- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 445 KB
- Print Length: 167 pages
- Publisher: Renegade Writer Press (6 Oct. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FOSGLVA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #465,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race...And Step Into a Career You Love Kindle Edition
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I loved it so much I ended up being one of the `rat-race escapees' she quotes throughout the book too. Here's my take on why I think the book is brilliant.
This is the book I wish I'd had when I began writing professionally part-time about three years ago. If you are a writer who has been wondering if you could `make the break' and finally try earning your living from your words, then this is the book you need to read.
The author writes clearly, concisely and with an easy, friendly style which makes the book very natural to read. The pace is swift and each chapter is broken down into lots of short sections meaning you can pick it up and put it down whenever you need to. The subheadings also mean it is easy to find certain sections when you want to check her advice again. Believe me, you will want to do this!
Her book divides into four sections:
The first looks at whether or not leaving the `rat-race' really is for you (it's not for everybody) and how to make that decision.
The second part, assumes you are going to go for it (yay!) and looks at how you break into this without burning boats with your soon-to-be-former-boss, scheduling time to write, money matters and so on.
The third contains fantastic, solid and very practical advice about breaking into a range of writing markets. Whether you want to write for magazines, blogs or content marketing, Linda Formichelli tells you just how to go about it. It is this section that makes the book worth much more than the asking price.
The final section is a brief but important check-up on just whether you are really ready to leave those rats behind and become a full-time writer. It also has some useful bio information about the interviewed writers quoted in the book - yep, that includes yours truly!
I found two particular sections incredibly helpful:
*The LOI/Query advice in chapter 13 is worth ten times the price of the book. Linda Formichelli gives a straightforward template which I use now without fail.
*Chap 18 contains advice for making the `Perfect pages' for your website or blog. I'm still working my way through this advice for my own blog - Write Out Loud (still under construction) - and I know I will come back to Linda's advice again and again.
These are just two of my personal favourite sections for the book but you will find plenty of your own. 'Write your way out of the Rat-Race' is packed with useful advice and will make a welcome addition to any writer's resources.
So what are you waiting for? Go buy it!
The book is also useful if you're already trying to make you way as a writer, but need a little help re-focusing your efforts.
The author begins by talking about dreams versus expectations, job security versus freelance freedom. The good news is, you don't have to choose, you can have both if you want!
Write Your Way is divided into sections; how to psyche yourself up to be a freelancer, getting started and actually writing plus knowing if and when you're ready, and includes various chapters detailing how to use your current job, freelance realities, building support, making time to write, getting clients and more.
The part I liked the most was the section on the different types of writing that can be done freelance. The author even includes advice on the qualities needed by a writer to succeed in each type of role, how to get in, pros and cons and examples of query letters and letters of introduction etc.
An excellent highly recommended resource for all writers, novice or experienced.
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