Review by Patricia Fry
The allure of the writer’s life has never been as apparent as it is today. More and more people are walking away from traditional jobs in order to live their dream as a writer. Folks retire so they can finally write the book that’s been rolling around in their heads for years. People of all ages are figuring out how to earn a living as a writer, and authors such as Jenna Glatzer are making it all possible.
Glatzer is a full-time freelance writer who writes for such magazines as "Prevention, " "Woman’s World," "Contemporary Bride" and "Woman’s Health and Fitness." She is the editor-in-chief of AbsoluteWrite.com and the author of nine books. Who better to offer encouragement, advice and hope for would-be and wannabe writers?
"Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer" is a substantial book—7" x 10", 228 pages. The contents are designed to walk any potential writer through the process of becoming a published writer right on to true success. While her main focus for this book is the magazine article market, she also touches on other ways to make a living as a writer.
If you’re interested in making the transition from corporate worker to full-time freelance writer, this book is for you. You’ll learn the truth about the earning potential in this profession—Glatzer says that there are very few "stinking rich" writers. But, she points out that it is possible to earn a very comfortable living. A description of her own financial accomplishments offers hope to any fence sitter. Those who are ready to jump over that fence will find this book an excellent resource.
Glatzer includes information and tips to help you find article ideas, locate appropriate markets for your work, match your work to the market, write a good query letter, earn more through reprints, get along with editors and promote yourself and your work.
She provides assignments for the writer, information about your tax responsibility and even samples of her own successful query letters. While I like the layout of this book and the fact that each chapter starts with a peek at what’s inside, I did miss having an index to work with.
I particularly enjoyed Glatzer’s sidebars. Every 3-5 pages, she provides a list of resources, a tip, a personal story or another point of interest for readers.
I’ve been a freelance writer for over thirty years. I’ve read and I’ve written many books and articles on this topic. And I can whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about entering into this business. I consider "Make a Real Living" to be an excellent tool and a most useful resource.
–Patricia Fry is a full-time freelance writer and the author of 25 books. Read her latest book, The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book, http://www.matilijapress.com/rightway.html.
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