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Recycle Your Writing and Increase Your Earnings as a Writer

Updated on May 7, 2007

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Maximize Your Writing Profits

Writing is a difficult business in which to make a decent living. Until you've established yourself as a writer and managed to convince a few editors of your writing abilities, you are literally going to be working for pennies. By the word, that is.

There are only so many hours in the day in which you can write. Even writers have to eat, sleep, and hopefully shower. So unless you are a prolific writer and typist, you are going to have a difficult go at paying the bills each month. It only makes sense to maximize the financial potential of each and every piece of writing that you produce.

One of the easiest ways to maximize your writing potential is to pay attention to the writing contracts themselves. Since you will not be paid prime writing rates as a beginning writer, try to write non-exclusive articles. This means that after your article has been accepted by one company that you can offer it to as many other publishers as you wish and get paid by them as well. So, that one article that originally netted you say, ten dollars, can now net ten dollars several times over.

If you're concerned about receiving less payment with a non-exclusive article versus an exclusive agreement, the payment difference is usually nominal. And if you can farm the article out to just one other paying customer, you will probably come out ahead financially.

The next way to extend the life of your articles for payment purposes is to find a different spin on your articles. This is accomplished in a couple of different ways. You can put a different spin on the subject or you can change the spin slightly to focus on a totally different audience. With this method, you can submit these articles as exclusives if you choose, as they are totally different writing pieces.

In the first example, assume that you have written an article about training for a marathon. In the original article, a lot of research and facts are included about choosing proper running shoes along with weight training, nutrition, and other information. To recycle this article, write a different article focusing specifically on different types and brands of running shoes and how to correctly choose a pair. You will also probably be able to implement research that didn't quite fit with the original article.

For the second example, let's stick with the running marathons article. Suppose that the original article was accepted by a men's fitness magazine. Change the next article to focus on women that are running their first marathon. This second article will contain a lot of the same information, but be more basic in its instruction. Then submit the second article to a women's general magazine, for instance. Both articles have very similar information, but are completely independent from each other.

These are tried and true methods to extend your writing dollars. Professional writers use these methods. Just be sure to change your articles enough that they aren't considered copies of each other.

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      msms 6 years ago

      WOW What an IDEA?

      Worth the time spent on your Hub rather more than that. Rarely one get across such money making tips. Thanks dear

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      traderx 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am always looking to learn from what other people write, thanks

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      MJ 7 years ago from Right Here

      Very good article, I've read similar tips before.

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      Chris Eddy111 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Important info. for all of us.

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      jekkels 8 years ago

      Thank you for the good advice, I find that ezinearticles is the best article submission service around

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      mrboffo 8 years ago from Saginaw, MI

      Great advice! One thing to be aware of is the Google "duplicate content" penalty. There is some argument as to whether it exists, but the bottom line is that if you have content on multiple web sites, both will suffer if there isn't a certain percentage of unique content.

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      ajbarnett 8 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

      A good hub. Although I'm a published author (short stories and novels) I've only just started writing articles so I found this an interseting concept. Thank you.

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      Research Analyst 8 years ago

      Thanks for the informative hub and it always helps to have new resources to return to in building a successful writing career.

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      Anoymouse 8 years ago

      Hubpages are great, so is the company in my url above. They have paid me stead for over a year.

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      franciaonline 9 years ago from Philippines

      Whew, Great tip from a generous writer! Thank you. I keep coming back to your page to learn from you.

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      tai2 9 years ago from Thailand

      Thak you for your hub. It's great. Visit my first hub and comment me. I want the comments from anyone for my first hub.

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      starrwriter 9 years ago from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

      Hey Angela,

      Your headline caught my eye and I'm glad it did. Good information to know, especially for a slow writer like me. I just finished a series of Hubs on getting published in magazines and newspapers. I hope you stop by and take a look. I'd love your feedback. Thanks for the information.

      Best,

      Joe

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Live N Learn, thanks for the compliment. I checked out your hubs. Great stuff!

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      Live N Learn 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Wow! What a tip! You gave me a brilliant and very practical idea on recycling method. Actually, I mentioned this idea in my hub but only vaguely because I am not sure that this is good practice. I was reluctant to submit any rewritten work because this might affect originality--but you taught me otherwise. Thanks for the insight!

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      sana.lakhani 9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great article, I'm your fan now. Please visit my hubs too if you can.