Even in this day and age of instant communication, there’s a great deal of highly valuable information to be found in books. Books about writing can be particularly helpful. Here are 5 of those I think every freelance writer must have:
- 2011 Writer’s Market Deluxe – the deluxe edition includes Writer’s Market online which is updated frequently during the year. If you want to find a place to market that article or book, if you have questions about how to format a query or questions about how much you should be charging, this is a must-have book. Read my review.
- The Well-Fed Writer: Back For Seconds – Peter Bowerman’s sequel to the original Well-Fed Writer. The great thing about this edition is it contains all the info that the first did, plus wonderful new stuff. Peter advocates corporate writing, which can be lucrative. The reason, however, I make this a must-have book for freelance writers is because he demystifies marketing and makes even cold calling the right people a reasonable and possible thing for you and me to do.
- The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living – another classic by Peter Bowerman. Not only does this book show you exactly what you need to do to win at self-publishing your book, he also offers the most lucid comparison between trade publishing and self-publishing I’ve ever read – worth it for that comparison alone. I’ve reviewed it.
- Bird by Bird : Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Anne Lamott’s charming and accurate description of her life and how she gets her writing done. Her struggle with her view of herself will be familiar to many writers.
- The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources – not a book about writing at all, but a way of looking and being with money that has enhanced many lives – including mine. Lynn Twist sees money in a way that is inspiring and hopeful. I’ve also reviewed this book.
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