As a new writer - very new
writer I had no idea how to start my
freelance writing career.
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
Then I read Jenna
Glatzers "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 Im 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-offs for maximum monetary benefit, as
well as selling reprints.
Youll 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 writers 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
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