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Lacked depth of knoweldge
on 21 July 2010
I bought this book after reading the reviews and felt compelled to write a review myself. I was expecting an all meat and no fluff guide, but unfortunately, the reverse is true. While there were some good tips scattered throughout, in general the book was more like an overview of the world of freelancing than an in-depth guide on how to excel in this area. In particular, the section on magazine writing was terrible. It literally glossed over the types of markets with absolutely NO advice on pitching or how to break into the market in the first place.
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.