Why are you a writer? Is it for the money? I know that’s one of the reasons I write. Yes, it’s true. It may not be the most important reason I write, but I’d be fibbing if I said I didn’t care at all about earning some sweet moolah.
I haven’t made a lot of money from writing, but it is possible to make a steady, decent supplemental income as a writer. Probably not a feed-the-family income unless you do school visits and get paid big bucks and have an editorial service and get paid top dollar and get a job as an editorial assistant at a publishing company.
I don’t do any of that. I just write. And I’ve been able to make over $20,000 per year for the last 15 years as a writer. How?
I’ve learned to balance three kinds of assignments throughout my week.
1. I constantly have tried to write a steady flow of low-paying manuscripts. It’s amazing how these little paychecks add up!
2. I try to connect with work-for-hire editors and land one to three work-for-hire book projects each year to earn instant cash.
3. I’m constantly studying the market to look for royalty-paying book publishers that give contracts which will provide an income base over a longer period of time. Once again, even the low paying royalty checks add up when they all arrive in the mail once or twice each year.
So it is possible to earn money as a writer. That’s one of the reasons I write.
Why do you write?