Traditionally writers had to find publishers who would print and market their books, or would take up employment with an ad agency. They could also consider becoming journalists and file reports. If they performed well in their jobs, eventually write editorials. Sometimes it would be up to teachers and professors to write course text books. Sometimes retired statesmen would write their memoirs or if they would found it too much trouble they would have a person ghost-write it for them. The money that they would usually make is quite modest with a few exceptions.
With the availability of the internet the demand for writing has gone up manifold. With freelancers available to write on every subject and topic under the sun, in all corners of the globe, and the proliferation of new avenues like e books and blogs, the sky is the limit to how much a person can write and earn.
Take for example the software industry that relies largely on freelance writers to develop content. Then there are thousands of companies who depend upon freelance writers to develop content for their websites. Similarly, freelance writers can also contribute to leading newspapers and magazines. Apart from that, there is more money in technical writing. In a world where technological changes are the order of the day, companies are hard pressed to explain the latest developments to their customers. This is where technical writers step in. With their grasp on technical jargon, they can easily create user friendly communication for consumers by developing content for product manuals, appendices and catalogs.
There are specialist content writers as well. People with a creatively oriented mind do quite well in this profession. KPOs conduct admission tests for candidates aspiring to work with these firms as web content writers. The tests evaluate the writing skills of the candidates as they will be required to write on many different topics. Some companies seek writers who can take on writing that relate to undertaking academic writing jobs such as research papers, essays, team papers, course work, and dissertations. Copywriters too are in great demand with a constant flow of work pertaining to various projects. Resume writers are also in high demand with people around the world needing to showcase increasingly diverse skill sets for an equally diverse range of professions. Resume writers' skills are in high demand because of this reason.
Today, trade is seamless and worldwide. A person requires communication with people across the world who speaks many different languages. For this purpose, translators are in high demand. Thus, we see that writing as a profession has become very popular and attractive. Broadband access has made it possible for writers of different genres, industries and segments to find work worldwide. The fact that there is so much reference and training material accessible on the net makes it easier for a lot more people to take up writing as a profession or at least a subsidiary one than was earlier possible.