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How to Become a Fulltime Freelance WriterHow to Become a Fulltime Freelance Writer: A Practical Guide to Setting Up a Writing Business at Home
by Michael A. Banks
The Writer Books; 222pp

Excerpt
When I teach a class for would-be writers, they always have a predictable set of excuses for not writing. The most frequent is a job, followed by household chores and taking care of children.

My first impulse is to ask them why they signed up for the course, but I refrain. Instead, I take a positive approach. I tell them about how I wrote when I was juggling a full-time job and family duties.

The point: you can always find time to write. If you really want to. You may have to sacrifice television or reading time, or skip going out once in a while. But nothing comes without sacrifice—especially something that requires as much time and concentration as writing.

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Table of Contents:

Introduction

Chapter 1: Prerequisites to Writing as a Career
Writing ability, Knowledge of Subject, Command of the Craft & Tools, Business Acumen, Professionalism, Experience, Attitude & Other Intangibles

Chapter 2: What It's Really Like
Working at Home, Dealing with Ups & Downs, The Writing Life

Chapter 3: Self-Management Tools for the Writer
Organizing Projects, Keeping Records, Tracking Submissions, Time Management, Project Management, Deadlines, Workload, When to Write, Where & What to Write, Goals & Measure of Progress
 
Chapter 4: Getting Yourself to Write
Finding Time, Controlling Interruptions, Avoiding Self-Distractions, Writer's Block, Dealing with Rejection, Motivational Techniques, Discipline, Relaxation Techniques

Chapter 5: Are You Ready?
Six factors of Readiness (Skills, Experience, Professionalism, Finances, Personal Situation, Attitude), Self-Scouring Readiness Test

Chapter 6:
Financial Planning for Writers
Household Budgets, Income Projections, Preparing for Rainy Days, Trimming Expenses, Establishing Credit, Back-Up Plans

Chapter 7: Making the Break
Decision or Delusion?, Decision-Making with a Spouse or Partner, Seeking Advice, Telling Your Boss, Leaving Your Job, Setting Up New Business Accounts, Taxes for the Self-Employed Writer, My Own Story

Chapter 8: Marketing Tips & Techniques
Scheduling Time, Identifying Markets, Web Research, Print Resources, Publisher News, Bookstores as Resources, Studying Magazines, Studying Book Publishers, Market List Directories, Networking, Writer Gatherings

Chapter 9: Relationships with Agents & Editors
Do You Need an Agent?, What an Agent Does, Q&A on Agents, Finding an Agent, Connecting with Editors, Planning Meetings

Chapter 10: Sources of Extra Income
Teaching Writing Courses, Speaking Engagements, Reviewing Manuscripts, Freelance Editing, Consulting in Your Field, Writing for Ad Agencies & Corporations, Part-Time Jobs

Chapter 11: On Persistence
Realistic Assessment of Your Situation, What to Track, Considering Whether to Quit, Contentment & Job Satisfaction


Afterword:

Appendix A: Resources for Writers

Appendix B: Suggested Reading

Index

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