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"I used to tell people that as a writer, I was good with words, not numbers. Thanks to Laura Laing, I'm good at both, now."  -- Sandra Beckwith, Get Your Book in the News: How to Write a Press Release That Announces Your Book
 

"This is the age of big data. For journalists, big data means big stories. Laura Laing takes the mystery out of math that writers need to understand big data. I highly recommend her work - it just adds up." -- Michelle V. Rafter, WordCount: Freelancing in the Digital Age

"Math? Let's just say it's not my strong suit. Laura Laing's book is invaluable, explaining how todo the math, and how it can make you a better writer and a more successful freelancer." -- Kelly James-Enger, Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer's Guide to Making More Money, Second Edition

"Thanks to Laura Laing, math is no longer like the scary monster under the bed. Now we writers can easily deal with math in our business life without truckloads of antacid." -- Michele Wojciechowski, Next Time I Move, They'll Carry Me Out in a Box

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Crunching numbers for a story; pricing out a project fee; interpreting your royalty statement: a little bit of math can go a long way to a successful writing career.
 
Don't panic. You can figure out the math you need as a writer. Self-proclaimed math evangelist, freelance writer and author of Math for Grownups, Laura Laing is here to help.
 
Her newest book, Math for Writers: Tell a Better Story, Get Published, Make More Money, will help you with the scary calculations and mind-boggling tables and graphs. You'll emerge ready to leap a tall equation in a single bound!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Laura E. Laing; 1 edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099144650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991446506
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,925,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How can anyone make non-math thinkers like math? Well, Laura Laing can! This book made me realize how much I actually do use math in my writing and surrounding my writing. I love statistics to back up statements! I use math each time I publish a book in numerous ways from figuring out the size of my cover, which is done through a formula, to figuring out the retail price of the book. There's no mistake, if you are a writer, you are using math. Read this book and embrace your inner math!
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For the writer who thinks math is that hard-to-learn second language, Laura Laing, in her new book, makes the topic interesting, understandable and even fun. In the first chapter, it became clear to me that I know more than I thought I did about math, which was a relief. But even more valuable, the author, who practices what she preaches, goes on to explain, in very clear, anecdotal explanation, exactly how to use math to make your writing stronger. You won't learn lessons quite like this in college, so do yourself a favor and buy the book. It'll take the pain out all those Times Tests you bungled in elementary school.
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I often joke that I'm a word person not a numbers person, but I'm happy to say that Math for Writers showed me how much I already know and taught me new things, including why math works the way it does. I must have learned it in school, but I'd completely forgotten how much Order of Operations matters and how it works. Huge revelation for me. I carefully bookmarked certain sections about using big data in articles for later reference ... since so many people use percentages and percentage points incorrectly. Thanks to Laura Laing for this helpful resource that's written in easy-to-understand language and examples.
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"Math for Writers" does more than simply help you figure out percentages and offer reminders of the math you've forgotten since high school. Laura Laing helps you analyze data coming from government reports and political polls to see through the spin and help your readers do the same.

Even better, she helps writers figure out whether you can make a living freelancing, managing book advances, and setting rates for your freelance business. As everyone knows, "it all comes down to the numbers." This book will help you figure it all out.

Full disclosure: I won a copy of the book at the Write Now Coach blog, but you'll get more than enough value at the cover price.
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I recommend this book to novice freelance writers all the time, and I use it frequently myself -- as a seasoned freelancer! Nothing adds depth to a health article like statistics and data, and this book helps me add those important pieces of information with confidence. Math isn't my strong suit, and this book has helped me really grasp the concepts I need to know whenever I'm evaluating numbers for a story.

If you're a writer, you need to buy this book!
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There is nothing wrong with the book but I was just expecting something a little different based on the description that I saw. If you are looking at Freelance Writing then this book is for you.
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