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Title: How to Sell Every Magazine Article You Write
Author: Lisa Collier Cool
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: 0898792363 
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: One doesn’t have to delve far into the book “How to Sell Every Magazine Article You Write” to see that much of the material is dated (at one point it mentions purchasing an annual Writer’s market for the “high” price of $21.95…). But despite the 1986 publishing date, author Lisa Collier Cool delivers a wealth of valuable and timeless information for aspiring freelancers.
The book covers all the expected issues relating to freelancing, from what magazines are looking for, crafting the perfect query letter, and how to come up with great article ideas. But what separates this book from the others and makes it truly worth reading is the insight given to motivation, eliminating unproductive habits, and self-sabotage.

Collier Cool brings to light many of the tribulations writers face when it comes to the creative process, and gives concrete ideas on how to break free from the roadblocks we build in our own lives. Her views motivate and inspire one towards working harder than ever before. She provides clear instruction on things writers can do in order to write faster, writer better, and most importantly, make more money.
How To Sell  provides both new and experienced writers with tips and ideas for success in the freelance world. An oldie but a goodie, every freelancer should make it part of their reading collection. 

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Title: Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money
Author:Kelly James-Enger
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0375720952
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Review: Let’s face it. For freelance writers, the only thing better than getting work published is getting paid for it. Sometimes the twists and turns of trying to actually make a living at writing can be challenging. This is why the book “Six Figure Freelancing” will strike a chord with any writer wanting to increase their income.
Author Kelly James-Enger focuses on keeping the mind-set of writing as a business. Her advice is good, as she points out the advantages of diversifying and looking into other arenas such as copywriting. The book explains how to market oneself and how much time to spend on this task, networking with clients, efficiency, and figuring out fees. There are also areas where one can answer questions that focus on the whys and hows of choosing this as a career, designed to make one think about why they want to write and where they want to go with it. The back of the book has a great section that gives information on some of the authors' favorite books, websites and other resources for writers.
While there really isn’t anything especially new or exciting in this book as far as information, it does offer good solid guidance towards making your writing career into a real business rather than a hobby. That alone makes it well worth reading, and it may even boost one’s career into a profitable venture.

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Jody Ellis-Knapp is a freelance writer living in Alaska. Her work has appeared in various magazines, including Adoption Today, Balance and Alaska Women Speak. She is also a co-editor and writer at

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