I sometimes receive emails asking me for advice on breaking into freelance writing. I do teach a half-day workshop on this subject from time to time (preceded by a list of resources and Q+A call), it’s hard to walk someone through the ins and outs of a career choice without hands-on time working through the process of finding viable markets, writing query letters and LOIs and so forth. So I was excited when I learned that Amber Adrian was working on the Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing, and happy to contribute.
What’s in it:
The Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing is a 55-page guide is broken up into four different sections: Getting Started and Setting Yourself Up, Getting Paid and Other Practicalities, Getting Out of Bed Every Morning and Facing the Fears of Freelancing and Getting Bigger and Building Your Business. The writers featured include the fabulous Linda Formichelli (who was one of my mentors when I was first getting started 4 years ago), as well as Kristin Luna, Jessica Manuszak, Linda Sharpe, Carol Tice, Zach Urbina, Sara Von Bargen and Non Wells.
There are two different versions of the guide. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten my hands on the final version and have only seen an earlier draft, and have been unable to access many of the materials. However, here’s what’s advertised as coming with each version:
Pen-for-hire ($39): This has a list of links and resources (which I did read an early draft of), as well as supplemental tools to deal with the emotional rollercoaster of freelancing (which I haven’t seen).
Editor-in-chief ($58): This also includes samples of query letters and LOIs as well as interview transcripts with writer and an audio interview. (I wasn’t able to get my hands on any of this material, so can’t really review it, unfortunately.)
My thoughts: It’s really difficult to offer a thorough review of the guide having only seen an early version of the PDF and resource list and being unable to access the rest of it. From what I did read, I think the guide is accessible and fun to read. However, I have a feeling it would leave a brand new or aspiring freelance writer with a lot of questions, since some of the bits of advice are a bit simplistic. I do think, though, that it would give a newer writer a very good place to start to determine what types of information they want to get ahold of or what to start asking questions about–which is very valuable in and of itself. The resource list is pretty thorough, so the guide would be a good start.
Bonus: This review includes an affiliate link; if you buy it through this site, I will give you a free 20-minute phone consult on an aspect of freelance writing of your choice…provided that you read the guide (or look through the links in this post) first. (I’m honestly not sure if the aff link button is working (someone bought through my FB page and it didn’t seem to go through), so please just email me your receipt and we’ll schedule a time to talk.)