Most writers I know are passionate about their desire. Label it craft, art, a call, or compulsion, but no matter how you define it, writing flows through your blood.
But most writers I know are also driven by another need — to make enough money to survive.
So how do you marry profit to your passion?
There are a few key points that ensure a happy union:
- Study hard, to make sure you are in tune with current style, format, and content requirements.
- Practice and refine your talent for writing. Just because you have a raw gift, doesn’t mean it’s ready for the competitive world of publication.
- Purchase a copy of the 2013 Writer’s Market Guide, the 2013 Christian Writer’s Market Guide, and/or a copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents.
- Submit article queries to publications whose criteria and interests match your topic.
- Work on your platform. Almost all writers need an online presence, and/or an interested speaking audience to sell their work. Michael Hyatt’s, Get Noticed in a Noisy World, offers lots of practical help so you can get started and maintain a strong foundation for sales.
- Start shopping. In today’s business environment, an author rarely finds publishing success without help. Send out several queries, proposals, and attend a few conferences to attract the attention of book agents and editors.
- Read blogs on writing sites such as The StoryWriting Studio to stay on top of the latest trends.
- Connect and build relationships with other writers at conferences, and through social media venues. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are the top three right now.
- Write blogs for writing sites such as The StoryWriting Studio to create a credible bio, to become a writing expert, and to hone your craft.
- Commit to moments of intimacy with your projects.
- Learn about the business of writing.
- Don’t give up. The writing life is a roller coaster event with many ups and downs. Those who stay in their seats, fingers posed on the keyboard, are the ones who thrive.
Commitment for the duration is the key to a long-lasting and successful relationship.
Have you married your writing passion to a desire for profit?
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.