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    Part time writing pay

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by WritaBurst, Sep 8, 2008.

    I have a full time job, but I wondered if there is any way to make a little extra money by writing part time? Any idea where I could check for such work? My degree and profession is not in writing. Will this work against me?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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    Freelancing articles for newspapers or magazines
    Writing novels (don't give up your day job unless you strike it big!)
    Web design (requires additional skills, but there are a lot of part timers out there)

    I'm sure there are many others, but these came to me right off the bat.
     
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    I dont know about the other two, but i did free lance web design for about 5 years, and it was pretty good living actually while i was in school. The thing is cog is right you need some additional skills to get an edge on other people that are also doing the same thing. I recommend learning some kind of server side web programming language (ex: PHP), anyone can use Dreamweaver and make a site, takes some skill to use PHP and databases and what not
     
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    You could try submitting short stories to fiction magazines. Depending on how many stories you get published, you can make a decent amount. Not enough to live off of, but its still extra cash.
     
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    What kind of writing do you do now? Writing for websites is way different from writing fiction....
     
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    I've worked as a Web Developer before, so I would like to stay away from designing web sites. I've had enough of that. I just want to write.

    I have been volunteering and writing for one of our web sites at work. Then I write fiction on the side.

    Freelancing for newspapers and magazines sounds like what I want. I guess I need to build up a portfolio first.

    The fiction magazines that Scarecrow28 mentioned sounds good too. But I am not aware of these magazines. Can you give me some examples?
     
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    I wrote for fishing magazines for over 15 years. The pay was not great, averaging $300-400 per article (more if you supply all the pictures). I made $4000 in a typical year on 8-10 articles, although I made a lot more in one particular year. It was fun and you do build a fan base if you're a regular.

    The key to getting those opportunities is authenticity. You can't fake it. If you have a hobby or other activity that you are passionate about, then you can probably write about it and get published. The "literary" standards for each magazine vary based on the subject of the magazine and demographics of the readership. For example, if you are writing about wine tasting for high brow society, your literary standards must be high, as the magazine's subscribers are often a well educated crowd who expect lots of syllables. On the other hand, if you're writing for a bunch of fishermen (as I did), you actually write to their vernacular and you'll be accepted. In fact, if you attempt to write "above" them, your articles will be rejected. Ain't that great?!

    So, if you want to write articles for magazines, you will have to pander to their base . . . write what their readers want and in a style their readers find familiar. As far as writing short stories for fiction magazines, I imagine the same basic rules apply. In either case, fiction or nonfiction, study the magazine's prior content and figure out what their readers want. Then, submit.
     
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    I can't think of what kind of fiction writing a newspaper would be interested in. One idea, though, is to try to do book reviews for local newspapers in your area. You could offer to do it for free or for just the price of the book. That would allow you to build up a portfolio. Also, you might be able to talk a publisher to send you free copies of books. Just a thought.
     
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    Go on Craigslist, check out the Writer's Market. There's plenty of sites you can contribute to quickly to build a resume. Check out the Gothamist, LAist, Philliest Network. Local entertainment publications are a great way to go to. Then contact alt weeklies around the country. From there, you can really go anywhere if you're good at it. You can branch out to any subject too. You could do this in a year. That's how long it took me to go from doing it for free to getting $500 to $900 an article, although those sort of pieces are rare at this moment (Although I did 5 of those last year). In a year though, I wouldn't be surprised if I was making that much more regularly.

    Here are a bunch of alt weeklies:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alternative_weekly_newspapers

    Keep track of your expenses! Also, use college students to transcribe interviews or keep them short. Otherwise it will make you procrastinate! That's what it did to me because transcribing is not fun.
     
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    Wow, some great ideas here, thanks guys!
     
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    WritaBurst, if I knew how to make decent money off writing, I'd be doing it. :D

    My only suggestions are selling short fiction to anthologies and magazines (usually very small money there) or doing some freelancing work for websites and zines (again, usually very low paying and often more trouble than it's worth, money-wise.) Both options are a lot of fun though, as long as you're reconciled to the idea of putting in a lot of hours for little pay.
     
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    I have a deal with a couple of sailing magazines and write 4-6 articles for them a month. Have to say though can't guess at how much they're paying me for them because I got into it through working as their copy editor. But we accepted freelance work and do on a regular (although not regular in terms of writers just regular in terms of work coming in) basis.

    So there's freelance work available although as people have said it doesn't tend to be fiction but specialist writing. I think building up a good portfolio is a good idea, esp if you're looking to get a novel published in the future. Working as an online content writer might be good - lots of sideways movement in that.

    Have to agree with ParanormalWriter though - If I could make good money out of this, I'd be desperately trying to do it now!! :D
     
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    Thanks guys. I'm not looking to make "good" money doing this, but I thought a little would be nice. ;)

    I did find a couple of sci-fi online magazines that pay for stories. I may give that a try. I have submitted some work to my local paper too. I wouldn't mind doing some specialized writing at all.
     
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    scams: if you see something that says you can make $56/hr for writing, don't click on it.
    But Jk rowling hit pretty big
     

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