The Well-Fed Writer
I’ve been watching with much anxiety over the past few months as my bank account has ever-so-slowly shrunk. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly why, but you know how it is: A little bit here, a little bit there. And before long that big huge number doesn’t seem so impressive any more. It’s even gotten to the point that I’m now seriously considering looking into commercial writing, which is so unbelievably boring it could cause a grown man to cry. But the money is nice.
If any of you are tossing around the idea of doing the same, you’ll want to pick up The Well-Fed Writer — this book is known as the final word on how freelancers can begin picking up commercial writing projects, even if they have no contacts whatsoever in the corporate world. I picked it up at the library a long while back out of simple curiosity, and I can attest to the fact that it’s actually readable.
Happily, there is also a Well-Fed Writer website which is filled with very useful (and completely free) information about the commercial writing game. You’ll find reports, PDFs, links and further reading suggestions — it has a pretty nasty design, but it’s extremely informative, and in my book that makes it a good site. You can check it out at www.wellfedwriter.com.
Here’s a short but informative Q&A interview with Peter Bowerman, the author of the WFW books.