Writing can be a rather isolating profession. Sitting in a room, typing away on your own, with a computer and an imagination for company. The inability to interact with people outside of your field, to swap stories or share information-it’s easy to see how the process could become stressful and lonely.
But we think that’s just part of the gig! And there are ways out of this trap: ways you can start selling news like on inol news right now, even if you haven’t written it yet.
10 ways you can start selling news are:
1. Join a Startup
Startups are very good news-sellers. By sharing the incredibly exciting things you’re working on and the clear vision of what you want to see, you’ll help the company succeed and get more attention. You’ll also get to meet new people and share ideas.
2. Work For A News Site
You don’t have to be employed by a startup or a huge news site (although we think that would be cool). If your job involves writing, then there will always be something interesting happening-back stories, breaking news stories, profiles of interesting people etc. Starting a feature on something you’re involved in can be a great way to get exposure. You could even start a blog and post your news writing on it.
3. Start A Blog
If you don’t work for a newspaper, but still want to write, you can start your own blog about something that interests you and build an audience this way. Using social media could make it easier for people to discover you, as well as reaching out to other bloggers will help spread the word about your site.
4. Join Professional Societies
Professional societies are great places to gather interesting information and get the low-down on the latest news. Joining one of these could help you learn a lot about your industry. You’ll also meet people with like-minded interests, which could lead to interesting contacts and a new source of information for your writing.
5. Join A Community Group
Joining a community group is another good way to hear about what’s happening in your local area, as well as making connections with other people who are working in the same field. This will help you build up sources of news and possible contacts for future work too.
6. Keep An Eye On Social Media
If you’re interested in following news, why not make a Twitter account and start following people who tweet about it? This way you can interact with other people in your industry and get the latest news straight away. Social media is a great way of picking up news and getting your writing out there. It’s also worth making sure that you promote interesting things you’re working on (especially to your contacts), so people will know what you’ve been doing.
7. Attend Events
Attending an event is another great way to get news-it’s especially good if you can make sure that you’re there when something interesting is happening, as your presence will give you exclusive access to breaking news. Building connections is one of the most important things a writer can do in their career, and attending events is a great way to develop these relationships. You’ll also be able to hear about new news stories first-hand and get the low-down directly from the horse’s mouth!
8. Attend Networking Events
Networking events are an equally important part of the journalistic world, and can be a great way to learn about what’s happening, as well as getting in touch with possible contacts. Networking events are a great way to meet interesting people and share news, as well as getting a lot of other useful information. By knowing who is doing what in your industry, you’ll be able to find out what’s happening and start to get your name out there.
9. Watch What People Are Saying About You
A good writer will always be able to see themselves from the outside, and so they should keep an eye on what others are saying about them. You could try keeping an eye on what people say about you on social media-if they post something complimentary, it’s worth sending a thank-you email so you can see if there are any opportunities for future collaboration.
10. Be Nice
Of course, the number one way to sell news is to be nice. Writing can be a competitive industry, but by building good relationships with people you will start to get more opportunities and make it easier to create news stories.We’ve all been told – if you want to be successful you need to work hard and be nice, but sometimes our writing takes up a lot of time and can be stressful. That’s why we think it’s important that you treat others as you would want them to treat you, as well as being nice when it’s appropriate!
We all love to write, so why not make it as fun and exciting as possible! By participating in our community, you can build up your contacts and start selling news right now.
Until next time…