• Megan Gieske

How to Make Money as a Writer

Updated: Mar 23



I wish a writer in the position I am in now (independent full-time freelancing) had given me advice even three years ago. So, here’s all I know so far.


I’ll never forget how many people in university asked me “How will you make any money doing that?” when I said I was studying creative writing. It seems ridiculous now, now that I’ve moved abroad and am a fully independent freelance writer with multiple contracts and am finishing a book.


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Read on for the best of my advice on how to earn an income as a freelance writer.


 

ASK FOR ADVICE


I'm not afraid to slide into another writer’s DM’s. (And you can slide into mine)! If you believe in the abundance principle, you believe one writer’s success doesn’t mean less success for you, so you can give of what you know and ask about what you don’t.


BUILD A COMMUNITY


Build a community of writers whose opinions you trust and ask them for it. Rely on those connections you’ve spent time making. Writers whose writing you like and who make you feel like writing, not writers who make you feel like you’re not a writer.


DON’T GIVE UP


In high school, my favorite author was Charles Dickens. Dickens didn’t write my favorite book until he was forty-eight. Imagine if every writer you know quit by forty-eight except you because you won't give up!


DON’T BE AFRAID OF REJECTION


There’s a lot of rejection in this career. I recently talked to one writer who sent 200+ pitches in a year and only got four publications from them. It really does happen to everyone. Be like water. Flow free. Let it roll off your shoulders. Think about it as long as it helps you improve but don’t focus on it.


PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE


The longest relationship I’ve had with an editor started with a Google search. Success isn’t just about talent. It takes a lot of cold pitching email addresses that often feel like a black hole.


ASK FOR WHAT YOU’RE WORTH


Don't sell your words short. A publication’s first offer is never their best offer. Don't be afraid to ask for what you deserve.








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