For decades freelance writers have been told to follow the 'rules' of the business or risk poverty. Keep your query letters to one page! Don't call an editor! Accept every assignment you are given. Now the truth comes out: Many highly successful freelance writers ignore those basic rules and many others, and even flaunt them to their own advantage. The authors have published articles in Redbook, Woman's Day, Men's Health, Writer's Digest and scores of other consumer and trade magazines. When they began freelancing they read all the freelance writing books, followed all the silly rules and struggled to get by. Eventually, they realised that certain 'rules' didn't really benefit them. One by one those rules dissolved and were replaced with clever ways to get assignments, get paid more for them, and finish them more effectively. They share their insights in this book. The book teaches freelance writers how to break into previously unattainable markets by eschewing the old way of doing things. It explains that freelancers can negotiate for more money and better terms, without risking their careers. It teaches that editors are not the writer-gobbling monsters many freelancers fear, and explains how to establish and foster relationships with these important gatekeepers. In short, 'The Renegade Writer' helps freelancers to become renegades and succeed.