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Should writers prefer online jobs over real-life ones?

Updated on March 7, 2017

Online Jobs

Well, for any author that has ever tried to find a job for money, there was only one prime objective, to monetize their writing skills. But there is no doubt that, given the fact several authors are trying to do the same, they have faced tough competition, they might have seen their first book go totally unsold, they might have not got any opportunities on sites that bring clients and authors together. In fact, they might have even not had much luck on sites where they can write articles for money.

But, regardless of this, I am sure that most of them have never given up, yes, they might not have still gotten opportunities, but they are holding on and that is why they never give up their search online. Online Writing jobs might be of several kinds, some examples of which are as follows:

  • Article writing.
  • Book writing (Both for self and ghostwriting).
  • Composing poetry.
  • Short story writing.
  • Script writing.

John Cheever at his desk.
John Cheever at his desk. | Source

Real-life Jobs for Authors

Well, while there has been a lot of authoring work that has shifted online, there is no denial that physical work is where its base is and probably will always be. Be honest, can it ever be possible for a true reader to read without feeling the weight of the book or the smell of the pages and feel the same?

However, while it still physically exists, the availability of authoring jobs has equally been distributed between the two mediums (physical and electronic). However, jobs are still available in real such as:

  • Greeting-card making.
  • Pamphlet script writing.
  • Label writing.
  • Book writing (of course.)


Problems with each.

Now, authors who have tried any of them or both of them are familiar with the problems that they have to face, however, for the sake of the discussion, it is indispensable to discuss the problems associated with each of physical and electronic jobs when it comes to the field of authoring.

Electronic jobs are the newer ones and are far more abundantly available if only one searches carefully. However, it appears that lately there are more advertisements than their are jobs. Some of these are just fake while others are far more dangerous, let us properly list the problems associated with electronic or online jobs:

  1. There are a whole lot of fake websites that really are out there for the personal data, which promise free jobs and huge earning sources and finally just are a waste of time and a place for you to lose all your privacy over to some unknown person or even organization on the internet.
  2. Several sites promise earnings once you become their member and ask for a certain fee to become their member. Funny thing is, you have no chance to earn there. Once you actually give them the money, it's all over. You will never get your money back, let aside make more money. Such scams are all over the internet now and it is really disappointing to see how many new authors fall into such traps just because they are not aware about them and are looking for a quick way to earn.
  3. While this might appear heartbreaking to some, another problem is lack of trust. Yes, being anonymous is a mixed blessing, no one really trusts people on the internet with their money, especially when there are more scams than legit deals going on behind the shady curtains.

Now, we might move onward to the discussion as to what are the major problems associated with working in real in this line of work. Well the major problems that one has to face are as follows:

  1. Lack of work if you don't have a name is one of the greatest problems rising authors face, this is not exactly only in real but in real this problem is more prominent. Basically, anyone who is completely unknown tends to remain so, and anyone who gets well known tends to retain their reputation in real. (Yes, pun intended)
  2. Lack of opportunities is another problem here. People who work on this part time or students do not really get enough opportunities in real, not even a fraction of what they get online, if they aren't just magically famous, they are not even paid heed to.
  3. Another problem is that most of the organizations are trying to shift online and as a result it appears that the people who are trying to find the jobs in real are facing stiff competition.


Well, after considering all the pros and cons that both of these options have to offer, one can sensibly say that it is pretty hard to choose one over another. But we must remember that technology is gradually taking over, and while physically reading is always a good feeling and so is physically writing, sometimes we must not lag behind on exploring the opportunities that internet has to offer....

So our verdict is: Yes. Authors should prefer online jobs over in real ones. This is especially true if they are new authors who are yet to establish a name for themselves.

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