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The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World Hardcover – 31 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Greatest in the World Limited (31 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905151179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905151172
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.6 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

From detailing the horror of receiving big pants for Christmas in Bella to reporting on the heinous crimes of Fred West for regional media, Linda's career has spanned nearly two decades and seen work published in dozens of publications. A former news editor on the Wolverhampton Express & Star and the Worcester Evening News, she has also worked as asenior reporter at several regional newspapers. She now writes on subjects including technology, parenting and journalism for titles including The Guardian and Press Gazette. Publications she has edited include Tamba's Twins, Triplets & More magazine and the St Petersburg Press in Russia.

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At last, a book on freelance writing that actually gives proper, relevant advice that you can really run with. Linda Jones quite obviously knows her stuff and thankfully for us, isn't too precious to share it.

The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World covers everything that someone contemplating a freelance career needs to know, from how to pitch, the business of writing, doing your own PR and breaking into other types of writing (short stories, blogging etc.) All the tips and advice are delivered in a straightforward, no nonsense style, and give realistic, professional advice.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to kick start their freelance career, whether a complete novice, or a more established writer who wants a fresh perspective on the business of freelancing.

This book isn't going to tell you that you can make millions, but by following Linda Jones' excellent advice, you'll certainly be in with a fighting chance of making it as a jobbing freelance writer. Highly recommended.
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Linda Jones cuts to the chase with this amazing little tome. It's thick enough to be inviting and it's small enough to be read on the train. Filled with real-life, practical tips on becoming a freelancer rather than vague ideas you so often find with 'how to' books, it's really essential for anyone starting out. Having said that, I have been freelancing for nearly three years and I am learning a thing or two from it. If only I'd had this when I was a fledgling freelancer, I would have avoided some embarrassing career-lows.

The check-lists are amazingly helpful and, whilst some of the information is obvious, ("check names are spelled correctly"), no-one's actually bothered to point it out before and you'd be surprised how many writers don't...

Get this book.
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A clear approach on how to make a living from your writing. Linda Jones' book is authoritative, yet friendly.

Bookshops have shelves filled with guides on this particular subject, yet with just this one purchase, the reader can feel confident that they are in the hands of an expert who has put together an accessible book crammed with proper, realistic advice.

Buying this book allows freelance writing to become a viable career.
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Format: Hardcover
I had heard lots of good things about this book, but nobody told me what a handsome little feller it is. Hardback, so ideal for drumming your fingers on whilst thinking of a particularly apt metaphor, and with a blue ribbon bookmark attached so you can tie it to the Christmas Tree after you've read it.

And oh yes, the content. Pretty much everything a freelance writer would need to know is covered in its pages. Areas covered include: pitching, writing for newspapers & magazines, blogging and commercial writing. Linda gives us the benefit of her 20 year writing career with energy, enthusiasm and passion. You could open it randomly at any page and feel confident that you'd learn something to benefit your writing career.

My only criticism of this book is that it could stand being an awful lot longer. All of the tips are neccessarily short, and there were times when I could have done with fuller explanations. I guess that will have to wait. Roll on volume 2.
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Have you ever thought of Freelance Writing?
This hard covered book is provides some of the answers for the beginner as well as the professional presented in an easy to read format. Glossy pages in an A5 book make it ideal for reading on trips.
One of the things I really liked was the Quick Tips. This book is an ideal stocking filler for anyone interested in writing.
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Thank you Linda Jones for writing a book on journalism that is understandable to those that are new to writing. I am now using this book as a teaching aid for my creative writing students. I recommend all Adult Education Tutors purchase this book - it's a little gem.

Elaine Everest
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I read this book to give me an idea of what life would be like as a freelance writer. Linda Jones does not promise you that you'll make loads of money or make you think it will be easy to break into and then maintain a career in freelance writing.

However, reading this book is like having a chat over a cup of coffee with a trusted friend. She shares successes and failures.

Some of the helpful tips included are six of the best. She covers journalism, writing short stories for women's mags, blogging, keeping a website up to date. She provides helpful websites and books for further reading.

Also covered are other types of freelance writing, such as copywriting and public relations material.

While not an extensive guide, it is a very good starting place for any prospective freelance writer.
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I've been freelancing for a decade and if I'd had Linda's book at my elbow when I started out then I can guarantee that I'd have made a lot more money, especially in the early years!

This book is fantastic for bringing the reader up to speed on topics such as honing feature ideas, approaching editors (don't be shy!) and business matters. Strategies which it took me years to work out are here for the taking.

I now teach freelance journalism at Bath and Bristol Universities, and will be urging all my students to buy this book.
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