You think you’ve found your “niche”, now what?
How do you make a living writing about your particular passion?
First you are going to get a couple of items published…how?
Get out your notebook, or set up a “Favorites” folder for your subject matter, and go to your favorite browser – and start searching.
Research is half the battle!
What search terms do you use when YOU are looking for information or articles on your passion subject?
For example, I’m in love with fairy houses. Love making them, love reading about making them, love looking at what others have made…you get the picture.
So I would search on Fairy Houses, and the alternate spelling “Faerie” houses…to start out with. There I might find blogs where people like me have written about their love for fairy houses…those blogs might want a guest post at some point, right? So I save the ones I like and relate to, in my favorites folder.
I keep searching until I have more than a dozen saved links in my folder – I make sure they are completely different websites or blogs so when I send a query I am not going to repeat to anyone.
I don’t expect to get paid for the first one or two, although that would be a bonus! I do want to be sure I get a byline, so I can refer people to my published article in my portfolio of work.
The point is to get something good out there on someone elses’ blog or website. Then you can begin to search for paying gigs. And as I said, if you happened to get paid for your first attempts, all the better. But set your sights realistically and work in baby steps.
Keep track of what you have sent (query, submission) and the date, so if you need to followup you can. And don’t stop, keep going.
You’ll get there. Slow and steady!