Whether you are an aspiring screenwriter, blogger or you have that future best-selling novel on your laptop, hopefully these tips will help you along the way to find more writing jobs and celebrate a prosperous 2012.
Writers searching for ways on how to freelance in the new year can rest assure that while the opportunities are out there, hard work, perseverance and networking are the keys to getting your voice out there. For promising authors out there looking to unleash that future best-selling novel on the market, consider one very possible option: ‘DIY’ (Do It Yourself). The market is flooded with horror stories of would be authors and their endless stream of rejection letters from a host of publishing houses. With the ongoing boom of the ebook market (see Amanda Hocking), authors not looking to wait for the publishers to validate their material can publish their own work on sites like Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com. What makes this an added bonus is that you retain worldwide rights to your work and it’s available across the broad spectrum of devices such as the iPad 2, Kindle, etc.
Screenwriters looking to make that coveted leap into big sales should not rely only on selling a screenplay as the key to making credible earnings potential in 2012. Hollywood is filled to the brim with scripts that get passed over everyday, and the road to selling that million dollar script is an arduous one at best. While working your way to becoming the next Christopher Nolan, try diversifying your revenue stream through publishing ebooks and establishing your own blog.
When setting up your blog on tips, travel, news politics, nightlife, etc., don’t underestimate the power of affiliate marketing. Writing a review on the latest James Patterson novel? Setup an account with Amazon Associates and post a product link to your review. When someone reads your review and orders the book via that link, you get a commission. The same theory also works for other tools such as Google Adsense and Linkshare.
If you’re not up to speed on the allure of social networking, start studying up. With every blog article, review, etc. that you write, take advantage of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. As most of all writing is rewriting, most of success in the digital world is networking and promoting yourself. And while you may already be familar with the aforementioned sites, don’t forget about Google Plus as well. Just as Facebook and Twitter exploded on the scene, look for Google Plus to do the same as well.
No matter what route you take in the new year to get your work out there, hopefully these tips will help.
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