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The Renegade Writer: A Totally…
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The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing… (edição: 2005)

de Linda Formichelli (Autor)

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Written by two freelancers who broke the rules to win the game, this handbook contains a wealth of information for writers who are frustrated by the seemingly limited ways to operate in the freelance market. It explains that freelancers can negotiate for more money and better terms without risking their careers, shows that editors are not the writer-gobbling monsters many freelancers fear, and explains how to establish and foster work relationships. In this updated second edition there are more ideas, more rules to break, and more resources to get started, including a suite of appendixes covering topics such as contract procedures, getting paid, services for freelancers, generating ideas, and doing research. As inspiration, the book includes examples of real writers who have gone against "expert" advice and flourished. Being shy doesn't pay, and following the rules puts a writer in a long line of other sheep; with this text as a guide, writers can step out of the herd and build a successful business in a crowded market.… (mais)
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Título:The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success (The Renegade Writer's Freelance Writing series)
Autores:Linda Formichelli (Autor)
Informação:Marion Street Press, LLC (2005), Edition: Second edition, 206 pages
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Ok, Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell break some of those golden rules you've heard about freelancing, and they manage to earn top writing salaries doing so. Put your ego aside and be willing to take advice from some of the savviest freelancers whose work I've read. I rank them right up there with Kelly James-Enger and Jenna Glatzer, which is high praise indeed! ( )
  ChuckB | Dec 4, 2006 |
Book Reviews:
The Write Stuff: New Crop of Writers' Guides Has Something to Offer Veterans and Newbies Alike

By Ann Douglas

I've read my fair share of writers' guides over the years. In fact, during the early years of my career, I read them obsessively, hoping I'd eventually figure out what was involved in making it as a freelancer. (The alternative -- working full-time for someone else -- seemed too horrible to contemplate. Still does.)

So I guess you could say I've become somewhat of a guidebook connoisseur over the years. I've learned to distinguish between the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. The ones that fall into the latter category, in my opinion, are those that encourage writers to follow "the rules" in the traditional writer-editor courtship dance (you know, those hard-to-stomach rules that say that the editor should hold all the power in the relationship and the writer should simply sit by the phone, waiting for the editor to call). That's why I was delighted to stumble across a book that is positively overflowing with attitude.

The book is called The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell (Marian Street Press Inc., 2003, paperback, 206 pages). As the name implies, the authors encourage writers to break all the rules (for example, the rules that say that query letters should be kept to one page, simultaneous submissions are a no-no, you should never pitch an editor by phone, and so on). While most of us who've been kicking around the freelance business for a while have figured out most of these rules for ourselves, the book still warrants a read, if only to remind you that it's okay to challenge the rules in the writer-editor playbook every now and again. (Or on a daily basis, if you prefer!)

The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing: A Professional Guide to the Business, for Nonfiction Writers of All Experience Levels (edited by Timothy Harper, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003, paperback, 314 pages) is another recent book that warrants a read. The book -- which was written by members of the American Association of Journalists and Authors -- contains sage advice on everything from writing successful magazine queries to finding a collaborator for a book project to fine-tuning your research skills. The book is savvy and smart and peppered with the success stories of freelancers who've done extremely well for themselves. Even veterans of the freelance life will pick up some new tricks from this well-written and information-packed guide.

I saved my favourite book for last -- but this part of the review almost didn't get written! When I went looking for my copy of Publicize Your Book: An Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book the Attention it Deserves by Jacqueline Deval (Perigree, 2003, paperback, 320 pages), I discovered that my copy has disappeared from my office -- again. I have no doubt lent it out to one of my many writer-buddies (I know I've easily recommended it to a half-dozen people since I finished reading it last summer), so I had to scramble to order a replacement copy. Do I mind owning two copies of this book? Not really. I'm sure that they'll both be in circulation before I know it. You see, Deval's book is a must-read if you're serious about selling truckloads of books. She tells you everything the book publicist at your publishing company is too busy -- or exhausted -- to tell you about the weird yet wonderful world of book publicity. Self-publishers will find the book to be an invaluable resource, too. So if you're interested in learning more about what makes certain books fly of the bookstore shelves, pick up a copy of this book. (On second thought, pick up two. You may find that your copy has a tendency to wander, too.)

Versions of this review originally ran in the member newsletters of the Periodical Writers Association of Canada and The American Society of Journalists and Authors.
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Written by two freelancers who broke the rules to win the game, this handbook contains a wealth of information for writers who are frustrated by the seemingly limited ways to operate in the freelance market. It explains that freelancers can negotiate for more money and better terms without risking their careers, shows that editors are not the writer-gobbling monsters many freelancers fear, and explains how to establish and foster work relationships. In this updated second edition there are more ideas, more rules to break, and more resources to get started, including a suite of appendixes covering topics such as contract procedures, getting paid, services for freelancers, generating ideas, and doing research. As inspiration, the book includes examples of real writers who have gone against "expert" advice and flourished. Being shy doesn't pay, and following the rules puts a writer in a long line of other sheep; with this text as a guide, writers can step out of the herd and build a successful business in a crowded market.

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