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How to succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing: The Complete Guide [Paperback]

Emma Murray , Charlie Wilson
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29 Oct 2010 How to
This book tells you how to build a successful freelance business around supplying publishing services.

The publishing industry depends on freelancers: writers and editors, proofreaders and designers, PR and typesetters. For those in the know, there is a wealth of opportunities on offer. Graduates, retired professionals, in-house editors, career-changers more and more people are taking the plunge and going freelance.

You can succeed as a freelancer in publishing, and this book shows you how. It includes top tips; insider knowledge and case studies; information on how to market yourself, deal with finance and find out what your clients are looking for plus invaluable insights from other successful freelancers and industry experts.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (29 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845284232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845284237
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.6 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is little doubt that the future is freelance in the publishing world. This book will help you to make the future work for you. --Andrew Crofts, Author and Ghostwriter

A must-have for any freelancer who wants to earn a decent living in publishing. --Katie Kirk, Director, Freelancers In The UK

About the Author

Emma Murray and Charlie Wilson are freelance writers and editors who have worked for many publishers and authors for many years. Through her business Perfectly Write, Charlie provides services such as book writing, critiquing, editing and proofreading, also giving talks on freelancing as a career option. Emma swapped her career as a marketing executive for supplying freelancing and editorial consultancy services. Emma occasionally writes in industry trade publications and gives talks to aspiring freelancers about how to make a success of their business.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and inspiring read... 4 Mar 2012
I recently borrowed this book from the library but after reading the first two chapters i rushed out to buy my own copy! The book is an essential read for anyone starting out as a freelancer within the publishing field. It covers a range of topics, from equipping yourself for home working, to creating a successful website and marketing yourself to potential clients. The chapter on working with 'frenemies' is particularly insightful and there is a useful chapter focusing on the different freelance roles available within the publishing sector The book is clear, well written and funny, and the authors share stories of their own freelance experiences which i found encouraging. If, like me, you're looking to branch out as a freelancer but haven't a clue where to start, make buying this book your first step!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By John E
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This is a straightforward, earnest guide to getting started in the world of freelancing. As another reviewer points out, many of the tips are useful to anyone who's interested in becoming a freelance, so the appeal of the book is broader than the title suggests.

The authors focus on the need for professionalism, but, thankfully, that doesn't make the content stuffy or staid; in fact, the humour helps to make this a refreshing read.

I was heartened to learn about the mistakes the authors made when starting their fledgling businesses. Kudos for the candour, I say!

I have been working freelance as an editor and technical writer for about a year, and so I've already faced and overcome a number of the challenges mentioned in the book, but I'm certain that I would have found matters far simpler had I gained access to this information when I was starting out. On that basis, I have no hesitation in recommending this guide to anyone who is thinking about grasping the nettle and becoming a freelance; undoubtedly, this book will help you along the way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for freelancers in the media field 2 Dec 2010
I'm in the process of setting up my own communication business and, although this book is specifically targetted at publishing, most of the advice is also highly relevant to setting up in a related field.

Well written and divided into sections that you can either dip in to or read in full, this book also contains lots of examples to highlight the dos and don'ts of freelancing, taken from the personal experience of the authors. Definitely a recommended read for anyone considering going solo in this, or a related, field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book useful and entertaining 31 May 2011
By sparkie
I have recently started a business as a proof reader and copy editor but long to get into ghostwriting. This book was great help. It layed it all out clearly, from even thinking about starting out to getting going. It also includes advice from other experts in related fields as well as superb clear advice from the authors. Very well written, easy to read and informative. I loved it and would recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who'd be a freelancer? 7 Nov 2012
By Jubacca
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A very useful book containing information that could be sensibly applied to any freelance business, not necessarily just in publishing. It's refreshing to find a book written by British people, aimed at the British industry/market. So many similar books these days are aimed at either the US or Global markets.

The book is full of common sense tips and friendly anecdotes. Rather than offering any groundbreaking new ideas, it does offer a certain amount of support and confidence building. It shows that launching a business can be done, whatever your circumstances. Those who are wavering on the point of 'should I? / shouldn't I?' could use this book to help them decide whether or not the business is right for them. It demonstrates the good and bad side of freelancing.

All in all, a good read, and something to keep on the shelf to dip in and out of in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A freelancer's bible! 2 Mar 2011
Saw this book featured in The Bookseller under 'The best books on publishing' and thought I'd give it a read as I am thinking about a career in freelancing. It is smart, funny, practical and insightful. Buy it, you won't regret it!
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