Ready to start earning money from your writing? Here are some great links.
- If you're into writing novels or non-fiction book-length pieces- You can sell your book (either through traditional publishing or self-publishing). This won't be covered here. I've written about what to expect in terms of Making a Living from Writing books here. Learn some fascinating facts and actual figures on how much you can make publishing books there.
- If you're into writing articles and other content- Become a freelance writer. See below for some great links
- If you love writing short fiction- Submit to fiction markets (magazines and literary journals). Market listings are given below.
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In general, the best place for market information would be resources such as WritersMarket.Com. However, these sites charge fees for access or subscriptions. I provide a number of links below that do not charge any fee yet provide a lot of information on markets for writers.
- http://www.freelancewriting.com/ Not only does this site have articles on writing tips, but it also features jobs, writing contests
- http://freelancewrite.about.com/ Since this is an About.com site, it provides lots of tips and how-to articles, as well as links to other related About.com pages.
- http://www.online-writing-jobs.com/ As the URL suggests, this is a site for job ads
- http://freelancewrite.about.com/ Has tips and articles on freelance writing
- http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/ This has job ads and writing tips
- http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/786/five-steps-to-starting-a-freelance-writing-career/ Gives great tips for those wanting to take the plunge into freelance writing
General listings (not genre-specific)
- Duotrope Digest My personal favourite. Provides excellent statistics on response times and acceptance rates; provides a submission tracker free of charge (you just need to register as user- also free of charge); has hundreds (thousands?) of market listings; great search engine allows you to search by submission mode (electronic vs. postal) and sort by response time. acceptance rate, and more
- Fiction Factor Has links to various lists by genre
- Absolute Write Flash Fiction Market Listing- Lists flash fiction markets; will also take you to Duotrope Digest and Ralan's Webstravaganza. I also write about flash fiction markets on my post here
- NewPages.com Not very easy to navigate or browse, but lists notable literary magazines and journals with phone and email contacts
- Ralan's Webstravaganza- excellent exhaustive list on paying and non-paying markets. The first stop for most SFF writers
- Fiction Factor sci-fi- sci-fi listings
- SFFWA qualifying markets - if you want to qualify for membership in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, submit to these markets
- Write Words Directory of Fiction Magazines - requires full membership for a fee to access
- Fiction factor romance- romance listings
- Short Mystery Fiction Markets - self-explanatory title
So go start writing and submitting your work. May you make some money doing what you love.