Freelance Writing- a book review…


A few years ago I signed up for an on-line Freelance Writing course at the Sydney Writers Centre- now the Australian Writers Centre.

I followed that up with a Travel writing course, and more recently, a Chick-Lit writing course taught by the completely gorgeous Lisa Heidke.

My point? I’m on the way to making a living with my keyboard.

More importantly, these courses have brought me into the company of some extremely talented writers- a group that provides support, motivation and inspiration to each other.

Anyways, over the last month or so, I’ve been fortunate enough to see two of these produce inspirational e-books of their own.

I reviewed Stephanie Holland’s Absolutely on Purpose over on my astro website the other week- an amazing piece of work.

This week I’ve been reading Megan Blandford’s Freelance Writing: the first year of your writing business.

I love what I do, but there’s no denying that it’s tough.

First you have to come up with an idea, then you need to find a home for it- and that means pitching. Sound easy? I wish!  Pitching is where you need to convince a busy editor, who has no idea who you are, that they really want to buy your piece.

Inherent in pitching is the very real likelihood of rejection. How do you continue to risk a “no” over and over again in order to get a “yes?” How do you deal with that? How do you stay motivated?

What happens after you get the “yes” that you’ve been waiting for? You’re in business now- and that brings with it more concerns. Yes, you’re in it for the writing, but if you want to make a living out of this, you need to do things like…invoice clients…and maintain spreadsheets and the like.

Megan covers all of this- helping you every step of the way:

  • Where to find your ideas
  • How to find a home for your piece
  • Tips for pitching and dealing with rejection
  • Tips for interviewing and actually writing your story
  • How to set goals and invoice

If you have a great idea that you’d like to see in print, but have no idea where to start, this booklet will help you on your way. It’s snippy, it’s valuable and it’s a good read. I’m off to re-read the section on goal setting…

Want to grab yourself a copy? Pop over to Megan’s website…the link is here.

If you want to take it further, Australian Writers Centre has a course for all types of writing- check out what’s on offer here.

2 Comments on “Freelance Writing- a book review…

  1. I might need to get this book! Earlier this year I talked about doing the Magazine Writing course at the Writers Centre but changed my mind. I’m now rethinking that again – and considering doing the online course. I’ve done panels etc (at the Qld Writers Centre) about pitching to magazines and newspapers – which covered the basics – know their style, consider their need to plan ahead, pitch something timely / seasonal etc but probably need something more than that!

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