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Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer Paperback – September 1, 2003
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“This book is a clear, comprehensive, example-packed, practical, and wise compendium of advice for any freelancer. Don’t be fooled by the title—Moira Allen has given us an excellent introduction for beginners and an invaluable reference for experienced writers. My copy is already stickied with reminders.”—Noelle Sterne, editor, writing coach, and author of Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams
“Moira Allen's advice is sound, practical, and comprehensive. Her long history of helping writers makes this book invaluable to the beginning freelancer.”—Barbara Florio Graham, author and publishing consultant
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What this book will do is take you step by step through the trials of becoming a paid writer: everything from coming up with ideas to write about to structuring to the finished product, from querying editors for the first time to building a lasting relationship. The "rules" set down apply to multiple forms of writing, and not just for magazines, and references to other work are instructional and welcome.
There is also an excellent overview of how to manage your personal business as a freelancer, which for those of us "creative types," is certainly helpful.
The greatest part of this book, though, is its ability to lead the reader into types of writing for pay that many of us would never even consider. For instance, there is a chapter (written by a different author, suggesting the book's author knows her limits) on writing copy. Though I would never have thought to write copy, and almost skipped the chapter, following reading it and having been convinced that maybe this was a good way to suppliment income, I made some cold-calls as the book suggested, and a few days later, I already have a copy writing gig.
I would highly recommend this book to any competent writer that is looking to make a bit of money doing something that they love. If you can bring the work ethic, this book can bring the game plan.
I normally don't take more than 3 days to read a non-fiction book, but Moira Allen's took me over a week! You can have an idea just how comprehensive and thorough the contents must be. Fromtime management to setting goals, from finding ideas to handling accounts, Moira helps you to become a successful freelance writer, with her words of wisdom (born out of a 20+ year-old writing career) and conversational-yet-pithy 'tone'.
On the craft of writing, Moira teaches you how to face the first draft and write the perfect query to target the right market. There is a seperate division on rights and contacts and how to keep records and go full-time freelancing. You also have a special chapter by Peter Bowerman, the 'Guru' of Cold-Calling Strategy and the author of THE WELL-FED WRITER.
It doesn't matter if you're a clueless layman, a budding freelancer or a veteran freelancer. This book serves both as an excellent introduction on the freelance writing biz for new writers and as a refresher for experienced ones. Don't miss it!
Still, I have to recommend this book to anyone trying to start a career in writing who doesn't know quite where to begin. The second two-thirds of the book are filled with a grand assortment of helpful hints and information that are vital to a successful freelance-writing career. In particular, her advice on figuring out exactly where you should look to publish your work is extremely valuable. An entire chapter is devoted to the submission process, which includes how to deal with editors who don't reply to your submissions and how to deal with rejections.
For me, the query letters she presents helped a great deal. She presents real letters-to-the-editor so there is no confusion about exactly what it should look like and what it must include. I didn't know about "hooking" with queries; I just assumed they were written like resume cover letters. Imagine how much failure I might have encountered, otherwise. And, not to be outdated, she even includes a chapter devoted to e-mail queries.
Overall, I thought this book was an excellent resource for a budding freelancer. I felt as though it would have been better for her to leave out the first few chapters and get to the point. However, once she got to the point, I was thrilled to pieces that I found this book. I'm sure you will be, too.
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This book was painful to get through. It had very little useful information and provided a lot of common sense advise such as having a computer, desk, etc.... Well, duh!!!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melissa
This book has some useful information but it is tedious to read and somewhat outdated.Published 12 months ago by Alena H
There's a lot of good info in this book, which I really appreciate. I've been repeatedly surprised to find that the edits that have obviously been made to it since it's first... Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by Kimberly Wyse
I have not had a chance to really explore all the contents yet but what I have ideally like it. Recommend it to my friends in business.Published on October 2, 2013 by Dieand Reed
This book has a handful of sort of useful tips--otherwise it reads like some outdated PSA.
I'd be shocked if there weren't other books on freelancing out there that... Read more
This is a must have book for anyone wanting to break into the world of freelance writing. This book tells you how all the do's and don'ts of the writing business. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by L. Faulkner
This book has everything, and I do mean everything you need to know about starting out as a Freelancer. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Barbara Clark
Tells you where you need to start. if you are already kind of into the freelance thing, some of it is redundant; but nice little book. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Keats