Writing novels and nonfiction works can be an author's dream job. Unfortunately, It can be difficult to make enough money to pay the bills with books, at least at the start of a writing career. So what is a writer to do?
There are many writing-related job opportunities available for writers ready to work. Content is a valuable commodity in our information-rich society. All an author needs to do is decide what kind of writing they want to sell. Whether they prefer freelance jobs or regular full- or part-time work, the opportunities abound.
Copywrighting is a broad term to describe writing content for any type of media. Brochures, blogs, presentations, and even emails need content. Often professionals who are experts in a field are not experts at writing, or are too busy performing expert work in their field to translate the results into copy. That is where an author can step in and become a copywriter.
- Blogging is a growing way for businesses to connect to their customers. Writers can now find paid jobs writing for corporate blogs.
- Technical Writing has always been a reliable source of copywriting jobs.
- Marketing is a frequent opportunity for writers who have a talent for sales. Many jobs writing marketing copy require marketing training.
There are many other opportunities writing copy. An author just has to explore the areas that interest them.
Editing is another field where a writer often obtains training for their writing and can use in the job market. Some jobs may require no editing certification and some require certificates or degrees. There are many editing certificate programs available for those interested in expanding their opportunities in their writing and in the job market.
Proofreading can be a great alternate career choice for a writer. Not to be confused with editing, proofreading involves detection and correction of errors as the last step before publication.
Reviewing might be an enjoyable way for writers to use their skills to promote a product while voicing their opinion.
Journalism can provide a writer with pay as well as publicity for their other writing. With jobs paid per article, per view, or on salary, there are many ways online and offline for a writer to become a journalist.
Whatever choice appeals to the writer who needs that regular paycheck, there are many options. Using the skills a writer already has is a great way to make experience pay.