Article by Wendy McCance
In all of the years I have worked as a freelance writer and social media manager, I have seen an ebb and flow to business. Sometimes I will go months focused on writing. Writing blog articles and press releases and website content. Other times, I will get a flurry of clients who want to work with me to get their social media platforms up and running. For whatever reason, I tend to get the same type of work in a given period of time and then, randomly, my work shifts in another direction.
Recently, I have seen my social media work decline and at the same time, I am getting more opportunities to do some writing. The big difference is that recently the writing I am doing is for myself. I have been sending out queries to sites where I want to see my own work published; and not as a ghostwriter, but with my name attached to the article. I am finally getting serious about writing for myself instead of just for clients.
As I have been looking into where I can get my articles published, I came across something I had never thought of. Reprints of articles already published can not only get your name out there, but it can also provide another means to more income.
I just got my first reprint accepted to Funds for Writers. It is from an article I posted on this blog. One of the selling features was that I could prove how popular the article had been on my site and how many people wanted to see an article like the one I had written. Here is the article if you want to take a look: http://www.searchingforthehappiness.com/how-to-find-writing-jobs-when-you-are-new-to-freelance-writing/
Smart Tip: Being able to demonstrate the strength of an article is a great asset when looking to get an article reprinted.
Because my article was accepted, I will get my work published on a site that was named one of the top 100 best writing sites by Writers Digest. I will get a bio and links to my social media platforms and I will also get paid for an article I already had sitting around. I’m pretty excited about the whole thing!
So, here’s the thing I want to share with you, you can make a lot of money from the articles you have already written. Looking for websites and magazines that are willing to reprint an article you already wrote is amazing when you consider that it’s extra income, you get more recognition because of your bio and you didn’t have to do any additional work.
When you agree to have an article reprinted, you need to be aware of what you are signing. You might agree to give up your right to ever resell the same work in the future. A publication might want an exclusivity provision that precludes you from reprinting the story in any media during a particular time frame; a publication may even prohibit you from reprinting an article in any competing publications. Know what you are signing before you agree. The best deal is a contract where you can sell a reprint again. It’s incredible to think that you could make money on the same article more than once.
Good news! If you have a blog, you are in a terrific situation. How many articles have you written over the years? Do you have an article on relationships or health or finances or business? The list goes on and on. I have been focusing on writing tips and social media articles and so far I have sold one reprint and while looking around, was given an opportunity to write an article from scratch for Writers Weekly (which thrilled me!).
So that’s it. Another way to make money as a freelance writer. I love when I can share these lesser known ways of making a living as a writer. I hope you have tremendous luck if you decide to try this out. Let me know in the comments below if you have ever had your articles reprinted, what you have experienced along the way or if you think you might try this out. I’d love to hear from you.
P.S. Here are a few sites to help you get started if you want to know where to get an article reprinted:
To contact Wendy McCance about a writing or social media assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: [email protected]