“He wears more hats than his Aunt Luella!”
This quote was once part of the bio of James N. (Jim) Watkins, popular conference speaker, author, editor, and I almost forgot—writer. Watkins makes his living as a full-time freelancer, but he doesn’t limit himself to one skill.
How about you? Would you like to quit your day job and write full-time? Are you getting some writing published but need a new way to build your platform and bring in more income? Consider trying on some different types of hats. Perhaps there’s another skill you have or can acquire to help get your writing career off the ground.
Do you have a knack for public speaking? If you write nonfiction, you can turn your area of expertise into a series of lectures or motivational speeches. For more information, there are several organizations for speakers who write:
- Christian Communicators
- Classeminars (Most of their events are held in Albuquerque, NM)
- Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (Must have 2 books published)
Do you have special training in grammar and style? Or does it just come naturally for you? Consider offering editing and/or critique services to other writers. The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network) offers training and online groups to help you explore this option.
- Browse the the website to find out about membership and services.
- PEN also offers online courses through its PEN Institute.
- Kathy Ide, founder of PEN, offers mentoring and individual instruction for aspiring editors.
Are you a photographer? Many magazines like their writers to submit photos with their articles. If you are skilled enough, you might freelance your photos separate from your writing. If you know a professional photographer, check with him or her about how to get started. I’ve found these online resources.
Have you acquired web design or social media skills? Do you have the gift of teaching or mentoring? You can offer web design packages to writers or coaching packages to other writers and speakers. Perhaps you could offer mentoring services, teach online classes, or create e-books on your subject to sell on your website.
- Be a social media coach.
- See how Author Media does web design for authors.
- Here’s a mentoring program by Michelle Medlock Adams.
How many hats do you think you can wear? Maybe not as many as Jim’s Aunt Luella. But, if the writer hat doesn’t suit all your needs, try on some others.
Readers, please share your many talents with us. Tell us how you’ve expanded your reach and your income with skills that compliment your writing. If you have a website, please include a link in your comment. Newsletter subscribers, please click to my site from the post title. Then, comment on the post by scrolling down to Leave a Reply.