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Here’s how I used to try to get a job as an English major,
Dearest Sir AND/Or Madame,
As a recent graduate with a Master’s Degree in English Literature, I can assure you that you can look no further for a finer writer. I’m a scholar of grammar, narrative form, and a collector of pretty words that roll like pearls in your mouth. I shall write, edit, and proofread for you. Let me know if you have an opening for a strong communicator.
Your Faithful Word Slave Starving and Deep in Student Loan Debt,
BA in English (Dean’s List)
MA in English
Like most humanities grads, I thought that my best skills were writing and editing.
But here’s a hard smack in the face for humanities majors. There are VERY few jobs out there for writers alone.
Journalism is almost dead, book publishing is dwindling, and most writers and editors aren’t doing very well these days.
So what can you do?
Unless you plan to write best-selling novels or write for television, the best path to actually earning a livable wage from your writing is to think about this question . . .