Kristen Reed: Think about all of the jobs that stem from writing: screenwriter, English professor, novelist or even journalist, are just a few that spring to mind, but how about copywriting? Sure, it's not as glamorous as the others, but as a successful copywriter you can do quite well for yourself and we've got the tips to help you get there.
Don't be afraid to work for free. Link up with a graphic designer who may need help writing web content or filling copy. They would love the added support and this will help you build your portfolio.
Non-profits are another avenue to building a strong and solid resume. They work on little to no budget and often list volunteer opportunities on their websites. More often than not, these opportunities will include marketing and grant writing.
Networking is another important factor in gaining advice for getting started and is also a great tool for future jobs. By networking not only can you meet potential employers, but also learn tips from other colleagues in the workforce.
You could also create a website that shows off your skills as a writer. By creating your own site not only can you showcase your skill set, but also have a little fun doing so. Use the internet to your advantage. That's what it's there for.
Lastly, don't give up so easily. It's a tough line of work trying to get yourself published. But you will find it only takes one person saying yes to really get your career going.