I’ve written non-fiction and fiction but never gave up my day job. If I entertained some fleeting idea that my novels would become best sellers, the reality of sales statistics brought that fantasy crashing down. My writing projects have always been big projects. Somehow it never occurred to me that I could make money by writing short projects.
A new book by Loriann Oberlin shows the kind of short writing projects that can generate cash.
Over the years I’ve bought a lot of books about how to write and how to market my writing, but Writing to Make Money: Short Projects was a surprise. I knew there were people who wrote the text for greeting cards, fillers for magazines, or humorous shorts for Readers Digest–see the back cover below for more–but I had no idea how a writer tapped into those markets. Or even what many of those writing markets were.
All of us have some specialized knowledge–cooking, gardening, childcare, birding, woodworking–often based on what we’ve done in a career or in our hobby time. If you’ve ever wondered if you could spin your knowledge or special interest into some income, this book is well worth the $12 investment for a paperback or $7.99 for the Kindle download. I bought the paperback so I could mark it up.
One of the surprises was the information and suggestions that I could use in my fiction writing. There was even a section on self-care for writers and a helpful chapter-by-chapter resource guide at the end.
How-to books don’t always tell you everything you need to know. This one does exactly what it says it will do. It’s full of information with answers to questions I didn’t know I needed to ask. I wish I’d had this years ago when I might have augmented my income with short writing projects.
Note: For several years I worked with Oberlin on the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference. Our meetings were always conference task oriented although occasionally we talked briefly about the novels we were writing. I had no idea about the extent of her writing background and the knowledge she is now sharing. Thank you, Loriann, for this excellent book.