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Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success
     

Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success

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by Linda Formichelli, Diana Burrell
 

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Written by two freelancers who broke the rules to win the game, this handbook contains a wealth of information for writers who are frustrated by the seemingly limited ways to operate in the freelance market. It explains that freelancers can negotiate for more money and better terms without risking their careers, shows that editors are not the writer-gobbling

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Written by two freelancers who broke the rules to win the game, this handbook contains a wealth of information for writers who are frustrated by the seemingly limited ways to operate in the freelance market. It explains that freelancers can negotiate for more money and better terms without risking their careers, shows that editors are not the writer-gobbling monsters many freelancers fear, and explains how to establish and foster work relationships. In this updated second edition there are more ideas, more rules to break, and more resources to get started, including a suite of appendixes covering topics such as contract procedures, getting paid, services for freelancers, generating ideas, and doing research. As inspiration, the book includes examples of real writers who have gone against "expert" advice and flourished. Being shy doesn't pay, and following the rules puts a writer in a long line of other sheep; with this text as a guide, writers can step out of the herd and build a successful business in a crowded market.

Editorial Reviews

The Compulsive Reader
The excitement of freelance writing just bristles from the page.
Jacket review - Bob Bly
A fresh, and dare I say exciting, view of how to run a successful freelance writing business, by writers who know. Recommended reading for every writer who wants to increase sales, get published, and make more money.
Publisher's Weekly - Book Reviewer
Upbeat and exceptionally informative, this book is an excellent choice for both working and would-be writers.
Jacket review - Jenna Glatzer
What a load off of writers' shoulders: You can break the rules and be successful! The authors are eminent professionals who lead by example. You, too, can be a bold, brazen, renegade writer by learning what really works in the modern publishing world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933338002
Publisher:
Marion Street Press, LLC
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Series:
The Renegade Writer's Freelance Writing Series
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author

Linda Formichelli writes for Family Circle, Men's Fitness, Psychology Today, Woman's Day, The Writer, Writer's Digest, and many other publications. She lives in Blackstone, Massachusetts. Diana Burrell freelances for Contract Professional, Parenting, Psychology Today, The Writer, and Walking, among many other magazines and newspapers. She formerly worked in advertising, marketing, and technical writing. She lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

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Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After about seven years of freelancing, I finally learned the importance of marketing myself and my work and this book taught me how to do it. The book doesn't suggest that writers do anything unethical or unprofessional -- it just gives us tips for going above and beyond what most freelancers are taught to do to break into a new market, then another, and another........... I purchased this book about a year ago, and since then I have received assignments from seven big national markets that I had only dreamed about writing for in the past.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Renegade Writer is a fun romp down an unconventional path to freelance success. There are countless writing guides on the market, but most lack this book's down-to-earth style and brass-tacks approach to a profitable writing career. This book contains everything you need for a brash, innovative new approach to writing - and really gave me the guts to jumpstart my own freelance career!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diana and Linda provide the BEST advice for freelance writers. Three months after reading the first edition of The Renegade Writer, I made my first national magazine sale. This second edition is even better! Packed with helpful 'rule-breaking' advice and real-life examples, it's a must have for anyone serious about making a living freelancing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, insightful and upbeat. It offers real life examples and a modern day approach to freelance writing. Highly recommended, well worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you're new to freelancing or somewhat of a pro, the Renegade Writer is for you. Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell show you how to break the rules and give plenty of helpful advice. They tackle the nuts and bolts of freelancing, including: coming up with article ideas, writing solid queries, breaking in new markets, the ins and outs of contracts, getting good interviews and collecting money that's due. As a somewhat established writer, I found the book to be very helpful. The humorous, go-get-'em approach is bracing and encouraging. I highly recommend this book to every would-be writer and freelancer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Has Renegade been helpful? Do birds fly? Seriously, I've done a lot of reading and this is the snappiest, sassiest, smartest book I've seen on how to make it in the freelance world. It's double the bang for your buck because it's a quick read and a lot of fun, but not what I call 'mind candy.' It's not a book I'll read once and stick in the back of the shelf. It's a book I'm highlighting, flagging, folding the corners of pages on, and knowing I'll go back to it again and again, even when I've 'made it' myself as a writer. It's a book I'll recommend but never loan out because I want it around. So many tips in there will continue to inspire long after I'm writing features for the major glossies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was trolling the Web, looking for ideas about how to live la vida loca as a freelancer, when I stumbled across http://www.renegadewriter.com. What a hoot! Got the book and devoured it in three days (hey, it would have been one day, but there's this five-year-old running around the house singing the 'Magic School Bus' theme song at the top of his lungs). For my part, I can't sing Linda's and Diana's praises loudly enough. These two ladies, with only a few years of writing experience between them, have written the perfect how-to marketing-and-sales book for writers. This is NOT a book about how to write. They assume you've figured that out already. This IS a book about how to make a living doing it -- and have a blast at the same time. Jam-packed with ideas and motivation, it belongs beside the keyboard of every freelancer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is practical and worth much more than the $14.95 I paid for it. It reverberates with an 'If we can do it, you can do it, too' attitude throughout. Linda and Diana are true renegades. For example, I didn't know that some women's magazine editors actually want two- and three-page queries! The book is the story of how two, determined women became successful, full-time freelance writers, something I dream of every day. I've gained so much confidence since reading the book and I highly recommend it to any freelance writer longing to escape the 9-5 grind!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book allegedly gives the 'real deal' about how someone can become a successful freelance writer. Indeed we're given a rosy picture of the authors' supportive spouses and financial situations. There is valuable advice here, but it is scattered among gossipy anecdotes about the authors' lives. Sometimes it seems like they are determined to recount every last injustice that occurred in their careers as freelancers. This gets old fast. Also, I'm not so sure that many editors would welcome unknown freelancers who begin their relationship by breaking all the rules the authors' recommend. I have personally tossed in the trash query letters that are too long and don't get to the point. People have such individual preferences and personalities that what one editor loves, another abhors. But who knows?