Breaking Into the Antiques and Collectibles Markets as a Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer, you have probably landed gigs that revolve around your expertise, favorite niche, or interests. But as they say, learning is a continuous process, and this definitely applies to writing. Have you heard about the antiques and collectibles markets of the publishing industry? A steady stream of income awaits freelance writers who choose to cater to this niche.

What you should have

  • Writing skills

Yes, you heard it right, all you need to do is to show off your writing skills and experience. It may be a plus, but you don’t necessarily need to be an antique collector or expert to succeed in this niche. So, make sure to have your portfolio ready.

  • Research skills

Not being an expert doesn’t really go with just writing anything under the sun. Know nothing about antiques and collectibles? This is when extensive research comes in handy. Make sure to have the proper resources with you.

  • Art appreciation

You may not be an artist yourself but you should have at least an eye for details to be able to write good descriptions and reviews. Check out antique New Orleans and see how these are usually written – this is a good starting point!

  • Time

Yes, time for writing, that’s obviously one thing. But you’ll have to be physically ready to attend auctions, shows, and even visit some antique and collectibles shops to get inspiration from.

What’s in it for you

Antiques are rarely sold cheap so everything that is tagged to it should be of great quality. This is why employers and owners are willing to pay antique writers a lot higher as long as they meet the requirements and of course, pay depends on the type of work you’ll be doing – antique shows, auctions, or writing profiles on dealers and collectors.

Doing this on a long-term basis will also allow you to build relationships with publications, and even get noticed for your work. Note that on a regular basis, local and regional publications need freelance writers for their articles so this is when it becomes a regular writing gig for you.

What are you waiting for? Break into the antique and collectibles markets and show off your writing skills while making serious money.





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