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The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success by [Formichelli, Linda, Burrell, Diana]
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Keep query letters to one page. Never call an editor. Face-to-face interviews take up too much time. According to sassy authors Formichelli and Burrell, such standard rules about freelance writing ought to be tossed in the wastebasket with last year's self-addressed-stamped-envelopes. So why do so many writers stick to the rules? "Bugaboos abound because freelance writers work largely on their own," the authors explain, and such isolation makes it hard to learn about better procedures and ideas. Their own guide aims to set freelance writers straight. Full of great tips and common sense, the book demystifies all the stages of getting a piece published, from "Cranking up the Idea Factory" to "Getting the Green." Their overall advice: "Timely ideas and professional attitude...will take you further than the so-called 'connections' lesser writers gnash their teeth over." Upbeat and exceptionally informative, this book is an excellent choice for both working and would-be writers.
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"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." —Bob Bly, author, Secrets of a Freelance Writer


"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." —Jenna Glatzer, author, The More Than Any Human Being Needs To Know about Freelance Writing Workbook


"The excitement of freelance writing just bristles from the page."  —thecompulsive reader.com


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Renegade Writer Press; 2.5 edition (Feb. 15 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BGJ9OQA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like every wannabe freelance writer, I've devoured every book I could find, hoping there would be something there I hadn't read in all the other writing books. The Renegade Writer was the first one that made me say, "Ah ha!!" Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell share "secrets" that aren't really secret at all--they're just good common sense solutions to the old rules that don't apply to 21st century freelancing. And their tips are applicable to those of us who actually want to make a living as freelance writers. A good example: Of course it's ridiculous to send a paper query to one magazine and then wait two months for a rejection letter--how can you make a living doing that? As a former magazine managing editor, I always answered e-mail queries and never rejected an idea or a writer for contacting me with multiple ideas.
Formichelli and Burrell's information may work better for those who have some experience in the writing field, but I wonder if it's actually not more of an advantage to start without having all of those "old rules" stuck in your head. I've already gotten two paid assignments by following their "non-rules"--and I've only been freelancing full-time for three weeks!
If you're interested in freelancing and you're going to spend money on a how-to book, this one is well worth the cost. Keep it near your writing desk for easy reference--you'll find yourself turning to it over and over again as you navigate the freelance waters.
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This is an excellent book for someone who has struggled "following the rules" and needs some fresh leads. I, however, am a complete beginner and have no background knowledge of the field, so I still feel the need to further research. I'm glad I read this book first as a "warm up". It is written in an comfortable, humorous style and one can easily finish it in a few hours. Knowing that "the rules" are not set in stone gives me a critical eye when looking into this new field. If you have some background knowledge or experience this may be the only book you need but as a "newbie" I feel the need for more indepth coverage and information.
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What are the rules of freelancing? What have you been told you must do to be successful?
"Only write about what you know."
"Send SASEs with all your queries."
"Never query a magazine unless you've read the last six months of issues."
Take these rules (and lots more), mix in two of the most successful freelancers today with a willingness to break the rules, and the result is a well-written, entertaining and enlightening book for freelancers. The authors reveal their rule-breaking successes and convincingly explain why you can break the rules, too.
Flip through any women's, parenting, or writer's magazine, and you will likely see one or both of the authors gracing the pages. The Renegade Writer tells how they do it (and what they don't do!).
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Some of my favorite rules to break include:
"Ideas are all around you." (Diana explains how she spent a week organizing her office, and the empty desktop inspired her to create.)
"Don't trust the Web." (You learn what sites give you the best research.)
"Writers don't need to send invoices." (Yes, you do!)
This is the perfect book if you've ever asked yourself, "Should I be doing something differently?"
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What freelance writers love more than our jobs is reading (and writing) about our jobs --- hence the proliferation of books targeting freelancers. But The Renegade Writer is one freelance guide that's really worth it. Funny, motivating, and packed with real-life examples, Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell explains how to profit from ignoring all the old saws about freelancing (keep your queries to one page; take whatever they're willing to pay you) and doing things renegade-style.
It's a quick, fun read --- I tore through it in a day --- and before I even finished it I made a sale by dashing off an email query that was a lot longer than what I usually would have written. Then, pumped up with Renegade motivation, when I got a positive response in about twenty minutes I negotiated first North American serial rights instead of the work-for-hire contract the magazine originally offered.
Renegade Writer is a great guide for beginners like me, but should also have a lot of good-to-know tips for veteran freelancers. Highly recommended.
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According to Linda Formichelli and Dianna Burrell,...Their guide, The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success, as the name suggests, is all about exploding myths and breaking rules ~ not for the sake of it, but for the success of it. The authors claim that not only are many of the so-called rules unnecessary, they're costing writers time, money and even business. They claim their earnings have gone from strength to strength by re-writing the rules of freelance writing.
The book redefines a wide range of issues facing freelancers including:
* Being well connected (they offer tips that allow even unknown-writers to get a foot in an editor's door);
* Brimming with ideas (they show you how to kick start your creativity and generate ideas naturally);
* Writing short queries (they show that queries up to three pages not only tell more but sell more);
* Asking for more money (if you think a piece is worth more money, the girls tell you to negotiate ~ and show you the best strategies);
* Turning down work (freelancers aren't beggars, so they can and should choose assignments that are right for them - the girls have built their businesses on this philosophy);
* Quibbling over contracts (you should negotiate a fair contract rather than simply settle for what's initially offered ~ the authors explain what to do and what to avoid before signing).
The Renegade Writer challenges many more rules and also offers plenty of commonsense advice and tips on everything from winning more assignments, earning more money and getting paid faster to 'stealing' other writers' ideas ~ a wonderful way to develop fresh material.
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