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10 Ways To Not Be A Starving Artist
Looking to turn your passion into profit?
Moonlighting can be fun and lucrative and offer the opportunity to make a
difference while making a living.
by Jennifer Brown Banks
You can enjoy perks from pay to prestige to
early retirement. "Starving artists" no longer have to be. The key is to work
smarter not harder. Its about effective management of your time and resources.
Here are ten ways to reap the fruits of your
1. BE STRATEGIC- Writers often juggle many
demands. Prioritization is key. Spend the hours that you would devote writing
queries to researching markets, requesting writers guidelines, developing ideas
and honing your work. Contrary to what "experts" contend it is entirely possible
to have great publishing success without bombarding editors with queries prior
to submitting your work. The exception being when a publication specifies,
2. REMEMBER, THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS- Always
submit well-researched, professional, error free copy. First impressions are
indeed lasting in this business. The easiest way to brand yourself an amateur is
to produce shabby documents.
3. RECOGNIZE THAT IT TAKES MORE THAN TALENT-
Writing is a business. Continued success requires marketing savvy, discipline,
creativity, organizational abilities and follow-up.
4. DIVERSIFY- Dont get stuck in a rut. The more
genres you dabble in, the greater the odds of generating a steady income,
creating an impressive portfolio and improving your craft.
5. RACK UP ON RESALES- Strive to create pieces
that have marketability with various publications. Typically, articles on
relationships, health and finance are staples. They can be resold to different
general interest magazines, as long as you dont sell away all your authors
rights. This gives you more bang for your buck!
6. IDENTIFY THE APPROPRIATE TARGET MARKETS- This
will greatly enhance your chances of placing your work and saves time. The
Writers Market serves as an excellent reference tool.
7. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MANY ON-LINE
OPPORTUNITIES TODAY- Tapping into on-line markets will increase your visibility
and expose you to an array of interesting E-zines, newsletters and contests.
8. BECOME AN AVID READER- It helps develop an
eye for good literature and audience appeal.
9. NETWORK- As with other professions, its not
always what you know, but who you know that counts. Writers groups and on-line
bulletin boards are invaluable.
10. SET GOALS- Aspire to be the next Danielle
Steel? Fashion yourself an award-winning novelist? Whatever your dream, it
starts with a vision, a game plan and a time-line for making things
By following these 10 guidelines, your checks
will greatly outnumber your rejections and youll be "writing for dollars" in no
© Copyright 2002, Jennifer Brown Banks
Jennifer Brown Banks is the former senior editor of Mahogany Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Business Management and blogs at Penandprosper.blogspot.com
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