The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowermann encourages the self-proclaimed starving artist to man up, pick up the phone and sell his work. I have a soft spot in my heart for this book since it’s the one that convinced me to go out on my own with my writing.
What’s it about? 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 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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