How to Double Your Writing Income!
You can increase your income from writing by using these tips!
Get Paid More Money for Your Writing
You can increase your earnings for almost every article or blog you write if you follow these easy tips!
If you’ve started writing online, or landed a coveted assignment to write a magazine or newspaper article, you may be able to convert it to a bigger assignment, or even an ongoing writing gig. Here's how you can expand the revenue potential of your writing:
Write a Sidebar: Sidebars are those small ‘extra’ pieces that often accompany a larger article. They’re generally featured in a shaded box to one side of the main piece. Just so you’ll know - the term ‘sidebar’ was borrowed from the legal field, and refers to those whispered conversations between lawyers and judges to the side of the bench.
If you're writing your own blog or website, simply add an extra piece that will increase the appeal of the page or site.
If you freelance for a site or publication, be sure you have a few ideas in mind when you offer to do the sidebar (don’t just ask the editor if you can write one). When you show the editor you can offer additional value or content, he or she may well go for it.
It’s extra work, so it should command extra pay, but a bit less than the main piece. If you’re going to get $150 for the an article, for example, you might expect $50 for a short sidebar that expands on some element of the original story. Articles can have more than one sidebar, too, by the way, so let your ideas flow.
Keep the topic alive from issue to issue
You Can Turn One Writing Assignment Into Several More Gigs
Suggest a series of articles: Editors are always hungry for content ideas. If you see more than one direction you can take a story, see whether it could become a series of at least three pieces. This will give you an ongoing temporary assignment for the negotiation time spent for only one of the pieces. Freelancers spend a lot of time just getting assignments; by turning one article assignment into a series of three or four stories, you in effect increase the amount you’re being paid for your time. Don’t forget to pitch sidebars during the series, so you’ll get even more mileage.
Create your own series! If you're a blogger or have your own website, think in terms of continuity. Scatter-shooting your ideas is like scatter-shooting your revenue - readers don't know what to expect when they land on your pages. Sure - some writers gain a following - but they're known for certain themes, such as food, humor, do-it-yourself tips, etc. Even if you're a generalist, you can create more impact by indexing your articles by topic, creating a series on one topic, or even branching out to create new websites (which can have unique looks). Go for it!
Develop an ongoing column: Websites and magazines need regular ‘departments’ about topics, such as technology, fashion, food, entertainment and others. Many newer sites or magazines are good sources for developing ongoing gigs. If you’re writing about a topic that has broad interest (such as dining out) but there’s no ongoing department yet, offer to write a regular column about that topic. You’ll have a regular writing gig, and will build clips quickly as you produce a weekly or monthly piece. If the editor likes the idea but says there’s not enough space or budget to go with a column in each issue, suggest every other week or month, or even quarterly, as a way to keep the topic in front of readers.
To show how your column can benefit the publication; suggest a few issues’ worth of ideas. If you’re writing for a magazine, gear the ideas to upcoming themes for each issue. For newspapers or other outlets, suggest ideas that have a seasonal appeal or otherwise fit the timeline of publications.
One caveat – if your publication brings you on as the education columnist (or whatever), there may not always be space for your pieces each month. Freelance work is never a sure thing until you get payment, so learn to budget your expenses accordingly.
Make more money through photos and sidebars
Other Ways to Earn Money From Writing
Pitch additional stories: We always uncover other story ideas when we research and write a piece. Keep notes on other interesting topics you come across and use the assignment to build your relationship with the editor by pitching additional stories for subsequent weeks or months.
Add photos: You are even more valuable to an editor if you can provide ‘art’ for your stories (photos, graphs or other visuals). Almost everyone has a decent digital camera these days. If you have to interview someone, take your camera and get interesting shots of them at work or in the environment or context of the story. You can also find and submit suggestions for art from Internet sources; as always, be certain there’s no watermark or copyright issue.
Note: If you take your own photos, you may or may not be paid for them, depending on the publication. Some publications pay additionally, but with others, writers are expected to turn in 'art' for no extra fee.This may not sound fair (and probably isn't), but that's how it is. The upsides, though, are that you'll raise your stock with the editor and you'll also have published photo credits to add to your portfolio.
Develop it into a hub or blog: If you’ve written a great story, but there’s no opportunity to take it further with a publication, consider adapting the idea to this site or to a blog. You’ll need to revise the content to avoid duplication, but since you’ve already researched the piece and produced a story, it will take you less time than developing a story from scratch.
These are just a few ways you can increase the revenue potential of a piece. Once you start thinking along these lines, you’ll come up with additional ideas to expand your income from writing.
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