Earlier this week I asked the question: Offline versus Online Writing – Which is More Profitable? I was pleased with the discussion that post started, but from the comments I was really surprised to find out that some writers apparently think that the only way to get an offline writing job is to send out query letters.
While it’s true that you need to send out query letters if you want to publish an article in a magazine or have a book published, there are many less glamorous opportunities for writers that don’t require a query letter. I’ve taken the time to list a few of those opportunities here.
Gig Number 1: Public Relations Writer
What it is: Create press releases, media kits, and advertising copy for businesses and organizations.
Who needs this? Small to medium companies, particularly those without a web presence. Non-profit organizations.
Gig Number 2: Newsletter Editor
What it is: Write, edit, and coordinate the production of a weekly, monthly, or quarterly newsletter.
Who needs this? Any organization that still mails a newsletter. Clients can include: small to medium companies, non-profit organizations, community groups, schools and churches, groups of hobbyists, and anyone else who publishes a newsletter.
Gig Number 3: Proposal Writer
What it is: Write and edit sales or grant proposals.
Who needs this? Sales people. Those who submit grant proposals to the government or to charitable foundations.
Gig Number 4: Technical Writer
What it is: Write instructions for products to be included with the product when it ships.
Who needs this? Companies who include paper instructions with their products.
Gig Number 5: Editor/Proofreader
What it is: Edit documents for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Advanced editing may require content suggestions and/or fact checking.
Who needs this? Other writers. Students. Publishing houses. Companies.
These are just a small sampling of offline jobs available to writers. You won’t get a byline or author credit for most of this work, but you should be able to earn a nice paycheck.
Next week, I’ll list some offline methods for finding writing jobs. In the meantime, feel free to add your own offline writing suggestions in the comments.
Edited to Add: Here is my post about marketing your writing offline.
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