Ragland brings to print the popular communications Web site http://mediabistro .com, whose founder wrote the foreword. Drawing on her experiences as editor of several magazines, Ragland and the mediabistro staff offer a look at the life of freelance writing. Ragland begins by urging readers to evaluate what they'll need to succeed at freelancing: a tolerance for deadline pressures and uncertain paychecks and the ability to withstand rejection. Other sections focus on preparing a work space, cultivating relationships with editors and potential sources, and how to pitch and write articles targeted for a variety of magazines. The final chapter focuses on the business of being a freelance writer, including securing benefits and paying taxes. Interspersed throughout are samples of resumes and query letters as well as tips gleaned from interviews with editors and successful freelancers. Back-of-the-book resources include a listing of helpful sources, from professional associations to Web sites, and a glossary of publishing jargon. Aspiring freelancers will appreciate this authoritative and comprehensive resource. Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Margit Feury Ragland worked as an editor at Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Walking, Cornell
, and Natural Health
magazines before leaping headfirst into a successful freelance career. Her work has appeared in publications such as Self, Fitness, Health, Marie Claire, Parenting
, and the Boston Globe
Laurel Touby is the founder and CEO of mediabistro.com.