If you love to write poetry you probably dream that you can someday use it to make some extra dough online. While you may never get rich or famous there are a few ways you can make a profit from your prose.
Poets are artists of the writing world, and much of what they write is a labor of love. Making a living may never even enter into it, but we all need to eat, and eventually even the poet must find a way to pay the bills.
Sadly there are a number of scammers online whose goal it is to take advantage of you and your art, so your first goal is to learn how to avoid them. Take the time to join communities and associations online that are geared towards your poetry, the best place to learn about safe opportunities will be from those that have already traveled this road. These communities are also good places to get your work criticized which will help you improve your skills.
Your best opportunities for selling your work will be submitting it to magazines, and online poetry sites, hopefully once you join the online poetry communities they can direct you to the best places to do that. It takes a lot of patience and effort to get someone to take your work for the first time but they pay well, and once they do, your second submission will go a lot smoother.
There are numerous contest sites that claim they will pay you for your poetry but again be on the lookout for scammers. Many of them will take your poetry, print it then ask you to pay them for the book they printed. It is extremely important to do your research to find legitimate contests, be sure to read the fine print, since many sites will seek to gain ownership of your poetry once you have sent it to them.
Another option for making an income off your poetry is to start a blog, featuring of course your writing. This is risky because of the problems with people taking poetry off people’s sites, and never giving you credit for your work. You will need to be diligent in posting copyrights, and spend the money to join the various copyright associations out there that are created specifically for helping you to protect your copyrights online.
If you have any sort of following at the various poetry communities, getting traffic to your blog will not be difficult. Making money comes from affiliate ads, sponsorships and even donations from faithful readers who will gladly help you support your art.
Many say there is no money to be made from poetry, and perhaps by conventional means this is true, but a creative and motivated person can find ways to make dough writing their poetry online.