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Ready, Aim, Specialize!: Create Your Own Writing Specialty and Make More Money! [Paperback]

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Offering established and novice freelancers suggestions on specializing, this handbook guides writers towards more successful careers. As this analysis demonstrates, when freelancersconcentrate on one type of writing rather than being a general freelancer, they discover a lucrative niche in the writing market. Using the advice supplied in this reference, writers will be able to make more money, focus their careers, and learn a more effective way of freelancing. The book lays out the basics of 10 key markets---including health, parenting, and home and garden---and provides a series of interactive exercises to help discover whichis the writer's best fit. Published writers and unpublished hopefuls alike will benefit from this valuable and informed guidebook.

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Marion Street Press, Inc.
ISBN  1933338245  
ISBN13  9781933338248  

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More About Kelly James-Enger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kelly James-Enger quit her job as an attorney to become a full-time freelance writer, publishing articles for "Redbook, Woman's Day, Family Circle," and many other major national magazines. She is the author of "Did You Get the Vibe "and "Six-Figure Freelancing. "She lives in Downers Grove, Illinois.

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Ready, Aim, Specialize!:   Jul 17, 2007
Many writers wonder if they should specialize in one specific area of writing expertise or if they should spread their work between several different genres. They wonder if writing in only one genre will allow them to create a niche of authority or simply limit the amount of writing opportunities. Conversely, writers also worry that if they work in several genres their writing will be seen as unfocused and difficult to market. Ready, Aim, Specialize: Creating Your Own Writing Speciality and Make More Money looks at this quandary and looks at the benefits and limitations of specialization. This book also includes resources to determine what your area or areas of speciality would include and tips to begin specializing as well as detailed reference lists and potential markets for the most popular writing specialities.

Ready, Aim, Specialize: Creating Your Own Writing Speciality and Make More Money is a good beginner resource for writers questioning whether they should specialize their writing. Though the title suggests that the writer supports specialization, the author gives a nice balance of information on both the pros and cons of specialization. This allows the reader to determine if specialization would be beneficial for his or her particular situation. Moreover, the author includes detailed reference lists so that the reader has somewhere to begin his or her specialization efforts.
Essential Resource for Freelance Writing  Jan 28, 2006
It has taken me years to realize that you can't be an expert on everything, so it is better to decide on a few interests and develop your knowledge base. While many writers have varied interests, this book shows you how specializing increases your income.

Kelly James-Enger quit her job as an attorney to become a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in Woman's Day, Shape, Parents, Fitness, Good Housekeeping and Marie Clair.

As a teacher, she explains how to break into today's hottest markets. She explains how to write about Health, Diet, Nutrition, Food, Finance, Business, Technology, Parenting, Fitness, Home, Garden and Travel. She also dedicates a chapter to the discussion of writing Essays and Personal Pieces.

The section on writing Query Letters is especially useful. There are sample letters and explanations of what is wrong or right with the letters.

One of the things I've noticed in magazines is the travel writing sections. The author explains the importance of sending in your pictures and how to plan your trip based around your audience or pitch a story from a new angle, like explain why Paris is more than a romantic location. How can the story be adapted for family travel?

It can be tricky at first when you are trying to learn the lingo of a sport or understand the terminology used when writing about health topics. This is something you may have to work your way into and by following your heart, you will find it is much easier to learn about what interests you personally. I noticed this happening when I write reviews for Yoga DVDs. After reading about yoga for years, I have new perspectives and insights. The author makes a great point when she says "get off the couch," for when you involve yourself actively in the writing process, you will have more energy and enthusiasm and many magazine articles seem to be promoting a book or new idea. You can truly tell if a writer loves what they are writing about and is "up on the trends."

The section on projecting an image, setting yourself up as an expert consultant and marketing your services completes the package. This book may also be useful for anyone who loves writing reviews as a hobby or wants to branch out into new territory.

~The Rebecca Review
Helpful Resource for New Writers   Jul 28, 2005
If you're a new writer and would like to focus on a few specific areas, then "Ready, Aim, Specialize!" will benefit you. In addition to advice specific to ten or so genres, each chapter features a helpful list of print and internet resources; if you are an experienced writer you'll probably be familiar with them already, as well as most of the information James-Enger imparts throughout the book.
If you are a brand-new writer and are seeking information on freelancing as a whole, look at "The Renegade Writer." But for those wanting to focus on health, travel, parenting, etc..."Ready, Aim, Specialize!" will give you your money's worth.
not what it claims to be  May 19, 2005
Very disappointed in this book. Contrary to it's description, it does not help you develop a specialty of your own, but describes a bunch of pre-existing specialties. The book is really just a collection of magazine quality articles covering the only the very basics of each area. There are entire books written about writing in the subjects of the various chapters that are far more useful as books about writing than is this one. This book could only be useful to somebody who needs the obvious pointed out to them.
Her advice works!  Mar 1, 2005
After reading this book and employing the techniques she recommended, I made my first freelance non-fiction sale...on the first try. Since then I've dogeared and highlighted this book, which has lead to more than ten assignments and a solid beginning to my freelancing career.

Thanks, Kelly, for a great book!

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