In February of 2016, I started writing for fun, and I soon discovered my fun could turn into profit. In a matter of months, working very few hours each week, I made enough to finally visit my family in Brazil (it’d been 5 years since I had last seen them). In my road to a writing career, I joined and left many mailing lists, and followed and unfollowed many blogs. Here’s the ones that made the cut – and why.
- Make a Living Writing
Carol Tice is an outspoken promoter of fair pay for writers, and she’s been talking about this since before it was a popular topic. A tough lady who says it as it is, following her is not for the faint of heart. If you’re ready for some hard truths and real advice on how to grow your writing career, Make a Living Writing is a blog worth following. This blog provides tips about everything freelance writing, from the very basic What is Freelance Writing? to the more advanced topics such as making six figures as a specific type of writer.
Besides all the practical advice Carol offers, she also puts her money where her mouth is, and pays for blog posts. But if you want to be featured on her blog (and get paid for it), make sure you read the submission guidelines closely (as you should anytime you want to get published anywhere).
In addition to the Make a Living Writing Website, Carol also owns and operates The Writers Den, a community of writers that’s full of resources, self-development courses, and more. At US$25 per month, membership in The Den is a steal, an you’re sure to get a great return on investment if you put what you learn inside to good use.
2. Writers in Charge
Bamidele Onibalusi is a young Nigerian entrepreneur who has broken every barrier you can think of to become a highly successful writer with thousands of followers on his blog, Writers in Charge. He offers several lists of publications that pay, plus many tips on how to get a writing career off the ground. Check out his Earn Your First $1,000 as a freelance writer challenge. I participated in this challenge, and in the process, “met” many wonderful folks in a supportive writer’s Facebook group. The group is now closed, and the only way in is to be invited by a member. If you’re interested, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know why you want to join.
3. Be a Freelance Blogger
Beware, this girl writes like she speaks, and she speaks like a grown-up. If you’re offended by foul language, this is not the blog for you. Having said that, the Be a Freelance Blogger website provides a tonne of information for writers who want to do only freelance blogging (versus say, writing for magazines).
Sophie Lizard also puts her money where her mouth is with a “pitch fest” every three months. If you win the contest, you get published on a large blog and earn $100 for your words. But the most valuable part of this contest isn’t the prize – it’s the process itself. You’ll get feedback on your pitch, which is a great source of information for future pitches – to this blog or elsewhere.
Sophie also offers some really valuable courses worthy of the investment as well, including a “get started in 28 days guide” and one-on-one coaching.
4. The Creative Penn
Aside from having the best name ever for an author (I mean, come on – “Penn!”), Joanna Penn is a highly successful writer and an outspoken supporter of self-publishing. You should especially follow her if you’re interested in fiction writing, as that’s her main business. She also offers courses on self-publishing.
What I love about Joanna is that she didn’t start out writing about writing, like so many “authors” on the Internet today. She started out by successfully self-publishing, marketing, and selling her fiction books. Then she went on to teach people how to do the same. She’s been there, done that, and literally written the book on successful authorship. Her podcast, The Creative Penn Podcast, is also worthy of a listen.
5. The Write Life
I have mixed feelings about The Write Life. Whereas it has some super helpful posts about making writing into a profitable career, I find it ironic that a very large website that teaches writers how to get paid doesn’t pay its writers. Nevertheless, the information provided is valuable, and since I’m a subscriber, I figure I’d include it in the list.
There’s so much valuable information on this site that a short little mention on a blog post wouldn’t do it justice. Definitely go on over to the website and have a look around. If you sign up for the mailing list, you’ll get new posts directly in your inbox.
At the end of the day, if you want to be a writer, you just need to start writing. While avoiding information overload and just taking action is probably your best bet, these five resources will give you a good idea on where to start.
If you prefer a more step-by-step approach to starting your writing career, check out The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Getting Paid for Your Writing. Sign up for the Writing Pays mailing list to stay up-to-date on when the course goes live.