If you find yourself writing creative stories for fun or enjoy writing a travel blog, you may want to turn your writing hobby into a career. As it’s easier to get started as a professional writer than you may think. If you’re already daydreaming about being able to quit your day job in order to be a writer, simply continue reading.
Make sure that you don’t take rejection personally:
One of the more difficult realities about being a professional writer is that you’ll need to have relatively thick skin as you may receive a large number of rejection letters. However, don’t be dissuaded as even well-known writers such as JK Rowling received hundreds of rejection letters before they were granted a big break.
Consider self-publishing your own work:
If you keep receiving rejection letters from publishing companies but still believe in your book, it’s a great idea to consider self-publishing your own work. This means that you’ll be able to keep 100% of your profits. If you are ready to publish your first book, you may want to self-publish your first book through Amazon. Especially as you’ll be able to sell digital e-books, which don’t require expensive printing. Which can be a risk as a new writer.
Think about working as a copy-writer in order to bring in an income:
Even if you dream of becoming a mystery writer or writing engaging travel pieces, if you want to bring in money while you’re waiting for your big break, you may want to moonlight as a copywriter, in order to bring in an income. That will help you make ends meet.
Pay for a professional website:
Potential clients will have a far easier job finding you if you have a professional website built by a talented web designer. Ensure that your professional website offers a contact form, which will make it a breeze for potential clients to talk to you about their projects.
Ensure that you have a portfolio of work to show off:
It’s also a great idea to put together a portfolio of artwork to show off to your potential clients, that highlights your skills and talent as a professional writer and sets yourself apart from your competition. Also feel free to upgrade your portfolio over time, in order to showcase how great your writing skills are as time goes by and you become a stronger writer.
If you are an avid reader, you’ll come across writing techniques that work and writing techniques that are lacking, which will help you fine-tune your own skills as a professional writer. So even if you are short on time, make sure to set aside a bit of time each day to read a wide variety of books.
If you’ve spent countless hours brainstorming book ideas or writing a blog and want to turn your passion for writing into a long-term, viable career, it’s well worth actioning all of the tips that are listed above.