Sunday, 10 October 2010

Rule number 1

I have come to appreciate that the markets available to us (or is that we) writers is a small one. Okay, so I'm a bit slow on the up-take what can I say?
I read an article the other day about someone who writes for websites and said that these were the future. A friend of mine has written articles for websites since they were made redundant a year and a half ago and seems to be quite successful. They're on holiday at the moment so I can't pick her brains but I just wondered if any of you had any experience of this outlet.
Rule number one of my "Let's do this thing" philosophy is Always be on the look out for a market.- that number is subject is subject to change as and when I come up with more rules.


Madeleine said...

Slow on the up-take, yes I can empathise with that, I've recently come to some similar conclusions. It gave me muse a real battering to realsie that as we slog away for days without pay were aren't considered to be working until we've been paid for a story/article. I like the idea you suggest about writing for websites. I know a lady who does just that. I guess it hadn't dawned on me she might also get paid for it. LOL! Good luck :O)

Suzanne Jones said...

This is a great rule. I don't know anything about writing for websites, but it does make sense this would be the way to go.


Bluestocking Mum said...

No, I've not done any but be coincidence I have thought about it a few times over recent months - even started browsing a couple of sites, like Helium etc.

Will be interesting to see others experiences and how you progress if you decide to dip your toe.

Captain Black said...

Are we talking about non-fiction here? The term "writing for web sites" seems a bit general.

I toyed with the idea of non-fiction writing for money but have put that on hold for now.

Karen said...

I've never thought of writing for websites before, but it's definitely a market worth looking into.

Looking forward to rule number 2!

Amanda said...

I will keep my eyes peeled for new markets, Colette!

Colette McCormick said...

Madeleine - that describes me exactly. I haven't sold a story for a few months so have I really been working? I would say yes because everything that we have worked on or are working on at the minute is being done with a view to being published one day. So I just have't been paid for it yet. Interesting point you make tough because in the eyes of anyone who doesn't write the answer is probably no I haven't been working.
Suzanne - the future it may be but I still prefer something that has a page to turn.
BSM - I've written a couple of articles for Helium but I don't see how it is an option for making any money and I told myself a year or so ago that I don't write for nothing unless it's for a good cause. I think I'll need to investigate that market more.
Captain - yes it was non fiction that I was talking about. Fancy - me being vague - who'd've thought it. One of my aims at my last PDR was to say exactly what I mean. Guess I've some more work to do on that one.
Karen - the way things are at the minute I'm thinking that any market is worth considering.
Amanda - thanks.