Sample Book Outline (Brief) by Michael A.
How to Become a Full-Time Freelance Writer
(or Make it On the Side)
by Michael A. Banks
Introduction - Are You Sure You Want to Do
Why I wrote this book
What's in It for You
What You'll Find in this Book
How to use this book
Part I: Previews
Chapter 1 - Writing as a Career?
How I did it
Chapter 2 - This Book is for You--but is Writing
Full-Time for You?
What I expect of you, and what
success expects of you
"If I can do it ..."
Why not everyone can write full-time
What it takes to write full-time ((brief
The two paragraphs in this book
you'll hate most
Building toward a full-time career by
A few words on success
What is success?
Why writers write
Success goals for the full-time writer
Chapter 3 - What It's Really Like
Gloom and doom, or riches and
The "ideal" writing life
The real writing life: typical and
atypical writers' lives
From one extreme to the other
What to expect if you're still
A moderately happy medium
Part II: Preparations and Going for It
Chapter 4 - What it Takes, Part I: Self-Management for the Writer
Scheduling your time
Strategy and tactics for full-time
When bad things happen to good
writers: dealing with adversity
Dealing with success
Chapter 5 - What it Takes, Part II: Getting Yourself to Write
Dealing with adversity, revisited
Self esteem and writing
Is money success?
Chapter 6 - Are You Ready?
Measuring your professional
How to know when you're ready
Chapter 7 - Getting Ready, Part I: Your
Tools of the trade
Expanding and enhancing
Finding and developing new markets
for your work
Establishing regular markets for your
Chapter 8 - Getting Ready, Part II: Putting Your
Affairs in Order
Cold cash and hard realities:
Spouses/partners and the Medieval
concept of patronage
Keeping your hand in the working
Chapter 9 - Making the Break
Decision or Delusion?
Sharing the Decision
Trading your job for a career
"Banking and finance and
Part III: Now that You're On Your Own ...
Chapter 10 - Staying Alive
Your first few weeks on the job
Chapter 11 - Getting Down to Business
Acting like a business
Chapter 12 - Marketing for the Full-Time Writer
The importance of marketing your
Market information: the writer's
A short course in contracts and
Do you need an agent?
Chapter 13 - A Little on the Side: Extra Income
Writing is more than writing
Hands-on methods for turning your
writing talents into cash
Afterword: Final Words of Advice
It's your life, but don't blame it on me
How to know if you should quit
A new start: turning your writing
experience into a new job
"Still crazy after all these years ..."
Appendix A: Resources
Organizations for the Self-Employed
Online Special-Interest Groups for
Appendix B: Bibliography
"About the Author"
How to find a book publisher
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