Content_Or_Passion__Balance_In_The_Writing_Journey

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					Title:
Content Or Passion: Balance In The W
riting Journey

Word Count:
423

Summary:
Is it better to participate in cont
ent writing or write for magazine p
ublication?

The above question is actually mult
ifaceted and can help you determine
 the overall thrust of your freelan
ce writing career.

It has been estimated that a writer
 will need to pen a million words b
efore a publisher is likely to acce
pt their first work. That means a l
ot of rejection slips.

So, does that imply that content wr
iting is preferred to the crafting
of a book or magazine article?
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Article Body:
Is it better to participate in cont
ent writing or write for magazine p
ublication?

The above question is actually mult
ifaceted and can help you determine
 the overall thrust of your freelan
ce writing career.

It has been estimated that a writer
 will need to pen a million words b
efore a publisher is likely to acce
pt their first work. That means a l
ot of rejection slips.

So, does that imply that content wr
iting is preferred to the crafting
of a book or magazine article?

Well not exactly. Content writing i
s a means of addressing a short-ter
m need. If the immediate need is ca
sh, then content writing might prov
ide the answer. However, if you are
 looking for a means of affecting l
ong-term royalty payments or a grea
ter flexibility in the ownership of
 your material you may look at othe
r publishing options.

When you agree to write content for
 a client you are essentially provi
ding a service for hire. Once you r
elease the article or story to the
client and they reciprocate with a
payment you have no further interes
t in the article. You can't use it
again and you will gain no further
payment for its ongoing use.

When you write a story for potentia
l use in a book anthology, or a ful
l manuscript for publication, you m
ay have a variety of rights to cons
ider.

If you are the author of a story, y
ou can negotiate with a publisher f
or the rights you are willing to pr
ovide. You could provide First Nort
h American Rights, which would allo
w you to resell the story in the fu
ture as a second right, but you wou
ld also have the capability of sell
ing first rights to someone else on
 an international basis. Nonexclusi
ve rights allow you to continue sel
ling the material with the same rig
hts to as many publishers as are in
terested.

As we venture back to the original
question it is important to underst
and that freelanced writing can and
 should be a balanced approach to w
riting. If it takes you a million w
ords before you find publishing suc
cess why not make some of those wor
ds available to a paying content ma
rket to provide some skills-based w
riting while you work on other proj
ects that are more personal and may
 have the potential to provide long
-term residual payments.

A writer should always find time to
 write about the things they are pa
ssionate about, however the service
 of content writing provides a mean
s of gaining some writing income wh
ile learning new skills and writing
 techniques while you are waiting f
or a publisher's acceptance letter.


				
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