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The Freelancer's Survival Guide Paperback – November 6, 2010

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About the Author

Bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has been freelancing for over thirty years and has published fiction in every genre as well as run her own businesses along the way.  

She has been nominated for awards in all those genres as well.  She is best known for her science fiction and fantasy, although her mainstream novel Hitler’s Angel, just appeared in the United Kingdom to great critical acclaim.  She has also published award-winning mystery novels under the name Kris Nelscott.  For more about her work, go to kristinekathrynrusch.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456343874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456343873
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,413,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am totally baffled by all the five-star reviews this book received. I bought it on account of the impressive reviews, and found myself continually scratching my head, wondering if these reviewers read the same book I was reading.

To call this The Freelancer's Survival Guide seems almost intentionally misleading. This book stems from a series of loosely connected blog posts. Each blog post is a "chapter" in this book. The majority of each chapter is spent retelling some mundane and meandering story from the author's personal life, which usually only tangentially relates to freelancing. Then it ends with some common-sense advice for freelancers (e.g. Have an emergency fund! You need health insurance!).

This book could easily have been 400 pages shorter without losing anything of importance. I kept waiting to get to the useful parts (skimming through the author's long-winded narratives of the minutiae of her personal life in the meantime), but they never came. Needless to say, I could not get through the whole book.

The author also does not waste an opportunity to advertise her writings and those of her friends and husband. The "Vacations" chapter is mostly comprised of a series of quotations about taking vacations from her freelance writer friends, complete with shameless plugs for their books and websites. By my count, she provided the URLs for 22 of her friends' websites in this chapter. Why she thought this would be interesting or relevant to the reader, I don't know. She also provides us with the URL to her husband's website NINE times throughout the book. Bizarrely, she repeatedly refers to him by his full first, middle, and last name, which I can only assume is an attempt to garner more publicity for him.
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I've read Kris Rusch's blog for quite some time now. Her posts made me hungry to be a better freelancer, better writer, better entrepreneur. I caught myself skipping from one post to another on her blog, seeking more. Her messages are so on target, heavy laden with common sense so missing today on so many levels. Finally, I broke down and just bought the book. It's remarkable. It's a bible for the person wanting to make a living at writing. From attitude to tangible responsibilities, it's just all there...all the massaging, prodding, and kick-in-the-pants guidance you need. I love this woman's advice so much, I also broke down and started buying her fiction. Dang. I hope I grow up to be like her one day.
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If you are a consultant, never mind an author, you should read this book. I happen to be an author, as well as a consultant. I love, love, love this book because she provides real, down-to-earth advice. I am deep in the negotiation part of the book right now. I did *not* sign a book contract that would have been bad for me, not just because it was a bad book contract, but because I also took her advice about negotiation:
1. Know What you Want.
2. Ask.
3. Be Prepared to Walk Away. This was a crucial part for me. I was and this was key.
4. Stay calm.
5. Never reveal your entire hand.
6. Don't flip-flop.

You could buy this book for just the contracting chapters alone and it would be worth your money. You could reread them and have Kris on your shoulder, especially if you are an author. And, then you would have the rest of the book!

If you sign contracts, if you work for yourself, if you are a freelancer, and if you are a writer/author and you want to *make* money from your writing, buy this book. Do not delay.
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My favorite freelancing book. I've already reread it and I refresh myself on the information on a regular basis. I find it helps me keep my problems in perspective. It's very much an overview telling you what to look out for and what missteps usually trip up freelancers. While I've still made plenty of mistakes, this guide has really helped me avoid some bad ones and picked me back up again when I've gotten discouraged. I'd recommend for anyone looking to become self employed.
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I give this 4 and a 1/2. I really enjoyed this book and read it quite fast. I stumbled upon it on some blog. This book is the setting the base for all freelancers. It gives you an quite accurate picture of what it is. The writer is American so some of the details, e.g. insurances vary from country to country. If I never had freelanced in my life, I would definitely read this. It describes what is required of you, and what you gain by freelancing. Based on the blog, there are at times references to other peoples blogs, it's OK by me. One learns(or gets reminded )of things as handling the finances, the taxes, the marketing, the insurances, all the stuff other than your 'job'. The insurance part was overwhelming for me. Firstly I was shocked by the amount it costs in USA! Then all the rest of it- I started to feel a bit, well, she writes 'prepare for the worst', but who can afford that? Also, I think at times however one prepares in life, life gets to you. It's supposed to, and we just have to improvise and grow. A part from that the next big subject of course is self-publishing, about which the author has already commented several times in her blog. The publishing industry is in a change - not only the change from paperbacks to e-books, but the tablets, programs etc. There is indeed a lot to learn and do research about for all. I found it great she underlined her love of writing. You work for yourself, because you love what you do. It's the essence of it all. The author covers a wide range of subjects one will have to deal with, from negotiating to success to professional jealousy. There are good anecdotes, and the book is very pleasantly written.
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