Show me the money

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Writers Victoria

Keyboard dollar sign
Show me the money!

Let’s face it. Not all writers are in it for the money. But despite popular mythology (or the worst fears of your parents) choosing a life as a writer doesn’t need to involve financial sacrifice.

From copywriting and online marketing to freelancing and landing a publisher, there are plenty of ways to build a stable career as a writer. And Writers Victoria’s Season 1 2017 program can help you get there.

Writers looking for a steady income and flexible hours can try their hand at copywriting. “It’s not a dirty word,” says tutor Luke Ryan, but rather “the most empathetic of all forms of writing. It requires you to think only of how your words will be read by others.” Better still, copywriting can become a crucial, enjoyable and well-paying part of a sustainable writing career. (And you can join Luke’s webinar on copywriting and your career in March to find out more).

Whether it’s your core practice or a stimulating side venture, freelance journalism also offers independence and creative control. Get a toolkit for getting started with Greg Foyster’s Winter School workshop. You’ll get advice about pitching, planning, interviewing, editing your own work and building a successful business model in this cost-effective Crash Course in Freelance Journalism.

If you’re considering a career in editing, don’t miss Insight into Editing with editor and tutor Penny Johnson. Johnson’s practical tips will give you the tools to start editing and proofing at a line level.

“One trick to help you concentrate is to put a blank piece of paper underneath each line as you read,” Johnson recommends. We hope you’ll emerge from her one-day Summer School workshop with a swag of new skills and knowing what your next steps might be.

If you’re looking into traditional publishing models for your work, you’ll need to give yourself the best chance of success. “It’s never been more challenging than now to be noticed in our highly competitive publishing market,” says WV tutor Erina Reddan. Develop the skills to step outside your work and see it from the markets’ perspective in Reddan’s one-day workshop, Write and Present Your Pitch. Or brush up on your pitching skills with Marie Alafaci’s Pitch Tips webinar in May to find out how your pitch can also help keep you motivated and give you the confidence to treat your fledgling work as the foundation of a great book.

There are also paid opportunities in often-neglected pockets of the writing industry. For example, you can find out how to break into the education market (an area of publishing with opportunities for children’s writers), in George Ivanoff’s workshop in February.

The online space also allows you to take charge of connecting with your readers. Find out about the new array of options for making and marketing ebooks and print books in Your Digital Publishing Options with Dr Euan Mitchell.

Once you start getting yourself published, how do you capitalise on that success? In the business of creativity, the author is the brand. Learn how to professionalise yourself and your writing with Hazel Edwards Authorpreneurship workshop in July.

It’s widely expected these days that authors represent themselves online via platforms like social media, blogs and newsletters. Find out what options are available for authors in Patrick Lenton’s Summer School workshop Creating an Author Platform.

Of course, there’s more to writing than money. There’s also rejection, self-doubt, anxiety, jealousy and other internal wrestling matches. Learn how to handle the inevitable pitfalls of being Funemployed with Justin Heazlewood. Look at the emotional side of being an artist, investigate self-care and success while celebrating the unique protagonist of yourself. “Make your creative journey one of kindness, respect and sustainability,” says Heazlewood. “That way, you can write your way to top and make a few friends along the way.”

We hope that you find a (paid) place for your work this writing year.