Writer's Digest Handbook of Making Money Freelance Writing

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This book helps you understand the business of writing so you can turn your work into money. More than 40 articles, collected from the pages of Writer's Digest magazine, answer your business and financial questions about freelance writing, from researching new markets to making business contacts, setting pay rates and understanding copyright laws. It focuses on all varieties of writing, such as commercial copy, novel writing and magazine pieces.
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Overview

This book helps you understand the business of writing so you can turn your work into money. More than 40 articles, collected from the pages of Writer's Digest magazine, answer your business and financial questions about freelance writing, from researching new markets to making business contacts, setting pay rates and understanding copyright laws. It focuses on all varieties of writing, such as commercial copy, novel writing and magazine pieces.
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Forty-seven articles from "Writer's Digest" discuss how to conduct the business of freelancing, freelance opportunities, and the freelancer's lifestyle. Contributors shed light on business and financial aspects of freelance writing, including researching new markets, making business contacts, setting pay rates, understanding copyright laws, keeping the money coming, and beating the tax man. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898797770
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Sect. I Conducting the Freelance Business 3
How to Keep the Money Coming 4
Four Tips for Beginning Freelancers 17
Stalking the Business Client 18
The Care and Feeding of Clients 24
The Service Edge 28
Making a Full-Time Impression as a Part-Time Writer 37
Playing "The Contacts Game" 41
Writer Meets Editor 49
How to Call an Editor 59
Responding to Editors' Replies 64
Your Guide to Copyright 70
Work for Hire: A Red Flag for Writers 77
Your Best Defense 84
How to Set Your Rates 91
The Art of Negotiation 97
Bill 'Em! 104
What to Do When the Publisher Won't Pay 107
Five Strategies for Beating the Tax Man 112
Twelve Tips for the Taxpaying Writer 117
Still Another Tax Tip 120
Do You Write for Business - or Pleasure? 121
Taking Stock of Yourself 125
Sect. II Freelance Opportunities 130
The Magazine Writer's Marketing Edge 131
How to Survive When Magazine Markets Change 139
The Profitable Marriage of Words and Pictures 144
Getting Maximum Mileage From Your Writing 151
Simple Steps to Multiple Marketing 156
Your Passport to Worldwide Sales 159
Winning on Publishers Row 164
Writing the Copy 176
Big Bucks in Business Writing 179
Scripting the Company Line 190
The Ghostwriting Gold Mine 201
This Pen for Hire 207
Switching Sides 213
Even You Can Be a (Newsletter) Publisher 218
Freelancer as Publisher 224
Sect. III The Freelancer's Lifestyle 229
How to Make Time to Write 230
Home is Where the Office Is 236
How to Handle Distractions and Interruptions 243
Getting an Out-of-Home Office 249
Writing by the Light of the Moon 251
Which is Better, Getting Paid by the Week or by the Word? 259
When to Quit Your Day Job 265
Is It Time to Quit Your Day Job? 274
Proving You Can Pay the Freight 279
Bring Your Writing Up to Speed 282
Chart Your Path to the Best-seller List 290
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