Writing For Wealth


Fingers race across the keyboard with the speed of hallow points flying through the air in a gun fight.  Eyes are sore and tired as the images on the screen become blurred with exhaustion from the computer’s glare.  Two years of utilizing a desktop in the public library has the blogger sleeping in a homeless shelter with only pennies and dust bunnies in his pockets.  He casually strolls out of the building with the thought of tearing up every story or blog he has ever written before submitting applications and resumes for conventional employment.  Countless writers dream of sitting upon their beds as sunlight strokes their eyes before reaching for their laptops on the nightstand to begin their day of work.  This is the ideal image for many wanting to procure money by writing, but an endeavor of this nature is not easily achieved, period.  People often sacrifice many hours of pleasure or leisure with years of typing and applying to different publishers and publications before getting positive feedback or acceptance to write for a famous publisher or publication.  A person should really have a passionate devotion to writing before attempting to procure wealth from it because depression, nooses, or rejections letters will visit someone attempting to live from their writing before that check with seven figures is deposited in their checking account.  Three primary aspects to writing for wealth exist: fundamentals, submission guidelines, and marketing. 

  Having the fundamentals of writing mastered is one of the most crucial parts of attaining money through writing.  This is one of the most basic cornerstones of the craft, yet many aspiring writers and authors still underestimate the value of practicing the most rudimentary principles of writing.  Grammar is very essential to maintaining an audience or a following for writing.  Having one mistake in a manuscript will not have an author’s career sentenced to death row; however, possessing too many improper tenses, misspellings, improper cases, or misapplied punctuative marks will not increase anyone’s eligibility for a Pulitzer Prize.  Some readers will scrutinize a writer’s work with intensity of a scientist examining particles through an electron microscope.  All readers will not obsess over minor details, but most will stop reading if there are too many errors interrupting their flow of the text.  Authors will leap at the opportunity to publicize their written work before proper editing has been applied to it.  Nevertheless, this course of action reflects flying twenty thousand feet without making sure the plane has enough fuel for the flight.  Always proofread for basic writing principles before exhibiting one’s work. 

Adhering to submission guidelines is another matter to take, seriously.   It is imperative to adhere to these standards for every publication before submitting one’s work.  Otherwise, it will be discarded and rejected before it is viewed by an editor to fully evaluate its acceptance.  This is especially important for those utilizing traditional publishers because these guidelines allow a publishing editor to reduce rooms full of submissions he or she has to read before determining if it will become printed with their company or not.  Each publisher’s submission guidelines are different, so no one should make the mistake of assuming all publishers are the same.  Careful attention to details regarding submissions should have the utmost importance; otherwise, an author’s manuscript will contribute to a landfill.  Self publishing tends to be much more lenient in this regard.  However, their standards can result in rejection as well if they are ignored.  Therefore, paying attention to the established guidelines will save a great deal of time and misery.  Observing the rules for submission guidelines with each publisher will not necessarily guarantee acceptance, but it will substantially increase one’s chances of being published. 

Marketing necessitates strategy and careful implementation for anyone who wants to benefit from their writing, financially.  It is not enough to want to distribute any written work to the public.  Everything is not for everyone, so knowing this means everyone will not be willing to spend money on something simply because it is available for purchase.  One needs to know the type of people who will more than likely be interested in the work and where to find them.  Then, having the type of advertising that specifically draws their attention will also determine the best way to sell a book or other printed material.   For instance, if an author writes a book about the best preparation for chicken, turkey, fish, or roasted beef, it should not be sold in a place, which caters to vegetarians because it is not something to have any practicality for them.  One needs to consider the audience they are targeting.  One should also ensure one does not waste time or money creating the type of products that will not interest them.  Studying one’s target audience and the most likely means for them to obtain their products will increase one’s chances of selling to them. 

Therefore, knowing the fundamentals of writing such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics should be any writer’s priority unless they already have a very substantial foundation for the subject before releasing the writing.  Then, careful attention and adherence to submission guidelines will increase the probability the author will be published by a publisher.  Having the resources and knowledge to target and sell to the right audience with the appropriate marketing will increase sales.  Applying these principles to one’s endeavors to write for profit will substantially multiply one’s chances of selling books.

Courtney Smith