I was going through a heap of new arrivals when my eyes (my heart, actually) caught sight of this book. Having being a writer cum editor for a university magazine followed by a stint as a freelancer with the local paper, freelance writing will forever be a part of me. Whether you write for a living or merely to fulfill your thirst to share your opinions in the media, this book is a marvelous must-have!
“Swim like a shark” – a one-liner so impactful to all who want to make it in the industry. You have to keep moving, or else you die. Begin with the simplest of rules – never get stuck while trying to make your first draft. Just pen it down and improve on it later. Quoting novelist Robert B. Parker, “I can’t edit a blank page” drills this point deeper.
Just like the author, many would start off as “writers-of-all-trades,” covering any subject they could think of. Attempting to come up with ideas to penetrate various markets may contribute to lower productivity. The author strategizes her approach by focussing on topics she is interested in – health, fitness, and nutrition – thereby generating higher monetary returns. She also discovered that the majority of writer who took similar approach make a good living (some earning more than USD $50,000 a year) just freelancing full-time.
I’m most impressed by her honesty in sharing tips on how to make it big by being a specialist in the industry. Editors will pay more for your experience and expertise in a particular subject. Specializing also helps writers to come up with timely story ideas as opposed to trying to keep up with every development out there. Being someone who works in the info-literacy field, I totally agree with her. Specializing definitely cuts down research time and eases the learning curve, allowing us to make the best of our most valuable asset: time.
In a nutshell, this book is not just for freelance writers. It is for everyone who wants to learn how to survive in the workplace. Explore all five main topics in this wonderful book: marketing oneself; efficiency at work; building relationships and maintaining connections; managing one’s business; and work-life balance. Highly recommended.
Contributed by Herman Rothman