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New Version of Writing for the Media


When I was younger, it was ambitious to dream of writing for media outlets–newspapers, paid subscriber journals or magazines, or network television. To get such a job seemed impossible–it was grabbing the gold ring on the carousel.

With the major announcement of the merger of a large metropolitan newspaper (in the USA) with a major internet company, a long-standing trend has been confirmed.

According to Preston James, PhD, columnist for internet-based  military and foreign affairs journal Veterans Today:

You cannot easily find any young people going to mainstream mass media TV network news for information, they all go to the alternative news sites on the web like Drudgereport.com, Rense.com, Presstv.ir, whatreallyhappened.com, Veteranstoday.com, rt.com, infowars.com, amtvmedia.com, rinf.com, wired.com (danger room), and so many more fine newsfeed websites like these that it would fill pages.

Today, the reality of attaining  a media writing job is within reach.  Learn more about creating Internet content. Search “writing Internet content” on your favorite search engine. Happy reading!

Advice I’d Give My Child


Marty Nemko is a career consultant and radio personality. Marty offers the following business advice based on conversations with thousands of persons wanting to succeed in business and life. I think the advice works for authors, too, unless your writing goal is winning the Nobel Peace Prize in literature or penning the next great classical tome. If, however, you’d like to earn enough cash to pay for your printer paper and internet fees, then listen up.

Advice I’d Give My Child

If you’re entrepreneurial, I recommend starting your own business. Yes, I know, only 20 percent of new businesses are still in business after five years, but you can beat the odds. Just remember this one rule: Don’t innovate. Replicate. Copy a successful simple business.

Writing is a business. Like it or not, it is.  So use the rules that work in the marketplace. Study writers who earn money. What are they doing? Do it. How do they market their books? Mimic their techniques in your own domain.

Look for niches that are taking off. Write for those niches. Okay, you weren’t the first to break ground.  So what? Follow the momentum and ride it. That’s what successful investors do. They don’t worry about being the first to discover the next new thing: they spot the trend, then ride it as long and high as they can.

Look. Listen. Learn. And maybe you can pay for the next ink cartridge with a royalty check.