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Is it possible to give up your nine to five job and make more money as a full-time freelancer? Absolutely. Six-Figure Freelancing shows writers how to make the most of the ballooning freelance industry by adopting a business-like approach to their craft, while offering insightful, first-hand advice to help maximize time and profit.

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Overview

Is it possible to give up your nine to five job and make more money as a full-time freelancer? Absolutely. Six-Figure Freelancing shows writers how to make the most of the ballooning freelance industry by adopting a business-like approach to their craft, while offering insightful, first-hand advice to help maximize time and profit.

• Includes worksheets and templates to assess and establish the best possible business strategy
• Advice on time management and repurposing material for multiple markets, as well as how to gain a competitive edge in a growing market

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375720956
  • Publisher: Diversified Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/12/2005
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly James-Enger left her profession as a lawyer for a lucrative career as a freelance writer. She is also a public speaker and journalist. Her column, "The Bottom Line" appears regularly in The Writer magazine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    Essential Reading for the Writer

    I just finished reading 'Six Figure Freelancing' and it was excellent. Over the last year, I have read no less than twenty-five books on becoming a freelance writer. I have been a homemaker for the past ten years and have just begun working at becoming a writer. The great thing about this book is that it focuses on the business of writing. There are ideas about selling an article multiple times, tax information, setting up a home office, sample query letters, and more. I felt very inspired by her 'you can do it' attitude. Just after I finished reading the book, I got my first assignment. I will be using the formula at the end of Chapter 8 to help me through this first profile article. This book will help a writer who is just getting started, but has ideas that would even help the veteran writer. I will put it on my bookshelf and refer back to it often.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2005

    As good as it gets

    I came to freelancing via a very different route than Kelly James-Enger. I was a university English instructor, and spent years helping others improve their writing. After teaching, I worked at a magazine, and had the opportunity to observe editors respond to the various freelance writers--and quickly learned what does and doesn't go over well. And since I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, I knew to a large extent what I was getting myself into (and what I needed to be ready to do) in terms of marketing and establishing a new small business with just a handful of clients. My first year of full-time freelancing was great: I exceeded my goals in terms of finances and publications, and my appreciation for the benefits of this work has deepened. 'Six-Figure Freelancing' has helped me push through to the next level. James-Enger gave me some very specific ideas to implement. The first week alone, I started tracking my time in a new manner to better gauge my efficiency; made use of the sample forms to tweak the language I use when following up on queries; and re-evaluated my medium- and long-term goals. James-Enger breaks things down and writes in a clean, clear style. I've read just about every book about writing out there, and this is one of the most useful I've ever come across.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    A must for freelancers looking to increase income!

    Experienced writers, as well as those just getting started, will benefit from Kelly James-Enger's expert advice.

    She gives several great tips from her own freelance career, such as focusing on getting repeat customers, which allows you to spend less time marketing yourself and more time writing for money.

    While her advice was focused on freelance writing, her advice actually works for a much broader audience of freelancers. As a freelance editor, I will also use much of her advice. If you're a freelancer looking to increase your income, you must read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2005

    Finally! A Roadmap to Success for Writers

    People always say you won't get where you're going without a plan. I didn't realize that's true for us as writers, too. If we just take assignments that come along, or aim for one article at a time, are we really building a solid career? This book coaches you to think about your writing as a business - and running it like a business means having a plan and staying on track. The steps are all laid out, and there's some room in the book to write about goals and ideas, because it's about more than a six figure income, it's about getting what you want out of your career. Chapter 6 is worth the price of the whole book. Buy your own copy, because you'll want to write all over it. An awesome book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    The most practical book about professional writing around!

    Last year, I entered the world of freelance writing and I discovered it's a confusing world. I hadn't a clue about anything, and wasted my money on some not-so-great books that were based in theory or fluff. This book is unlike all of the others to me, though, because it is COMPLETELY practical. It reminds me of the time two years ago when I took up swimming for exercise. Although I knew how to swim, I was clueless about how to swim for fitness. Fortunately, I had a good friend who swims in triathalons. She patiently told me about what kind of gear to buy, how to create a swimming workout and proper lane etiquette at the pool. She even showed me how to work the swimsuit spinning machine! There were no dumb questions, to her. Well, James-Enger is this kind of friend when it comes to freelance writing. (I knew how to write--I just didn't know how to do it for money!) In her down-to-earth voice, she shares what it's really like to write for a living and what the true bottom line is: money. Her book is a road map for how to treat writing like a business. She covers preparing your business, i.e. sorting through tax and time management issues. She even gives advice on how to find the right office chair! She also advises on how to develop long-term strategies and to manage the people who are part of your 'team,' like editors and agents. James-Enger even provides her email address at the end, if you have questions. This book is a real confidence booster. After reading it, I feel like the little red engine...I think I can, I think I can! It's a must-have for any writer, whether you're just starting out like me or have been in the business for a few years. There are tips that can translate into dollars for anyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    One of the best tools available for starting your career as a freelance writer

    I had absolutly no journalism experience whatsoever when I began freelancing. But I sold to a major glossy within months of reading this book. I would definatly recommend it for first-timers and experienced writers alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2005

    Top Notch Advice from an Expert

    ¿Mindset. Efficiency. Connections,¿ writes the author on page 1. Mindset: If solid earnings are important to you, think of yourself as a business person whose business happens to be writing, explains James-Enger. A simple, yet powerful statement. Forget about your great American novel, at least as it pertains to income. You write what your clients need, end of story. Those clients may be editors or corporate managers. No matter. Seek their business, meet their needs, and some will become repeat customers. Efficiency is essential to making this happen. James-Enger explains how to create templates, reslant stories, and monitor your hourly rate so you know what you¿re actually earning. Connections: James-Enger shows writers how to establish and maintain connections in the sometimes chaotic world of freelance. The serious freelancer will benefit greatly from SFF. Those contemplating freelancing as a possible career would be well advised to read SFF to see what¿s involved and whether it¿s right for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    A Must-Read for Any Writer Who Wants to Make More Money

    Kelly James-Enger has given writers everywhere new hope. Not just the hope of merely making a living, but the hope of becoming financially sound. Written in an engaging, personal style, James-Enger offers a book that should be on every writer's bookshelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    Another Winner by Kelly James-Enger

    On the coat-tails of Ready, Aim, Specialize, Kelly James-Enger gives us another great how-to book chock full of tips, good advice, examples, anecdotes, and form templates that will assist all levels of writers with improving their freelance writing careers. Emphasizing the need to set clear, specific goals, stick to a business plan, and take a professional, business-like attitude toward your career, James-Enger covers all the bases of freelancing and gives practical advice that you can really use. This book will definitely help you if you're serious about becoming a professional freelancer.

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