Friday, February 24, 2012
Reading list for freelancers
I often meet with aspiring freelancers to talk about what it’s like to be an independent editor and writer. After we meet, I email them a list of books on various aspects of the business. Here are my favourites. (A couple of these may be out of print, but try the library.)

The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Success by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

Query Letters That Rock: The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Selling More Work Faster by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

How to Write Irresistible Query Letters by Lisa Collier Cool

Secrets of a Freelance Writer by Robert Bly

How to Make Money Writing Corporate Communications by Maryclaire Collins

The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert Bly

The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller

And for those of you interested in writing fiction (and anyone looking for inspiration and motivation), I recommend anything by Natalie Goldberg; Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott; If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland; and On Writing by Stephen King.

What are some of your favourite books about editing, writing or freelancing?

- Jaclyn Law
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Jaclyn Law

Jaclyn Law is a writer and an editor with more than 17 years’ experience. Formerly copy chief at Chatelaine and managing editor at Abilities, she has freelanced full-time since 2006. Her clients include magazines, websites, non-profits and corporations. Jaclyn is president of the Toronto Chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada.
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