Freelance Writing Week: Freelance Writing Resources

You’ve read yesterday’s Freelance Writing Week post, Is Freelance Writing For You? and you’ve answered a resounding “Yes!”

So now what?

Well before you start looking for jobs, I highly recommend doing a bit more research about how freelance writing works. You’re off to a great start by following Freelance Writing Week here, but let me point you to some of my favorite freelance writing resources in print and on the web:

My Favorite Freelance Writing Resources

Freelance Writing Books

Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer

  • Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer by Jenna Glatzer. Hands down my favorite freelance writing book. Glatzer breaks down each and every part of freelance writing in simple and easy to follow chapters; her writing is clear, entertaining, and best of all, inspiring. I find myself going back to this book periodically whenever I need to get re-motivated to continue freelance writing–and it always delivers.
  • 2010 Writer’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer. Markets, book publishers,  agents, and lots of advice from successful writers. The 2010 version will be published in June, but if you can’t wait, the 2009 version is still available.
  • On Writing by Stephen King. This one isn’t necessarily about freelance writing, per se, but it’s one of the best books on writing in general out there. Period.

Also be sure to check out the “Writing” category in my Amazon store for more great writing books.

Freelance Writing Websites

  • About.com Freelance Writing: pages upon pages of awesome advice on every aspect of freelance writing by Allena Tapia.
  • About Freelance Writing: Anne Wayman‘s blog in which she shares what she has learned as a copywriter, ghostwriter, blogger, e-book author, and more. Great job lists too.
  • AbsoluteWrite.com: started by the aforementioned Jenna Glatzer; be sure to check out the forums in particular.
  • Freelance Writing Jobs: Deb Ng‘s amazing collection of articles and advice on all different types of freelance writing; great job lists as well.
  • WOW! Women on Writing: “an e-zine promoting the communication between women writers, authors, editors, agents, publishers, and readers.” Fun place too!
  • WritersWeekly.com: Angela Hoy‘s site with lots of great articles, but especially helpful are the forums, namely “Whispers and Warnings,” which tells you which clients to avoid.

There are really lots of writing sites I love, but these are the absolute best, IMHO. I also have favorite writing books, which you can see in the writing section of my Amazon store.

Now I’m not saying you should read all of these straight-through before you dive into freelance writing, but a quick look around them will certainly help you get a feel for the business. All of these are great to keep coming back to again and again whenever you need a particular piece of info, advice, etc., so be sure to bookmark!

Now be sure to come back tomorrow when we’ll talk about How to Find Your Freelance Writing Niche!

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Please share your favorite writing resources in the comments!

13 Beans of Wisdom to “Freelance Writing Week: Freelance Writing Resources”
  1. Great list. I like the Writers Market online tool, as well. You pay an annual membership and you can search their databases for publishers, agents, contacts, contests, etc. Can be useful.

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..Travel Tip Tuesday: Fly Round-trip from Rome to Lamezia for €50

    Great tip! Thanks Cherrye 🙂

  2. joanne at frutto della passione
    03.24.2009

    Great advice, my biggest issue is still finding enough time to get everything done, especially since I don’t want to quit my full time job – and I think I’d get even less done without it!

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..Ultimate Blog Party 2009

    Sometimes having less time actually does make me more productive…we just love the pressure, don’t we? 😉

  3. Excellent advice.

    I so agree with you about the Stephen King book. It’s one of the best books I have read on being a writer and writing.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..HBO’s THE WIRE Airing in Italy

    I only wish I had brought my copy to Italy 🙁

  4. 03.24.2009

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks again for the wonderful information! One point I found very important (and intriguing) is how to protect yourself and your work from scams. Would you be able to expand on that a bit? I think it’s important for those who are interested in freelancing to see the warning signs right from the get-go before jumping into something that seems to be too good to be true, and to only get burned in the end.

    Thanks again for your help!

    rosa

    Rosa’s last blog post..BloggerAid: Working Towards a Worthwhile Cause

    Rosa, I plan to talk about how to know whether a freelance writing job is legitimate during Freelance Writing Week II…you’ll have to come back 🙂

  5. maryann
    03.24.2009

    I like Annie Dillard’s “The Writing Life”. Have you ever read this, Michelle?

    I haven’t…yet! It’s been on my list for a while now. I really need to get some new writing books soon; it’s been far too long….

  6. 03.24.2009

    Thanks Michelle, you are an unfailing beacon.
    I agree with you and nyc/caribbean ragazza about the Stephen King book, and I’d like to suggest the resource I’m reading at the moment, it is “Will Write for Food,” by Dianne Jacob. This book can also introduce the next step, the niche topic as well, since it is a specific guide to writing cookbooks, restaurant reviews, articles, memoir and fiction about food. I am oriented in that direction, so that’s my contribution to your great tool for us freelance scribblers. Ciao

    Lola’s last blog post..Once upon a time…

  7. Ciao Michelle! Thanks for the great reading list! Looks like I have a bit of Amazon shopping to do. 🙂 Thanks for the online resources, too!

    Laura at Ciao Amalfi’s last blog post..Tempting Tuesday: Cetara

    Don’t you just *love* Amazon shopping? I sure do….

  8. 03.24.2009

    I’m loving this week, Michelle! Thanks so much for the list. I’ve read Canadian author Pierre Burton’s The Joy of Writing, which I’ve found helpful. I have the same problems as Joanne though. In this economy, there is no way I’m going to quit my full-time job but I’m going to try my best to write when I can.

    milanese masala’s last blog post..Festivus – Masala style!

    Thanks for the book suggestion, and best of luck with finding some time to seek out and write assignments…I know you’re a busy gal!

  9. 03.25.2009

    Love, Love. Love your website. Just happened upon it! But it was just the information I needed thanks for great info and a great website. I will checkback often.

    Betsy’s last blog post..Pork Tenderloin Sliders

    Thanks so much Betsy! And thanks to my handy dandy Twitter plug-in, I can now follow you on Twitter 🙂

  10. 03.25.2009

    Hey, thanks for the mention of freelancewrite.about.com.
    I am charged with helping newbie freelance writers break into the business, BUT I find it helps me retain an audience when I ALSO talk to intermediate freelancers and kind of follow the road (or roadblocks) where it goes.

    So I guess what I’m saying is EVERYONE’S invited! 🙂

    Allena Tapia’s last blog post..Book Reviewing–One Path

    We can always learn more, can’t we? Thanks for coming by Allena 🙂

  11. 11.26.2009

    I found a book on writing by Helen Gurley Brown very helpful when I was looking to improve my writing skills. It is small and to the point!

    Thanks for sharing!

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