Do you love to share your thoughts in writing? It’s now easier than ever, thanks to digital publishing.
Here are 15 fun ways to profit from your writing and make the world—including your bank account—a richer place.
#1 – Kindle Nonfiction
No matter what you’re into, be it cooking, travel, sports, self improvement, underwater basket weaving, or writing a memoir about your life experiences, there are people searching Amazon right now for your topic. It’s now easy and virtually free to publish on Kindle. Most of the software you need is available online, or you could pay someone on Fiverr to do the formatting. Discount coupons can also be found for purchasing an ISBN number. For the best training on Kindle publishing, visit The Book Ninja.com.
#2 – Kindle “How-To”
“How to” is really a subtopic of nonfiction, but it represents such a large proportion of the genre that it deserves a separate mention. If you can write step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish anything from passing college entrance exams to housebreaking a puppy to making your own kombucha, there are plenty of people who will gladly pay for that knowledge. Don’t wait another day. Start writing your “how to” book immediately!
#3 – Kindle Fiction
If you have a vivid imagination, why not publish your musings in a short story for other readers to enjoy? Once you crank out the first one, you can write a sequel or parallel story, and you’ll eventually have a collection. Also, you’ll get better and faster at writing the more you do it. J.K. Rowling didn’t whip out the Harry Potter series overnight.
#4 – Anthologies (Kindle or Print)
Anthologies are collections of articles—some as short as a page in length—compiled from a variety of authors who benefit from exposure in your book. (Think “Chicken Soup for the Soul” by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.) Anthologies lend themselves well to both Kindle and print publishing, and are great fun to edit and assemble. Why not come up with a theme and start gathering your content? To learn how to publish an anthology, check out The Book Ninja’s Anthology Design Lab.
#5 – Daily Thoughts/Quotes (Kindle or Print)
365 Days of *whatever* books have always been popular, and they’re super-easy to publish. All you need is a theme and a template for formatting your collection of daily entries. It’s up to you whether to assemble them in any particular order or not. You can make up your own “thoughts of the day” or source quotes by subject or author on BrainyQuote.com.
#6 – Affirmations (Kindle or Print, Cards)
Affirmations are similar to daily thoughts, but they have a specific format in that they’re always stated in the present and the positive. (The human mind rejects the words “no” and “not,” so you need to avoid statements like “I am *not* poor, overweight, addicted, etc.”) Affirmation books relating to spirituality, meditation, positivity, stress relief, and 12-step programs are always in demand. If you want to get fancy and publish your own deck of affirmation cards, check out Amy Harrop’s Card Deck Publishing Profits.
#7 – Devotionals (Kindle or Print)
Devotionals are also daily books, but they focus exclusively on prayer/religion/spirituality. An example of a daily devotional entry would be a bible passage followed by a brief commentary or prayer. (Obviously, practitioners of spiritual traditions other than Christianity need devotionals, too.)
#8 – Children’s Books (Kindle or Print)
Parents are always searching for quality books to entertain and educate their children. Whether it’s a bedtime story, learning how to count or spell, or learning about science and nature, the “kid lit” genre is a massive, growing market.
#9 – Erotica (Kindle)
One of the hottest (pun kinda intended) markets on Kindle today is the erotica genre. In particular, women are voraciously consuming sexy short stories that take between 20-45 minutes to read as a means of escaping their stressful and/or boring lives. So, if you have a vivid imagination, why not capitalize on your wildest fantasies? Of course, you can (and should) use a pen name so no one will know it was written by you!
#10 – “Piggyback” Books (Kindle and/or Print)
You don’t need to come up with an original idea to make money with writing. Books that “piggyback” off other books can also provide a steady income. Books like the “Cliff’s Notes” series that summarize epic novels or “The 10 Minute Marketer” books that condense business topics into quick, easy reads provide great benefit to students, business people, and folks who just want to look smart at cocktail parties.
#11 – Product Reviews (Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook)
You don’t even need to write a book to make money with writing. (Whaaaat???) If you can write a compelling book or product review, then capture or create an interesting image and post it with your Amazon affiliate link on social media, you can make money!
#12 – Subscription Newsletter (Digital)
It’s also possible to make a steady income selling subscriptions to a themed newsletter such as advice for first-time parents, anxiety/depression relief, seasonal gardening, etc. Your newsletter could be delivered via a link to a PDF consisting of 1 to 5 articles that gets sent out in an autoresponder like MailChimp or subscription provider like Gumroad, or a series of short articles loaded as text and images into the email autoresponder itself. Subscriptions can be a pre-designed sequence of content that lasts for a fixed period of time (12 weeks, 6 months, 1 year, etc.) or be ongoing until a subscriber cancels, if you enjoy creating new content about current topics.
#13 – Subscription Magazine (Digital)
If you want to get really fancy, you can create a more robust offering of a 20+ page digital magazine in PDF format that readers can load into their Kindle or iPad. Your magazine can be sold directly from your website or, for a one-time fee and approval by Apple, you can sell your digital creation on iTunes alongside the likes of Martha Stewart and Oprah!
#14 – Private Label Rights (PLR)
If you enjoy researching, especially on topics like food, fitness, wellness, anti-aging, self-improvement, mindset, motivation, relationships, family, kids, pets and other “universal” subjects, creating private label rights (PLR) offerings might be a perfect fit for you. PLR is information in the form of written articles, blog posts, reports and/or ebooks, and sometimes recorded in audio or video, that purchasers can modify or publish as their own. Why on earth would they want to do that, you ask? Purchasers of PLR are typically coaches, bloggers or other online (and offline) business owners who are simply too busy or don’t have the creativity to do it themselves. So…why on earth would you want to do that, you ask? Simple: to make money, honey. Writing PLR can provide a huge influx of cash whenever you release a new offering, then a trickle of income as long as you continue to offer it for sale. To learn more about PLR publishing, check out Tiffany Lambert’s 1-Month PLR Launch Challenge.
#15 – Blogging
Blogging is definitely not a way to make fast cash, but is a solid long-term strategy to complement any creative side hustle. When you first start blogging, it gives you an outlet to share your passion for your creative side hustle as you begin to build a list of followers. Eventually, you’ll be able to make affiliate (referral) sales and advertising income, if you choose to include banner ads or sponsorship on your blog. Also, keep in mind that launching a blog isn’t a matter of “build it and they will come.” You’ll also need to let people know about your blog by talking about it on social media and including your URL (website address) on all of your online profiles and printed media.
Whew! That’s a LOT to think about. Which ways of profiting from writing sound the most appealing and doable to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.