Writing copy is the easiest and fastest way to make a great income as a writer. With other forms of writing like novels, non-fiction books, articles and screenplays, it's a buyers’ market, and you're at the whim of editors. But when you write copy, you're in demand and it's a seller's market: when the word gets out that you write copy, you'll be booked solid for weeks and months ahead.
So becoming a copywriter is the way to go if you want to make a consistently high income writing.
Copywriting Basics - What Do Copywriters Write?
Copywriters write “copy". Copy is usually marketing-related material of some kind, like brochures, flyers, Web site content, advertisements, and so on. Essentially, it's business writing. Copywriting commissions can also be for longer material, like books and manuals, as well as audio-visual material, like scripts for TV, radio and video.
How Do You Get Copywriting Commissions?
You start by creating some samples for your portfolio. The people who buy your services want to see what you can do. So write a couple of advertisements, a review or two (pick products for review which you already own), and you're done. Until you get some “real" commissions, these samples are your portfolio.
Once you've created a few samples, you've got many options for promoting your new copywriting business - and yes, copywriters are in business, just like the companies for which they write copy. It's important that you create a business mindset: you have a skill, that skill is worth money, and your aim is to be paid well for that skill.
The easiest option is simply to create a small Web site, and promote the site. You can also visit some of the many out-sourcing sites online, and bid on the projects. The main point to remember here is: don't bid too low. While it's tempting to do so, you're likely to get more work if you set an appropriate rate for your services.
There you have it - you'll find it's true: if you can write a letter, you can write copy. You've been exposed to copy your entire life, so writing it comes naturally to writers. I wish you much copywriting success: it's a skill that can keep bringing in the dollars for your entire writing career.
You'll discover how YOU can become a successful copywriter with “Seven Days To Easy Money: Copywriting Success" by Angela Booth at http://abmagic.com/Copywriting/copywriting.html Angela has several blogs for writers who want to increase their freelance income, including http://copywriter.typepad.com/ and the Fab Freelance Writing Blog at http://fabfreelancewriting.com/blog/