Having said that, if producing a book is still your preferred path to work from home, a good guide to writing a book is to remember that more ‘how to’ non-fiction books are published each year than fiction books. Once again, sadly though, stories are smaller market.
This also holds true to writing and publishing a book yourself. At one time the mere mention of a home produced book brought a look of distain but that like many things is changing. There are definite pros and cons to self publishing the biggest two of which are that you do actually see your work in print but the amount of money you make depends entirely on your own business skills.
Writing greeting cards has for many years conjured up thoughts of a romantic lifestyle. Though out my many years within the writing world, I don’t think I have ever come across somebody who is living that life. I do, however, know of people who use it to supplement what they earn from freelance magazine writing. I also know those who have received a diverse selection of clothes and trinkets as payment.
An evergrowing market where writers can make money is writing for the internet. This advance in technology has increased markets for writers exponentially, although it has also left many writers with concerns about copyright, plagiarism, privacy and payment.
As in any other business there are people eager to take advantage of the naive but I believe that if we, as writers, share information and tips, and do our research it’s a valid market that can work for all of us.
Certainly writing ezine articles is a wide market if not as yet high paying.
Writing ebooks would seem to bring in a similar return for effort, unless the work is being heavily promoted, written for a large and already existing marked, or has been contracted out to the writer by the promoter. The same would seem to be true of writing for websites and blogs.
Having given you all this information please don’t think that I am saying, ‘Don’t write your best-seller and expect to receive a contract for five more’. Never let it be said that I squashed anybody’s dream. My intention is purely to cover a variety of areas so that you can work from home writing and earning money until your first book contract arrives - if that is your choice.