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The Best Books on Freelancing for New Copywriters

The Best Books on Freelancing for New Copywriters

So you want to learn to write for clients, which means you need the best books on freelancing! I’ve got a quick list for you here, but before I go further, let me just say:

I am not claiming that a book is the solution to your problems or will make you a copywriter, like, yesterday. But if you have longed to be a writer for years and haven’t gotten there, there are solutions. It might not be in one book, or two, but the answers are out there. (We’ll discuss a few more below.)

The best books on freelancing, in my opinion, first acknowledge how difficult it is not only to be in this profession but to make the jump and then take your work seriously. These books, IMHO, do that boss-style.

So treat them like the boost they’re meant to be, not the panaceas we all hope for when we pick up another book or course. Just a word to the wise.

Now, lest my five-paragraph preamble has effectively dissuaded you from checking out any of these books, let me just say: They’re all super good! These really are the best books on freelancing! So go forth, my little reader, and conquer.

Without further ado:

The Best Books on Freelancing Today

  1. Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins: It’s not true that to pursue your craft you have to go “hungry,” either for real food or any other desire in life. This is No. 1 of my best books on freelancing because it truly speaks to a real fear inside all of us, the belief that it’s either passion or money. It’s not, and Jeff and I are both a testament to that.
  2. The Anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube by Michelle Goodman: Freelancing isn’t as easy as you think it is when you have a 9 to 5, which is where Michelle comes in. First on the Not Easy list? Escaping “wage slave” status. If you’re stuck working for someone else, this is your go-to read today.
  3. The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less by Peter Bowerman: If you’re suspicious of claims that you will do anything in six months or less, this book might change your mind.
  4. The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your Own Terms by Zachary Petit: This book hits one of the main issues with freelancing on the head. If you’re not careful, you might just become a slave to a different sort of boss: passion, failure, an unbalanced life. If you want to freelance write well, you need to understand the basics of building the business, pitching correctly, not effing up contracts and building the right relationships. Good ol’ Zach, as I’m sure some people call him, can help.
  5. Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success by Kelly James: Nothing beats a list of hacks, and that’s exactly what this book is. Want a dive into freelance success without having to wade through paragraphs of explanation? Try this short, to-the-point guide to getting started right.

Use the Best Books on Freelancing Wisely

Before I depart for today, a word to the wise: Even with the very best books on freelancing at your side, you can still set yourself up for failure if you make the mistake of taking any one book as gospel.

I know you know what I’m talking about. You read a book, you get inspired AF, you decide to Become That Amazing Person TODAY, and then you burn out. In, like, three hours when you realize that it’s not going to happen that way.

Don’t do that to yourself. Instead, use these books as guides. Friends, if you will, from the literary world. People who are doing what you want to be doing, who can help you get there. But you still have to make their tips work for you. These books are resources, nothing more, so take them as such.

Want a few more resource? Happy to oblige. Check out the Free Resource Library for tips, tricks, worksheets and downloads on making the freelance copywriting life a reality! I’m doing it, and you can too. Just click that pretty image below, spread your wings and … yeah. You that got a little cheesy. Just click the picture, okay?

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