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With Bob's practical ideas and clear advice, I've been able to land jobs I would never have thought of before--and establish myself as a highly successful full-time
professional freelance writer.

(Joe Vitale, Houston, Texa)

The best book I've found on the business of being a writer. (Robert S. Winkler, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Weston, Connecticut)

About the Author

Robert W. Bly is a freelance copywriter specializing in business-to-
business, high-tech, and direct advertising. He is the author of more than sixty books and has appeared on CNBC and on CBS's Hard Copy. He lives in River Vale, New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 3rd edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805078037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805078039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,689 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.

Check out Bob's blog at http://bly.com/blog or contact him at www.bly.com/contact

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bett72 on November 28, 2007
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This was my favorite book that I read on the topic. It was packed with information and an easy read. He provided examples and a broad depth of knowledge on the topic - great book, well worth the money. I would also suggest START AND RUN A COPYWRITING BUSINESS by Steve Slaunwhite and THE WELL FED WRITER by Peter Bowerman.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Monty Rainey VINE VOICE on April 5, 2007
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SECRETS OF A FREELANCE WRITER by Bob Bly is a bit of rehash. Yes, I know, this is a thrid edition and is supposed to be an updated rehash, but there is also a lot of content here from some of Bly's other books, such as The Copywriter's Handbook. The thing is, there is also enough new and valuable content here to make this another "must read" for copywriters.

This book also very closely mirrors Peter Bowerman's Well-Fed Writer with much of the same content. That's not necessarily a bad thing and just adds confirmation to the advice being given.

I wont begin to talk about what you might take away from this book. Different people are going to take away different ideas. But suffice it to say, you WILL learn a lot here. Even though this plate has leftover vegetables, the meat is hot off the grill.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ken Holmes on April 10, 2007
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In Secrets of a Freelance Writer, Third Edition, Bob Bly does a tremendous job sharing information about starting out as a freelance writer. I liked that he has updated the information so it's valid and applicable to the 2000s (first decade). Although it's an advanced read - long chapters and sections - it's filled with tremendous amounts of information. I feel I got my money's worth and will gladly take on the challenge of other Bly books, knowing I'll have bundles of reference information in my collection.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Karacostas on July 28, 2007
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Considering a freelance career in copywriting? Then you should read this. Once again Bob Bly has come up with a clear, concise book that touches on all the basics you need to know to get your new business up and running.

I bought this years ago when I was starting out as a professional copywriter, and it was--and is--an invaluable resource.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Desantis on December 1, 2008
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To sum up this review succinctly, I love this book.

As I jump full-force into a writing career, myself, I have found this book to be very inspiring and an invaluable resource for repeated reference and a great pick me up during those doubtful moments that every freelancer faces as they embark on their career.

Robert Bly has a very approachable writing style (could you expect any different, honestly?) and he provides so much advice that you may find yourself folding every page corner and taking copious notes to try to help yourself remember it all. I started taking notes and then realized I was practically dictating the book verbatim so I decided to just continue reading it all the way through and then go back and pick through it.

If you are feeling lost or overwhelmed about where to begin, or if you're a seasoned pro looking for affirmation that your techniques or working (or trying to figure out why they're not!), this book will surely help you feel more confident and excited about pursuing the freelance life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Coutu from Consultant Journal on July 27, 2012
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Bob Bly provides solid advice for aspiring writers. I first discovered Bly when this book was "how to make $75,000 a year". At the time, I was a university student, hoping to someday make it as a writer. I bought this book one summer and, within a month, I'd summoned up the courage to get published in a major newspaper - for pay. And I was hooked. I toted the book everywhere with me, even as I moved from college apartment to apartment. When I finished university, I launched my business, using the ideas in this book. Over time, I've built up my practice into a full-fledged marketing consulting business and have even published several of my own books on the field of consulting. But Bly's Secrets of a Freelance Writer was the book that gave me the courage and determination to go out on my own.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marina Martindale on September 24, 2007
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This book is loaded with lots of good information and gives you a very precise picture of the copywriting business. Whether you are interested in writing advertising copy or other types of free lance writing, it's an excellenct resource book for any writer to have. The information was well organized and easy to reference. Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 27, 2007
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I was blown away by the information in this book! I wanted inside secrets to help me have a successful business, and that is exactly what I got. Not only "secrets" but plenty of right-on advice! If you truly want to be a successful freelancer, then this is one that should be on your shelf. This is the 2nd book I've read by Robert Bly, and I will read all I can get.
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