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 love to read.”
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!