Book Review: “So, you want to be a Freelance writer?”

So you want to be a freelance writer

If you’ve always had a knack for writing – perhaps you were particularly good at it at school, or you found yourself writing reports, essays and suchlike at work – then it’s worth considering taking up freelance writing as a career.


Freelance writing is, of course, something that you can do from home, which makes it a perfect choice if you’re a parent looking to work flexibly around your family.  In terms of entry, it’s simple enough to get into – you don’t need any special qualifications although you will need to build a portfolio.

As with any craft, however, you do need to master certain skills and techniques.  And if you want to make a living from writing, then you’ll most certainly need to understand what editors and publishers look for in an article, so that you can produce work that they are interested in publishing.

Which is why I love  “So, you want to be a Freelance writer? – Writing for Magazines, Newspapers and beyond”, by Deborah Durbin.

It does exactly what it says on the tin.  It shows you what you need to know if you want to write for Magazines and Newspapers. Despite what people will tell you, there is always a demand for freelance writers in the magazine and newspaper industries.  The trick is to treat your freelance writing career as a business and to cultivate a broad outlook – in other words, keep a look out for a variety of opportunities.

So, you want to be a Freelance writer guides you through just that, giving you tips on where to start with your writing, how to style and structure your articles, how to pitch to editors, how much to charge and much more.

Deborah is certainly an authority on the subject, as a highly experienced journalist, with over 15 year’s experience in print media for national magazines and newspapers and with over 11 books published.

So you want to be a Freelance writer is a definite must have if you’re new to freelance writing.  It’s the type of book that you’ll find yourself dipping in and out of frequently, as a brilliant little resource, time and again.


So you want to be a Freelance writer by Deborah Durbin is published by Compass Books, and available on Amazon and all good bookstores.





I’m Mary Cummings, a ghostwriter, collaborator and all round word doctor. I help business owners write and publish business books; I'm also passionate about helping creative freelancers find work that they love - their work sweet spot with work on their terms, projects they love and clients who are a dream to work for.

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