In this day and age, many people are looking to turn their passion into something that can make them money. People who love books are no exception. If you love books and want to turn that love into a job then hopefully this guide will help you.
1. Write Your Own Book
This is perhaps the most ambitious option on the list. Its one thing to be inspired to write a book, and an entirely different thing to do it. But if you’re a book lover with a passion for writing or storytelling this can be a fantastic opportunity. When you’ve got the right idea and you can express those ideas on paper, then this may be something to consider. What’s great about this is that if you already love books then you may have a good idea about how one should be constructed.
Of course, you could write about any sort of topic that comes to mind. You just need to be aware that there are going to be different formats for different topics. But hey, if you have the passion for a topic, or want to craft a fictional tale, then this is an option you book lovers might want to consider.
2. Book Printing And Publishing
This is a great choice for the book lover interested in the back end of the book industry. Of all the options presented for book lovers, this may be the most conventional job. The printing and publishing industry is fairly large, meaning it may be relatively easy to get in on the ground floor.
If you are interested in the marketing and piecing together of books then this is probably the right industry for you. This career can be tedious and involves a lot of difficult decision making, but much like the movie industry, there are people who are more interested in the technical side of how things work.
3. Freelance Editing And Proof Reading
A look at one of the more technical aspects of the book industry. When it comes to freelance editing and proof reading, you are going to need a firm grasp on the mechanics of the English language. This can be especially tedious work, but it is still very vital to the construction of other people’s creations.
You can also strike out on your own and do your work online if you want the freedom to plan your own schedule. You can advertise yourself online or try to find work through job boards.
Storytelling is something that can be done on the side or as a weekend volunteer opportunity. Libraries, schools, and other programs often need people to do readings. Although not everyone has the voice or experience for it, this can still be a rewarding opportunity.
Speaking from personal experience, having someone read to you can lead to a larger love of reading. If you are someone who is passionate about getting young folks to read, then this might be a perfect opportunity for you.
5. Blogging And Story Blogging
The internet is full of opportunities if you know where to look. The blogging industry has taken off, with thousands of blogs dedicated to all things books on the web. To get started, you are going to need to figure out exactly what you want to write about. This will help you to narrow down what types of blogs you want to write for.
Of course, you could always start your own blog. This is actually a pretty good way to get started and one way to start building an audience. It can also give you a chance to find your own voice and figure out how you want to tell your story.
6. Start Up A Bookshop
This is a wonderful idea for the business savvy book lover. If you love books, then it is inevitable that at one point or another in your life, you have dreamed about opening your own bookstore. Even with the rise of e-books, there is still a demand for physical bookstores. Regardless of the advancements in technology, there are always going to be a group of people that will want a hard copy.
Furthermore, as a book lover, you will be in perfect position to spread your love of books. There are various types of bookstores to consider if this is a path you want to go down. You could establish a niche bookstore, a bookstore for collectors, or a used bookstore. It will take time and a lot of work, but if you’re really passionate about spreading the love of reading, then by all means you should go for it!
These are just a few ideas for book lovers to turn their passion into a career. If you have other ideas for book-themed jobs, comment below!
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