Changing to the literary niche was not a decision I made very lightly at all. I knew I had to pick a niche I enjoyed writing about and enjoyed helping people with.
That’s why I chose the literary niche out of all the other niches I could have picked. Changing to the literary niche was the best decision I ever made. I haven’t looked back since either.
Changing niches is not a decision a freelance writer should take lightly. You have many factors to think about when choosing a niche to write about.
Let me share a few of my reasons for changing to the literary niche so you can understand why I chose it. You’ll be able to see what you have to do when picking a new niche.
I’ve always loved to read ever since I was a young child. I’d prefer to read than go to a social event. I shudder to think of not having a book on my person at all times.
I get bored after a short period of time and have to have something to do because of that. This is why having a book is always a good idea for me. I prefer fantasy or sci-fi novels to anything else.
Well…unless it’s a James Patterson novel. I’ve read quite a few of his books as well over the years. When I read, I fluctuate between the young adult section and the adult section of the library.
I used to buy my books from the local Books-A-Million store but that got expensive after a short time. At any time, I can have anywhere from seven to ten books checked out at one time.
“I’ve read hundreds of books over the last 20 years.”
I don’t remember when I first started to read but it’s been in my blood for longer than I can remember. My mother loves to read, as does my paternal aunt.
I don’t remember not loving to read and it’s been a huge part of my life for so long. I’ve read hundreds, if not thousands, of books over the last two decades.
I got my first public library card in 1998 when I was at the ripe age of 8 years old. I can still remember what that library card looked like too, believe it or not.
I used that library card so much over the years that it split in two in a literal sense. I wasn’t laughing at the time and I don’t laugh about it almost 20 years later. It’ll never get to the point of being funny.
“I almost live in the library.”
I’m not proud of this fact but it’s true all the same. I do almost live in the library. When they changed things around a few years ago, it didn’t take long for me to get used to the new layout.
I am on a text messaging basis with the young adult librarian and she always texts me when new books come in. She knows that this news will interest me enough to venture over to the place.
It may be across town from where I live but that doesn’t stop me from taking a trip to the library. I love taking a look at the new books, no matter what day of the week it may be.
Several of the circulation people at the library know me by first name as well. They check out the books I choose and it makes them laugh when I tell them I have something on hold to pick up.
I almost always have something on hold that is available for pick-up, which is why I’m at the library so much. It excites me to think that I have something else to add to my immediate reading list.
“I have experience volunteering at my local library.”
I’ve gone as far as volunteering at my local library. I never thought I would be doing that but it didn’t occur to me that I shouldn’t do it. I wanted to be a part of things and this is how I was going to do that.
I can’t remember exactly what it was I was volunteering for but there was a young adult activity that day. I wasn’t old enough to take part in the activity but I still helped to prepare the room for it.
It made me smile to think that I helped put up the streamers around the room. That’s not to mention the help I did setting up the tables for the high school students.
If I’m not mistaken, it was some sort of DIY jewelry event. You know, like you’d take part in with your girl scout troop. It wasn’t something that interested me but I still had fun volunteering.
I was also invited to be a part of the young adult council who picked which books the librarian ordered. For me, this was a HUGE deal and I couldn’t have been more excited.
No one had ever picked me for anything like this before so this was new territory for me. I couldn’t say no to my friend, could I? No, I thought not!
“Writing in this industry excites me.”
I’ve written about anything from mental health to workers’ comp and this is what interests me the most. I love to read and I want the opportunity to help the reading community.
I want to help introduce patrons to new books they can read. I want these customers to enjoy the books they buy. Even if you rent the books from a library, I still want you to enjoy them.
The opportunity to help the literary community in this way is exciting to me in a way nothing else can excite me. I didn’t realize how much love I had for it until I made the change in my business.
Writing book reviews or writing about books that are coming out soon brings a smile to my face. I can’t help it, nor do I want to stop the smile.
The biggest thing I’ve come to realize is that I have to enjoy what I’m writing. If I don’t enjoy it, then my business will become a chore and I don’t want that. What freelancer would want that?
Changing to the literary niche was the best decision I ever made. I have experience in the niche, I love what I do, and I love to write about what I do.
Being able to change my niche to something I love is not an easy task, though. You have to think about profitability among other things.
Make sure you pick a niche that excites you, one you have experience in, or one that you could get experience in. I know that’s what I did and I haven’t regretted it.
Have you ever changed to the literary niche before? I want to “hear” about more about it so tell me in the comments below!
I’ve been a blogger for 2 years now and freelance copywriter for about a year now. When I switched niches, I had questions about the literary niche that I couldn’t answer.
I set out to answer these questions for both you and me. I wanted to make sure this switch of niches wasn’t going to be daunting to either one of us.
My love for reading and writing isn’t going to get me by when it comes to finding clients, after all. That can’t be the only things I need to survive and pay the bills.
My questions about the literary niche may be pressing so I wanted to set about answering them. They are questions we all fear at some point or another. Answering them can put our minds at ease as well.
Let’s get started answering these questions. I want to delve deep into the world of the literary industry for your sake as well as my own.
“Is the niche profitable?”
What am I going to find when I enter the industry as a new freelance writer? This question is often exacerbated by anxiety disorder. My anxiety likes to warp this kind of question until it keeps me up at night, sweating bullets.
I often wonder, when I enter a new niche, if the prospects value the kind of work that freelancers like me delve into. Have they worked with a freelance writer before? What was their experience like with that previous freelancers if so?
I want each client to enjoy working with me but I refuse to force the prospect into working with me. If they are not comfortable with the idea, then I will not push it.
How many clients will I get if I cold e-mail people in this new industry? This is a question that also keeps me awake at night with anxiety attacks. I know it will take time to get an answer but I still wonder in the back of my mind.
“How am I going to pay my bills?”
I’m sure this is a fear a lot of freelancers have these days. The marketplace can be quite competitive at times, especially in certain niches. It made me nervous at first since I was afraid that I would contact someone who already had a freelance writer.
This concern made me wonder how I was going to pay my bills if this kept happening to me. See…this is what anxiety does to your mind. It warps your mind until your mind doesn’t know what to think anymore.
What I’ve noticed about this niche is that there isn’t as much competition as there is in the B2B marketing niche. That makes my anxiety lessen to an extent as I work to make a decent living as a freelance literary copywriter.
This fear will always be in the back of my mind because of my anxiety disorder. I will always be working hard to make sure I can pay my bills each month. All freelancers do this on a weekly basis.
“How long is it going to take before clients come to me?”
This question makes me smile now as I wonder about an answer to it. I do take this question seriously, though, as I wonder what the best course of action is to take. I want to make sure dream clients find me but I wonder how I can make that happen.
My plan of action is going to be work on SEO (search engine optimization) and social media marketing. I will make sure that I am present on each social media platform prospects are active on the most.
Social media campaigns are difficult when you are a freelance writer. It is even harder for someone who may not know what they are doing. The best thing you can do is to research your options when it comes to social media platforms.
Having the right plan of attack can ensure success when it comes to getting on your dream clients’ radar. The platforms you use to reach your ideal client are different, as it depends on your industry of choice.
“Is my love for reading going to be enough?”
My anxiety tells me that the answer to this question will always be negative. My love of reading is not something you would want to hear as a prospective client. You’d want to hear more about my experience in the industry.
For that, I can’t blame you in the least. That’s what I’d want to hear if I were in your shoes at any point. If I hear a virtual assistant, I might be in your place at some point in the future.
Having a love of reading helps with the goal I have of gaining clients but you wouldn’t want to hear about that alone. You would also want to hear about my volunteer experience at my local public library. You know, something like that.
I’ve been friends with the young adult (YA) librarian at my local public library for years now. I’ve known her for as long as I can remember and have introduced her to new authors.
I’ve introduced hundreds of books to the YA section because of my close friendship. I am glad to see other young adults like me enjoying the books I have introduced to the librarian.
“What if I end up with more clients than I can handle?”
This is a question freelancers have upon getting clients when they’re starting out. It is a question I often worry about, though I’ve never had this “problem” myself.
If this “problem” occurs to you, there are several things you can do to reduce your stress levels. The first thing you can do is find another freelancer to outsource the project to. Another thing you can do is have a wait list for prospects to sign up for.
There is also something else you can do to reduce your stress. It may not be something you want to do but it may have to happen anyway. You may end up having to tell the person you cannot help them.
The best thing you can do in this situation is to give them the information of another freelancer. This freelancer would need to be able to do the project in question as well as the prospect believes you can.
If you do not know anyone who can help them, you can tell them that you are not available until a certain time. If they do not want to wait, you can point them to a certain website like UpWork or Freelancer.
According to Forbes, freelancers make up 35 percent of the workforce in the United States. That is a total of 55 million people, in case you’re wondering.
That’s a lot of people, right? We are a part of that 35% of the workforce and we can make freelancing work with the right plan of attack.
Remember all that time you’ve spent worrying about paying the bills? Use that time to create a powerful blog post or write a cold pitch to a new prospect.
Be productive with the time you have as a freelancer, whether you’re doing it full-time or part-time. Don’t let this career be a dream alone!
Do you have any other questions you’d like answered? Leave them in the comments below so I can answer them for you!