The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less
In this era of entrepreneurialism, Atlanta freelancer Peter Bowerman shows those timid (but talented) souls how almost anyone can forge ahead as an independent writer. His advice is good, couched in brassy prose that is easy to read. He anticipates every conceivable question and issue, including typical charges, marketing oneself, types of available work, and deal...more
More specifically, I’ve read quite a few self-help books about freelancing recently. But this last one, The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman, really gave me the confidence to stop freelancing on the side and take the plunge into a full-time operation.
While many other freelance books play on the fanta ...more
With that said, this book still deserves 4 stars because, frankly, the information works. I would've made my money back on the book within 3 days of ge ...more
By Peter Bowerman
If you’ve ever entertained the thought of being a freelance writer, or as Peter calls it, Freelance Commercial Writer (FLCW), this book will give you all of the information you need to start and run a freelance business. While most people think magazines when they hear “freelance writing,” TWFW isn’t about writing for magazines, but rather “commercial freelancing” – writing for businesses, large and small – a lesser-known and exceptionally well-paying f ...more
I was surprised to find a number of typos and errors, especially surprising since it's a book on becoming a professional writer. There were also a couple of instances where I felt the information was unclear, and others where I found it to be needlessly stretched out. With a better copy-edit, and generally tightening the book, it ...more
What's changed enormously since both of these books were written is that the internet has sucked out the demand for freelance journalism. I know of plenty of professionally trained journalists who can't make a living at it. Content has moved to blogs, which are often free, and newspapers and magazines are closing everywhere.
Bowerman describes how he spe ...more
I would have given it 5 stars, but one thing just drove me NUTS, and that was Bowerman's penchant for writing in sentence fragments throughout the book. Almost every section started something like this, "Got an ema ...more
And then it's all just c ...more
My copy was published around 2001 which made it outdated for salary expectations, computer systems, and the internet. I also thought the title was misleading, because "writer" and "freelance writer" are broad terms, cov ...more
The majority of the practical tips were outdated, however, since this book was written over a decade ago. Very little of the book is dedicated to the digital space or how to grow a freelance writing career/ ...more
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