Time to get serious about yourwriting career
You won’t be able to quit work and write, but you might find a grant to make your writing goals easier. Or a crowdfunding opportunity to fund your project. Find serious contests, too. Only those that pay in cold hard cash. No pay-per-click, $1 per blog or exposure markets either. Hope Clark writes for a living. If she wouldn’t try these opportunities, she doesn’t post them. Our newsletters are our world. Free or paid subscription.
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Thought of the Week
Playing small does not serve the world. You are denying whatever talent may be inside you. And it does not hurt to submit. It does not hurt to try and be successful. Don't be afraid to be good. TRY to be good. March forward and put the naysayers and negative behind you. March into the positive and decide to be the best you . . . and yes, that means with your writing, too.
The Best of FundsforWriters
32 essays and how-to strategies on topics like Essays like Quitting the Day Job, What to Do with Short Stories, and Braving the School Appearance. Practical pieces like Tactics & Tips Selling Your Books on Consignment, What to Do When Your Work is Stolen, and On Being a Travel Writer for AAA. Something for every writer....and something for you.
"FundsforWriters helps writers achieve more success with their writing by finding and sharing the information that writers need to fund their writing." – Robert Lee Brewer, Editor Writer's Market
You might want to make the switch to freelancing entirely from home if you’re, for example, disabled like me, or you’re reclusive and prefer life behind the keyboard. Here’s how you can run your freelance writing business from home: Choose the right jobs. Some jobs (like travel writing) can’t do... Read More
Ever since I signed the contract with She Writes Press for the publication of my debut novel, This Is How It Begins (available now), writers have been asking, “Why did you choose a hybrid press?” First, what is a hybrid press? A hybrid press walks the line between traditional publishing (the “Big 5” of... Read More
For half a million writers worldwide the month of November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). As a NaNoWriMo mentor and writer it's the highlight of my writing year. Have you considered it? The NaNoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days began in 1999. It's a non-profit effort run mostly... Read More
Brace yourself. I'm about to say something nice about content mills. First, the not-so-nice parts: If you've ever written for a content mill, you already know that they're all about quantity, not quality, and management tends to be better at drawing people in than fostering morale or editorial standards. There's... Read More
When you become a freelance writer, you can potentially write for numerous websites, blogs and magazines. How you decide which clients to approach depends on the niche you select. Your niche also helps with branding, which enables potential clients to find you. The most effective and engaging articles, blog posts... Read More
Whether or not you’re a Facebook fan, hosting an online launch party for your just-published book can gather readers and sell books. Real-world book launches are useful for getting the word out about your print book via press releases to newspapers, but sometimes the response in terms of actual attendees... Read More
In a recent Funds for Writers issue, Hope continued her steady mentorship of us writers by urging us not to accept invitations for speaking engagements for which we would not be paid. This certainly wasn't the first time she has told us not to sell ourselves short. Writers need to... Read More
Most emails I receive from readers about finding funds, request sources of grants. Grants to pay them to write, travel, or research. Most of the time, these are first-time book creators, calling from the great sea of the unpublished. And each time I have to tell them that unless they... Read More
The fun (and highly profitable) part of freelance journalism is getting to interview the rich and famous. But how do you get to do it? I’ve interviewed everyone from political figures to world famous musicians and writers. Here’s how you can too: A publication’s backing helps. Saying “I’m with People... Read More
As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be a writer in some capacity. In the 90s, when I graduated from college and before the internet of things, I had no idea how to make that happen. I became a social worker. Working for Big Brothers Big Sisters was... Read More