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Why EVERY Writer Is a “Writer for Hire”

I’m in the midst of potty-training my toddler, so when I awoke this morning, in the dark dawn before my alarm, to the sound of her screaming “POO!”—well, needless to say I jumped out of bed a smidge faster than I usually do.

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“POO!” she screeched as my fingers scrambled across the nightstand for my glasses, my foggy mind already assessing the possibilities: Does she just have to go, or has she already gone? Is it in her pajamas? “POO! POO! POO!” she yelled more frantically as I stumbled down the hall. Maybe, I thought with growing alarm, it’s OUTSIDE of her pajamas.

I burst through her door to find her searching fruitlessly through her covers for the stuffed Winnie the Pooh she’d left in the living room.

Which is to say that (thankfully) things aren’t always what they seem.

Our “Writer for Hire” themed issue of the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest hits newsstands this week, and if you hear the term “Writer for Hire” and think it might not apply to you and the kind of writing you do, think again.

Every type of writer can find ways to make more money writing with the tips inside.

Why You (Yes, You!) Are Already a Writer for Hire

  • Even if your only online home is a simple blog, you might be able to turn it into an unexpected moneymaker using Jane Friedman’s “8 Ways to Make Money From Your Website.” (Her article covers everything from simple PayPal “tip jars” to sponsored content to digital “products” you might not have thought of. For a more detailed preview, check out our online exclusive sidebar, "Making Money From Your Website: Models for Success," showcasing standout examples of her suggested techniques in action.)
  • Even if you aren’t a ghostwriter, you’ll likely find that John Peragine’s “Ghostwriting Business Blueprint” can serve as a useful guide for growing any type of writing business.
  • Even if you haven’t laid the groundwork for a full-time freelancing career, you might be able to start landing bylines sooner than you think following the methods in “Just Say Yes,” where Jeff Somers shares how he went from zero experience to zero day job in record time.
  • Even if you have a traditional publisher for your book (and of course if you’re self-publishing), you’ll need to do a lot of promotional legwork—which is why author and marketing pro Nick Courage shares his secrets for how to “Hire Yourself” to be your own best publicist.

How You Can Make More Money Writing, Starting Now

You’ll learn all of the above and more from the “Writer for Hire” package in the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest. Preview the full table of contents here.

Especially if you’ve been feeling stymied in your writing’s “value” in any way, I encourage you to seek out this issue at your favorite newsstand or library, or download this guide to help you make more money writing right now. You might find your words can easily be worth more than you think.

TTFN (with a nod to the better Pooh—ta ta for now!),

Jessica Strawser

Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest magazine

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