Have you ever thought of supplementing your income while awaiting the sale of your first novel? Would you like to find a way to write and still earn money during that temporary period? Do you feel freelance writing or journalism are your only options? Note: This isn’t an advertisement. Although, it could be, I suppose.
I came a across a book called “Career Opportunities for Writers” by Rosemary Ellen Guiley and found the information quite interesting. If I wasn’t a stay-at-home mom, maybe I’d consider some of the career options mentioned in this book. After all, writing is writing, right? Well, sort of. I prefer fiction, but could see myself working in a writing environment if circumstances were different.
I’ve compiled a list of career opportunities for writers taken from Guiley’s book, but didn’t include the obvious categories like publishing, journalism, or magazines. Take a look.
Television: desk assistant, researcher, reporter, anchor, news writer, assistant news director, news director, news librarian, community-affairs director
Radio: reporter, news director
Arts and Entertainment: ghostwriter, screenwriter, playwright, lyricist/jingle writer, poet, greeting card writer
Business Communications and Public Relations: public-relations assistant, internal publications editor, external publications editor, public information officer, government affairs specialist, speechwriter, communications coordinator, public-relations account executive, technical communicator
Advertising: assistant account executive, account executive, assistant copywriter, copywriter
Federal Government: editorial assistant and clerk, writer and editor, technical writer and editor, press secretary, political speechwriter
Scholastic Academic, and Non-Profit Institutions: journalism teacher, assistant professor, alumni communications specialist, alumni magazine editor, librarian, news director
Freelance Services and Self-Publishing: freelance writer, technical writer, technical editor, copy editor, proofreader, fact checker, indexer, stringer, book reviewer, contributing editor, syndicated columnist, communications consultant, desktop publisher, packager, self-publisher, advertising copywriter
I know, quite the list, but maybe something will interest you enough to do a little research. Of course, the easiest way to find out about these jobs and others like them is to buy Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s book. I did.
Do you have a writing related job? Did any of the job titles in Guiley’s list interest you?