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Why Writing More Doesn’t Always Mean More Money

Making money at it is an endless hustle


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Jeff Trewhella

3 years ago | 4 min read

We really love writing, don’t we?

But making money at it is an endless hustle: pitching article ideas and submitting short stories and chapters from your novel, then waiting to hear back from editors and agents.

And then there are the freelance sites. You’re always bidding on jobs, wondering if your bid was low enough to undercut everyone else.

Do I need to mention the content mills, where your work is essentially given away?

It’s no wonder that most freelancers aren’t happy with their writing incomes, and can’t imagine making a decent living at it.

What you’re probably doing wrong

So in efforts to stoke their incomes, they write more, submit more, and pitch more, figuring that if they just increase their output their incomes will improve. Seems like a logical assumption.

After all, it stands to reason that a greater effort will be rewarded with a greater income.

But it doesn’t always work that way. Often, more pitches just lead to more rejection slips papering writers’ bedroom walls.

And bidding on more jobs just means — well, bidding on more jobs. Just because you bid on more jobs doesn’t mean you’ll win those jobs.

And how much good will it do to crank out more $5 articles at content mills?

What exactly is the problem here?

Why what you’re doing isn’t working

What’s wrong is that every time you get an idea for a magazine article or novel, or write another short story, you’re starting from scratch.

That is, you have to sell yourself all over again, each and every time. Even to publications which have published you before.

Think about it: when was the last time you were ever assigned anything worthwhile?

The same thing happens at the freelance sites. New jobs are posted, so new bids go out. And even if a client gives you repeat work, you’re not being paid what you’re really worth. The bidders know this. And deep inside, you know it too.

I know this is kind of a bleak picture, but there is a way out.

Here is the way to a better writing life

What if I told you that a writing world existed in which there were clients who were willing to pay you what you deserve?

A world in which clients kept you in their stable of writers and actually contacted you to assign work to you?

Well, such a world does exist, and with the proper training you can enter this world.

I’m talking about the world of copywriting, and it can completely transform your writing world from one of frustration to one of infinite satisfaction.

All you have to do is open your mind to it.

This is how great your new writing life can be

Why does copywriting pay so well? Because you bring revenue to businesses with your words. You become their money man (or, money person).

And you don’t have to sell yourself each and every time. You’ve already sold yourself to your clients. You’re one of their go-to writers.

Most copywriters work remotely, setting their own hours. Clients don’t care when they write, as long as they get the work done.

There is a wide range of work in copywriting, so you don’t ever get bored. Some examples include sales letters, emails, landing pages, PPC ads, ad inserts, and so on.

There is also copy that is less salesy and centers on building relationships with customers. This type of copy includes blog posts, newsletters, and white papers.

Work remotely. Set your own hours. Work as little or as much as you want.

And still have time to pursue your fiction writing — without the added pressure of having to sell it because you need the money.

Sound cool?

What you need to do, starting right now, to improve your writing fortunes

You’re smart enough and talented enough to become a copywriter, but you will need to be properly trained.

Copywriting is a unique language. It’s the language of influence, of persuasion.

But no college has a curriculum focused on it. There are no copywriting degrees. And no other course of study in literature or creative writing will prepare you for it.

You’ll need to find a good copywriting course. Start by Googling “copywriting courses” and read each course’s reviews. See if you can contact former or current students to get their opinions of the courses.

Make sure to get a money-back guarantee, or at least a free trial.

See that the course gives assignments that include feedback from the instructor.

And be sure to choose a course that’s taught by an actual working copywriter who is available to answer your questions.

I’ve shown you where to start, but it’s up to you to take action. You do have a choice: you can stay on the same writing treadmill you’ve been on, or you can join the legion of copywriters who are enjoying a wide, wonderful world of writing (and income) opportunity.

The sooner you take action, the sooner you can change your life forever. Don’t think about it. Just do it. Now.

You’ll be so glad you did.

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