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How to Double Your Writing Income!

A professional career coach, Marcy has helped hundreds refine their resumes, improve their interviewing skills, and advance their careers.

You can increase your income from writing by using these tips!

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Get Paid More Money for Your Writing

You can increase your earnings for almost every article or blog you write if you follow these easy tips!

If you’ve started writing online, or landed a coveted assignment to write a magazine or newspaper article, you may be able to convert it to a bigger assignment, or even an ongoing writing gig. Here's how you can expand the revenue potential of your writing:

Write a Sidebar: Sidebars are those small ‘extra’ pieces that often accompany a larger article. They’re generally featured in a shaded box to one side of the main piece. Just so you’ll know - the term ‘sidebar’ was borrowed from the legal field, and refers to those whispered conversations between lawyers and judges to the side of the bench.

If you're writing your own blog or website, simply add an extra piece that will increase the appeal of the page or site.

If you freelance for a site or publication, be sure you have a few ideas in mind when you offer to do the sidebar (don’t just ask the editor if you can write one). When you show the editor you can offer additional value or content, he or she may well go for it.

It’s extra work, so it should command extra pay, but a bit less than the main piece. If you’re going to get $150 for the an article, for example, you might expect $50 for a short sidebar that expands on some element of the original story. Articles can have more than one sidebar, too, by the way, so let your ideas flow.

Keep the topic alive from issue to issue

Write about it every month - or even weekly

Write about it every month - or even weekly

You Can Turn One Writing Assignment Into Several More Gigs

Suggest a series of articles: Editors are always hungry for content ideas. If you see more than one direction you can take a story, see whether it could become a series of at least three pieces. This will give you an ongoing temporary assignment for the negotiation time spent for only one of the pieces. Freelancers spend a lot of time just getting assignments; by turning one article assignment into a series of three or four stories, you in effect increase the amount you’re being paid for your time. Don’t forget to pitch sidebars during the series, so you’ll get even more mileage.

Create your own series! If you're a blogger or have your own website, think in terms of continuity. Scatter-shooting your ideas is like scatter-shooting your revenue - readers don't know what to expect when they land on your pages. Sure - some writers gain a following - but they're known for certain themes, such as food, humor, do-it-yourself tips, etc. Even if you're a generalist, you can create more impact by indexing your articles by topic, creating a series on one topic, or even branching out to create new websites (which can have unique looks). Go for it!

Develop an ongoing column: Websites and magazines need regular ‘departments’ about topics, such as technology, fashion, food, entertainment and others. Many newer sites or magazines are good sources for developing ongoing gigs. If you’re writing about a topic that has broad interest (such as dining out) but there’s no ongoing department yet, offer to write a regular column about that topic. You’ll have a regular writing gig, and will build clips quickly as you produce a weekly or monthly piece. If the editor likes the idea but says there’s not enough space or budget to go with a column in each issue, suggest every other week or month, or even quarterly, as a way to keep the topic in front of readers.

To show how your column can benefit the publication; suggest a few issues’ worth of ideas. If you’re writing for a magazine, gear the ideas to upcoming themes for each issue. For newspapers or other outlets, suggest ideas that have a seasonal appeal or otherwise fit the timeline of publications.

One caveat – if your publication brings you on as the education columnist (or whatever), there may not always be space for your pieces each month. Freelance work is never a sure thing until you get payment, so learn to budget your expenses accordingly.

Make more money through photos and sidebars

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Other Ways to Earn Money From Writing

Pitch additional stories: We always uncover other story ideas when we research and write a piece. Keep notes on other interesting topics you come across and use the assignment to build your relationship with the editor by pitching additional stories for subsequent weeks or months.

Add photos: You are even more valuable to an editor if you can provide ‘art’ for your stories (photos, graphs or other visuals). Almost everyone has a decent digital camera these days. If you have to interview someone, take your camera and get interesting shots of them at work or in the environment or context of the story. You can also find and submit suggestions for art from Internet sources; as always, be certain there’s no watermark or copyright issue.

Note: If you take your own photos, you may or may not be paid for them, depending on the publication. Some publications pay additionally, but with others, writers are expected to turn in 'art' for no extra fee.This may not sound fair (and probably isn't), but that's how it is. The upsides, though, are that you'll raise your stock with the editor and you'll also have published photo credits to add to your portfolio.

Develop it into a hub or blog: If you’ve written a great story, but there’s no opportunity to take it further with a publication, consider adapting the idea to this site or to a blog. You’ll need to revise the content to avoid duplication, but since you’ve already researched the piece and produced a story, it will take you less time than developing a story from scratch.

These are just a few ways you can increase the revenue potential of a piece. Once you start thinking along these lines, you’ll come up with additional ideas to expand your income from writing.

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Comments

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 24, 2013:

Marcy, these are great ideas. I am so impressed with your writing, too. It's so smooth and clear. Great hub!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on November 04, 2012:

Hi, WritingLover - yes - both got here safely! Thanks for your kind comments; it sounds like your hubs would be very useful for those doing research. One thing I learned that helped attract readers is to use keywords in the title and subheadings. Those are the words Google grabs when trying to match content to search terms. Good luck on all that! And thanks for reading here.

Jennifer from Lost...In Video Games and Stories on November 03, 2012:

I don't think my first comment made it here, so I hope you don't mind if you find two comments from me.

I like this hub! I have done two literary pieces (from college) on here. One deals with "Vanity Fair" by Thackeray and I did another on Walt Whitman and Freedom. I added some content to my "Vanity Fair" essay so I'm hoping that'll bring more readers. I might do a little bit more research on Whitman and then re-adjust that one; otherwise, I'm stumped. Thumbs up for usefulness!

Jennifer from Lost...In Video Games and Stories on November 03, 2012:

This is very useful. I actually did put one or two hubs up (that are not creative stories) and they're re-writes of papers that I did in college. One happens to be on Ameila Osborne Sedley from "Vanity Fair" and I did another on Walt Whitman and Freedom. I added a little more content to my "Vanity Fair" essay so I'm hoping that will bring back some readers. I've still to do some readjustments for Walt Whitman. Thumbs up for usefulness!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on October 23, 2012:

So glad you like the hub, HoneyBB! Please let us know if these tips work for you - and thanks for your kind comments!

H Lax on October 23, 2012:

This blog has awesome advice. Thanks for all the info.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on August 14, 2012:

Sidebars are a longtime tradition with non-fiction and journalism, and they should command an additional fee for freelance writers. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Umbertoobrian.

umbertoobrian from Speedway, Indiana on August 14, 2012:

I have read several good non-fiction books that frequently incorporate sidebars. That looks like a great idea for a small, well researched piece. Thanks.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on June 27, 2012:

Hi, Anju - many thanks for reading, and for your kind comments! So glad you like the hub!

Anju Agarwal from India on June 27, 2012:

Wonderful article. I found it very informative and helpful. The information given in this hub I will take in use. Thanks.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on May 24, 2012:

Hi, Vietfoodchannel - I'm so glad you like the article! Thanks for your comments here.

vietfoodchannel from london on May 24, 2012:

Thank you so much Marcy for sharing, I found it very helpful especially the part of develop a column and pitching for our discovered ideas

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 26, 2012:

I'm so glad you like the hub, sholland! Thanks for reading and commenting here.

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on March 26, 2012:

Marcy, thank you for the useful information. I have a hard time writing 500 word hubs, so I like the idea of splitting articles into series. (I am working on it, though.) Votes and shares! :-)

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 26, 2012:

Thanks, homesteadbound - I am so glad you liked the hub!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on March 26, 2012:

I am always excited to read ideas from someone who has been successful in what they are writing about. This is so many great ideas. Thanks so much!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 25, 2012:

I completely understand how you feel about that, cclitgirl - just today, I unpacked several boxes of very old work papers from a few long-ago positions. It was that sort of stuff we think we might need one day and than years later we winder why we kept it. Even though all my positions had to do with writing, and I enjoyed them at the time, I'm happy to be working for myself now. I truly hope you can reach your goal; you are an amazing and talented writer.. I will be pulling for you - I know you can do it!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 25, 2012:

Marcy - I commented before, but I had to stop by again. Your writing is outstanding and you have great ideas!! I really, really would like to work for myself and quit my day job (yesterday, please?) and this provides such invaluable information. Bravo.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 25, 2012:

Thanks, BuyaBiz - I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 25, 2012:

Your skill for photography and eye for good ways to illustrate your stories will definitely be a selling point for your writing, Christianajohan - thanks for reading and commenting on the hub!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 25, 2012:

Thanks, Kris - I know what you mean about spotting a new twist on your articles and taking it in an additional direction. It gets your ideas flowing for entirely new topics, too. Thanks for reading and commenting, and good luck on your writing!

BizVT34 from USA on March 25, 2012:

good ideas, helpful and easy. Vited up and the rest.

Thanks,

christianajohan on March 25, 2012:

I believe I am effective with adding photos since I am very fond of taking pictures. Thanks for this hub. I have gained good information here.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on March 25, 2012:

Very nice hub! I ran across this one and several others in the HP interview.

I've noticed that the more I write, the easier I'm finding to take a small sidebar idea from an article I've written and spin off. I makes it easy to create additional content with the articles feeding off each other.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 25, 2012:

Thanks so much for your kind comments! I'm glad you like the hub, Deepateresa!

DEEPA JOHN from Trivandrum, Kerala,India on March 25, 2012:

Great hub and clear cut ideas.

Thanks

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 13, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Ruby - I'm so glad you found the article helpful. I've gotten several additional assignments from various pieces by using these strategies. I hope you do, too!

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on March 12, 2012:

Thanks for a great hub. So many stories are worth redoing! I have never thought of side bars. What a great idea. Now to get busy writing and rewriting, and submitting all of our wonderful stuff. You have given us some wonderful insights. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 12, 2012:

Thanks, syedsaqid - I'm glad you liked the hub!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 11, 2012:

I'm so glad you've seen how this can work, Joyette - it's really a great way to get more mileage from our work. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on March 11, 2012:

I like your last point. I have explored this to a certain extent and I think it's a worthwhile idea. In fact, I have already published four such articles and as you say, they certainly took less time!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 11, 2012:

Thanks, htodd - I'm glad you liked the hub!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 11, 2012:

Hi, Greatstuff - I'm so glad you found new areas of opportunity here! Thanks for your comments.

htodd from United States on March 11, 2012:

Hi Marcy,

Great post ..Thanks

Mazlan from Malaysia on March 11, 2012:

You have come out with ideas that some of us would just dismiss them. Thanks for sharing.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 09, 2012:

Thank you, OCDKids! I hope some of these work for you and help expand your writing assignments!

OCDKids from North Carolina on March 09, 2012:

I really appreciate this article. You offer excellent ideas and alternatives for getting our writing noticed.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 08, 2012:

Thank you, onie - I'm so glad you found the hub helpful.

onie on March 08, 2012:

Very good article thanks for sharing this idea.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 07, 2012:

Thanks, old albion - I'm so glad you found ideas here that you like. Welcome to HubPages! It's good to have you here.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on March 07, 2012:

Clear and very concise. Easy and simple to follow. Thank you.

Best Wishes.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 29, 2012:

Thanks for sharing thoughts from your professional background, Sinea! The magazines I've written for usually buy one-time rights, so the content can be used again or reworked. Parenting is such a great topic on this site.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on February 29, 2012:

Marcy, I write for a local parent magazine and these are such great ideas for developing new opportunities. So glad you suggested re-writing old articles into hubs. The copyright to mine belongs to the magazine but I am always able to take my research notes and re-tool it into something new for HubPages. Voted up and useful

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 28, 2012:

I know what you mean about making the transition from newspapers to online writing, Vinaya! The good news is that your experience in writing will help you tackle the biggest challenge, which is content!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on February 27, 2012:

As a freelance writer, I write for print and online. As a newspaper writer, I do make money, but I'm struggling with online writing. I have always written for my hone audience, and I'm working hard to captivate international readers.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 13, 2012:

Thanks for reading, daisynicolas - I appreciate your comments!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 13, 2012:

Thanks, mljdgulley - I appreciate your comments! Glad you found the hub helpful!

daisynicolas from Alaska on February 13, 2012:

Seems like everyone is saying about the same thing about this hub, and thanking you for it. I've joined in this band.

mljdgulley354 on February 13, 2012:

These are wonderful ideas and they work for even weekly newspapers. Thank you for sharing them.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 13, 2012:

Thanks, savingkathy! We have so many talented writers on this site - it's a great place to learn, isn't it? I appreciate your comments!

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on February 13, 2012:

There are lots of great ideas in this hub. Thanks for sharing, Marcy. I always appreciate your tips on writing.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 13, 2012:

Thanks, Brett - Your analogy of the series hubs is spot on. All we need to do is to think of our writing as having that same potential!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 13, 2012:

Hi, cclitgirl - I hope you get some gigs from your work here, too - you write outstanding hubs! Thanks for commenting!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 13, 2012:

Thank you, Millionaire Tips - and I like your term 'leveraging,' - I may edit the hub to use that language!

Shasta Matova from USA on February 13, 2012:

These are all great ideas. Leveraging one idea into more to increase your free lancing income is helpful.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on February 13, 2012:

Marcy - I secretly hope I get some freelance gigs from my writing here at HubPages. What a great hub! Voted up and SHARING.

Brett C from Asia on February 12, 2012:

Some great suggestions, I often find that hubs branch out into series, so why not make a conscious effort to do this with your paid writing.

Up, useful and SOCIALLY SHARING for all the avid writers amongst us.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 10, 2012:

Thanks alocsin! I agree - once you learn this strategy, you can greatly multiply your income from just one writing gig.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 10, 2012:

I think leveraging one story into several is one that most successful article writers use. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 07, 2012:

Hi, Injured lamb - I'm glad you found the tips useful! Thanks for reading and commenting!

Injured lamb on February 07, 2012:

Thanks for your generous sharing Marcy, a useful hub with great ideas indeed...you've done a great job here, cheers!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 07, 2012:

Thanks, glmclendon! I would love to see every writer on this site attain their highest dreams in writing. Let us know how the tips work for you.

glmclendon on February 07, 2012:

Thanks for the tips. You are so skilled. I will use some of this, it is good. And you took the time to go step by step to help people like me!

Stay Well

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 04, 2012:

Hi, Les Trois Chenes - thanks for reading and commenting. Magazines can be very hard to break into; if they're established, they usually have a stable of staff or freelancers already on board and they may budget for only a few contributions a year from non-established writers. You can break in more quickly, though, with new publications or with local magazines. As with any magazine, contact the editor (using their guidelines for submission) and either send a pitch or (more rarely) a finished article. If you send a pitch, include your credentials as a writer and clips that are relevant to their content. This can all be done electronically.

Since you're overseas, do some searches for small niche publications and offer to write about the 'real' French experience, or whatever interests you. They may welcome content from an exotic source! If you have friends in the states or another country, ask them for names of local or regional publications in their areas. Then find their websites and follow up with a few pitches. Ask friends who have travel plans to be on the lookout for magazines in hotels or restaurants (many local publications distribute for free in trendy eateries), and have them email the info.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on February 04, 2012:

Some nice ideas simply explained. How do get published in magazines though?

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on February 01, 2012:

Thanks so much for stopping by to read, and for your kind comments! After writing this, I thought of some other ideas, so I may do a Part 2 hub. There are a ton of ways to make money writing - you just have to know where to look. And it takes time to ferret them out and get clients.

SellyCells on January 31, 2012:

Very engaging and powerful article. This is an article that many aspiring writers can learn from. Truly a God send Marcy.

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

Thanks Marcy lots of good advice here. I need to write for money so will keep these tips in mind.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on January 30, 2012:

Hi, Savanna-michelle - welcome to HubPages! There are plenty of great people on the site ready to support you and give tips. I look forward to reading your hubs!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on January 30, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by and reading and commenting, Jackie - let me know how this works for you!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 30, 2012:

This sounds very good and I have never written for pay but I do this too since I get a copyright on a piece then writing the little sidebars is nothing to worry about being part of the one. I will bookmark this for later use possibly, thanks for sharing.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on January 30, 2012:

Thanks, Kate & gmwilliams - I truly hope these ideas help others here who are looking for ways to get started in freelancing. I appreciate your kind words of support!

kateperez from pasadena, tx on January 30, 2012:

You have done a great job explaining how to expand your writing ability, and career! Kudos!

Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on January 30, 2012:

Thank you for more excellent suggestions. You are totally above par.

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