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The Definitive Starting Point for a New Freelance Feature Writer
on 18 January 2012
Catherine Quinn has managed to put all of her experience into a manageable, easy to follow and enjoyable book which should be seen as the definitive starting point for anyone wanting to get into freelance feature writing. I had no clips, no contacts, no experience and no idea where to start. In 3 months, I had two features published, four commissions with editors for final copy editing, lunched with two editors who I now speak to regularly, and a plan to make freelance writing a career in the near future. That is the power of her book - it sets out in a clear way the processes required and is realistic. This book does not address how to write well - Miss Quinn rightly assumes you can already write - it simply helps you sell yourself to others.
I would say that there are other books you should also look at - Brendan Hennessy's Writing Feature Articles is a great supplement to Miss Quinn's book, and there are plenty of internet resources which will expand your knowledge further. However, if you do not know where to start, start here.