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Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer

Written by Jenna Glazter

ISBN: 0-9722026-5-x

Published by Nomad Press

Reviewed by Cheryl Wright 2005– All rights reserved


As a new writer - very new writer – I had no idea how to start my freelance writing career.

There were so many markets, but it was impossible for me to know which ones to target. And once I did decide which ones to target, why would they buy from me, a totally unknown, completely raw writer?

Then I read Jenna Glatzer’s "More than Any Human Being Needs to Know about Freelance Writing". That book heralded the start of my freelance career. Sadly, that book is now out of print.

But all is not lost. Jenna has rewritten and updated the book to produce "Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer". And I’m so glad she did.

Jenna starts off by telling the reader how she purchased her first home at the age of twenty-four; funded totally by her non-fiction freelance writing career. Not to mention the truck and boat she owns, paying for health insurance, or giving expensive gifts to family and friends.

For those of you with stars in your eyes, Jenna explains that non-fiction writing is not a get-rich-quick scheme. There is a lot of hard work involved, including tracking your queries, and treating your writing as a business. Which of course, it is.

Jenna shares a number of her resources, many of them free, as well as techniques that will help in your quest to become published – over and over.

In this book you will find a few sample queries, and a list of the ‘technical jargon’ used in the freelance writing industry. The same jargon that I found so confusing as a newbie writer.

The book is over 200 pages long, and will teach you how to study the markets, find ideas, sending queries, using spin-off’s for maximum monetary benefit, as well as selling reprints.

You’ll discover ways to get quotes for your articles, and learn interview techniques. Jenna covers that all important syndicating, dealing with your editor, and how to build relationships. Keeping in contact, and knowing how much is too much, are also touched on. Dealing with e-queries, as opposed to snail-mail queries, copyright, and simultaneous submissions, are also dealt with.

In this review, I have barely touched on what you will learn from this book, it is so incredibly full of good information. This is a book that will be a valuable resource in your writer’s library for many, many years.

All in all, "Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer" will give your freelance writing career a kick in the proverbial you-know-what.


About the author: Cheryl Wright is an award-winning Australian author and freelance journalist. In addition to an array of other projects, she is the owner of the Writer2Writer.com website and the Writer to Writer monthly ezine for writers.  Her publications include novels, non-fiction books, short stories, and articles. To keep up to date with her publications and new releases, visit Cheryl’s website www.cheryl-wright.com


         Last updated: August 04, 2008