The Well-Fed Writer

Published By: Fanove Publishing

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Writing/Publishing

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Reviewed by Connie Anderson

The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less, has about every question (and answer) you would need if you have ever wanted to become a freelance writer for businesses.

In 15 chapters (plus important sample in Appendixes), author Peter Bowerman talks about both the business of writing and the business of being your own boss, often from your home.

The who, what, and why of freelancing is explored for people who want to write for business--not magazine articles or books.

If you decide to freelance, you will have to have a portfolio, and Bowerman suggests that you start a year ahead doing pro bono work to get samples for our portfolio.

What does it take to be successful? Chapter 3 says: Writing ability; ability to motivate yourself; being disciplined, flexible, curious and assertive; ability to ask a lot of questions, listen carefully and work with confidential materials.

Written in 2000, pre-text messaging on your cell phone, Blackberries, etc. (which is almost light years away when talking about technical issues), the author tells what an average office needs to get started and run smoothly. Much is "obvious," but I have friends who have home offices and some of these things were not obvious to them (like having voice mail--not the unprofessional call waiting--so you don't send a busy signal from your office)!

How much to charge and stick to your bid, what contracts do you need, etc. are explored. This goes along with what to do if someone doesn't pay you for your hard work.

Where do you find work? He suggests that ad and PR agencies are running with a thin staff, and they need to know about you before hey get busy and need freelances.

Bowerman walks this road successfully and put his experience into the book for "newbies." As a freelance business writer and editor for many years, I agree with his ideas and found some new ones to try.

Armchair Interviews says: If you are thinking about freelancing, primarily in the business world, no stone is left unturned by this knowledgeable author, a.k.a. business freelancer.

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