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- Publication Date: December 8, 2013
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- Language: English
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Ten Commandments for the Thriving Writer: Enjoying and Embracing the Freelance Writing Life Kindle Edition
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The first read is helpful and inspiring. The second reading (and beyond) transforms this book from inspirational to a practical reference manual. There’s a lot to unpack and just about everything you need to get started. Couple it with the discipline you achieve from writing consistently and you are good to go.
By the way, I received a complimentary digital edition of this book from Story Cartel because I promised to write an honest review. Honestly, I like this book and think it will be helpful for anyone aspiring to be a writer. (If you think I’m being kind for the wrong reasons, you should see what I wrote about those other books... )
Okay, I’ll be honest, Banes’ book isn’t rocket science, and it’s not the Genie’s Lamp that if you rub will grant your wish for instant fame and riches. It is, though, a fairly well-written book by someone who has had a measure of success at freelancing, outlining some fairly basic principles on how to do it and be fairly successful yourself.
I’m always a but put off by the disclaimers put in books – I have them in two of my own that were put out by a publisher who I suppose worries about potential litigation. The Ten Commandments has a rather lengthy disclaimer up front, one section which I found intriguing – ‘ . . . views not to be taken as expert instructions or commands.’ I’m being a bit of a nitpicker here, but the book does contain instructions, and the title says they are ‘commandments.’ So, that part of the disclaimer at least should probably have been left out. There’s nothing wrong with someone who has mastered a craft listing instructions on doing it, as long as they let you know this is how they did it, and it might not work for you. Okay, okay, like I said – I can pick nits.
If this is the only problem with the book; and, it’s the only one I could find; it still leaves a pretty good read for the beginner who’d like even a sketchy roadmap into the terra incognito of the world of freelancing.
Those who want to write but don’t know where to start, need the first chapter most of all. It commands you to “write what you love”, not quite what is most often preached ie. to “write what you know”. What’s the difference? Well while it’s important that we know what we’re writing about, and you might be an expert on the subject, if you hate the subject, how can you muster any enthusiasm for writing about it? Once you get that, Karen sets you on the path for writing about what you love and away you go!
This book is a goldmine of great ideas and links to where you could or should go and why. And it is in providing such links … and there are tons of them … that even the established writer may find avenues and websites they’ve never heard of. One such a site that I found particularly fascinating is “contently.com”, a site for authors to build and showcase a portfolio of their writing. It even keeps a record of how often one of their pieces has been shared via popular social media sites like twitter or Facebook. Other useful links Karen provides are to sites like “udemy.com” which lists online courses on a multitude of subjects. Many of the links are to free courses for writers. Nice!
Karen also clarifies the differences between various blogging platforms e.g.. Wordpress or Blogger … and discusses the pros and cons of each. Along the way, she elaborates on how traditional publishing has changed allowing writers greater freedom to be published and read via their own efforts instead of spending months, years trying to find a traditional publisher.
Given the very small price tag for the Kindle version of this book, $2.95, if aspiring writers don’t want to invest that little in purchasing this very useful resource book, perhaps they need to think twice about writing for a living, because that’s what this book is all about: it’s a guidebook for how to do just that, where to start, and how to do more than just think about being a freelance writer. I received this book free in exchange for my unbiased review but if I’d had to pay for it, it would have been money well-spent. All I can say is “Thanks Karen Barnes for writing this book!”