Writing from home in today's economy is an arena
anyone can enter into and earn extra money. There are 2 major methods to
entering the writing arena and they are: Here are 2 suggested methods that are very effective 1) through celebrity platforms
and 2) using hot topics.
1) Method one Celebrity Platform- I can't think of a more perfect example of
celebrity writing than Sarah Palin. Prior to 2007 unless you lived in Alaska you probably had
never heard of the name Sarah Palin. In less than 2 years however she is an
international figure. Her book ”Going Rogue” was a best seller prior to being published. Whether you
like her, hate her are a democrat, republican or independent you are curious
about her life. That curiosity will earn her somewhere in the neighborhood of 7
to 10 million dollars to start. (Some 3rd world countries have budgets smaller
Few if any of us will have a golden opportunity to be introduced to the world
the way that she was, as the republican nominee to the service presidency of
the United States.
We ALL however have a platform of some sort, we must use it. How? Our
expertise! Anything you have been doing for some time makes you an expert. For
example, anything that you have been doing that was job related, you are now an
expert. If you are involved in parenting, cooking, food preparation,
caring for the elderly, the sick, for pets doing child care etc., you have
developed expert skills. Also, any hobbies you may have such as, sports
photography fishing, gardening, shopping any kind of collecting, and the list
could go on and on, this is considered specialized knowledge and you can
write about it and people will be interested enough to pay you for the
information. You may not be a famous celebrity, but we are all celebrities in our own way, use it.
2) Method two- writing about hot topics or niche markets.
(Note Google has a search category titled hot trends which changes constantly)
Over the last year and a half (1 ½) issue #1 in the United States has been the
Economy Any topic related to the economy has been a hot topic. Some
sample categories are; the housing market, the stock market,
construction, financing, bank bail outs, unemployment, healthcare
reform, the auto industry just to name a few. Each of these categorieshave several sub-categories they are all
interrelated you could do a series.
One prime example, of hot topic writing was a book written by Gerri Willis
entitled “Home Rich: Increasing the Value of the Biggest Investment of Your
Life” (published 2008) She first became a CNN contributor and now she has
a permanent segment on CNN. Two other examples, of combining Celebrity
and Hot topic writing are 1) Suze Orman and 2) Clark Howard who were both
well known celebrities, however issue #1- the economy fell right into their
areas of expertise and allowed them to expand their spheres even more.