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How to Get Started in Food Writing

Food writer Deanna Martinez-Bey shares her thoughts on how to get started in food writing by asking writers to consider the answers to a few questions.

Are you interested in writing about food? Are you wondering what opportunities are available to you as a food writer?

(What Is Food Writing? 4 Critical Keys to Becoming a Food Writer.)

Here are several questions you need to ask yourself if you are interested in getting your foot in the door as a food writer:

  • Do you enjoy writing and publishing articles?
  • Do you prefer working alone or with others?
  • Would you prefer writing a book as opposed to articles about food?
  • If you are interested in writing a book about food, are you interested in writing fiction or nonfiction?

Let's take a closer look at what options are available:

Writing and Publishing Articles

You may be thinking that writing and publishing articles about food is the ideal option for you. Welcome to the wonderful world of food blogging!

Food blogging allows you complete control over the content you publish, how often you post it, and the tone in which you write about it. Not only do you get to create your content, but you also get to create the look of your blog. You get to design it from top to bottom, left to right. You choose the layout, color scheme, fonts, and every detail in between.

If you enjoy working alone, food blogging is the ideal option for you.

How to Get Started in Food Writing

Online Writing Sites

If you enjoy working with others, writing food articles for an online writing site may be the way you want to go. This option also allows you the freedom to write about a specific niche and publish as frequently as you'd like.

The difference between blog writing and writing for an online website such as Vocal.com is that your articles must meet specific word count recommendations and be approved. Another online website you can choose to write for is Medium.com. This website offers more freedom, fewer recommendations, and does not require your articles to pass through an approval process. Both sites do offer compensation for your articles.

Writing for online writing sites typically allows you to work alone, but when it comes to article approval, you need patience as you wait for someone to approve or deny your piece.

Freelance Writing

Freelance food writing is a whole other ballgame. Typically, magazines and websites offer competitive compensation for your articles but are harder to come by.

(4 Places for Writers to Find Those First Freelance Clients.)

The key to becoming a successful freelance food writer is research. First, you must research what websites and magazines publish information pertaining to food. Then, it is up to you to get creative with your writing and reach out with a pitch. After that, it's time to sit and wait and hope that they like your idea and accept it.

If you enjoy working with others, freelance food writing is a terrific option.

Writing a Book

Have you always dreamed about being an author? Nowadays, writing a book is easier than ever. I am an advocate of writing an outline and editing as you go.

You can write your manuscript in a Word document or use a comparable program such as Apache Open Office that allows you the option to save your document as a .doc file. You may be wondering why being able to save your manuscript as a .doc file is important. Fear not! I will tell you. When you upload your manuscript to Amazon or send it to an agent or publisher, this file format is one that is accepted.

Choosing a Genre

Most people think of cookbooks when it comes to writing a book about food. This is absolutely one option. However, you can also choose to write a fiction book about food. Have you ever heard of cozies?

Maybe you are more familiar with the term cozy mystery. These are fiction books that contain a story about a murder and food. Cozies are a great option for an author who wants to write a fiction story that includes food.

Writing books allows you to work alone. However, if you decide to work with an agent or publisher, forming a solid relationship with either of them is essential. So, people skills will be required.

Writing Nonfiction Fundamentals

Research, interview, and explore the subjects that interest you. Then write about what you've learned in Writing Nonfiction 101: Fundamentals. Writing nonfiction is a great way for beginner and experienced writers to break into the publishing industry.

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