We’ve heard people say a writer can make a living doing what we love most, but is it really true? If so, what is the secret?

Hundreds of thousands of writers have had one united thought - "I wish I could make a living writing".

Here’s a NEWS FLASH: Even mediocre writers can make a living writing! So why do we oft times fail? Usually because we don’t try hard enough and/or because we don’t get the proper training. However, there is one more good reason why we fail, and that’s because we are drowning in credit card debt. 

For the sake of argument, let’s say we are not encumbered with such debt, and that we would be satisfied with making a moderate living at writing. The question then becomes, how do we do it? Believe it or not, the answer is relatively simple once we understand how the system works.

Most articles don’t sell the first time out, so let’s pretend we submit an article to a magazine three times before it is accepted. Since each submission takes about three months response time, we have nine months tied up in that one article. The publisher will usually pay upon publication, which will be another three to six months of waiting. That’s a 12-15 month wait for one article. That’s why magazines cannot be a full-time writer’s primary source of livelihood

The secret lies in selling articles to newspapers for $15 to $20 a shot, plus $5 extra for each picture. The articles will be shorter and quicker for us to write. Newspapers won’t be so picky as to whether we have sold the article before. Further, there is an inexhaustible supply of newspapers to sell to. Check them out at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_newspapers_in_the_United_States_by_circulation, and pick the ones with big circulation. They buy faster, print daily or weekly, and pay immediately.

We keep the articles rolling constantly, and RESELL the ones that have sold already. Over a period of time, we’ll know the editors by name and we will know more of what they are looking for. That’s when almost every article will sell on first submission. And, while we’re making our living that way, we can submit to magazines in our spare time.

Some writers have heard of this before, yet there they sit, still wishing they could write full time. Why is that? Maybe it’s because writing for a living isn’t as romantic as it sounds. Maybe it’s because it’s very hard work. Maybe it’s because most of us wouldn’t be so satisfied barely eeking out a living.

Or maybe it’s because we are still saying, "I can’t do that," when what we really mean is – "I choose not to put myself on the line."

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