both print and electronic. Digital options will be examined more thoroughly in the next installment.
Business to Business, or B2B, is a category to itself. Clients may range from one-person home business owners to large corporations or government agencies. Projects may be anything from blog posts, letters, or ad copy to full-length books or technical reports. Writers with copywriting or technical writing background can excel in this field. Bilingual writers may also tackle translation needs. While many writers shun the idea of writing to others’ specifications, a project can fill in as a temporary money maker while you establish yourself in your own niche.
Newspapers. Contacting your local editor used to be a good way to get your start in the writing business. Demand for these part-timers, known as “stringers,” is reduced from a decade or two ago. Current needs are now usually met by news sources such as AP or Reuters. But don’t count out local publications entirely. You may approach them at a time when they have a need for boots-on-the-ground. Depending on the size of your city and the flavor of your region, news needs will vary. You may even propose a column or a series of feature articles to meet an unrecognized need.
Magazines. Some of the high-profile, or “slick,” magazines are still prospering and offering good assignments for the writer with the right qualifications. Specialty magazines also exist in almost any niche you can imagine. Subject matter is unlimited: technology, travel, business, and education, to name a few. Study submission guidelines to find a publication
best suited to your interests and abilities. Many publications recommend sending “fillers” as a way to break in. Developing a few “clips,” your published articles, paves the way to bigger, more lucrative assignments.
Newsletters, corporate publications. Nearly every business of any size has some sort of print or digital outreach to employees and/or clientele. Your expertise may intersect with a writing need they have. You may want to start locally or in a field in which you’re proficient.
Books. Writing a non-fiction book can open many doors for the author/entrepreneur. Subject matter is almost limitless. Study the market and see what has already been written in your field a need you can fill. Ghost writing or researching for another author are other options if you aren’t prepared to do your own writing.
These topics will be explored further in coming posts, along with ways to approach some of these venues. Be sure to post your preferences in the Comments section so I can answer your burning questions about your budding writing career.