Make A REAL LIVING as a Freelance Writer: How To Win Top Writing Assignments Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1587 KB
- Print Length : 236 pages
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- Publication Date : May 1, 2004
- Publisher : Nomad Press (May 1, 2004)
- ASIN : B00CNVOH26
- Language: : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 097220265X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,044 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read a fair amount of freelance writing advice and this is some of the best. Jenna doesn't just tell you how to get started, she tells you how to maximize your earnings, how to get great assignments as opposed to good ones, and much, much more.
Certainly there are going to be many things, particularly websites, that have changed since this was published. But Jenna's grasp of how to develop a good relationship with an editor, the many angles you can work with an idea, etc. are the real value of this book. It's a compact primer of most of what you need to know.
Certainly you can find some of this same advice on writing blogs and such. If you want more than part-time freelance income, read this book carefully. There are quite a few gems in here.
I repeat: some of it you can find elsewhere. Obvs! But there are sections where she goes deeper into specific avenues (I don't have a copy in front of me at the moment) and shares tips you will not find many other places.
When it comes to venturing through the freelance writing world, it's not uncommon to take the first step with fear and a sort of sick feeling in your gut. You want to feel secure, want answers to all the hard questions, and you want your hand held. Well, Jenna's done all of that in this guide.
Don't let how slim this guide fool you at all. It isn't because it's lacking material, information and resources. On the contrary, it's bursting at the seams with everything a freelance writer needs to run a successful business. The key is that there's no fluff. Sure, there's a LOT of humor and personal experiences injected in just the right places. You won't find a lot of useless information just thicken the book up, though.
When I first started my business in 1999, I searched HIGH and LOW for an all-in-one reference to guide me through the process and never coule really find what I was looking for. Now, when I come across new writers in search of the same thing, I direct them to this book. And, each time they've talked to me about what they've learned from reading and USING this book, they've raved about how glad they were to have it right from the beginning.
The only issue I have with the book is the sparring attention paid to how people can engage in freelance writing in the first place. Most people have hard time writing about things other than their area of expertise. The book should devote more space to how people can break that barrier and write about things that interest them but about which they have little knowledge.
At the end of the book the author devotes space to discussing the pros and cons of living the life of freelance writer. It is a good chapter, but it should be at the beginning of the book. Whether or not to become a freelance writer is something that should be discussed right at the beginning, and not right at the end.
All that being said, the author definitely took quite a bit of care in putting together this book. Her tone indicates that she really does want to help the reader succeed. She presents what seems to be a very realistic view of freelancing.
My only suggestion is to try to process everything in smaller chunks if you are new like me. It is a very good book and I am glad to have made this purchase! Definitely at least four stars, despite my few moments of self doubt.
Worth the purchase price!
I suggest reading the entire book straight through the first time, just to get an overview of the process, then read it carefully, page by page, as a "how to" guide. If you follow each suggestion, unless you're a crappy writer, you're going to get published.