Are you an author who hasn’t hit the bestseller list…yet?
As an author, you already possess the necessary skills to earn an income writing. You have a grasp on language, spelling and grammar, sentence structure and self-discipline. Diversifying to supplement your royalties will soon be second nature. Read on to find out how you can make your writing skills work for you.
1. Write articles for revenue share sites – Submitting articles to revenue share sites such as HubPages, Knoji, Info Barrel and so on can give you both exposure as a knowledgeable writer and subsidize your income. Sites such as these often require you to have a Google Adsense account, plus may pay on a performance basis as well.
2. Write articles for blog/website owners – Joining a site such as Fiverr allows you to create gigs in which you can write for other blogs/websites. You specify the topics and number of words you will write for $5.00, then promote the gig on your Social Media profiles. You may also add extras to your basic gig, which will result in additional income.
3. Compose Tweets and Facebook posts for others – Sometimes others are not as good at composing posts for social media, and could use some help. By letting others know you have the ability to create the right phrases and sentences to get results, you can soon be on your way to earning additional income. Fiverr is a good place to start with a gig such as this, as the platform is becoming well-known.
4. Post regularly on your own blog – By adding valuable content to your own blog regularly, you will increase traffic. Try to keep your blog content related to your book(s) so others associate you with your published work. By posting about topics related to your book(s) you will show others you are an expert in your field. Don’t forget to have links to your books/author profile in the sidebar.
5. Proofread and edit small projects – Your writing skills will also come in handy when reading the works of others. If you do not want to spend all of your time writing, proofreading and editing is a nice change of pace. You can choose the length of the project you wish to edit, and the amount of money you wish to earn per project. Proofreading is not as in-depth as editing, so be sure to specify which you are willing to do.
6. Comment on blogs – Blogs rank better in search engines if they have regular interaction. By commenting on the blogs of others, you can increase your online presence. If immediate extra income is not a priority, you can increase your own traffic by interacting with others and linking back to your site. For those of you who are interested in earning a regular income, you can post a gig on Fiverr stating the service you offer. Set your basic gig word count, and as an extra you can offer to share the blog post with your followers. This gives the blog owner (and you) extra exposure, plus the interaction helps them rank higher in the search engines.
7. Ghostwrite – This is perhaps one of the most lucrative ways to earn extra income. Ghostwriting is ideal for the author who has wants only one genre associated with their name, but has other literary interests. For example, if you write nonfiction but have a desire to explore other genres (such as erotica), you may wish to keep your name out of the equation. The rate of pay is considerably higher, as you give up all rights to the work and any royalties that may be derived from it. Pursuing a career in ghostwriting allows you to experiment with a variety of genres, while protecting your reputation (often a desirable option when one has young children).
Writing and publishing a book is great, but it does take time for your marketing efforts to pay off. In the meantime, pick one or more of the ways to supplement your income above. You will not only see an increase in your bank balance, but you will increase your own knowledge by taking on projects which are outside your genre.