How to succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing: The Complete Guide Paperback – 29 Oct 2010
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There is little doubt that the future is freelance in the publishing world. This book will help you to make the future work for you. --Andrew Crofts, Author and Ghostwriter
A must-have for any freelancer who wants to earn a decent living in publishing. --Katie Kirk, Director, Freelancers In The UK
About the Author
Emma Murray and Charlie Wilson are freelance publishing professionals who've been writing and editing books for publishers and authors for more than a decade.
Emma Murray (www.emmamurray.net) occasionally writes in industry trade publications and gives talks to aspiring freelancers about how to make a success of their business. As a writer, Emma has worked on numerous texts, including academic, business, self-help, and psychology. Within the field of higher education, Emma is the co-author of three academic textbooks: Management: A Balanced Approach to the 21st Century Second Edition (Wiley 2016), Organizational Behavior (Sage 2016); and Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach (Sage 2016). Emma is also the author of The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Alan Sugar Way (2010, Wiley-Capstone).
Through her business The Book Specialist (http://thebookspecialist.com/) Charlie provides editorial services ranging from ghostwriting and critiquing to editing and proofreading. She's been trusted with many millions of words by publishers, government bodies, charities, universities, companies and private individuals. Under her professional name she's the author of several non-fiction titles, including a specialist guide to writing a marketable book; under pen names and as a ghostwriter she's the author of a growing list of novels, memoirs, children's books and non-fiction guides. Charlie also gives talks on freelancing and editorial skills, and mentors aspiring and new freelancers.
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Top Customer Reviews
The authors focus on the need for professionalism, but, thankfully, that doesn't make the content stuffy or staid; in fact, the humour helps to make this a refreshing read.
I was heartened to learn about the mistakes the authors made when starting their fledgling businesses. Kudos for the candour, I say!
I have been working freelance as an editor and technical writer for about a year, and so I've already faced and overcome a number of the challenges mentioned in the book, but I'm certain that I would have found matters far simpler had I gained access to this information when I was starting out. On that basis, I have no hesitation in recommending this guide to anyone who is thinking about grasping the nettle and becoming a freelance; undoubtedly, this book will help you along the way.
Well written and divided into sections that you can either dip in to or read in full, this book also contains lots of examples to highlight the dos and don'ts of freelancing, taken from the personal experience of the authors. Definitely a recommended read for anyone considering going solo in this, or a related, field.
The book is full of common sense tips and friendly anecdotes. Rather than offering any groundbreaking new ideas, it does offer a certain amount of support and confidence building. It shows that launching a business can be done, whatever your circumstances. Those who are wavering on the point of 'should I? / shouldn't I?' could use this book to help them decide whether or not the business is right for them. It demonstrates the good and bad side of freelancing.
All in all, a good read, and something to keep on the shelf to dip in and out of in the future.
The book contains 10 chapters, with chapter 1 explaining the attributes necessary for a person going freelance and the necessity of evaluating your attributes before moving into the freelance world. Chapters 2 to 6 are the ones I found most useful. They outline how to start your business and the need to register with the authorities, how to protect yourself with terms and conditions, how to handle the financial aspects of your business, and how to market your business and build an online presence.
I have read several books before starting my consulting business (see my reviews), and this one was the most useful in relation to protecting yourself with 'terms and conditions' and 'project agreement' forms. I haven't read about these in any other book on freelance and consulting.
While the book does not go into the details of, for example, legal business structures, the nitty gritty of taxes, or how to build your website, I would consider it a starting point and, if you need to learn more about these aspects, buy more specialized books. For me, this book served as an important starting book on top of my bundle of books that I have read before starting my consulting business.
The book finishes with inspirational stories from other people who have worked as freelancers. Ironically, I didn't find these stories inspirational. What I found inspirational is the two authors' stories and how they did some mistakes along the way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this book as a present for my sister who is setting up her own freelancing company. She has said its a very useful book thank you.Published 1 month ago by Phillipa Ellyatt
A really good, well written introduction to starting as a freelancer in publishing. This book is informative and written in a style that inspires confidence. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SuzanneT
This was one of the first books I bought when setting up as a freelance proofreader and copy-editor. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2013 by shaunb
A well-written, up to date, succinct book on the subject, full of useful advice from people who have been there, seen it, done it! Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2013 by Christine Bates
I judge books by their index. I wonder if this book has any mention of professional freelance indexers. If so, why hasn't the book been indexed by one? Read morePublished on 23 May 2012 by Sophisticated
A delightful read, this book gathers everything you need to know on the subject - from taxes to technology - and is filled with useful testimonials from experienced... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2012 by R.