Can I turn this successful unpaid work into paid work?
December 7, 2010 9:51 PM Subscribe
Something I wrote is being published (with my permission, but unpaid), yet again. How do I turn this knack for writing in a conversational style into paid work?
posted by malibustacey9999 to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I've had some writing published in a few magazines (winning competitions). I've submitted opinion pieces to newspapers and have been published every time. Hell, even my letters to the editor get published the next day.
My friends have been telling me for, oh, ever that I should be a writer. (I know, never listen to friends!) I've had a blog or two and ended up bored with fighting off spammers and trolls so gave up.
I'm not willing to consider studying journalism or the like at this point, I'm already studying something more boring but more likely to lead to paid work.
I write in a conversational style that isn't everyone's cup of tea, but a lot of people seem to like how I do it.
Can I turn this thing-that-I-do-that-people-apparently-enjoy into paid work or a career? If so, how? Write a book? Write a chapter of a book as an intriguing or enticing hint and send that to agents/publishers? Start another blog and actually work at it, instead of playing with it?
Any writers here? How did you get started doing what you love and getting paid for it at the same time?