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Good Book That Delivers On the Promise Of Its Title
on December 30, 2009
Unlike so many books about writing that try to be "The Definitive Guide to Being a Writer," this book does not overreach. Instead, just as the title suggests, it offers 102 project ideas and business avenues that writers can explore. This "cut to the chase" approach makes the book more useful than other writing books that waste paper and time with a lot of boilerplate material about bookkeeping, taxes, time management and other stuff that's mostly common sense or, if not, can be looked up easily in any general business reference book.
The ideas presented here are broken down into broad categories, such as magazines, newspapers, and corporate writing, with each specific "gig" numbered and given its own writeup that includes an introduction as well as detailed advice in a question/answer format. The Q and A sections answer such questions as how to get started, whom to contact, and how much to charge for a writing job. Other helpful advice is provided where appropriate, often in the form of interviews with writers or editors who specialize in the type of work being profiled as one of the book's 102 featured writing jobs.
For someone who actually wants to make money writing, I recommend this book over most any other writing book on the market. It's readable and well organized, and it contains many ideas that a motivated writer can use to get his or her material into print.