Many of the books listed below were instrumental in helping me build my freelance writing business. Others are from top teachers I’ve gotten to know in recent years.
As on my Products I Love page, these are all books I’ve read, highly recommend…and affiliate sell. Thanks for buying through me — you won’t pay a dime more, and it helps me keep this blog stocked with a constant supply of fresh, free advice on how to grow your writing income.
The Writer’s Market
I’ve been talking about this book since way before this year’s edition, in which I have an article…and I’m mentioned on the cover. Really, it’s totally a coincidence.
I’ve read this reference book for years in my own freelance-writing quest for new markets.
The good news: The 2014 Writer’s Market has joined the Internet age and now it’s better than ever. Get the Deluxe Edition with online support — it’ll be the best extra $10 or so you ever spent.
Online, you get constant updates about new listings and editor changes and you can sort their database instantly by publication type, key word, pay level, and more. Really the essential resource if you’re interested in breaking in to new publications. Here’s my post on all the ways you can use The Writer’s Market.
The Well-Fed Writer & The Well-Fed Self-Publisher
My experience: I’ve been benefiting from Peter Bowerman’s advice for years now and love his Well-Fed Writer philosophy. Lately, I’m using the newly-updated sequel, The Well-Fed Self-Publisher, to help me sell my own ebook. It’s really been my bible for learning how to sell a product, which was brand-new to me.
I recently blogged about how his advice on how to break into copywriting helped me take my family on an Alaska cruise, as I added so much additional income. His new eBook is Profitable — By Design!, all about how to use partnerships with graphic designers to send you a steady stream of juicy gigs.
Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race and Step Into a Career You’ll Love
My teaching partner, the incomparable Renegade Writer author and blogger Linda Formichelli, has a great new book out for writers trying to make the leap from day job to freelancing. I got to read a preview copy and even contributed a few tips on how to screw up your courage and go for it, along with dozens of other writers. This one allows you to hear many real-life stories of how the switch was made, and how to succeed in launching your freelancing from scratch.
Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race is the practical book you need to help you stop dreaming about quitting the job and make it happen.
Also…Linda’s got another couple of great co-written books:
The Renegade Writer & The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock
My experience: I’ve been lucky to get to know Linda. I think she’s whip-smart. First we did a call together, and the next thing you knew, we teach several different classes together, including Article Writing Masterclass, Pitch Clinic, and 4-Week Journalism School. We’ve had Diana as a Freelance Writers Den guest, and she is whip-smart as well!
Along the way, I’ve learned that many writers don’t have strong querying skills. Linda and Diana offer great advice gleaned from their many years scoring assignments from more than 100 publications. You really get it from the horse’s mouth in The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock: The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Selling More Work Faster.