The Business of Being A Writer

The Business of Being A Writer

Book - 2018
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The Business of Being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works--from queries and agents to blogging and advertising--and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term.
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
ISBN: 9780226393162
Branch Call Number: 808.02 F914B
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 24 cm.


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CCCL_ShiiyuF Mar 08, 2020

This volume by Jane Friedman is indispensable if one is seeking to publish via a traditional Publishing House. It also gives a view as to what could await if one decides to self-publish. _The Business of Being a Writer_ is an excellent jumping-off point for further reading in the fields of writing, editing, and publishing. For instance, it introduces some paying jobs which use skills and aptitudes writers tend to already have (such as editing and freelancing).

Unfortunately, getting paid to work as a writer isn't a sure thing, though Friedman does mention some outlets -- like ghostwriting and corporate writing -- which tend to pay more substantially and regularly than literary outlets (such as poetry and short stories). She (quite reassuringly) states that most people with creative careers tend to "cobble together" a means to make a living. Reassuringly, because with the number of employment possibilities she gives in this book, one can actually start to envision which of them might become useful in one's own specific situation.

The sheer number of online and written resources mentioned are a good enough reason to check this book out. _The Business of Being a Writer_ fills an information gap which -- in my experience -- was left unresolved at the end of my Creative Writing BA: that is, what I could get a job in that would pay better than having no Bachelor's at all. The options I could see open to me were: clerical work, English teacher, freelancer, Editor. Because I didn't take a Publishing internship during University, I also had no connections within Publishing (a decision which I'd regret for at least the next 15 years).

If I had this book at the time I graduated, I might not have been as pessimistic about my career opportunities fresh out of University. This is an excellent resource for writers who are seeking to discover how they can make a living using skills they already have.

Sep 08, 2018

This is my first time using this new library stuff. I am Homebound so will you please send the book to me? Thanks. Barbara Davis


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