you love it when you open your emails or saunter out to the mailbox and there
you find five or six payments for writing work you’ve done? And all within a short
span of time. That’s happened to me and it was a delight. It was also the
result of a lot of hard work. The secret? Diversify. Sounds like something you
should do with your stock portfolio, but writers who take this path always reap
the reward. Each of the following suggestions can be culled from work you’ve
already done or written up quickly when you need a break from a big assignment
or working on a tough chapter of your novel (as I am).
you’re one of those writers who likes it short and to the point try sending
your excellent flash work to:
Review – Come on, you have a couple of great short stories in your lineup
somewhere don’t you? This publication pays 3-10 cents a word and would love to
see it. Find guidelines at http://vestalreview.net/Guidelines41.html
your spleen, remember a pet, or share an embarrassing moment. Anthologies will
love you. These are a joy to write and require minimum time and no research.
Soup – Just scads of topics to write about. Pays $200 per story
track of and have the rights to your “evergreen” inventory files. I’ve sold
many pieces twice and perhaps you have, too. But think about how you can further
angle those pieces for a market you never imagined. For instance, have you
penned a poem or two, but never had the nerve to submit it anywhere? Or perhaps
you’ve sold a bit of verse to a publication that’s gone belly up and you’d like
to re-sell it. Greeting card markets work with poetry all the time. You might
have just what they’re looking for. Check out this market.
freelance writer must remember that the minute you’ve made a sale, it’s in your
past. Rejoice and move on. Keep your focus on conquering the next market and
make sure there’s a great diversified scramble in your big basket of eggs.