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The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli
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Nov 13, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, how-to, writing, freelancing, productivity, self-help, work
Recommended for: Any freelance writer, newbie or experienced
Read from August 12 to October 06, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Excellent resource for any freelance writer. The style is entertaining -- very engaging (without being too cute) and easy to read. The chapters take you step by step from the beginning of the process (starting out as a freelancer and planning properly before leaving your full-time job) to the end (billing and collecting your fee after you've sold and finished writing an article).

The advice in this book would have been great to have when starting out, but even as someone who's been freelancing for a couple of years (and in the magazine publishing business for quite a few more), I learned a great deal. The authors give a realistic, and very specific, idea of what editors expect. Even more valuable was learning what they might be willing to overlook -- for instance, a typo in an otherwise solid pitch).

The only nit I have to pick with this book is that it needs to be updated. The most recent edition is from 2005, and it still mentions the idea of sending a pitch to an editor via email instead of snail mail as something rather unusual.

If you're completely new to freelancing, you might want to read some of the basic references mentioned in the appendix of this book first, so you'll get to know the standard advice. Though the authors tell you to ignore much of this advice, at least some of the time, they don't advise you to dispense with it completely. And it does make sense to understand the rules before trying to break them.

You can get an idea of the what's in the book from the authors' blog of the same name.


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