The Freelance Writer's Handbook: How to Turn Your Writing Skills into a Successful Business
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'A very useful, totally practical guide' DAILY MAIL 'Andrew Crofts' book is about the most practical, encouraging and upbeat guide you are likely to find' WRITER'S NEWS 'Dangerously inspirational' CAREERSCOPE 'This book is a must for anyone who does, or wants to be a writer and be published' NEW BOOKS MAGAZINE
About the Author
Andrew Crofts, one of the world's most successful freelancers, has been writing for over 30 years. He works as a travel writer, journalist, and as a ghostwriter has written four Sunday Times number one bestsellers, several international hits and a number of books appearing on the Richard and Judy Show.
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There's no padding or 'fluff' in here -- Mr Crofts' gets straight down to the nitty gritty of how to get work.
This isn't a book for people who want to learn how to write. It's a book for writers who want to make a decent living from their craft.
Clearly expressed, in logically structured sections, this book will certainly guide you through the process of finding the right topics to write about, the right people to pitch them to and, most importantly, how to cope with the rejection while waiting for the really big break-through.
The good news is that if you read this book and follow the advice then you won't even notice the rejection slips - you'll be too busy working on the next article that you are going to sell!
One to read and keep, making sure you re-read it regularly.
My favourite tip: the best way to handle rejection is to have so many projects on the go that there's always something to be optimistic about.
Unlike many books on writing, this book actually tells you how to write for a living and is not full of the normal obsequies to editors that usually plague books like these and reveal a definite bias to the amateur.
Not much use if you want to write a heart-felt labour-of-love novel, otherwise excellent.
As a freelance writer myself, I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my writing and open the doors to more opportunities, but this book really was not it. This book is fine if you want general advice, but not if you are a freelancer looking to improve their career. I would strongly suggest you get 'How to pitch and sell a freelance feature' by Catherine Quinn and also 'The Copywriting Sourcebook' by Andy Malsden. And the ultimate would be Peter Bowerman's 'The Well-Fed Writer'. This should be the bible for ALL freelancers looking to exploit new avenues.
As someone who has built a successful freelance career in less than four months, I found this book to be patronizing and condescending to most freelance writers. We KNOW you need to research well, and we KNOW you can turn one article into several. It's not rocket science. Don't waste your money and buy a proper freelance book instead.
An amazing amount of advice and tips from a wealth of first-hand experience. Great to have as a reference, and the book covers nearly all areas. However, it is not for everyone; whereas one reader may find it inspirational, others may not, although the author does his best to be encouraging. A large part of the suggested marketing tactics in the book will only work if you have lots of spare time and are free of commitments to take off at a moments' notice and actually carry them out, not a realistic prospect if you have 2 kids round your ankles or are struggling to write while holding on to the day-job.
However, a very good book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really useful book. It has given me loads of tips and suggestions to make it as a writer. Now I just have to make it as a writer!Published 8 months ago by nuksazi
Sadly I think i was sent an older version than what I thought I had purchased. A lot of the information is out of date but there are a few rid bits that can port over.Published 15 months ago by lee langford
A gem of a book. If you think this is the direction you want to go in with your writing, don't miss this book. Read morePublished on 26 July 2014 by Suzi
Not as indispensable as the WAAYB but still useful. Proablem with all these things is, you can basically get all the info online anyhow. Still, nice to have an actual book.Published on 20 Feb. 2014 by Jamie
I find it really hard to believe that a book like this, which offers so much to the aspiring freelance writer in principle, should have been left to become so woefully out of date. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Mr. Sneekly
I have not had time to read it all yet, but what I have read so far is excellent. Thank you. I do not need to compare it to anything
else as every thing I have had has been... Read more
Like many other reviewers, I bought this book on the basis of rave reviews. It starts off well, in an easy to read style, and I found the first couple of chapters inspiring, but as... Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2011 by Doonie