable contacts in the publishing world.