For the Professional: Astrology Writing
After reading all of these blog posts on being a professional astrologer, some of you may be considering the idea of being an astrology writer. You don't need to be an astrologer to write about astrology, nor do you need to write if you're an astrologer. But for those of you who do want to do it, whether you're a budding astrologer or just a freelance writer, there are a few different ways.
Astrology books: Back in the day, it was NOT easy to publish an astrology book, and only the biggest of the big astrologers did. Nowadays, you have more options with both traditional publishers and online ones. Absolutely anyone can write an astrology book and publish it yourself on places like Amazon or Lulu. It can be a fun exercise, but you probably shouldn't expect to get rich off of it unless you can find a way to separate your book from all the others (because oh yeah, everyone can do it). I self-published two astrology books a few years ago, but wasn't all that satisfied with the experience, so don't plan on doing it again, but for many people, it's a great option to get some exposure, experience, and credibility. I also did ghostwriting of astrology books for a few years, and enjoyed that a lot (that Pisces Moon of mine, I like being in the background), so I ended up ghostwriting 13 astrology books. You can find offers on freelance writing websites like odesk or elance, and you can create a network of people that will keep coming back to you. This can eventually lead you to being able to get your own astrology work published. If you want to go straight to a publisher, the biggest is, of course, Llewellyn, but it's difficult to crack through to them unless you're an established astrologer. A better bet may be a smaller publisher that specializes in gift books (like the kind at the checkout at the bookstore) if you can be creative in your approach since you'll have less competition.
Astrology articles/website content/blogging: If you don't want to go for the big commitment required from a book, astrology articles, website content, or blogging are a good option. With astrology articles, you write articles (usually 500-1500 words), and submit them to various astrology websites, blogs, and magazines. You can submit to other kinds of websites, blogs, and magazines as well if you tailor to their specialty, like writing an astrology article on love for a dating website. Hopefully, you eventually connect with a website, blog, or magazine that makes you a regular contributer. With website content, you can write the stuff that fills up website pages, mostly general, informational stuff like Sun sign content. Look at any astrology website and you'll find pages like that (of course, I took that a little further with the learning lessons on this website! but the Sun signs page is a good example of general website content). With blogging, you can create your own blog and write about whatever you want, whenever you want, however you want. This is a good option if you have a unique voice that can set you apart from other bloggers, or just want to do your own thing without anyone to answer to. Blogging will require more of a commitment though, and you need to blog consistently, at least at first.
Horoscope writing: I mentioned in the So You Wanna be an Astrologer? series that if you want to be a big-time astrologer, you pretty much have to write horoscopes. But most of the horoscopes out there, whether in newspapers, magazines, apps, or websites, are actually written by freelance writers who aren't astrologers, so even if you're a writer and not an astrologer, this is still something you can do. You can use freelance writing sites to find horoscope writing jobs, or just start writing on your own website or blog. I've written 19 different horoscopes, 8 currently for this website and 11 for websites, apps, and books in the past, so I know a little about this one. For astrologers, it's a great way to get your name out there and build an audience. For writers, it's a steady gig. If this one is something that interests you, be sure to check out the free horoscope writing course that'll be available April 1st of the Free Astrology Courses page.
Comments are closed.