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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Just starting out

    I'm just starting out a career as a freelance writer and this book has so much clear, concise information. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Changed my life

    I just have to say, that after reading Get a Freelance Life...everything changed--doors have opened, information continues pouring in, and the knowledge that I gained is truly invaluable. Thank you!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    I paid for this?

    I agree with the last poster - I found the constant 'hints' and 'suggestions' in this book to be obnoxious. The punch line is when, on the final page, one reads 'you are likely already familiar with mediabistro.com...' how could I not be??? The insulting fact that I paid for their sales pitch aside, the book is just not that good. Due to the quote-and-interview based nature of the book (chock full of experts who are quoted from articles on - you guessed it - the website!), each page contains contradictory information. For example, one quoted editor will say 'Never ever call to follow up on a pitch!' One page later, a different ed advises following up by telephone if you have not heard back in *one week*! (This is advice I have never heard - a couple of weeks or a month, maybe! I think 99% of eds would be annoyed by such a quick follow up by phone.) I planned on joining Mediabistro.com before purchasing this book, but the book has turned me off to their entire organization. Had I not felt my $15 was wasted on this book, they would have gotten $50+ from me for their site membership... but if this group of writers and editors can't hack a simple paperback, how good can the website really be?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    This book is just an ad for the website

    I bought this book, and was sorely disappointed. Nearly every page mentions the website and its subscription services (which cost $$!). Every section gives run of the mill, common sense pointers and tips, with suggestions that one register for the paid subscriptions for more information. Ugh. I bought this at a Barnes & Noble store (not online), and therefore paid $15 for a written & bound commercial for a pay-to-join website.

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