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Get a Freelance Life: mediabistro.com's Insider Guide to Freelance Writing

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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 Bush
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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307238032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307238030
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tom Carpenter VINE VOICE on May 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just started "pitching" articles to magazines earlier this year. I just never really saw the benefit before. So I went looking for a resource last week and came across this book. It has more than I needed, but I've gotten a few new tips for editing my work as well.

The coverage of how to approach and gain the interest of editors was very useful in addition to the reality check on pricing your work. But the surprise, the extra information on editing, was very useful as well.

All around - good book.

Tom Carpenter, Author: Wireless# Certification Official Study Guide, CWSP Certification Official Study Guide, Foundations of Effectiveness
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By Jeff on March 11, 2010
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I read this book having been only doing freelance writing for 3-4 months now. A lot of the information was common sense, like managing a business, paying your taxes, etc. The things I wanted to see explained more, specific to freelance writers, not just people in business for themselves, never seemed to get beyond the surface.

The thing I found that I didn't really like about the book, and caused me to knock a star off the review was the endless cross-promotion of Media Bistro. I ended up joining the Web site, and actually found it more useful than the book. It would've been nice though to see less blatant promotion of it going on in a book I paid for.
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"Get a Freelance Life", by Margit Feury Ragland is a third Kindle ebooks I've read on my iPad. I probably should have purchased the paperback edition of the book because I think it's a useful resource to thumb through if you're going to be a freelance writer.

"Get a Freelance Life" is not the only book you'll ever need about the freelance writing profession, but it's pretty comprehensive, covering all the basic things you need to know to get started. It gave me some great ideas for developing a sort of business plan for taking my freelance work to another level. I've been getting paid to write for a couple of online sites and I'm actually liking the work almost more than I do wedding photography. But like the photography business, freelance writing has its own challenges, and it's definitely a competitive field to get into.

Anyway, "Get a Freelance Life" covers most of the essentials, from finding ideas to write about, getting your first assignment, to what you need to do to boost your income. The last part of the book is most useful to me. In fact, I think part 4 of the book, "Mind Your Own Business" could be another book in itself, for taking freelance writing to a professional level is almost as difficult as learning to write effective articles. I'm learning that I need to spend about 40-50% of my time working on the business aspects of freelancing if I'm going to really make a good income in this area.

Now that I've read the book, I might join the companion website, [...], to learn about what's going in the profession.
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I can't say enough good things about this book and am so grateful to the author for writing it. It answered all of my questions (and I had MANY) about how to break into freelance magazine writing. This book leads you through every step of developing and pitching a story. It also offers so many useful strategies for how to get your first break being published. There is also a lot of good reference suggestions and it is written in such an upbeat, encouraging tone. This was the best use of fourteen dollars, ever!
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This book was well written and organized in a fashion which is easy to follow and understand. Still, there wasn't really anything new here. Only book on this subject that is different and a bit more truth driven is The Renegade Writer.

Although I only gave it 3 stars, it is one you might find used and spend less than cover for - might be nice to have in reference library.
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I like the book. I would recommend it for anyone just beginning to get into freelance writing. I'm definitely going to hold on to this book.
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