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102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less: The Ultimate Freelancer's Guide Paperback – January 4, 2010

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (January 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158297795X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582977959
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can you make a living writing? Absolutely! 102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less shows you the wide array of freelance opportunities available - and gives you everything you need to know to reap the benefits of a bustling writing career.

From the Back Cover

Award-winning freelancer and highly sought communications consultant I.J. Schecter delivers ideas for finding freelance work in traditional markets like magazines and newspapers, as well as in unique markets, including:
  • fast-food tray liner copy
  • person-to-person correspondence (including love letters!)
  • resumes
  • menus
  • and many others!
Every suggestion is backed by a real-life experience from Schecter and other freelancing experts. Plus, each of the 102 ways has a "Get This Gig" section that tells you where to start, who to contact, and what to charge so you can immediately apply what you learn.

102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less gives you the knowledge, confidence and inspiration to recognize and make the most of today's freelance possibilities.

More About the Author

I.J. Schecter is a bestselling author and an award-winning interviewer and essayist. His work appears regularly in top publications throughout the world, from Today's Bride to Today's Parent, Maxim to Men's Exercise, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine to Canadian Geographic. Praise for I.J.'s work includes the following, from Jane Carter, former editor of Golf Monthly: "Millions of words are written in this field every year, but few better than those that come from I.J. Schecter."

I.J. lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie and their three children, Julian, Oliver and Charlotte.

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A great guide for every freelance writer out there.
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The book does detail what each of the writing area topics entails as to whom to contact, what to offer as service, how much effort usually goes into it, etc.
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The book is well organized and presented in a very logical fashion.
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Ken Wickliffe on December 30, 2009
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Unlike so many books about writing that try to be "The Definitive Guide to Being a Writer," this book does not overreach. Instead, just as the title suggests, it offers 102 project ideas and business avenues that writers can explore. This "cut to the chase" approach makes the book more useful than other writing books that waste paper and time with a lot of boilerplate material about bookkeeping, taxes, time management and other stuff that's mostly common sense or, if not, can be looked up easily in any general business reference book.

The ideas presented here are broken down into broad categories, such as magazines, newspapers, and corporate writing, with each specific "gig" numbered and given its own writeup that includes an introduction as well as detailed advice in a question/answer format. The Q and A sections answer such questions as how to get started, whom to contact, and how much to charge for a writing job. Other helpful advice is provided where appropriate, often in the form of interviews with writers or editors who specialize in the type of work being profiled as one of the book's 102 featured writing jobs.

For someone who actually wants to make money writing, I recommend this book over most any other writing book on the market. It's readable and well organized, and it contains many ideas that a motivated writer can use to get his or her material into print.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By G. Stelzenmuller on May 28, 2010
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I.J. Schechter really does present exactly 102 ways for the freelance writer to earn income from writing, and the book announces loudly each one with large, bold, white-on-black numbers. The cleverness continues. The "102" puts the number of goodies one higher than the more humdrum 101 (...Ways to ..., Cook Artichokes, Do Your Laundry, etc.). The "1,500 Words" tells the serious writer that Schechter's ideas are each large enough to weed out the duffers, but short enough so that a good writer could secure many, many gigs for pay.

Choice of title aside, "102 Ways" ranks at the top of writers' how-to books. The author's straight-shooter style sometimes gets called "non-nonsense," but one will find enough humor sprinkled throughout the text to make the book flow smoothly. In fact, most of the book's charm lies in the matter-of-fact way which the reader sees that writing for income is quite a do-able thing. Chapter 4, "Corporate Writing," is easily worth the price of the book just by itself.

The author plainly states what "102 Ways" does, and does not do. The book does detail what each of the writing area topics entails as to whom to contact, what to offer as service, how much effort usually goes into it, etc. The book does NOT name what specific gig charge rates should be. Schechter tells us to find this crucial current information in several places, e.g., Writers Market - excellent, excellent approach. Most books are vulnerable to criticism, or at least a few cautionary words. This one does not. "102 Ways" gives you plenty of money's-worth. Buy the book.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Blake TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2011
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I found myself totally engrossed right from the first page of the introduction to the last paragraph of suggestion 102 "Grant Writing. "At first glance I thought "this is not what I expected from the book. So I was amazed when I found that the very first suggestion tied in directly with a project I am working on.
I have already picked up on several suggestions tailor made for my writing style, whims, and work in process.

The book is divided into five sections: Magazines, Newspapers, Literary Outlets, Corporate Writing, and Everything Else under the Sun. I love Schecter's sense of humor.

Each of the individual "ways to earn money" includes suggestions on where to start, who to contact, and what to charge. The index itself is an excellent "brain storming exercise" for experiencing "aha" moments.

Five Stars and Two Thumbs Up for I. J. Schecter's "102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1500 Words or Less."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven Watson on March 19, 2011
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I've been a professional writer for many years, but mostly within government agencies and my own home health business. Recently, I have "gone freelance" and am looking for ways to make a good living with my writing as an independent contractor.

I. J. Schecter has done an outstanding job of targeting people like me in providing an informative snap shot of the many avenues available in building a successful freelance career. He covers magazines, newspapers, literary outlets, corporate writing, and "everything else" which should address the interests of most readers. In fact, I sat down with "102 Ways" to learn more about corporate writing but, after reading the book, I now realize that I don't have to limit myself to just one genre. I'll be exploring other types of writing in the coming months which has expanded my horizons and enthusiasm for freelancing.

"102 Ways" is written in an easy, optimistic fashion that caught and maintained my interest. It's also clear that I. J. Schecter really knows the freelance writing field and environment which made it a credible and enjoyable read.

I've read numerous books on freelance writing over the past year and I rank this among the best. You won't go wrong by buying "102 Ways" if you want to learn more about the many ways to become a successful freelance writer.
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