I just quit my last paying writing gig. Why? Because I make more money giving my writing away. Yes, that's right. I make more money giving my writing away than I did selling my articles and columns. In fact I'm making more money writing part-time for free than I did in any of my full-time paid writing jobs and that includes advances and royalties from the publication of three novels. I have been writing professionally for two decades and I never thought I'd make more by writing for free but I am.
But that's not even the best part - and I know you experienced writers will understand why this is better than money - I can write whatever I want. I pick my topic and my slant. If I want to be funny or irreverent then I can be funny or irreverent. If I want to melancholy or maudlin then I can be melancholy or maudlin. It just doesn't matter because I'm writing to suit myself! I am my own boss and my own editor - and I'm making money off my writing.
How? I write for the internet. I have been doing so since 1999 and earning money during the entire time. I have written freelance and under contract for a number of internet publications and ventures as well as publishing my own work.
At first I considered my personal internet writing just something to satisfy my creative urge as I transitioned from full-time writing to full-time teaching, but then I noticed something curious - I was making money.
Today, after a lot of work and study I have discovered the right mix that works well for me - and I decided it just doesn't pay to keep the writing contract any more. The time I used to satisfy the contract can be far more enjoyably and profitably spent writing on the internet.
What internet venues am I using?
~ Ezines and Newsletters
~ Blogs and RSS feeds
~ Web Sites
How do I make money with these efforts?
~ Selling advertising space in my ezines
~ Selling text links on my web sites and blogs
~ Posting pay-per-click ads on my web sites and blogs
~ Promoting affiliate programs on my web sites and blogs as well as in my ezines and newsletters
It really is not a difficult or complicated business model and one any competent writer, or anyone with the ability to string a decent sentence together, could replicate or modify to suit their purpose. I am a writer not a business person, but I know this is working for me and that it could work for you, too.
Now go out there and give your writing away!
Deanna Mascle is the publisher of the writing newsletter Word Craft Online . You can submit your writing to her Article Directory . She is also happy to share tips and advice for Writing On the Internet .