How do you earn money as a writer? Curious if anyone here's had some success with publishing, freelance articles, etc...
The standards for op-ed pieces online at even the reputable news agencies don't look very high(other than political slant) and there's still the minefield of nepotism and politik to navigate when it comes to popular communities like the Hugos. Thoughts?
I'm a writer but the ad agency kind, not the kind that scores you points in hipster coffee shops.
I did freelance journalism for a while. That's viable-ish but you often have to come up with ideas for stories yourself... It takes a sincere interest in the beat you're covering to succeed at it.
I dunno man.
I'm inclined to call that a pipe dream or close to it. It won't happen without spectacular effort at relatively low pay.
I've heard of people doing the magazine and content hustle, the pay seems to max out at about 30 grand a year and that's working crazy hours. I'd honestly try my hand at getting a blog going before I'd bother with that kind of grind.
Basically, you REALLY have to love it, because the money won't be there, at least not at first.
>How do you earn money as a writer?
For the most part, you don't.
Literary magazines are a massive circlejerk so unless you have an MFA and know a lot of people involved with magazines, you shouldn't even consider that as a money-making option.
Scoring points in hipster coffee joints is hardly anyone's idea of a goal I'd think, even here. It's more respectable working for an ad agency, I had one employer suggest an analyst position for those with polysci/mil experience. The pay isn't fantastic however, true.
I'd avoid magazines entirely unless its submitting occasional work to journals as a way to get your name out.