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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

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    There are plenty of things one would expect from a book intended to make writers money. First, someone wants you to send them money. Second, they have a book to sell you. Third, it is easy to do. Michael Meanwell doesn¿t tell you to send him money, buy his book, or explains how easy it is. Instead, he offers writers of all crafts¿and specifically business writers¿a true way to make it as writers. You may dream of screenplays and novels, but ¿The Wealthy Writer¿ explains the ins-and-outs of setting up a career as a copywriter, technical writer, and internet writer. ¿We need to profit from our craft,¿ Meanwell writes in the opening paragraph of ¿The Wealthy Writer.¿ He also states writers should diversify, invest in themselves, and invest in their writing. ¿I have found it is best to follow the KISS principle¿keep it simple, stupid.¿ Meanwell writes, then adds, ¿There will always be plenty of work for good writers.¿ Making it as a writer means making it with companies. For example, often getting that one sale will lead to future sales from the same company. ¿It is not enough to be a good writer,¿ Meanwell states. ¿You need experience in sales, business management, and interpersonal relations.¿ Next, Meanwell tells the aspiring writers to get serious about their business plan. Will you focus on one trade, or multiple? He also offers the thought you should study advertising magazines like ¿Advertising Age.¿ You study the magazines, decide to market yourself, but you still need a basic business plan. Meanwell writes that the next step is to write out some examples of copy, decide how much to charge per hour, and find resources to find out how much to charge. Another prime example found in the text is the big clients all writers dream of getting. He lets readers know the bigger the client, the harder they will be to sell to, especially for a beginning writer. But, these big clients are worth the effort, and once experience is gained they might be easier sells. Meanwell continues the book with explanations on technical writing and provides the eight examples to achieve technical writing riches. Then he approaches online writing, epublishing, and provides strategies to achieve even more success. For example, he says the best selling e-books are often how-to. All in all, Meanwell covers much more than just these examples. Every writer may not have to buy the book, may not have to send Meanwell big checks, but they should not only learn but profit from his advice. This can open the eyes of those writers waiting for the big-fat paychecks. Public relations and advertising will always be huge markets, and crafting multitudes of documents for these and other fields are not easy. The same can be said of publishing an e-book. However, the practical advice given here by Michael Meanwell proves all talented writers can get those fat paychecks if they apply good business sense.

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