Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year as a Freelance Writer

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"Freelance Writing Guide" is a helpful career guide that will inform you of the experiences the author had, and what she learned, during her first year as a freelance writer. The purpose of the book is to educate you on what you can expect in the beginning of your freelance writing career, so that there are no questions or fear of the unknown. More

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About Christine Rice

Christine Rice is the author of five books: Poetry for the Heart, Essays for the Soul, My Not-So-Ordinary Life, Freelance Writing Guide, and Articles for the Mind. She is currently working on three other books. She enjoys writing nonfiction, memoirs, and poetry, and she loves to read, usually in those genres, as well.

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Review by: Megan Strong on Oct. 27, 2013 :
This guide is very useful for anyone looking into becoming a freelance writer. It gives accurate information on what to expect from someone who has done it. This guide is very useful for anyone looking into becoming a freelance writer. It gives accurate information on what to expect from someone who has done it. She doesn't just tell what she has done, she gives useful advice on how to write better and what you should know to make yourself successful. I will be keeping this available for myself so that I can reference it easily when I need a little guidance or instruction.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Shannon Barnes on Oct. 23, 2013 :
Whether you're just starting out as a writer or just simply looking for new ways to turn your awesome storytelling abilities into cash flow, Freelance Writing Guide is definitely for you. Christine Rice provides so many helpful tips and web resources that can help anyone become more adept at writing as well as turn that talent into a lucrative career. I truly appreciate the time Christine took to create this guide. It's truly a time saver and very invaluable.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Briana Marshall on Oct. 18, 2013 :
I am not an author, but I do like to write. I can't even tell you how many journals I've written in. My blog is a new adventure in writing and I still look for guidance as I embark on this process. Christine's book "Freelance Writing Guide" has giving me much needed tips and tricks. I appreciate the time taken to offer such wonderful advice for writers like me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Monica Cole on Oct. 17, 2013 :
This book is short, and to the point. It does not mess around with long introductions and personal stories, but instead gets straight to the information promised. For this reason, I think this ebook makes a good reference book. While I did read it straight through, you certainly don't need to. If you want to know more about the details of ghostwriting, or if you want advice on writing a good cover letter for your resume, you could go to that page, and read just that section.

I was impressed with the mixture of practical and personal advice. While I said above that she doesn't spend a lot of time on personal stories, and this is true, she always will say what her personal experience was in the situation she is discussing. For example, when talking about payment types, and levels of pay in various jobs, she discusses each one in an objective, but familiar manner.

My final verdict is that I found many parts of this book to be very useful, and even though I don't see freelance writing in my future at the moment, there are still sections of this book that I found useful, and that I expect I will find myself referring to.

If freelance writing is something you are thinking about delving into, but have not yet made the final decision, this book will be useful in helping you make a smart, informed decision. And, as I said before, even if you are not a freelance writer, but if you would like a good reference material on things like resume writing for the writing industry, or managing and monetizing a professional blog, I would recommend this book.

I received this book for free from the author in return for an honest, fair review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Danyale Nees on Sep. 30, 2013 :
perfect book to help you when you start writing. I haven't found a better book that explains step by step what to expect and what to do ..... love this book so worth the read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Athena Nagel on Sep. 25, 2013 :
I have been considering looking into freelance writing for some time. For me, it seems to be the natural progression from all of my blog writing. A new way to be creative and expressive. However, to succeed there is so much more to know than just how to write. There are roadblocks that need to be navigated, technological paths that are not widely known, pitfalls to beware of etc... Christine's book is a great tool to help find the way. Anything I could have asked for is in this guide - even continuing education classes! Freelance writing also does not fit into just everyone's lifestyle - she helps through those issues and concerns too. As soon as I am ready to begin my journey - I will put so many of these tips to great use!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Valerie Caraotta on Sep. 20, 2013 :
The world of freelance writing I learned, from Christine Rice's book Freelance Writing Guide, is indeed a world and territory to claim like no other. There is much one needs to know and consider far beyond just the love of writing. If you, like many others, desire to do this full time as a career knowing you have the talent, this will prove to be a very valuable resource.

I love that Rice is honest in sharing this information that she learned her first year especially in the realities of it taking time to develop as a writer and gain increasing opportunities. Beginning Freelancer's will gain strategies on portfolio compilation and organizational format for online articles, along with Ghostwriting and magazine article writing. Because having a website and blog is imperative, learn suggestions of what to include in each and how your earnings can increase with ads. She provides places where you can obtain FREE ADS.

Speaking of free- I love, since money needs to be wisely spent the first year, that author Rice has included websites where links to FREE COLLEGE COURSES are offered. It is a good place to search for writing courses that will aid your career. The companies she has provided to help you land more opportunities will often include your need to maximize Search Engine Optimization (SEO). FREE again will be given places to get SEO ONLINE COURSES, webinars, and tutorials.

Technical aspects you may not be aware of when writing for content websites and the type of pay will be given including:
~revenue share
~page views
~upfront payments
Marketing one's work is essential and many will decide to publish a book. Learn the differences between costs and formats for print books and e-books. Christine Rice also offers PUBLISHING SERVICES to assist you with editing, and full book compilation helps.

The 6 parts and 21 chapters provided is what I would coin as a very comprehensive work that will take you systematically through your first year concerns and needs. Author Rice currently has 4 books published and two on the way. I highly recommend this resource where it can be referred to on a regular basis.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Angella Graff on Oct. 26, 2012 :
Freelance Writing Guide by Christine Rice is written in a self-help book format, with the objective being helping other writers find a niche in the freelance writing world. The book isn’t very long, which works well for the topic, because there’s only so much you can say about becoming a freelance writer. The rest is up to the writer; practice, write, submission, repeat.

The chapters in the book are succinct, Rice’s writing style is very on point and direct, without using terms that might be over a first-time writer’s head. She’s obviously been in the world of freelance writing for some time, because her experience shows in being able to convey her ideas without getting lost or sounding convoluted.

It’s sort of a what to expect when you’re writing, in my opinion. She details out the process, but then also takes a turn and tells the readers what they can expect as they start to submit their works to different publications, whether it’s online at Yahoo or to a magazine. She deals with the idea of rejection, which all of us writers, I’m sure, have dealt with at some point, with grace and acceptance, and I’m confident this will help anyone reading this book deal a little better with that horrible word, “no” we will so often hear.

Rice lists several avenues in which to attempt to find a career in freelance writing, which is very useful and none of which should be difficult to get into, and in my opinion that will only build the reader’s confidence in their own ability to pursue this career path.

In conclusion, as far as self-help style of books go, I find this one five of five stars. It’s written very well, it’s the perfect length and it provides just enough information for the reader without drowning them in useless detail that they’ll end up learning for themselves anyway.

If you’re looking for a career in freelance writing, I highly suggest you pick up this book asap!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Angella Graff on Oct. 26, 2012 :
Freelance Writing Guide by Christine Rice is written in a self-help book format, with the objective being helping other writers find a niche in the freelance writing world. The book isn’t very long, which works well for the topic, because there’s only so much you can say about becoming a freelance writer. The rest is up to the writer; practice, write, submission, repeat.

The chapters in the book are succinct, Rice’s writing style is very on point and direct, without using terms that might be over a first-time writer’s head. She’s obviously been in the world of freelance writing for some time, because her experience shows in being able to convey her ideas without getting lost or sounding convoluted.

It’s sort of a what to expect when you’re writing, in my opinion. She details out the process, but then also takes a turn and tells the readers what they can expect as they start to submit their works to different publications, whether it’s online at Yahoo or to a magazine. She deals with the idea of rejection, which all of us writers, I’m sure, have dealt with at some point, with grace and acceptance, and I’m confident this will help anyone reading this book deal a little better with that horrible word, “no” we will so often hear.

Rice lists several avenues in which to attempt to find a career in freelance writing, which is very useful and none of which should be difficult to get into, and in my opinion that will only build the reader’s confidence in their own ability to pursue this career path.

In conclusion, as far as self-help style of books go, I find this one five of five stars. It’s written very well, it’s the perfect length and it provides just enough information for the reader without drowning them in useless detail that they’ll end up learning for themselves anyway.

If you’re looking for a career in freelance writing, I highly suggest you pick up this book asap!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Angella Graff on Oct. 26, 2012 :
Freelance Writing Guide by Christine Rice is written in a self-help book format, with the objective being helping other writers find a niche in the freelance writing world. The book isn’t very long, which works well for the topic, because there’s only so much you can say about becoming a freelance writer. The rest is up to the writer; practice, write, submission, repeat.

The chapters in the book are succinct, Rice’s writing style is very on point and direct, without using terms that might be over a first-time writer’s head. She’s obviously been in the world of freelance writing for some time, because her experience shows in being able to convey her ideas without getting lost or sounding convoluted.

It’s sort of a what to expect when you’re writing, in my opinion. She details out the process, but then also takes a turn and tells the readers what they can expect as they start to submit their works to different publications, whether it’s online at Yahoo or to a magazine. She deals with the idea of rejection, which all of us writers, I’m sure, have dealt with at some point, with grace and acceptance, and I’m confident this will help anyone reading this book deal a little better with that horrible word, “no” we will so often hear.

Rice lists several avenues in which to attempt to find a career in freelance writing, which is very useful and none of which should be difficult to get into, and in my opinion that will only build the reader’s confidence in their own ability to pursue this career path.

In conclusion, as far as self-help style of books go, I find this one five of five stars. It’s written very well, it’s the perfect length and it provides just enough information for the reader without drowning them in useless detail that they’ll end up learning for themselves anyway.

If you’re looking for a career in freelance writing, I highly suggest you pick up this book asap!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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