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squishyeyeballs Thu 30-Jul-15 00:30:17

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MorvahRising Sat 02-Jan-16 01:01:55

I'm a freelance copywriter. Mostly for small businesses and often with some marketing thrown in. I also have two self published novels on Amazon which bring in a small amount. One is full length and has done quite well, the other is a novella and I haven't got around to any sort of marketing for it so it's had less interest. Or perhaps people just aren't keen on novellas!

I also have one novel currently undergoing some revision as an agent has expressed an interest, having read the full manuscript, if I make some alterations. It's taking me ages though and the agent will quite likely have forgotten who I am by the time I finish it!

My DS is a teen now but I did very little writing when he was small. I wasn't sufficiently organised to fit it in.

Abraid2 Fri 01-Jan-16 22:46:15

Historical/literary/women's-- kind of Kate Atkinson/Helen Dunmore/Diane Setterfield; said in an aspirational way!

Squishyeyeballs Fri 01-Jan-16 22:35:00

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MissBattleaxe Fri 01-Jan-16 17:40:03

Hi Squishy, no update, but looking at progress early in New Year. I have learnt to be incredibly good at waiting and not biting all my nails off.

Abraid2 Fri 01-Jan-16 16:58:44

I write novels for a living and do quite well at the moment. I tend not to go into a lot of details online as it would blow my cover on MN. It has taken me about nine years from the publication of my first book to build up my career, but there are no guarantees that it will continue. Don't go into fiction writing if you like a steady income and career progression. smile On the other hand, I would give up if I didn't make some kind of reasonable income--I place too much value on my time and craft to work for nothing. I would go back to corporate writing.

Missdread Fri 01-Jan-16 15:32:14

I write for an online copywriting agency: it's great fun, I can do as little or as much as I want and can do it around the kids so I'm not shelling out on childcare. Most days I write 700 words or so in a couple of blogs. Love it!

MercedesDR Fri 01-Jan-16 15:18:17

I have been self publishing online and have been making a bit of money. I write more because I enjoy it, than for financial reasons. My speciality is erotic romance or porn depending on your viewpoint - don't search me if you are easily offended.

Mercedes Del Ray

GrayJane Thu 31-Dec-15 00:10:32

I don't write novels, but as a corporate communications consultant 90% of my job is writing - be it video scripts, interviews, twitter feeds, newsletters, business strategy or speaker notes. I'm writing all day.

DragAct Wed 30-Dec-15 19:18:40

Well, speaking for myself, I have to be very disciplined about not frittering away precious writing time on a chat forum, so I tend to imagine other writers are equally unlikely to work on a PC with the Internet connected! I'd be more surprised if the Mn writing forum was buzzing, because it would suggest not a lot if writing was being done...?

Squishyeyeballs Wed 30-Dec-15 17:24:08

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hefzi Wed 30-Dec-15 12:35:18

The trick to money from academic publishing seems to be textbooks - preferably an all encompassing one that surpasses everything in existence, that will run to at least 10 editions! I have one colleague who finances his research expenses off his textbooks, and another who uses her yearly royalties check to pay for her holiday: I don't think academic publishing in general is the path to riches, but things like popular science and popular history are better as income generators.

Russellgroupserf Wed 30-Dec-15 10:16:15

My friend has had a few children's books published but still has a main job. DH has written books but this is academic publishing so not quite the same. He has had dozens of journal articles published but again academia.

soyvanillalatte Wed 30-Dec-15 10:09:37

I know this is an old thread but am so grateful to whoever revived it. I hadn't read it previously and am really fascinated by how many mumsnetters are writers!

I am "small biccies" and write articles for health magazines. These are mostly online and I do a lot for free. After reading this, I realise that 1) I need to improve my skills and 2) I need to charge for my work.

My question to those who write professional texts etc: Do you hold a PhD in your area and do you feel you need to in order to write educational works?

Mistigri Wed 30-Dec-15 09:54:11

Writing is a big part of my (salaried) job too, but it is technical and business writing rather than fiction. I publish two fairly substantial reports a year, which I mainly write in the working day, although as I work mostly from home I'll write in the evening too if I'm on a roll.

I have a friend who is an author of historical fiction with three books published by a mainstream publisher - but she has a salaried job as a teacher too.

The only person I know who earns significant amouts of money from writing in a self-employed role (rather than in a salaried job like a journalist) is my sister, who writes non-fiction, mainly books for teachers. But it's still not her main source of income as she also runs training courses, which is a lot more lucrative.

Anotherusername1 Wed 30-Dec-15 08:31:58

I also make a living writing, but it's business writing rather than fiction.

Squishyeyeballs Wed 30-Dec-15 01:39:09

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FallingGoldfinch Wed 28-Oct-15 12:07:28

The Creative Writing section is very quiet - it can be a lonely job, so it was lovely reading this earlier on in the year and seeing so many people in the same boat smile.

I really do think there are lots of options and opportunities out there.

Good luck MissBattleaxe - I love that waiting stage as there's nothing I can do, it's all up to other people!

MissBattleaxe Wed 28-Oct-15 12:00:57

What a great thread. There's a whole Creative Writing Thread too and I was starting to think it was just a little gang over there but there's loads of writers on MN!

I found a blog was a great discipline to write every day and it got my writing muscles working again. I write when the kids are at school and didn't get much done when they were still at home TBH.

I find that reading the Writers and Artists Yearbook always really inspires me and fires me up to think anything is possible.

I have an agent and am at that scary waiting stage.

fuzzpig Wed 28-Oct-15 11:42:32

I would love to write anything.

I'm going to start a blog just to practise getting my thoughts out but also now I've got a couple of big work projects out the way I'm determined to actually start writing the books I've had floating around in my head for a while. Not that I'm expecting to get anywhere with it, but it would still be an achievement for me to write it (I find getting words on paper very hard).

Vaguely wondering, now that my DCs are home educated and we have more time, seeing if DD (8) would like to try a little NaNoWriMo project alongside me.

HorseyCool Wed 28-Oct-15 11:35:38

What a great supportive and positive thread!

There was a thread last year about someone wanting to write and they were almost ridiculed, everyone posted about terrible earnings, someone father wrote for his entire life and made £13k total, etc etc.

Keep up the good work and best of luck to people starting out!

ZoeTurtle Wed 28-Oct-15 11:04:24

I earn £31k in a full-time writing job (non-fiction). I'm getting ready to send my first novel to agents over the next few months. I don't expect the fiction to ever be more than a nice bonus to my real source of income but I'm not doing it for the money.

FallingGoldfinch Tue 27-Oct-15 14:17:55

Just looking at old threads and wondered if you went for it, OP?

Also, SGB - would love to see what you've written about ghosts! Is it out yet?

getinthesea Thu 13-Aug-15 09:06:43

Thanks Goldfinch, I really appreciate this - although I'm not sure I'm going to be able to emulate your career path! Perhaps I will just have to chip away at some agents with anything I've got and see what happens from there. Although I do need to start earning money with some urgency, but that's a whole other thread.

And yes, I see what you are saying about the writing being a small part of it, but my job used to involve a lot of dealing with every kind of people and trying to persuade them to do things that they might not actually want to do so I hope I'd have the skills needed. What else do you think is key?

Book packagers tend to do those kinds of illustrated design and interiors books - they tend to commission authors on a fixed fee and source the photos for an idea that they have had. Much of what I've done has been in the design area, so it's something I need to look into.

LaurieJuspeczyk Thu 13-Aug-15 01:59:14

I'm a bit hesitant to join this thread as I don't want to be one of those people who goes 'oh yes, I'm a writer too' when they've done sod all writing in the last three months grin I make no money at all from it, never mind a living, as I've had nothing published (although it's a serious and hopefully not completely unrealistic ambition), but as I currently spend more of my time writing fiction than I do working at my actual job I hope I'm qualified to at least say hi smile

To OP and others who are struggling for time, I once read some good advice that said you should try to write at least 250 words per day - it's not much, but you have to do it every single day until you have a first draft. It's not my style personally - I'm more of an '800ish words per day (well, night, realistically) with occasional days off' person - but it's a serious possibility once I'm back to full time work plus other work-related projects draining my time.

SolidGoldBrass Thu 13-Aug-15 00:01:08

At the risk of total derail FallingGoldfinch, one of my fiction projects features a ghostwriter as the protagonist. Just reading your advice on here made me go 'Hmm, sounds like my depiction is reasonably accurae' so ta for that wink

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