I just finished reading a brilliant post on copyblogger.com. The article is aimed at bloggers but holds just as true for all writers.
The article title is Steal This Trick: The #1 Secret of Confident Bloggers and is well worth the read. By the way, whenever I send you to a blog post it is in your best interests to not just read the post but the conversation which follows – the comments.
In this article, by Sonia Simone, she talks about how you need to make yourself stand out from the crowd by embracing your inner weirdness. But that isn’t quite enough, you also need to get in front of the crowd so they can see your weirdness.
Think Stephen King, Kiss, David Bowie, Billy Connolly, Robin Williams and many, many more. They have become famous for being different. They stand out from the crowd but they play in a big crowd.
There is probably little point in writing the strangest book on keeping millipedes, even if you sell a copy to everyone who is interested in this topic there is little chance that you’ll break even on the print costs, even on an ebook.
I know and understand that there are many of you who think that “real” writers only write fiction novels but this is erroneous. There are many excellent writers who write everything from fiction to factual or period novels, screen plays, advertising, newspaper articles, scientific reports, travel reviews and many more.
These are all real writers crafting quality work and there are massive opportunities for anyone who wants to write to get paid very well for writing every single day without ever having a hard cover book with a glossy cover on the shelves at Barns & Nobel.
An interesting thing though is that many of these journeymen and women end up writing excellent novels as well. They have spend many years learning how to write well and so when they do turn their hand to the novel they do an excellent job.
Cut and paste – you can get (well) paid to write. Don’t limit your thinking to just a novel. Have a good look around. Want more info? Just ask.