In the field of writing, you have to have some alternatives to simply submitting manuscripts here and there. That can become taxing and stressful on the scribe's soul, especially in an era where the shifting tides show that brick and mortar bookstores shut down weekly nationwide. You have to be able to work another angle if you plan on sustaining any type of writing career.
Here are some suggestions:
- Greeting Cards ( I would suggest Scott Lindsay's article on this one for starters.)
- Self-Published E-Books (If the rage today is about iPads and Kindles, then you need to position yourself for profit.)
- Host a Class/ Workshop (Use your skills to cover some creative writing fundamentals, writing career advice, or create a new niche within a genre)
- Guest Speaker (Join a local speaker's bureau and sign up for the ones that the big guns don't do (or, won't do); you know, the smaller venues that may not pay $500 for a ten-minute speech but do pay something beyond the stuffed chicken and rice pilaf.)
- Freelance (Web crawl for freelance gigs online and promote yourself to local web developers who need content, charities who need annual reports or grants written, and schools and churches who need to update their brochures, newsletters and/ or promotional and marketing materials.
In many cases, when the economy is down, you will have to create work rather than find work. You may have to be able to juggle a variety of projects in order to make it work for you. Just go for it. Track what works and trash what doesn't work for you.