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Writing for Quick Cash: Turn Your Way with Words into Real Money Paperback – November 17, 2003

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"Career Opportunity News: ""The author provides a wealth of information along with the interesting real-life examples. An easy-to-read and useful publication.""

Richard Pachter, Knight Ridder News Service: ""The breadth of Oberlinís experience and expertise makes for an unusually useful book for either advanced beginners or inexperienced academics seeking to turn pro."""

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"The Vocabula Review (www.vocabula.com): ""Filled with sage advice and savvy strategy, Writing for Quick Cash reveals a wealth of opportunities for full-timers and moonlighters alike.""

www.womcom.org (Association for Women in Communications): ""Filled with sage advice and indispensable information -- including a valuable appendix with recommendations for periodicals, websites, and professional associations for writers -- Writing for Quick Cash is a powerful resource for anyone serious about writing.""

Writer: ""What Oberlin does well is to get you to think outside the box in terms of leveraging your writing skills into cash. There’s also a helpful appendix of resources in case you want to follow up on Oberlin’s cornucopia of conventional and unconventional marketing ideas."""

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (November 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814471994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814471999
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,766,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a spectacularly bad book. I was hoping for a book that provided solid and useful advice on what kind of markets exist for freelance writers, with tips on how to enter those markets. Sadly, there is very little discussion about this. While there is some material about the market for laugh lines and content for greeting cards, the vast majority of this book includes filler that has nothing to do with writing for cash. Indeed, whole chapters are devoted to material that have nothing to do with writers' markets or even how to write. Examples: Chapter 2 is devoted on "how to organize yourself to write", where the advice includes a list of stocking supplies (the listed items include such things as paper, paper clips, pens and pencils... gee I never would have thought of those items... it also includes items such as scissors and glue, I thought we were writing for cash not doing a grade-school craft)... additional advice in this chapter includes how to lower expenses ("build your own furniture" is part of the advice list... page 30), advice on "keeping careful records", and advice on taxes. Again, what does all of this have to do with how to write for cash, or how to enter writers' markets? The book is filled with much more ridiculous "advice"... another example include page 141, when addressing the question of "where to find business and technical writing jobs", the answer given is to "... find these projects at small-, medium-, and large-size businesses"... my question is what other kinds of businesses are there???... the chapter on "photojournalism" includes advice on "how to pack for a trip", where the list on page 116 includes the all-important tips to remember items such as your "airline tickets, your credit cards, your sunscreen (???Read more ›
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If you're a skilled writer but have little or no idea as to how to turn that talent into cash, then this book is for you.
Oberlin devotes the chapters to many diferent kinds of writing opportunities--each with the potential of landing some cash in your pocket.
Because of the wide variety of writing opportunties covered in the book, no one area of writing gets extended coverage but the book provides enough detail to whet your appetite and gives you potential areas to consider.
Especially recommended for those who are "weekend writers" and want a quick way to earn money with their writing talent.
Highly recommended for writers of all skill levels.
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Like many writers wanting to get published, I put it off, but after reading "Writing for Quick Cash," I could put my goals off no longer.
This book is filled with tons of ideas, a truly diverse array of areas to explore, from those that require little formal training to others that require advanced degrees. But Oberlin breaks each writing avenue down to a manageable level, and for that I was very grateful.
Having taken her advice, I started out with the small stuff, and now I have some published "clips" as they call them in the trade to send with query letters in the future. I never thought of greeting card writing before either. So if you're looking to jump-start your talent, this book ought to do it. I spotted this title at a nearby literary festival this spring, and if I got this far with just the book, I'm curious how far I'd go with more instruction in one of the author's seminars based on this book?
BTW: My 12-year-old daughter spotted the book, started looking at certain chapters, and now she's writing some things also!
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I bought this book to take with a corresponding course. I must say both were exceptional. As a writer for a local paper, I am constantly looking for other outlets for my writings. This book opened my eyes to a lot of opportunities. I would recommend this book for the beginer to the experience writer.

One review mentioned that it really isn't "quick". As someone who is semi familar with the writing business, you must understand that Quick is not the next day. The book gives clear steps on how to get your writing career off with a jump start.
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Writing For Quick Cash is a straightforward business guide by Loriann Hoff Oberlin to making money from by writing for periodicals, websites, newsletters, greeting cards, puzzle companies, as well as books. From sizing up potential markets, to pitching one's ideas, to professional rules of interaction with editors and clients, to advice for negotiating pay rates, to regulations specific to copyright and tax matters, and more, Writing For Quick Cash packs all the basics into one handy and practical 226-page guide. Very highly recommended, Writing For Quick Cash is a "must-read" for anyone pursuing a career as a professional freelance writer.
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This book serves as an excellent guide if you are a freelancer looking for outlets for your work. Chapters cover everything from writing tips to query submissions to suggestions on areas to focus your writing for "quick" cash. By quick, I got the sense the author compares writing shorter pieces to perhaps writing a book. A book, she states, not only takes longer to produce, but requires significant publishing and marketing efforts to be financially successful. Writing short pieces and tarketing specific markets has the potential to bring in steady cash -- though the author points out that you will probably not get especially rich from this.

Each chapter ends with informative "Starting-out Steps." These tips should get your juices flowing with creative ideas about the topic covered in that chapter. The subtitle of the book, "Turn Your Way With Words Into Real Money," provides key insight into the premise of the book: 1. It assumes there is some writing skill (or way with words); and 2. It also assumes some degree of "newness" to the area of publishing your work for money.

Though I found the book informative, I would have liked a few of the sections expanded on, like the section on writing fillers. Overall, I would recommend the book if you have good writing skills and little experience writing for cash. It is definitely a good reference guide that offers innovative ideas for selling your work.
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