Useful Books

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.

I recommend these great resources for freelance writers looking to grow their income. (Click here if you’re looking for tools and classes I recommend.)

I’m also getting exposed to a lot of interesting new books and book authors through my Freelance Writers Den podcasts, so as I find interesting new books that help freelance writers earn more, I sometimes add those here, too.

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.

Writers Market 2014The Writer’s Market

My experience: This is probably the single book I’ve recommended the most to freelance writers in my life! It’s no joke what they say on the cover: “The most trusted guide to getting published.”

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

by Peter Bowerman

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 by Linda FormichelliWrite Your Way Out of the Rat Race and Step Into a Career You’ll Love

by Linda Formichelli

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

by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

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 Query Letters That Rock and The Renegade Writer.