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Author: Francine Silverman
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Title: Be a Successful Writer: 99 Surefire Checklists
Author: Gordon Wells
Publisher: Allison and Busby
ISBN: 0749003480
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I had never previously looked at writing as something I could pursue alongside my day job, but one reading of this book changed all that. Written entirely in checklist format (which is very unusual for books like this), the book has something for everyone. It touches upon almost every subject of importance to a freelancer. 99 lists dispense vital information on a host of topics.

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