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The Essential Freelance Writer's Guide for 2014: Everything you need to know to get started today. by [Inouye, Jenna]
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1.0 out of 5 stars Read her blog first. 28 Mar. 2014
By Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
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Search Amazon for "freelance writing." You'll get pages upon pages of e-books slapped together full of easily googled information with no originality and absolutely nothing useful to say, and The Essential Freelance Writer's Guide is no different. Basically, it's all about how to spin out content for content mills for about a cent per word.

If you read the author's blog, you'll notice that she always says how she's writing thousands of words everyday "...they had continually accepted my fast, off-the-cuff and honestly somewhat generic content." - and that quality is not important to her. This publication is no exception. It's very low quality. It reads like something that was scrapped together in hopes that people will pay even just a dollar for it.

Positive reviews are from those who the author has exchanged positive reviews with - not genuine readers. A blog post asking for review exchanges is also published on her blog. It really doesn't contain any advice on how to become a good freelance writer, it contains advice on how to write for clients that want the cheapest possible content.

There are great freelance writing guides out there, Linda Formichelli's a good place to start and will tell you how to write well even if you're not already a writer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good 28 April 2014
By Charlie Louis - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book and offers lots of content mills to work for. Writer access rates aren't quite right; level two and three pay less than listed in the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for writers 20 Nov. 2014
By Michele Kelsey - Published on Amazon.com
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Haven't started it but in scanning it it looks like a great read!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sincere Gratitude as the Highest Form of Review 20 Feb. 2014
By Taryn Beth - Published on Amazon.com
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While I cannot speak for freelance writers with any ACTUAL paid writing to their name, I believe that I can speak for the countless hoards of wishful-would-BE-if-only... freelance writers that are counting their pennies and reading countless reviews of "The REAL How to, TOTALLY Complete Guide and Last Word on Freelance Writing that Will Work For You, Yesterday" books on Amazon and wondering which, if any, are worthy of those pennies. Ms. Inouye's book IS worthy of those pennies, and then some. Why?

The quality and quantity of information packed into this book really does qualify it as "essential"; that alone is a rarity and a gem of one at that. Her tone is friendly and encouraging, but like a TRUE friend, she is not shy to point out the many pitfalls, stumbling blocks, and hurdles to successfully launching and sustaining a freelance writing career; and even if you KNOW you have thought of them all - you're wrong. And if you were unknowingly wearing the faintest of rose-tinged glasses while thinking about going into this career, they will gently be removed and replaced with clear magnifying glasses. If you love to write but lack a knack for business, or if concepts like self-promotion and author branding leave you feeling daunted, queasy, or just blinking into the light, then you need to read this book. As many reviewers have noted, the author's annotated resource list alone makes this book invaluable; but please do not skip or skim over the first 90% of the book - in which the author offers the aspiring writer a mountain of mundane yet crucially important considerations that, depending upon how honest and realistic you are with yourself, can significantly influence how palatable that last portion of the book is to you.

Thank you so much, Ms. Inouye. May you never receive a penny in your thirty-seven cents.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing original 28 July 2014
By A. McNew - Published on Amazon.com
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All of the information contained in this book can easily be found on websites for free, like Writer's Digest and others. I didn't learn a single thing from this book but I have been freelancing for more than a decade. Perhaps very very new writers may get something from this, but again, nothing that can't be found for free in a google search.
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