Ready, Aim, Specialize!: Create Your Own Writing Specialty and Make More Money!

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Offering established and novice freelancers suggestions on specializing, this handbook guides writers towards more successful careers. As this analysis demonstrates, when freelancers concentrate on one type of writing rather than being a general freelancer, they discover a lucrative niche in the writing market. Using the advice supplied in this reference, writers will be able to make more money, focus their careers, and learn a more effective way of freelancing. The book lays out the basics of 10 key ...

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Overview

Offering established and novice freelancers suggestions on specializing, this handbook guides writers towards more successful careers. As this analysis demonstrates, when freelancers concentrate on one type of writing rather than being a general freelancer, they discover a lucrative niche in the writing market. Using the advice supplied in this reference, writers will be able to make more money, focus their careers, and learn a more effective way of freelancing. The book lays out the basics of 10 key markets—including health, parenting, and home and garden—and provides a series of interactive exercises to help discover which is the writer's best fit. Published writers and unpublished hopefuls alike will benefit from this valuable and informed guidebook.

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"A powerful resource for aspiring and established writers. If you're looking to become a better writer and boost your income . . . this book is chock-full of sound business acumen and advice."  —Samual Greengard, former president, American Society of Journalists and Authors

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933338248
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author


Kelly James-Enger quit her job as an attorney to become a full-time freelance writer, publishing articles for Redbook, Woman's Day, Family Circle, and many other major national magazines. She is the author of Did You Get the Vibe and Six-Figure Freelancing. She lives in Downers Grove, Illinois. 
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     8
Introduction: The Quest for a Column     9
Getting Started
Narrowing Your Focus: Why Specialize?     13
Choosing Your Weapon(s): Select Your Specialty     25
The All-Important Query: How to Make Yours Stand Out     33
Tricks of the Trade: Nonfiction Marketing and Research Techniques     51
A Case Study: Tracking an Article from Start to Finish     56
The Top 10 Hottest Specialties
An Apple a Day: Writing About Health     69
From Bananas to Blintzes: Writing About Diet, Nutrition and Food     86
Show Me the Money: Writing About Business and Finance     100
Calling all Web-Heads: Writing About Technology     116
The Mommy (or Daddy) Track: Writing About Parenting     128
Taking a Trip: Writing About Travel     140
Get Off the Couch: Writing About Fitness and Sports     154
Warm Your Heart: Writing Essays and Personal Pieces     170
No Place Like it: Writing About Home and Garden     179
Nothing but the Truth: Writing Profiles and True-Life Features     192
Growing Your Writing Business
Broaden Your Horizons: Branching Out     207
Money Talks: Maximizing Your Freelance Income     223
Resources     230
About theAuthor     235
Index     236
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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    A Super Book

    For those entertaining thoughts of a freelance writing career, "Ready, Aim, Specialize!" is the bible for you. With Kelly James-Enger's guidance, as well as helpful advice from others in the field she's called on to contribute, you'll recognize your niche (or two or more) and soon develop routes (and roots) for your career.

    How to determine your realm of specialization? How do you find markets? DifFerent types of query letters and how to write them and more? All the answers are between the covers. My copy is well dogeared and highlighted.

    As in her book "Six-Figure Freelancing", Kelly James-Enger is your coach, guide, fellow-scribe; a true veteran with great, relevant information. If you're a beginning or veteran writer and have a library, "Ready, Aim, Specialize!" should have a space on the shelf.

    Steve Sears
    SGSWrite LLC
    www.SGSWrite.com

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