Amazing as it may sound, there is a real shortage of good writers and poets. Try telling that to the thousands of writers and poets who get daily rejection slips.
As far as they are concerned, writing is virtually impossible to break into no matter how hard they seem to try.
There may be a number of reasons why they don't succeed:
Their writing is not up to standard - as far as the particular publishers or editors are concerned;
They don't bother polishing their writing before submission;
They knock on the wrong doors - sending materials on a random basis;
They have failed to do basic research;
The list goes on.
1000s of publishers
There are of course thousands of publishers, especially online, who are willing to publish your work without payment. Such publishers can't or won't pay writers or poets.
Professional writers on the other hand command handsome fees. They make a good living out of writing.
Anyone can become a professional writer. You just need the determination to succeed. If you don't have a natural gift, you can learn to write well. This can be by self-study, online, or at a college or school near you.
High quality professional writers demand anything from $1000 to $5000 per project - and the best earn substantially more. A project may involve just one page or a few poems.
Why do most aspiring writers and aspiring poets fail?
In a recent survey conducted on behalf of http://www.WritingHolidays.com, it became apparent that most writers and poets were not willing to invest time or effort in training or acquiring the necessary skills.
The survey revealed that most writers and poets were happy to plod along by trial and error rather than investing in a decent course. They accordingly fail to reap the rewards that are there for the taking.
They remain amateur writers and poets whilst their professional colleagues cream off the best paid writing markets.
The survey compared writers and poets to other professions. Lawyers, Accountants, Doctors, etc., are all highly paid. They all undergo training before the rewards are forthcoming. Yet, most writers and poets believe that the riches will come to them without spending $1 on training or developing skills.
One per cent. of writers or poets may get lucky. They may have been "born writers or poets" - they succeed without any training. The rest slog away - hoping that one day they may make some money from writing.
The good news
The good news is that there are 1000s of paid writing markets that are waiting to be exploited. There are more assignments than writers or poets.
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This article was posted on May 11, 2003