John must be the second most organized freelance writer on the planet. If I hadn’t promised to review it, I might have stopped reading… and I’m really glad I didn’t, but kept reading.
First of all, the book has way more suggestions about writing and life than I’d ever think to use. He’s organized the book into six sections and 63 chapters!
Don’t panic. Each chapter is just a couple of pages so you can quickly grasp his major points. Each chapter concludes with a couple of questions aimed at helping you focus on the tips you just read, and at least a couple of resources. The resources are often books, and he’s frank about the links to the book being affiliate links of his – if you buy the book he makes a small commission.
Much of what he’s written we already know; John sets up a framework that may very well help actually move the reader in the direction he intends.
As I read I found tips I liked, in no particular order:
- His chapter on searching the internet is excellent. First he urges getting clarity, then he explains exactly how operands like “AND” and the plus sign actually work.
- He explains the art of the efficient interview – helpful if you’re new to the skill and interesting even if your not.
- He talks more eloquently and accurately than I’ve ever been able to do about working with others, co-authoring and collaboration.
- John sets out a criteria for meetings that I’ve made my own – and I never would have thought of it without his book.
- Like me, he understands that ‘no!’ is a complete sentence and gives some decent guidelines for using it.
- John has an excellent chapter on determining your hourly rate and how that turns into your true hourly wage – they are not the same.
- He even talks clearly about how to hire outside help – from writers to housekeepers.
But my favorite tip of John’s, probably because it’s also one of mine, is his Chapter 17, Avoid Perfectionism. He points out that just as soon as we give up trying to be perfect, an impossible task in my not very humble opinion on the subject, our productivity increases like mad.
This book turns out to be one I’ll page through over and over again – particularly in those times when I recognize I need a sharp kick in the behind or am struggling to find a better way to do things.
And the darn thing only costs $17. Hard to go wrong for less than twenty. Please note that if you buy the book or his other products through this website I too will get a commission – it’s called affiliate marketing. This is a book I recommend.