Best nonfiction book nominee: The Well-Fed Writer
Best nonfiction author nominee: Peter Bowermann
Book summary writer: Mollie Player
Best nonfiction book? Why?
The Well-Fed Writer encourages the self-proclaimed starving artist to man up, pick up the phone and sell his work. That is why it’s among the best.
Best nonfiction book? What’s in it?
Cold calling. Lots and lots of cold calling for freelance writers.
Some of the authors’ freelance writing tips:
- Make a portfolio.
- Write a professional bid letter and cover letter.
- Get a logo.
- Save receipts.
- Use an assistant.
- Get a recorder.
- Get Strunk & White, a style manual and other books of the trade.
- Make peakerphone and microcassette recorder, color printer, etc.
- Make a brochure or info packet.
- Get a business card.
- Be a standout vendor! Under-promise, over-deliver.
- Deliver early.
- Get referrals to new clients from every client you work for.
- Form personal relationships with clients and check up on them from time to time.
- Send thank you notes and Christmas cards to remind clients you’re around.
- Include in your quote meeting time, two rounds of edits, transport time, research and interviews, etc.
- Use job agents.
- Learn technical writing and writing software.
- Do pro-bono work for nonprofits and friends.
- Did I mention cold calling? Cold call 50 businesses per day.
- Keep notes.
Contact: ad agencies, graphic designers, marketing companies, PR firms, book publishers (for editing work), event production companies, and the communication departments, marketing departments and sales departments of corporations.
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