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Careers for Writers & Others Who Have a Way with Words (VGM Careers for You) Hardcover – May, 1995


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  • Series: VGM Careers for You
  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: VGM Career Books (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844243337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844243337
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,519,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert W. Bly (Montville, NJ) is a professional writer, speaker, and marketing consultant with over 3 decades of experience in business-to-business, high-tech, and direct response marketing. He became a self-made multi-millionaire while still in his 30s. Bob is the author of 80 published books including Careers for Writers (McGraw-Hill/VGM), Secrets of a Freelance Writer (Henry Holt), The Copywriter's Handbook (Henry Holt), and The Elements of Business Writing (Alyn & Bacon). McGraw-Hill calls Bob Bly "America's top copywriter," and he was named 2007 Copywriter of the Year by American Writers and Artists, Inc. Bob writes a column for Target Marketing magazine. The Direct Response Letter, Bob Bly's free e-newsletter, has over 60,000 subscribers.

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Anyone afflicted with the desire to be a writer would benefit from a quick read of this comprehensive analysis of career realities for writers. Robert Bly's first chapter, "The Writing Business," provides a balanced analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of a writing career: You probably won`t get rich, but you probably will be fairly satisfied with your work and your working conditions.
Other chapters explore book publishing, magazine writing, newspapers, advertising, public relations, corporate writing, technical writing, television and film, and freelancing. The chapter on technical writing is thorough and accurate, particularly the quote from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., that "Newspaper reporters and technical writers are trained to reveal almost nothing about themselves in their writing. This makes them freaks in the world of writers, since almost all of the other ink-stained wretches in that world reveal a lot about themselves to the reader."
Although I applaud Bly's broad treatment of career possibilities, I am bothered by a nagging suspicion that the entire book is dated. In spite of its publication date of 1996, it cites examples no later than 1984. The references to printed books in each chapter are also outdated, with no citations from the 90s. This makes Bly's lists, such as "Fifty Prominent Book Publishers," very suspect.
Therefore, I'd recommend this book for historical research, followed by checking out recent sources to see a realistic, current picture of your career possibilities.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Z.P. Pajic on February 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
I spent a lot of my young life just bouncing around and living it up. So I ended up a 29 year old lay-about, with a degree in accounting, which I have no use for, and a degree in philosophy (which between you and me, no one has any use for). It was by accident that I came across this book and decided to put my talents in line with my personality and become a freelance writer. If you love to write, but aren't sure how to make a career of it, Robert Bly's book is a great place to start. From publishing books to writing for television, it's full of useful information and resources for starting your new career. And if you happen to be interested in freelance specifically, check out writersmarket.com. It's really all you need.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Moore on July 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a great starting point for people who want to begin a career in the writing field.
Bly lists the various avenues that writers can pursue to earn a living, and gives tips on how to get started in each different category. The book is very general, but Bly also tells the reader how to obtain more information.
I would have to agree with the previous review that the book is outdated. I think that a revised edition (something written after the invention of the Internet) would be a very helpful read.
If anything, this book is great for generating ideas and heading you off in the right direction.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Maxwell on May 19, 2003
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Bob Bly has created a useful book which delves into the variety of possibilities awaiting those who either like to write or want to make writing a career choice. Bly pulls no punches, however. He makes it clear where the pitfalls are and frankly discusses some of the hurdles that all aspiring authors need to be prepared to jump over.
Overall, the book is a realistic appraisal of the markets awaiting good writing and how best to get there.
Balanced and clear in its discussion, it should find a way onto every writers book shelf.
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