Writing For Money Is More Than Only Self-Publishing Fiction

Make More Money From Writing

There are alternatives if you want to look at writing for money. For many writers, self-publishing is all about writing fiction. Then publishing books on Amazon, Kindle, Smashwords, or Draft2Digital.

Of course, there is also a lot of non-fiction self-publishing, such as self-help books, memoirs, and biographies.

There are many opinions about self-publishing, both positive and negative. But it would seem that these categories are the definitive areas for making a living writing.

But if you have great writing skills and want to earn money to write, there are other ways.

There are many ways to make money from your writing

There is another face to self-publishing that does not involve writing books. It is easy to ignore it as a genuine part of self-publishing.

If you define self-publishing as writing and publishing without a contract with a publisher, you can definitely apply this to blogging.

Starting a blog is a logical, independent step for any writer.

I write fiction, and I have a couple of blogs. Both of these activities involve a lot of writing. From them, I make money. So for me, self-publishing is more than only one route for making money online.

Trying to get on Amazon’s bestseller lists is the way to make money from fiction,

But it is a very tough assignment even for authors with a huge social media following. The truth is that very few authors succeed.

Like any writer who is self-publishing fiction, I know that making a livable income from fiction is probably fiction in itself.

Some writers, though, have spread their wings and ventured into blogging to earn extra income.

A few years ago, my income was about 60-40 from book sales and blog income.

But over time, that split has changed dramatically. I now earn well over 80% of my income from blogging.


Blogging for an income as a freelance writer and blogger

As far as success stories go, blogging is becoming by far a more realistic means of making a livable income from writing.

So much so that many bloggers are now posting monthly revenue reports. They make for fascinating reading and, perhaps for some, food for thought. Here are two blogs I came across that have posted their income results.


Cash Flow Diaries

This is a new blog started only a few months ago, so the report shows only a modest beginning. But I love this little snippet from the About page.

I created this blog to be used as a personal diary to track my journey.  Journey you say?! That’s right, I am on a full-blown mission to build enough passive income to quit my day job and become a multi-millionaire.  

Ahh, the dreaded day job.  If you’re reading this you most likely have one.  And if you’re anything like me.  You want out ASAP!!  I am super determined and motivated to get out of this rat race.  

Income Report.

Right now, let’s move on to a more established blog.

Smart Passive Incomesmart

From the About page:

I used to have a 9 to 5 job, which I really did enjoy. I was working as a Job Captain in an architecture firm and loving the line of work I was in. I had no plans to leave, but unfortunately, there are some things you cannot control (like the economy) and so, in 2008 I was laid off.

Getting laid off is a weird feeling. One day you think everything is fine and for whatever reason the next day you don’t really know what you’re supposed to do anymore. Instead of feeling bad about it, I immediately decided to work for myself from home.

It turns out that getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me. Without my 9 to 5 job holding me back, I’ve since been able to earn more money and work less (with more flexible) hours – which in the end allows me to be home and spend time with my family.

A description that would apply to many of us. So what about the earnings?

Income Report.


How can you make money from a blog?

There are so many ways you can monetize a blog.

If you get the recipe right, your blog can earn much more than the pay rates for content writers finding work on job boards.

When you have your own blog and write your blog posts, you are in control.

If you want to write short stories and place Adsense ads to gain click income, then you can do it.

You can make money from affiliate links and advertising. You can accept paying guest posts from advertisers and sites that pay $50 or more for advertorial posts.

The biggest plus for using a blog as an income source is that you are in total control. You don’t have a contract with anyone. You can make your own decisions about every facet of your online business.

On top of that, the setup and ongoing costs are minimal for a self-hosted WordPress blog.


Blogging is a natural step for writers to make more money

This post was not to convince self-publishing fiction writers to drop what they are doing or give up on their dreams.

But blogging is a logical extension of writing. So it is worth considering creating an extra passive income stream.

While some blogs focus on finance or money-making, there are literally thousands of blog ideas that can provide a steady income.

Food, cooking, motherhood, fishing, photography, and wine, just to name a few.

In fact, photography blogs are among the most profitable.

It is only a matter of choosing a great idea that you are absolutely passionate about and that you will enjoy building from scratch. Then you need to start working hard to create a blog that could generate a reliable and livable income for you.

Is self-publishing more than ebooks? Yes, there is definitely more to it than that.


Related reading: 20 Practical Ways You Can Make Money From Home By Blogging

7 thoughts on “Writing For Money Is More Than Only Self-Publishing Fiction”

  1. Hi Derek
    I have a couple of Blogs, long neglected. Never thought I could make money out of them. Is there someplace I can find how?
    Retired now. Have time.

  2. Interestingly, I’ve been calling myself a writer for years now despite never publishing more than a poem or review on someone else’s website, or a micro story on my own. Yet it was only after starting a personal finance blog this year that I made the leap into publishing some of my academic essays as Kindle ebooks, precisely because of other personal finance bloggers’ constant exhortations to try publishing ebooks for extra cash! Admittedly, they’re writing along the lines of “101 things to do”, etc, but it makes perfect sense to link blogging with other forms of publishing. My essays have nothing to do with finance, and are nothing like my style of writing for my blog, but I create under different personas, so it works out well.

  3. Hey Derek,

    Blogging has definitely become the real estate of the digital world, the possibilities are endless, and the potential income is limitless. I’m happy to see numerous bloggers creating a sustainable income off blogging. Thank you for writing this article. Have a wonderful week.

  4. Hi Derek!

    Thanks so much for including me blog in your post. As a super new bloggers I am learning all the ins and outs of having a blog and treating it like a business but the best part is just being able to write whatever I want whenever I want. Such a great outlet!

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