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Make A REAL LIVING as a Freelance Writer: How To Win Top Writing Assignments Paperback – May 1, 2004
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The book is a good mix of the author's experience (what worked and what she learned from mistakes she made), and quotes from editors and other established writers.
Very helpful were the websites with additional helpful information, like a fax site where you can receive your faxes by e-mail at no cost (i.e. no need for a fax machine), websites for writers, websites for finding sources, etc.
Also helpful were sections on negotiating contracts, how to pitch a story, how to study the market for your work (and the importance in doing so), how fact checking works, and how to find story ideas (and spin them off into even more ideas).
If you're the type who does well with assignments, the book has assignments you can do like one on coming up with ideas.
The book is less how to write, than the mechanics behind getting assignments and following through on them. It takes the mystique out of the process. I ended up earmarking a bunch of pages to go back to, and have already used some of the information (mainly websites) to further my own writing.
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MAKE A REAL LIVING AS A FREELANCE WRITER explains how to be successful "in today's publishing climate where the Internet rules and stamps are nearly obsolete and the articles that earned front-page headlines last decade wouldn't even get short blurbs today." The book shows how to earn top dollars writing for magazines, how to write a marketable story, how to know what sections of a magazine welcome freelancers, how to market reprints, and how to become an expert in your chosen field.
Author Jenna Glatzer is the editor-in-chief of Absolute Write and author of Outwitting Writer's Block. She is a full time writer from NYC who has published 9 books and hundreds of articles. Her style makes reading fun with her quick wit, vast experience, knowledge of her subject and her use of meaningful quotes, relevant anecdotes and helpful resources.
She says, "You'll have to learn where to find writing markets and how to study them, write irresistible query letters, make editors fall in love with you, get regular assignments, negotiate, make deadbeats pay up and more." She helps discover your strengths and how to use them.,, shows you how to set goals, see writing as a business and get started.
"You must find something worth telling to a mass audience," she says, "and convince the `powers that be' that you're the right person to tell it."
She even tells how to make the most of rejection slips, how to network, write a column, interview, write for the Internet, have a Web Site, and make your article timely.Read more ›
Glatzer uses a great method of coming up with story ideas; you take a very general concept - she used cats as her example, and then she suggests categories pertaining to cats (or whatever your general concept may be) that are a bit more specific. Fill out her chart completely and you'll arrive at 10+ different article topics. I've alread made a spreadsheet mimicing her chart and plan to use this once a week to brainstorm article ideas.
For the aspiring freelance magazine writer, this book is extremely useful!
However, reading Glatzer's book was a great change of pace. It was not even the content- but her voice that made it such a great read. She is a passionate freelancer with wonderful success- yet in reading her words, I realize that she once was just like me. It was personal and uplifting and tongue-in-cheek at times- her style matches mine. So this book meshed well with my personality, and therefore, it has rejuvanated my spirits that my work can one day be in major magazines.
Her book told real stories- real successes and real roadblocks. Seeing real magazine names and all her other true stories gives her an immense amount of credibility. Her willingness to share is wonderful.
Look at some other freelance books- are they from successful writers that you have heard of, or can easily find clips of? Not really- they are from someone who wants to write- and therefore tells others how-- not with Glatzer.
I am actually taking a magazines class now, and I gave the book to my profressors- I think it should be demanded by journalism professors everywhere to open students to the world of freelancing!
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Great book I had it in softcover I needed it in digital as well. Thank youPublished 1 month ago by Theadorris
I already read this book once through - but it was a library copy. Even though the book has been out since 2004, there is still a lot of top-notch advice here. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Teresa M. Carr
Great book with lots of tips and tricks as well as links to follow.Published 21 months ago by Wendy Sue
A marvelous book that gives instructions on how to make a career out of writing that even I can understand.Published on July 13, 2014 by Andrei Bolkonsky
Good information but nothing you can not get for free on a writing website. She gave up no secrets.Published on July 7, 2014 by A. Davis
The book came out in 2004, and I'm sure it was cutting-edge then ... but a lot of the websites listed in her book no longer exist or have changed greatly in the last 10 years, not... Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by mDav
I was pleasantly surprised when I first read this book, and have read it several times over the years since. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Michael Gagnon
I didn't find this book to be much more than a common sense approach. Of course, some people have little common sense so this book would be very helpful to them!Published on October 21, 2013 by Fred M. Jeffers