A professional writer shows you how to make money writing on the Internet.
Ever wondered if it would be better to start a WordPress blog or a Twitter microblog? Whether it's legal to publish fanfiction or not? How you can make some extra money if you also take photos or make videos? This course will answer all your questions about publishing on the Internet.
The Internet provides unlimited opportunities if you're a writer, whether you just have a few hours a week to blog or want a full-time publishing career or just plan to promote your books or business on the Web. There is no single way to become successful writing for the Web, so this course shows you the hundreds of different choices you have, and helps you set your own goals. In fact, by the end of the course, you'll have your very own publishing plan, from the steps to take in developing your writer's platform or brand, to the markets that will help you accomplish your goals.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Learn the ins and outs of writing for the Internet from a professional writer. This course will help you discover the hundreds of choices you have when it comes to making money from your writing, and you'll leave with a publishing plan including next steps and markets that will help you achieve your goals.
Web Publishing Overview
In this lesson, you'll start by taking a quick tour of the publishing opportunities on the Web and the many ways to earn income with your writing. You'll find out which ones give you the most control over your content and which ones pay the best and then meet some writers who've used the Web to become very successful! Each of these writers has done an amazing job of carving out a niche that suits their interests and skills. Whether you've been working in the traditional publishing world for a few decades, or are just taking your first steps toward becoming a working writer, you'll find lots of great information and inspiration in this course!
Get Established on the Web
Writers establish their reputations on the Web by building a strong brand, or writer's platform. Not sure where to start? In this lesson, you'll learn about credentials and the important part they play in making a profit from your writing. Then you'll explore the different ways you can connect with readers or clients on the Web with a website or blog and by getting involved in social media. This lesson will help you decide what will work best for your needs too!
Finding Internet Writing Markets
You'll start this lesson by looking at the place where most things begin on the Internet—search engines. You'll look at some techniques that you can use to search for potential outlets for your writing. Because you want to reach as many readers as possible, no matter why you produce content, you'll view some resources that will help you pick the best sites for that content. Then you'll take a look at submission guidelines and publishing agreements. There's lots to consider before you send your work off to an editor, and this lesson will help you with those decisions.
Get Established in Publishing
Think you're ready to get published? You will be when you finish this lesson! You'll start by creating a writer's résumé that will highlight your credentials and target each subject area you're interested in. Then you'll find out how to pick the publishing credits that will get you the most notice from editors. If you don't have any credits yet, you'll discover how to make nonpaying markets work for you. Finally, you'll go through the submission process so that you can get your writing into the hands of editors.
Publishing with paying markets can be a great way to boost your writing income. Are you interested in publishing in online magazines or e-journals? Maybe you wonder what publications are the best fit for your personal area of expertise? Or perhaps you dream of tapping into the corporate market and landing some high-paying gigs. If you're a whiz at coming up with witty slogans or writing amazing bios, you'll learn how you can sell those, too. This lesson is all about finding and connecting with paying markets.
In this lesson, you'll learn about the most important secret on the Web: passive income. What's that? Well, a way that your writing can keep earning money for years after it has been published. You may think that sounds too good to be true, but it really exists. All you have to do is add money-making options to the content you publish—here you'll get to look specifically at publishing with revenue-sharing markets, and you won't even need to learn any additional technical skills.
Some of the most successful and popular sites on the Web aren't owned by Fortune 500 companies. They're run by bloggers and content producers who started out just like you—people with a passion to write about something that interested them. In this lesson, you'll read about ways to use that passion to create a blog or content site to monetize your self-published content, no matter what you want to write about. You'll also look at copyright protections for your self-published content and discover ways to develop content on a business website to attract more surfers.
Would you like to have your writing read by people from around the world? E-publishers can make that happen! Whether you want to publish novels or nonfiction or illustrated picture books, the technology is now available to make publishing and marketing your own e-books easy, too. Readers are choosing e-books at least as often as paperbacks or hardcovers, so you'll want to know about this important aspect of publishing. In this lesson, you'll explore your many options as an author. You'll receive a checklist that you can use to help you select the publishing path that suits your needs. Even if you've never considered writing a book, you'll see how e-books can be valuable tools in your content marketing and business branding.
Creative Writing Markets
Do you enjoy making up stories? The Internet may not seem a likely place for creative writing—but it can be if you know where to find the markets. In this lesson, you'll start out by looking at fanfiction and at how copyright laws affect your ability to publish your own work using worlds that other writers have created. Writing a book can take a long time, so the lesson will also talk about publishing your work in serial form so you can earn as you write. You'll also look at ways you can put together a campaign to raise funding up front to write your book. Sound interesting? The lesson will discuss two examples of authors who've used crowdfunding to finance their projects. If you write short fiction and poetry, you'll find lots of nooks in cyberspace, both paying and nonpaying, where you can publish, too. Additionally, you'll see how to use these markets to build your brand and promote books you've already published!
Niche Nonfiction Markets
Would you like to be part of the biggest advancement in the history of humankind? In this lesson, you'll learn how! Until the twentieth century, knowledge doubled roughly each century. But by 2015, it doubled nearly every year. The reason, of course, is the Internet. And you and your fellow nonfiction writers are making it all happen. While you've already examined lots of ways to publish nonfiction, in this lesson you'll explore niche areas such as article directories, writing as a guide, sharing your opinion in various ways, and providing training. You won't stop at the written word either: You'll also look at how you can earn income with images and videos.
How many answers do you look for in a day? If you're like most writers, it may be dozens, from a synonym for a word to a statistic to support an argument. In fact, research is integral to the writing process these days, and while good search engine skills simplify things, sometimes you need other resources. From information compiled in databases to email interviews with experts, there are many ways to get the job done, and they'll all be covered in this lesson. Of course, once you've found some interesting facts, you need to be able to save them so you can find them again later. You'll discover some tools to do that in this lesson, too. Before you finish up, you'll also take a final look at copyright laws and how they relate to using research.
Your Publishing Plan
It's time to bring together everything that's been covered in the course together here in Lesson 12. And you'll do just that—with everything from exploring tools of the trade, to filling in a checklist of market options, to setting your publishing goals. Planning is the key to making your long-term vision for your career a reality, so be prepared to spend some time on this part of the process. As Woodrow Wilson said, "You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement."
Linda Aksomitis has a master's degree in adult vocational/technical education, with a minor in English. She has published 25 books for readers of all ages (fiction and nonfiction), including numerous e-books, and she has a few thousand publications in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. She's been an acquisitions editor for an e-publisher, Webmaster of half a dozen websites, managing editor and Webmaster for an Internet magazine, and she maintains two active blogs. Linda traces all of her publishing success to the Internet and the contacts she's made in cyberspace.