Getting Started as a Freelance Writer
Expanded and Revised
Robert W. Bly
This book shows you how to start a freelance writing business and operate it. You get all the details on avoiding common mistakes and jumpstarting your career, so you get published—and paid—sooner.
Getting Started as a Freelance Writer shows you how to start a freelance writing business, operate it, and build it—doing whatever type of writing you prefer. Even a writer with average abilities can get published and make $1,000 to $1,500 a week, or more. You get all the details on taking the first steps, avoiding common mistakes, and jumpstarting your writing career, so you get published—and paid—sooner. You will learn:
- where the work is
- how to get assignments
- the art of negotiating fees and contracts
- how to turn out acceptable manuscripts
- how to get paid and lots more.
This book is indispensable for writers at every stage of their career. If you’re a beginner, you’ll examine whether you really want to be a writer, consider moonlighting, and discover what to know and do before you start your business. The book covers entry-level assignments, marketing, self-promotion, and writing a business plan. More experienced writers will discover how to maximize their earning potential, which jobs pay the best, how to work with an agent, the most successful ways to foster the business, and ways to be more productive.
This expanded edition includes new chapters on writing and selling poems, short stories, novels, and essays, plus a new section on cartooning.
Robert W. Bly has been a professional writer for 25 years. His annual income is over $600,000. He’s the author of more than 100 articles and 70 books. He lives in Dumont, NJ, near New York City.
Praise for Getting Started as a Freelance Writer
Bob Bly's newest (2008) version of Getting Started as a Freelance Writer is as good as it gets for anybody who is serious about trading words, skill, and imagination in print for a reliable, healthy income. You need a plan, some push, a pinch of linguistic agility, and reliable know-how to put the right earning combinations together. It's all right here, an easy-to-grasp menu in straightforward fashion.
—Gordon Burgett, author of Niche Publishing: Publishing Profitably Every Time
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