The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World Hardcover – 31 Oct 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this book for only a few weeks but I'm enjoying it very much. It arrived just before leaving for a weekend away and because is small in size and easy to follow, it was... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by Mia
This is a quick read packed with lots of helpful tips. I didn't want to spend hours reading "how to" and Linda Jones has managed to make her tips concise yet memorable. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2013 by Anna S
An overstatement if ever there was one. This book may be suitable for beginers but for no one else. Nothing new here, read it in 2 hours.Published on 10 Aug. 2009 by China girl
This really is a terrific little book, and is as entertaining as it is practical. Be aware that the thrust of the book is not on improving your own writing, but on writing within... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2009 by THE Music Enthusiast
Practical and upbeat, this little book is crammed full of advice on how to manage your workload, your clients and your confidence. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2009 by Sarah Eu
As a freelance writer I found this book refreshingly honest. All too often when I run workshops I come across people who think publishers and publications owe them a favour. Wrong. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2009 by Simon Whaley
An excellent book about starting out in the world of freelance writing for newspapers, magazines and the internet as well as lots of great tips for commercial writing - catalogues,... Read morePublished on 31 May 2008 by Damaskcat
....of realism, insight and experience.
As a fledgling writer myself, I'm slowly getting to grips with the competitive, difficult but ultimately rewarding world of... Read more