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Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More [Paperback]

Robert W. Bly

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Aug. 22 2006 0805078037 978-0805078039 Third Edition, Revised and Updated
The definitive guide to becoming a successful freelance writer, now in an updated and expanded third edition
Secrets of a Freelance Writer has long been the authoritative guide to making big money as a commercial freelance writer.  In this new edition, you'll find out how to make $100,000 a year--or much more--writing ads, annual reports, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, direct mail, Web pages, CD-ROMs, press releases, and other projects for corporations, small businesses, associations, nonprofit organizations, the government, and other commercial clients.

You'll also learn how to start out as a freelancer, market yourself to clients, create a successful personal Web site to cull more sales leads, follow up on potential customers to build your practice, and run your business on a day-to-day basis. 
Secrets of a Freelance Writer is the definitive guide to building a successful and lucrative freelance writing practice.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Third Edition, Revised and Updated edition (Aug. 22 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805078037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805078039
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With Bob's practical ideas and clear advice, I've been able to land jobs I would never have thought of before--and establish myself as a highly successful full-time
professional freelance writer."--Joe Vitale, Houston, Texas
"The best book I've found on the business of being a writer."--Robert S. Winkler, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Weston, Connecticut

About the Author

Robert W. Bly is a freelance copywriter specializing in business-to-
business, high-tech, and direct advertising. He is the author of more than sixty books and has appeared on CNBC and on CBS's Hard Copy. He lives in River Vale, New Jersey.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, a must read if you are intersted in copywriting... Nov. 28 2007
By Betty A. Ludwig - Published on
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This was my favorite book that I read on the topic. It was packed with information and an easy read. He provided examples and a broad depth of knowledge on the topic - great book, well worth the money. I would also suggest START AND RUN A COPYWRITING BUSINESS by Steve Slaunwhite and THE WELL FED WRITER by Peter Bowerman.
41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have it. April 5 2007
By Monty Rainey - Published on
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SECRETS OF A FREELANCE WRITER by Bob Bly is a bit of rehash. Yes, I know, this is a thrid edition and is supposed to be an updated rehash, but there is also a lot of content here from some of Bly's other books, such as The Copywriter's Handbook. The thing is, there is also enough new and valuable content here to make this another "must read" for copywriters.

This book also very closely mirrors Peter Bowerman's Well-Fed Writer with much of the same content. That's not necessarily a bad thing and just adds confirmation to the advice being given.

I wont begin to talk about what you might take away from this book. Different people are going to take away different ideas. But suffice it to say, you WILL learn a lot here. Even though this plate has leftover vegetables, the meat is hot off the grill.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Valuable Information April 10 2007
By Ken Holmes - Published on
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In Secrets of a Freelance Writer, Third Edition, Bob Bly does a tremendous job sharing information about starting out as a freelance writer. I liked that he has updated the information so it's valid and applicable to the 2000s (first decade). Although it's an advanced read - long chapters and sections - it's filled with tremendous amounts of information. I feel I got my money's worth and will gladly take on the challenge of other Bly books, knowing I'll have bundles of reference information in my collection.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Should Read This! July 28 2007
By Stacy Karacostas - Published on
Considering a freelance career in copywriting? Then you should read this. Once again Bob Bly has come up with a clear, concise book that touches on all the basics you need to know to get your new business up and running.

I bought this years ago when I was starting out as a professional copywriter, and it was--and is--an invaluable resource.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A freelancing goldmine Dec 1 2008
By L. Desantis - Published on
To sum up this review succinctly, I love this book.

As I jump full-force into a writing career, myself, I have found this book to be very inspiring and an invaluable resource for repeated reference and a great pick me up during those doubtful moments that every freelancer faces as they embark on their career.

Robert Bly has a very approachable writing style (could you expect any different, honestly?) and he provides so much advice that you may find yourself folding every page corner and taking copious notes to try to help yourself remember it all. I started taking notes and then realized I was practically dictating the book verbatim so I decided to just continue reading it all the way through and then go back and pick through it.

If you are feeling lost or overwhelmed about where to begin, or if you're a seasoned pro looking for affirmation that your techniques or working (or trying to figure out why they're not!), this book will surely help you feel more confident and excited about pursuing the freelance life.

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