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Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer:
How to Win Top Writing Assignments

(Jenna Glatzer - Nomad Press, 2004)

228 pp.

Reviewed by Beth Morrow

Copyright 2005 - All Rights Reserved

In the introduction section of her book, Jenna Glatzer claims on page two that "by the time you finish this book, you should be ready to compete with established writers."

I completely disagree.

Why? Because if you apply her simple, timely and insightful advice to your own freelance career, you'll not only be ready to compete with established writers, you'll be well on your way to becoming an established writer.

Already freelancing? Don’t make the mistake of thinking this book is for new writers. As a fiction writer-turned-freelancer with more ideas for articles than the day has minutes, Chapter 2, Generating Ideas (and the Topic Worksheet activity in that chapter) had ideas--salable ideas at that--multiplying like proverbial rabbits in my mind.

But what to do with all those ideas? Markets, of course. Packed into the pages of Chapter 3, Finding Markets, worth the price of the book alone, you'll find information on websites, market listings, weekly ezines and other resources full of writer's guidelines. If you can't find a market for your ideas here, it might not exist (yet, anyway).

When you find the market you want to write for, Chapter 4 gives you the real scoop on how to study a market to discover what sets it apart from the others. Once you've uncovered the secrets of the publication, you'll want to visit Chapter 8 on queries. Of all the freelance query advice I've read over the years, Glatzer's examples and suggestions are ones I use most frequently and with the most success. Not only does she show what attracts editors, she gives you examples of what you shouldn’t include.

After the query, hopefully, comes the sale, (Chapter 11), the issue of reprints (Chapter 9), interviewing sources (Chapter 12), working with your editor to become a favorite writer (Chapters 13 & 14), and payments (Chapter 15). The book wraps up with an appendix of Glatzer's own queries that ultimately led to assignments.

Whether you've been freelancing since the days of typewriter ribbon or are considering using your knowledge to expand your writing repertoire, Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer gives you the guidance, advice and insider secrets to take your writing career to the next level.


About the author: Beth Morrow is a freelancer who never tires of hearing the inside secrets from other successful writers. Her latest article on using authentic dialogue to create dynamic characters, can be found in the October 2006 Romance Writers Report. You can find her writing blog at www.bethmorrow.com.



         Last updated: February 19, 2007