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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Greatest in the World Limited (31 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905151179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905151172
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 18 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who has a flair for writing will find this book a fantastic aid for unlocking their literary potential, either commercially or just as a fun hobby. The author's tips and advice will help you to formulate your writing from first submission to final copy and also include help on copyright and marketing yourself. Whether you want to write articles for newspapers, magazines, the internet or even stage & screen, this book will hopefully guide you to success.

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At last, a book on freelance writing that actually gives proper, relevant advice that you can really run with. Linda Jones quite obviously knows her stuff and thankfully for us, isn't too precious to share it.

The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World covers everything that someone contemplating a freelance career needs to know, from how to pitch, the business of writing, doing your own PR and breaking into other types of writing (short stories, blogging etc.) All the tips and advice are delivered in a straightforward, no nonsense style, and give realistic, professional advice.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to kick start their freelance career, whether a complete novice, or a more established writer who wants a fresh perspective on the business of freelancing.

This book isn't going to tell you that you can make millions, but by following Linda Jones' excellent advice, you'll certainly be in with a fighting chance of making it as a jobbing freelance writer. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Davis on 3 Dec. 2007
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Linda Jones cuts to the chase with this amazing little tome. It's thick enough to be inviting and it's small enough to be read on the train. Filled with real-life, practical tips on becoming a freelancer rather than vague ideas you so often find with 'how to' books, it's really essential for anyone starting out. Having said that, I have been freelancing for nearly three years and I am learning a thing or two from it. If only I'd had this when I was a fledgling freelancer, I would have avoided some embarrassing career-lows.

The check-lists are amazingly helpful and, whilst some of the information is obvious, ("check names are spelled correctly"), no-one's actually bothered to point it out before and you'd be surprised how many writers don't...

Get this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Charnley on 3 Dec. 2007
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A clear approach on how to make a living from your writing. Linda Jones' book is authoritative, yet friendly.

Bookshops have shelves filled with guides on this particular subject, yet with just this one purchase, the reader can feel confident that they are in the hands of an expert who has put together an accessible book crammed with proper, realistic advice.

Buying this book allows freelance writing to become a viable career.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanne M. Mallon on 28 Nov. 2007
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I had heard lots of good things about this book, but nobody told me what a handsome little feller it is. Hardback, so ideal for drumming your fingers on whilst thinking of a particularly apt metaphor, and with a blue ribbon bookmark attached so you can tie it to the Christmas Tree after you've read it.

And oh yes, the content. Pretty much everything a freelance writer would need to know is covered in its pages. Areas covered include: pitching, writing for newspapers & magazines, blogging and commercial writing. Linda gives us the benefit of her 20 year writing career with energy, enthusiasm and passion. You could open it randomly at any page and feel confident that you'd learn something to benefit your writing career.

My only criticism of this book is that it could stand being an awful lot longer. All of the tips are neccessarily short, and there were times when I could have done with fuller explanations. I guess that will have to wait. Roll on volume 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE Music Enthusiast on 17 Jun. 2009
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This really is a terrific little book, and is as entertaining as it is practical. Be aware that the thrust of the book is not on improving your own writing, but on writing within the context of freelancing, and so is more concerned with issues such as organisation, building contacts, pitching for work, presenting work, contacting editors, legal issues, and PR work for your business. If you're looking for something specifically on how to write articles or other texts, or on writing techniques, you may wish to try something else.

The book mainly concentrates on journalism and discusses how to research for articles, the content to include and things to avoid, etc. But as well as this, it covers other kinds of writing such as blogs, commercial writing and short stories for magazines. All the while, the writing itself is fresh and engaging, without losing sight of the book's informative purpose.

The best thing about the book is the fact that it tells freelancing as it is. Rather than allow us to indulge in whatever fantasies we may have about freelancing, Linda Jones snaps us right out of them by explaining that there ARE unscrupulous characters out there who don't want to pay, that our money WON'T always be in the bank the day it is supposed to be, that editors AREN'T just going to welcome us aboard with our very first idea or piece, and generally that this is no easy world to make it in. But she also accompanies these reality bites with tips on how to deal with the more negative aspects of freelancing, such as chasing payment etc.

"The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World" is definitely money well spent, and not a lot at that. It's practical and to the point; not a word is wasted. I wish I'd come across this little gem earlier, rather than some of the padded out rubbish I've coughed up on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By New Writer on 13 Jun. 2008
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I read this book to give me an idea of what life would be like as a freelance writer. Linda Jones does not promise you that you'll make loads of money or make you think it will be easy to break into and then maintain a career in freelance writing.

However, reading this book is like having a chat over a cup of coffee with a trusted friend. She shares successes and failures.

Some of the helpful tips included are six of the best. She covers journalism, writing short stories for women's mags, blogging, keeping a website up to date. She provides helpful websites and books for further reading.

Also covered are other types of freelance writing, such as copywriting and public relations material.

While not an extensive guide, it is a very good starting place for any prospective freelance writer.
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