Do test writing online – poetry can move your bank balance
If you love writing poetry, you probably dream that one day you can use it to make some extra dough online. While you may never become rich or famous, there are several ways you can make a profit from your prose.
Poets are the creators of the writing world, and much of what they write is a labor of love. Making a living may never even come into it, but we all have to eat, and eventually even a poet has to find a way to pay the bills.
Unfortunately, there are a number of scammers online who aim to take advantage of you and your art, so your first goal is to learn how to avoid them. Take the time to join online communities and associations that target your poetry, the best place to learn about safe opportunities will be from those who have already walked this path. These communities are also good places to critique your work, which will help you improve your skills.
Your best options for selling your work will be to submit it to magazines and online poetry sites, hopefully once you join the online poetry communities they can point you to the best places to do this. It takes a lot of patience and effort to get someone to take your job the first time, but they pay well and once they do, your second pitch will go much more smoothly.
There are numerous contest sites that claim to pay you for your poetry, but again, beware of scammers. Many of them will take your poetry, print it, and then ask you to pay them for the book they printed. It is extremely important to do your research to find legitimate contests, remember to read the fine print as many sites will seek to take ownership of your poetry once you have submitted it to them.
Another way to earn poetry is to start a blog featuring, of course, your writing. This is risky because of the problems with people taking poetry from people’s sites and never crediting you for your work. You will need to be diligent about posting copyrights and spend the money to join the various copyright associations that have been created specifically to help you protect your copyrights online.
If you have some following in the various poetry communities, driving traffic to your blog won’t be difficult. Making money comes from affiliate ads, sponsorships, and even donations from loyal readers who will happily help support your art.
Many say you can’t make money from poetry, and maybe through conventional means that’s true, but a creative and motivated person can find ways to make money writing their poetry online.
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