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Chris McCooey
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Chris McCooey has earned his living as a full-time freelance non-fiction writer since 1986 and this book tells how. There are practical tips, there are examples of successes and failures and there are general musings about the freelance writer’s life. It was going to be sub-titled Freelance – You’re Free To Work For Whoever Will Pay You … And You’ll Get Lanced On A Regular Basis, but he decided against that because, on balance, although he has been lanced on occasions, he has also enjoyed hugely the writer’s life of living by his wits. He’s met wacky people, uncovered weird facts and been to some wonderful places … and written about them all for local, national and international publications. The book endeavours to encourage the freelance writer, and all those who want to work for themselves, with ideas and anecdotes and experiences based on his freelance years. Suggestions include:
• Take notes all the time and lots of images
• Keep in touch with your contacts
• It’s as much who you know as what you know so pitch the idea to the write person
• Research is the key to a good article
• Be disciplined in your writing and edit ruthlessly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1501 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris McCooey has earned his living as a freelance non-fiction writer for the past 30 years. School was Skinners' in Tunbrdige Wells, then University College, Oxford were he lent Bill Clinton a pair of rubgy boots to allow the enthusiastic lump of a Rhodes scholar to play for the college. Chris secured one of the best Third Class (Honours) degrees that the School of Geography had seen for many a year. His thesis was Socio-Geographical Aspects of Illicit Trading in Kent and Sussex in the 18th Century which was later on expanded into his book Smuggling on the South Coast. Being a native speaker of English and knowing from his university studies where the country was, he then spent ten years teaching English in Japan at the Nagoya University of Commerce. Then Graduate Journalism School at the University of California, Berkeley before returning to the UK and becoming a full-time freelance writing features for local, national and international publications like the Times, the FT, the Mail, Time magazine and in-flight magazines for airlines like Singapore, Cathay Pacific, JAL and BA. He lives in the Weald and writes books about Kent and Sussex and gives talks on the same subjects as his books to any groups that will pay him. He is particularly fond of talking to the WI because he likes their jam sponges. He likes to garden, bird-watch (not twitch), rough shoot rabbits and pigeons with his lab Tess and drink beer. His lifetime ambition is to get the maximum score at cribbage, 28 points in his hand plus one for his nob.

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5.0 out of 5 stars FREELANCE 11 Jan. 2013
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A thoroughly good read.Chris McCooey takes the reader into the world of the travel writer in a most amusing and fascinating way.FREELANCE
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5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed all the way to Japan! 12 Nov. 2013
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Read Chris' book on the plane to Tokyo and i couldn't stop giggling all the way at 33,000ft! A brilliantly written, fabulously funny rendition of the life of a hack. It's a masterpiece relevant not just to aspiring writers but to anyone who likes to laugh. Should be a non-fiction best seller. The ending is priceless......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most amusing 7 Jun. 2013
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I very much enjoyed reading this book.... very funny but also very informative ... Well done Chris McCooey, I would definitely recommend this as a really good book to read :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freelancing by Chris McCooey 11 Feb. 2013
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This is the real deal from someone who has made a living freelancing for 30 years. It may be a bit raucous and at times a bit irreverent and earthy but it is true to the art. Buy it and learn something about writing and maybe just something about yourself and whether you have IT to be a freelancer.
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