Our question tonight comes from Missy at Sparkle on Her Face
Question: I am a new bee and I love writing. You page is amazing. I would like to learn more how you make money writing. I am very interested. Thanks.
Answer: You ask an excellent question that I don’t think any of our Baristas are fully qualified to answer. The Go Dog Go site is not monetized, and to the best of my knowledge, none of the Baristas are full-time professional writers or editors. This is truly a labor of love. Several of us have our fantasies about getting published, but the reality is most independent writers are happy just to see their name in print and lucky to break even if they do. The publishing industry has changed dramatically over the last fifteen years and there are very few success stories like J.K. Rowlings. Even many authors signed by major publishers these days have to do the vast majority of marketing their own books.
That said, WordPress does have information available on ways to monetize blogs. Upwork is an online site for freelance writers and editors to connect with consumers looking for these services. It has a good reputation and may be a place to start if you are looking to get your toes wet as a professional writer.
I have done freelance editing in the past, primarily of doctoral dissertations and other technical writing. That happened primarily because I was in the right place at the right time and had an unusual skill set that somebody needed. The first job led to a second via word of mouth.
Is anyone else experienced with generating income from their writing or blogging? What advice would you give?