While I cannot speak for freelance writers with any ACTUAL paid writing to their name, I believe that I can speak for the countless hoards of wishful-would-BE-if-only... freelance writers that are counting their pennies and reading countless reviews of "The REAL How to, TOTALLY Complete Guide and Last Word on Freelance Writing that Will Work For You, Yesterday" books on Amazon and wondering which, if any, are worthy of those pennies. Ms. Inouye's book IS worthy of those pennies, and then some. Why?
The quality and quantity of information packed into this book really does qualify it as "essential"; that alone is a rarity and a gem of one at that. Her tone is friendly and encouraging, but like a TRUE friend, she is not shy to point out the many pitfalls, stumbling blocks, and hurdles to successfully launching and sustaining a freelance writing career; and even if you KNOW you have thought of them all - you're wrong. And if you were unknowingly wearing the faintest of rose-tinged glasses while thinking about going into this career, they will gently be removed and replaced with clear magnifying glasses. If you love to write but lack a knack for business, or if concepts like self-promotion and author branding leave you feeling daunted, queasy, or just blinking into the light, then you need to read this book. As many reviewers have noted, the author's annotated resource list alone makes this book invaluable; but please do not skip or skim over the first 90% of the book - in which the author offers the aspiring writer a mountain of mundane yet crucially important considerations that, depending upon how honest and realistic you are with yourself, can significantly influence how palatable that last portion of the book is to you.
Thank you so much, Ms. Inouye. May you never receive a penny in your thirty-seven cents.