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Hi,
I'm a 33 yr old unemployed,economist who has always yearned to either be a writer or a cartoonist. However, my natural talents reside in mathematics. I fear my writing skills are not up to par and I will never get published.

Ok, my questions,is there a way to earn a decent living as a writer(short stories,magazines)? I have written a children's sci-fi novel but it's really kind of bad. What can I do to improve my skills(on the cheap),get published(does lulu.com work?) and not starve to death in the process?

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If you're worried about your writing skills, you could take classes online or at local community colleges/universities. If you have the writing skills, you can write about economic/math related subjects. The book Writer's Market would give you a list of magazines in that field. Also use the Internet to explore freelance writing. Absolutewrite.com and writersweekly.com have articles about how to break into freelance writing. They also have job listings.

From what you wrote here, you have good writing skills, and writing nonfiction is different from writing fiction. You might want to start with writing magazine articles on subjects you know about. Good luck.


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What are good writing books? How can I write a writing book? Who publishes writing books?

Experience

I'm a writer/book reviewer from North Carolina. For almost three years, I have been freelance writing. My website is http://www.nikianntaylor.com

Publications
Book on freelance writing at http://tinyurl.com/eche

Quiz writer for http://www.quizilla.com

Writes for http://www.notyetretired.com

Contributor to Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders:
Success Stories, Strategies, and Other Good News. Hunter
House.

Book review published in March 2002 Lambda Book Report.

Book Review published in August 2002 The Writer.

Article published in Pediatrics for Parents(Vol. 20, No. 1)


Book reviewer article published in January 2003 issue of AWP
Job List

Book Review Published in April 2003 Good Old Boat

Writing-related article published in May 24, 2003 Funds for
Writers Newsletter(Digest Number 210)

Book Review published in Dovetail
Article published in Openmind, November/December 2003
Article published in WritersWeekly.com: 12/17/03
Book review in FOOD WRITING A Bi-Weekly E-zine Vol. I, Issue 12 January 13, 2004 www.food-writing.com
Teaches online class on book reviewing at http://class.universalclass.com/bookreviews

Education/Credentials
East Carolina University, Bachelor's of Arts in English with
a concentration in Writing, 1994
East Carolina University, Master's in Library Science, 1998
East Carolina University, Working on Master's of Arts in
English in Creative Writing Program, Jan. 1999-May 2000

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