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How to monetize your writing

Writing is a great way to express yourself and make money simultaneously. But you must be willing to do the work because writing isn’t easy. There are many ways writers can earn money from their writing:

Writing a book

Writing a book can be the most incredible way to build your brand, attract attention, and market yourself. It can be an effective marketing tool, especially if you seek speaking opportunities or other professional services. Selling your book can either be done through your website or otherwise. Sources through online platforms can be an option, e.g., Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play books, etc.

Create an online course.

Setting up an online course is the best way to make money from your writing. An online system can be anything from a top-down, in-depth guide on using a particular software or service (like Udemy) to more general information about writing and publishing.

There are many ways that people can take advantage of their knowledge and expertise by creating an online course. One popular format is Udemy’s platform, where anyone can publish their classes for anyone else who wants them. Otherwise, enrolling in creative programs offered by a university in your country can also be an option. However, these programs may take years to complete.

Teach writing workshops

Teaching workshops are a great way to earn money writing. The benefits are that you can keep the hours flexible, and it’s easy to find clients. The challenges are that it takes time away from writing, and there’s no guarantee that people will pay for what they learn in class.

To get started teaching workshops:
  • Find a topic that interests you and write about it in an article format, then sell away on a platform like Kindle, etc.
  • Create an outline of all the things people should know before taking your course so that there is enough. Weigh the importance of the content you write against its value to the reader. Focus on presenting information worth reading instead of merely showcasing new skills. Ensure everyone gets value from attending without feeling overwhelmed by too much material thrown at them within two days.”

Publish a newsletter

A newsletter is a regular, periodic email from you to your list of subscribers. Like everything else in this guide, easy ways for people to subscribe and unsubscribe from your newsletters are essential.

You can create a simple HTML newsletter using Mailchimp or Campaign Monitor. The first step is deciding what kind of content you’d like to share with readers—and then writing an introduction about why people should care about what they’re getting.

You are growing your audience! You’ll want someone who has already signed up as a subscriber, so they will have access to you when you start sending out new updates. Otherwise, they won’t know anything has changed until their inbox fills up with your emails.”

Writing for magazines and other publications

If you’re writing for magazines and other publications, you must know what they want. Similarly, suppose you’re looking for a journal willing to pay for your work. In that case, it helps if you know the specific audience who will read the article.

If a publication doesn’t pay but has a large audience, you may still want to try submitting. We do not wish to leave any stone unturned. Suppose the publisher doesn’t pay either but has an engaged community of readers who respond well to new writers’ work (or aren’t offended by it). In that case, these publications might be worth pursuing regardless of whether or not they offer payment upfront.

Be a regular blog & contributor.

It’s a great way to earn money while you learn and build your skills.

You can write articles or guest blog posts relevant to your audience and make money from them. You can write about anything, including sports, travel, and health.

Some blogs pay per article, while others pay per pageview or email subscriber/social media follower/inbound link.

Start an outreach campaign to land guest posts.

If you want to start an outreach campaign, it’s essential to understand what makes a good pitch email. A professional email is concise and clear, with the right tone that says, “I’m looking for opportunities.” It should include your contact information (name, website) and sample writing samples so potential employers can see what kind of content you produce. Take on freelance projects if they excite you, but don’t feel pressured to accept anything that doesn’t.

It’s also helpful when pitching guest posts on other sites or blogs if they’re relevant in some way. Show off your writing skills. An how passionate about the topic at hand you are. Having passion shows up in everything, from how well-written your pitches are to how much effort goes into making them happen, leading us back to where we started).

Start your blog or website, then monetize it.

The first step to making money with your writing is choosing the right topic. Are you interested in blogging about something that has been on your mind lately, or do you want to start a business selling products?

If it’s the latter, then make sure what you’re selling fits into the market. For example, suppose I wanted to sell my homemade soap recipe, and there were already tons of websites doing this niche well. In that case, I might not be able to make much money off them. Because there are so many other companies offering similar services at a lower price point than mine ($5/bar instead of $12), if this doesn’t sound fun enough, then maybe try something else!

Writing can be profitable if you’re willing to work hard and think creatively.

Writing is a business. It can be profitable if you’re willing to work hard and think creatively.

Writing is also a skill that can be learned, improved with practice, and monetized by selling your work for money or services that help others communicate better.


I hope this blog post inspired your passion for writing and making money after writing professionally for over ten years. I have found many ways to monetize my work, but none have been straightforward. Trying and testing many methods before I figured out the best way forward—and it took even more time before it all clicked into place! But now that I’ve found success as an entrepreneur who makes her living from her words. I want everyone else who sees themselves as writers (or artists!) to find similar success. Don’t give up on your dreams just yet!

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