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Thursday, August 30, 2012

37 Ways To Get Paid For Your Words

If you have great ideas, excellent writing skills, and a creative approach to your craft, you may be wondering just how you can cash-in on your genius and hard work. Well, wonder no more. Here is a list – in no set order -- of at least 37 ways to whore your wordsmith talents:

1.      Advertising copywriter
2.      Press kit writer
3.      Website content provider
4.      Write TV and radio commercials
5.      Ghostwriter of books
6.      Author poetry, short stories, children’s books, and essays
7.      Be a script doctor
8.      Write catalog copy
9.      Book jacket copywriter
10.  Business plan writer
11.  Grant writer
12.  Annual reports writer
13.  Technical writing
14.  Paid to blog, tweet, post on FB, and other social media for others
15.  Write white papers
16.  Write text for educational manuals
17.  Write training manuals
18.  Write for business, trade, scholarly or specialized newsletters/journals
19.  Co-author a book
20.  Write scripts for theater, TV, film, or radio shows
21.  Write book reviews or product reviews
22.  Write jokes
23.  Write captions for art pamphlets and photo publications
24.  Articles for journals and newsletters
25.  Write eulogies and obituaries
26.  Speech writing
27.  Write personal or corporate histories
28.  Write government reports
29.  Create polls, surveys, and questionnaires
30.  Direct-mail copywriter
31.  Brochure writer
32.  Write entries for encyclopedias
33.  Resume writing
34.  Webinar content writing
35.  Software content writing
36.  Writing content for online videos
37.  Self-publish a newsletter or blog for a subscription fee and/or advertising

You can also be a researcher, editor, indexer, writing consultant or writing teacher. Or maybe you can be a translator. So many possibilities! Or you can write graffiti on the walls of public restrooms – but it doesn’t pay much. Other options? Write comic books, horoscopes, greeting cards, or fortune cookie sayings. Or write letters to your mom.

Of course, the best way to utilize your writing abilities is to pen the great American novel, write a great non-fiction book, and pen magazine and newspaper articles. Good luck in however you choose to apply yourself.

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person.


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