How to Make a Real Living as
a Freelance Writer
by: Jenna Glatzer
Review by: Jessica
The majority of writers
dream of spending a comfortable life writing. But as Ms. Glatzer states
in How to Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer, "According to
a National Writers' Union survey in 1995, the median income for
freelance writers was only $4,000 a year." Not only did this statistic
pop my optimistic
bubble, it also made me realize how difficult the lifestyle can be.
Especially when you're first starting off, without a writing credit to
your name or a semi-professional writer to take you under her wing and
give you some basic guidelines.
The majority of freelance writers start out on their own with only a
dream to make a living as a writer. Sadly, it's a cold, hard world. It
takes something special to lift you out of the slush pile of papers
editors and agents receive by the thousands. But what is that something
In How to Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer, Ms. Glatzer
speaks candidly about the writing lifestyle. This book holds something
for almost all writers, but especially for those who haven't struck it
rich yet. She starts off explaining the basics of freelance writing with
how to get started, what you
need and how to present a professional appearance. Her instructions take
you through the entire publishing process, including dealing with
cantankerous editors and non paying clients and marketing your work so
that editors are coming to you. But unlike other writing books, she
doesn't just give pat
answers and simple guidelines. Ms. Glatzer takes great care to explain
in detail what to do. For instance, in her section on writing excellent
query letters, she gives sample winning query letters and things not to
say to an editor.
Other bonuses include a wide variety of websites to visit for: writing
leads, interviewing experts, and getting accurate research. Not to
mention a way to locate your favorite celebrities. There are also
guidelines on how to create a
positive relationship with your editors even though you may never meet
them face to face. You can also learn how to figure out the writing
guidelines by just studying a couple issues of the magazine. Along with
this, she explains the pros and cons to the writing lifestyle and gives
some suggestions on how to make it a
little less lonely.
All in all, How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer is an
enjoyable book with a wealth of information for aspiring writers. The
format is easy to understand and broken into short sections to make
referencing quick and rereading enjoyable. Definitely informative and
How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer earns * * *
* * stars.
Publisher: Nomad Press
Jessica Butler works as a freelance writer as well as the
Assistant Editor to Teen Light magazine
contributing editor to News from the Hood
* * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* = Slow, difficult to read, could have been
* = Imminently