The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing: A Professional Guide to the Business, for Nonfiction Writers of All Experience Levels [NOOK Book]

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Whether you're just starting out, considering going full-time, or are already a successful freelance writer, you'll find the information and insights needed to take your work to the next level in this smart, thorough guide. Compiled by the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors, the book's twenty-six chapters cover the business from every angle, tackling the topics every freelancer needs to master in order to make it today.

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The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing: A Professional Guide to the Business, for Nonfiction Writers of All Experience Levels

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Overview



Whether you're just starting out, considering going full-time, or are already a successful freelance writer, you'll find the information and insights needed to take your work to the next level in this smart, thorough guide. Compiled by the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors, the book's twenty-six chapters cover the business from every angle, tackling the topics every freelancer needs to master in order to make it today.

Chapters cover: planning a writing business * generating fresh ideas * the secrets of a successful magazine query * the latest research tools and techniques * writing for the Web * developing areas of specialization * promoting yourself and your work * op-eds, essays, and other ways to leverage your knowledge * contracts * taxes and deductions * working with editors and agents * going full-time * key lessons you won't have to learn the hard way * and more.

Written by twenty-six of the top freelancers working today, this indispensable guide provides trade secrets that others have learned the hard way, inspiration to take your work where you want it to go, and a revealing view into the minds and working habits of freelance writers at the top of their game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466823648
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,102,893
  • File size: 479 KB

Meet the Author



Timothy Harper, ASJA member and former Associated Press national writer, has been a full-time freelance writer since 1984. An adjunct faculty member at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a writing coach and consultant, he has published stories in The Atlantic Monthly, Reader's Digest, Delta Sky, and elsewhere and is the author of eleven books. He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
About This Book
1 Freelance Writing Today - and Tomorrow 1
2 Planning a Writing Business 9
3 The Writer's Office and Tools 19
4 The Mystery of Ideas 35
5 Seven Secrets of a Successful Magazine Query 49
6 How to Sell a Book 61
7 Writing for the Web 73
8 Why Literary Agents Need You More Than Ever - And How to Get the Agent You Need 81
9 Research Finding the Right Stuff 93
10 How to Find Experts 105
11 Writer-Editor Relations 113
12 Collaborations: The Pleasures and Perils of Shared Bylines 121
13 The Serendipity of Specialization 135
14 Self-Publishing: Alternatives for Getting Books into Print 143
15 Networking 153
16 This Pen for Hire: Leveraging Your Skills 165
17 Op-Eds and Essays: Leveraging Your Knowledge 179
18 Reprints, Re-Slants, and Other Ways to Resell Your Work 189
19 Making Pictures 199
20 Employing a Writing Assistant 209
21 Contracts: Protecting Writers' Rights 219
22 Creating Brand You: Promoting Yourself and Your Work 231
23 Writers and the Law 243
24 Taxes and Deductions 255
25 Forays into Fiction 265
26 Moving to Full-Time Freelancing: It's Not a Leap 275
App Tips from the Pros 285
Index 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    works for me!

    i went to a b&n store to find a good book on the business, and this is what i came home with. as i look to expand my career in writing, this is one of the meatiest books i've seen. i've got a lot going for me, great reviews, but if i don't know the markets and the ins and outs of the business, it's a struggle. this book really delivers what it claims - it is a lot like times i've sat down and had coffee with working writers. actually, it's better, because they weeded out the ones who like to gripe and talk about themselves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    To below

    Wait what r u talking about levi?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    U need to ick a book maria....

    Its th guy from hot thang...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    Useless

    This book is useless to anyone who has ever taken a basic course on feature writing or the business of freelance writing. And if you haven't taken a course like that yet, you're better off paying a couple of hundred dollars for a 9-week course (where you'll get some one-on-one attention and feedback from the instructor) than buying this book, which consists of insultingly cliche, generic advice. Notice, I did give it two stars instead of one. That's because much of the generic advice is still true. Here's a pat on the back for regurgitating what every writer already knows about freelancing. I expected far more from the ASJA...

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