Today we have 10 questions for Fuse client, Nina Amir. In addition to being a best-selling author and The Inspiration to Creation Coach, Nina is an international journalist with with hundreds of articles in magazines, newspapers, e-zines, and newsletters. Her newest ebook, THE WRITE NONFICTION NOW! GUIDE TO WRITING AND PUBLISHING ARTICLES is out now from Short Fuse Publishing.
Nina spoke with us about being a successful journalist, part of a longer interview that will be featured in our monthly newsletter.
Why should an aspiring book author write articles?
It’s a great way to build platform. Each article exposes you and your work to a new or larger audience, which increases your reach and authority. It also promotes your existing and forthcoming books.
Do you need a journalism degree to get published?
No. You need writing skill, marketable ideas and the ability to meet deadlines and work with editors.
What are some useful skills you learned by writing for magazines?
How to interview just about anyone—even famous people. How to find information and contact people. How to write a great lead, which translates to a great beginning to a book proposal or chapter. How to query. How to handle rejection.
Can you really earn a living as a journalist these days?
Yes. You have to work hard and you may want to diversify. However, if you can write for $1 to $2 per word, you can make a nice living. Think about it, three articles, each one thousand words long, per month equates to $3,000 to $6,000 per month. Throw in two or three shorter pieces or less-well-paid pieces—each one landing you another $200 to $500, and you’ve made another $600 to $1000. Now, you’d have to hustle to have that much work. But you can seek a steady gig with a publication or write for bloggers.
Can you be considered too young or too old to break into journalism?
Nope. No age limit.
What is your favorite thing about writing articles?
Pursuing topics I’m passionate about. I basically get to choose what interests me (pursue my passions), who I want to interview (my role models and heroes, for example), and then find magazines interested in the same topics. In the process, I learn new things, meet phenomenal people and make some money in the process!
Now that you’re a bestselling author, will you stop writing articles?
No. Never. I actually hope to find time to continue writing articles on a more frequent basis—because I enjoy it, I can increase my income, and I can help promote my books by doing so.
How does article writing work into NaNonFiWriMo?
NaNonFiWriMo, or the Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN) Challenge, is about starting and finishing a work of nonfiction in 30 days—any work of nonfiction. You can write an article in a month if you like. Or you can write four articles—one per week. Or you can write 30 query letters—one per day—to rack up a bunch of article assignments. Whatever floats your boat as long as you are working on nonfiction-related projects.
Tell me a bit more about NaNonFiWriMo.
It’s a challenge to start and finish a work of nonfiction in 30 days. No word count; just a personal challenge. Register to get access to the WNFIN forum, or just use the WNFIN Facebook page. And read the blog!
Where can I learn more?
You can learn more at www.nationalnonfictionwritingmonth.com and in my new ebook, THE WRITE NONFICTION NOW! GUIDE TO WRITING AND PUBLISHING ARTICLES.
Thanks, Nina! You can catch the rest of this interview (along with some extra goodies) in our November newsletter, and of course, all of Nina’s writing guides are available on Amazon.