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The Wealthy Writer and The Enterprising Writer have gained a loyal following around the world. Click on the links to read in full the media reviews and writer testimonials. Also reviews of the literary compendium, The Write Advice:

Here's what fellow authors & writers are saying . . .

  • Author Gary Hendrickson: "Michael has created one of the most thorough and down to earth guides to the realities of writing ..."
  • Author Ricky Higgs: "Michael's ebook is worth every low cent he's selling it for and should be part of everyone's reference library on the art of writing for profit! At under 20 bucks, it's a steal!".
  • Writer Pamela K Bates: "This is without doubt the most practical freelance writing book that I have ever read".

"The book opened my eyes to several new possibilities

for my own writing"

This is the best book about commercial/business writing currently on the market.

It's thorough, accurate, step-by-step, and offers real advice and tips ~ no fluff.

The book opened my eyes to several new possibilities for my own writing, and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone interested in breaking into this field.

The author knows his stuff!

Jenna Glatzer
Author, 'Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer', 'The Street-Smart Writer',
'Outwitting Writer's Block and Other Problems of the Pen'

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"Invaluable tips on how to run your writing business"

The Wealthy Writer ... gives thorough information about the highest-paying freelance opportunities many freelance writers overlook.

It offers invaluable tips on how to run your writing business, from marketing yourself to outsourcing work when you become too busy to take on every job you're offered.

Jane Friedman
Book Publisher and Author, 'Beginning Writers Answer Book'

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"He shows you what to write, how to write

and where to sell it."

The author shares how writers can earn a good living at their keyboard and he generously illustrates his teachings with stories from his own experience.

He shows you what to write, how to write and where to sell it. Then he crafts his work into a unique style suitable to eBooks.

If you are a writer, this book will show you were to sell your work. If you are a publisher, this book is a template on how eBooks should look.

Dan Poynter
Bestselling Author, 'The Self-Publishing Manual', 'Book Publishing Encyclopedia',
'Is There A Book Inside You'

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"It covers just about every way I can think

of to make a living as a writer ..."

I'm impressed with the thoroughness of the book ~ it covers just about every way I can think of to make a living as a writer (and I've tried just about all of them over the last 25 years or so).

I also found the advice to be straightforward and easy to follow, and most of it to be on target. It should be especially useful to people starting out and wondering how to make it as a writer~ if they can't find a career path here, maybe they aren't writers after all.

Shel Horowitz
Copywriter and Author, 'Grassroots Marketing: Getting Noticed in a Noisy World', 'Principled Profit'
'Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers'

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"Your book does a fantastic job at pointing out those key opportunities the average writer might unknowingly pass by."

Hi Michael,

I wanted to let you know that I read The Enterprising Writer, and found it to be a most useful roadmap.

A lot of beginning freelance writers automatically want to start off writing for magazines. But there are so-o-o-o many other outlets they can write for, that are often more profitable ~ (and receptive) ~ than the magazine market.

Your book does a fantastic job at pointing out those key opportunities the average writer might unknowingly pass by.

Plus I'm always impressed by authors who have 'been there, and done that'. Your experience and success as a writer has allowed you to share many inside tips, that other books don't explore.

I've already recommended it to several of my clients!

Warmest regards,
Monique Harris
Bestselling co-author, 'Make Your Knowledge Sell',
Editor, 'Digital Publishing & Promotion'

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"Michael has created one of the most thorough and down to earth guides to the realities of writing . . ."

I've spent several thousands of dollars purchasing ebooks and other information on writing for profit on the Internet. I don't remember finding anything even remotely approaching Michael Meanwell's The Enterprising Writer.

Michael has created one of the most thorough and down to earth guides to the realities of writing I have seen.

Gary Hendrickson
Author & Internet infopreneur

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"Everyone . . . will find several useful gems inside this wonderful ebook"

If you're looking to get into the profitable business of writing there's no substitute for Michael Meanwell's excellent resource, The Enterprising Writer.

Not only do you get his hard-fought tips and secrets straight from the trenches for "how to do it" ~ but you also get tons of "what to do" specifics thanks to his meaty 'real life' examples.

Everyone from the fledgling rookie to the grizzled veteran freelancer will find several useful gems inside this wonderful ebook.

Yanik Silver
Author, 'Ultimate "at-Home" Internet Copywriting Workshop', 'Instant Internet Profits'
Co-author, 'Mind Motivators'

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"Michael ~ Congratulations on a great manual!"

It's obvious that your skills as a professional writer and self-employed business man have combined to make this manual a real winner.

Anybody who is seriously thinking about writing for a living should make your manual their first stop. It's written both for the newbie AND the experienced.

I'm particularly impressed with the amount of space you devote to the Internet. It takes a different skill level to succeed here, and you lead your readers right through this new field ~ and tie up all the loose ends too.

What I like most about The Enterprising Writer is that it is not only a useful working resource, but it is also littered with practical examples. Getting real-life examples is often one of the stumbling blocks for people new to business and writing for profit. But you have managed to bring your own examples into the manual and breathe it full of life.

Ken Silver
New Zealand
Bestselling Author, 'Ebook Secrets'

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"This manual tells it like it is and gives loads helpful advice"

Recently, I just completed reading Michael Meanwell's new manual.

I was pleasantly surprised by this 'Australian Import'. It wasn't until recently, however, that I actually knew who Michael Meanwell was. Michael is a professional writer who has put together a great resource for anyone who has ever considered making money in the writer's market.

I've worked with professional writers for the past decade and I can tell you from experience, Michael Meanwell knows his stuff. His book will rival any book in print on the same subject bar none. Perhaps best of all, it's easy to read and flows very nicely from one topic to the next.

Michael also touches on important aspects that most other authors ignore. The second chapter of his book entitled; 'Do you have the right stuff for business?' really gets into the nitty-gritty details that most people overlook.

I'm very happy to have The Enterprising Writer in my collection. I would recommend this book highly to anyone with even the slightest interest in making money with the "written" word. This manual tells it like it is and gives loads helpful advice. If you follow Michael's advice, you won't have to worry about earning your "doctorate" in the School of Hard-Knocks!

Jimmy Krug
Author, 'The Secret Path: Becoming a How-To Guru, Wizard or Teacher in Your Niche'

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"Michael's ebook is worth every low cent he's selling it for and should be part of everyone's reference library on the art of writing for profit! At under 20 bucks, it's a steal!"

Occasionally, I receive letters that truly motivate and inspire me. Emails from clients, which encourage and emotionally recharge my enthusiasm for this wonderful business of self-publishing.

A business I love.

Messages from customers and associates that have conquered their goal of crafting and finally publishing their new ebook masterpiece on the virtual world of the Internet.

Anyone who has written a decent book from his or her own knowledge and life experience will understand what I mean….

The long nights burning the phosphor on their monitor tube. Their spouses who feel like "keyboard widows" with partners seemingly married to their computers.

Ideas, drafts, scribbles, and notes that slowly take shape and materialize into finished readable and convincing pages. Sentences flowing into meaningful paragraphs, which piece together to form chapters, and finally amassed to form a manuscript to be proud of. The conquests then complete . . . The battle won.

Many first time writers also questioning their "sanity" during this mentally demanding phase of authorship . . . (Commonly experienced at the "half way mark" of writing a lengthy book).

Writing and publishing a book, is quite a personal achievement if nothing else… It is something few people can lay claim to having accomplished.

In fact, it is this "rarity" of human endeavor that others admire. Once done, you will be elevated in the eyes of all your friends, business associates and all who meet you, from that point on in your life…Because, secretly deep inside, many people would love to write a book of their very own someday. Time, personal ability, fortitude and motivation are however often lacking.

From my on going crusade and position in promoting the rewarding business of online self-publishing to those seeking a realistic and achievable income on the Web, naturally I'm asked to review many of my customer's ebook attempts.

Now, I'm not one to bestow glowing testimonials lightly . . . In fact, some customers have become rather upset that I don't always give them a "useable" endorsement for marketing purposes.

I guess that trait comes from being a fair and honest web site judge and offering an accredited web award program for so long.

However, one such ebook, that deserves public mention here on my forum. (a forum that seeks truth and honest answers), was one I reviewed recently from an accomplished professional writer and fellow Australian, Michael Meanwell.

Just to reassure you…. I have no financial interest in this ebook, neither am I an affiliate… (Not that he currently has an affiliate program on offer to the best of my knowledge).

Michael has been in the writing game for over 20 years. He has covered just about every aspect of the literary profession.

Everything from freelance work, technical writing, newspaper journalism, writing marketing copy for some of the largest Australian and international companies as well as hosting a weekly radio show and authoring and presenting inspirational TV shows.

Michael has written many books and is even in the throws of finishing his second fictional novel based on a political thriller.

However, his latest ebook which will be of interest to anyone who wants to write for a living (and that includes all us ebook authors) is one I highly recommend you take a look at … Titled, The Enterprising Writer.

In terms of an ebook… It's outstanding in content, quality and style! A fine example of what an ebook should look like.

In this mammoth 380 pager, Michael covers just about everything a novice or seasoned writer would need to know in regards to earning a high income from "writing what you like…When you like"!

For anyone in the process of writing their own ebook, they'll find invaluable tips for writing their book and every other worded document where the written word comes into play. Creative writing such as formulating well versed website copy, producing effective ezines, speeches, direct mail, crafting personal emails for maximum attention as well as advertising copy to help you succeed in marketing it profitably.

However, Michael, also explains and details other important aspects of writing for a living and not just the mechanics of the writer's craft.

For example, setting up and planning your business, writer's insurance, how to get the writing contracts and deals, protecting your work, overcoming "writer's block", dealing with clients and many of the other tricks and secrets of the writer's trade.

What I also found helpful were the numerous "case studies" he has included, all drawn from his own work over the years. Various communications he has used in his own business successfully, that you can adapt (like templates) and freely use in your own ventures.

Michael's ebook is worth every low cent he's selling it for and should be part of everyone's reference library on the art of writing for profit! At under 20 bucks, it's a steal!

A 5 ~ star rating! … Ricky Higgs endorsed.

Warmest Regards & $uccess
Ricky Higgs
Author, 'Sell Your Brain on the Net', 'Who's Who - 80 Business, Marketing & Online Professionals'

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"What a great read!"

Having read many PR, advertising and marketing textbooks over the years while studying for my degree, I think I'm qualified to judge this book as being an excellent summary of all of the points I have heard or read and a fascinating source of new ideas.

The conversational writing style makes reading this manual very easy and would make the reader feel this is more advice from a trusted friend rather than a formal set of guidelines.

The ideas are expressed in an engaging and entertaining manner, making this not only a vital learning tool, but also an interesting read in its own right.

This is a great book, not only for its content but how it inspires and motivates every budding writer who has dreams of success.

Csilla Kosa
Writer / Editor, Academia Press

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"What inspiration!"

Judging from the first couple of chapters of The Enterprising Writer (in which you overview the lot of a writer and then go on to describe a self-analysis ~ to help one appraise one's resolve, suitability, and financial situation etc), I think you are filling in some gaps that many other how-to book writers seem to leave, or at best gloss over.

Maybe the latter are scared that aspiring practitioners would not take up the challenge. I have not had a chance to read any of The Enterprising Writer in any depth, having spent most of my available reading time riffling through your other ebooks, Quote Unquote and Writers on Writing [now retitled as The Write Advice]! Michael, in the latter, you have assembled a worthy collection indeed. What inspiration! I can see now where you get your "mentoring" from.

Michael, I am extremely glad to have made your acquaintance in cyber-space (what a medium!). I feel that you are you ~ a bod, not a bot! So often the latter is the case, but unlike some, you do not hide behind the machine. In fact, in publishing your portrait, one can almost know you. Your approach as a marketing man as much as a writer, grants you credibility ...

Even if I were not to go very much further in a marketing course, mere observation of the way you have handled the process involved in getting your products to me, is a object lesson in customer handling skills ~ a satisfied customer is a loyal customer for the future. I look forward to an hour or two tomorrow to get in a little further reading . . .

Thanks again for your help ~ I most certainly will get back to you as I proceed.

Simon Pearl

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"Highly recommended"

There is a small but growing nonfiction book category of "how to make six figures as a freelance writer," of which this book is the newest entry. All of these books are worth reading, this one especially so. The author has decades of writing experience and earns a handsome living, and his book is packed with a wealth of practical tips to help others do the same. Highly recommended.

Bob Bly
Copywriter and Direct Marketing Specialist
Bestselling Author, 'The Secrets of A Freelance Writer', 'The Copywriter's Handbook ', 'How to Get Your Book Published : Inside Secrets of a Successful Author'

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"Thorough information about the highest-paying freelance opportunities many writers overlook."

This book gives thorough information about the highest-paying freelance opportunities many writers overlook. It offers writers the instruction they need to break into new freelancing markets and how to write effectively for those markets.

Meanwell also includes invaluable tips for freelancers on how to run their own writing business, from marketing themselves to outsourcing work.

Joe Feiertag and Mary Carmen Cupito
Co-Authors, ‘Writer's Market Companion: The Essential Guide to Starting Your Project,
Getting Published and Getting Paid'

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"The Bible of Freelance Writing!"

This was probably the BEST book I have bought in the last 12 months! I call it my 'Bible for Freelance Writing' because it is truly EVERYTHING you need to know to start and run your own freelance writing business. I recommend this book to ANYONE thinking of writing for a living. Filled with excellent details and resources, this is the only book of its kind that you will need. Within 1 week of finishing this book, I got my own website set up and have already started going after writing assignments!!

David E Hillhouse
Freelance Writer

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"An essential tool for freelance writers of any kind"

Michael Meanwell's The Wealthy Writer is an essential tool for freelance writers of any kind. It's the type of resource you can go back to again and again as you're trying to build your writing career, and it includes information you can trust.

Here are some of my favorite highlights from The Wealthy Writer that make it an indispensable resource when compared with similar books on the market:

  • The Table of Contents ~ I know it sounds silly to be in love with a TOC, but I am. I can't stand buying books that I know I'll want to use repeatedly (and not necessarly reading straight through) with vague TOCs. It forces you to 'dig' into the book to find what you need. Meanwell lays it all out on the 'table' for you - whatever you want, it's there, and you won't waste your valuable time paging through to find the information you need, such as on handling telephone interviews with your sources.
    • The PR Advice ~ This may be the biggest reason I love The Wealthy Writer. Meanwell and I both come from a background combining PR and writing, so this is the first book in the niche I've read where I thought "Wow. The author actually gets it!" Too many freelance writing books talk to you about marketing, but they completely ignore PR (which is often far more valuable to a writer). Many writers don't use public relations tools, not because they don't have the ability, but because they don't have the information. Now they do. They can learn how to build exposure around their name, build their reputation as an expert in their niche, and more using Meanwell's PR advice for writers.
      • The Truth ~ Oftentimes when we read about running a freelance writing career, we hear all about the good stuff - the flexible hours, the ability to set your own rates, etc. What we hear about less often is the more difficult side - the fact that there really are startup issues that can be frustrating (like setting up a workable home office) or the fact that we may very well find ourselves dealing with the occasional deadbeat client, where we'll have to worry about collecting bad debts.

      The best thing any potential freelance writer can do is get educated before jumping into a writing career. Understand what's involved, what to do, what not to do, and you'll enjoy a happier, more successful life as a freelance writer. Meanwell's The Wealthy Writer is one of the best resources out there to help you get started with a realistic approach to freelance writing.

      Jennifer Mattern
      PR consultant and Author, 'Press Releases Made Easy'
      Blogs, All Freelance Writing, Freelance Writing Jobs, Writers Guidelines

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      "The Wealthy Writer: A business Book For the Ages"

      There are plenty of things one would expect from a book intended to make writers money. First, someone wants you to send them money. Second, they have a book to sell you. Third, it is easy to do. Michael Meanwell doesn't tell you to send him money, buy his book, or explains how easy it is. Instead, he offers writers of all crafts--and specifically business writers--a true way to make it as writers. You may dream of screenplays and novels, but The Wealthy Writer explains the ins-and-outs of setting up a career as a copywriter, technical writer, and internet writer.

      "We need to profit from our craft," Meanwell writes in the opening paragraph of The Wealthy Writer. He also states writers should diversify, invest in themselves, and invest in themselves.

      "I have found it is best to follow the KISS principle - keep it simple, stupid." Meanwell writes, then adds, "There will always be plenty of work for good writers."
      Making it as a writer means making it with companies. For example, often getting that one sale will lead to future sales from the same company.

      "It is not enough to be a good writer," Meanwell states. "You need experience in sales, business management, and interpersonal relations."

      Next, Meanwell tells the aspiring writers to get serious about their business plan. Will you focus on one trade, or multiple? He also offers the thought you should study advertising magazines like 'Advertising Age'.

      You study the magazines, decide to market yourself, but you still need a basic business plan. Meanwell writes that the next step is to write out some examples of copy, decide how much to charge per hour, and find resources to find out how much to charge.

      Another prime example found in the text is the big clients all writers dream of getting. He lets readers know the bigger the client, the harder they will be to sell to, especially for a beginning writer. But, these big clients are worth the effort, and once experience is gained they might be easier sells.

      Meanwell continues the book with explanations on technical writing and provides the eight examples to achieve technical writing riches. Then he approaches online writing, epublishing, and provides strategies to achieve even more success. For example, he says the best selling e-books are often how-to.

      All in all, Meanwell covers much more than just these examples. Every writer may not have to buy the book, may not have to send Meanwell big checks, but they should not only learn but profit from his advice. This can open the eyes of those writers waiting for the big-fat paychecks. Public relations and advertising will always be huge markets, and crafting multitudes of documents for these and other fields are not easy. The same can be said of publishing an e-book. However, the practical advice given here by Michael Meanwell proves all talented writers can get those fat paychecks if they apply good business sense.

      Jacob Malewitz
      Freelancer Writer and Author, 'The Writer Who Smiles'
      Book Reviewer, A Reader's Eye

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      "Best Book on Writing as a Profitable Business"

      This is the best book I have read on what it's like to turn your writing into a profitable business. It's an easy read, yet packed with real life examples from Michael's many years in the trenches. His honesty about what it takes to succeed is refreshing, and I especially enjoyed the chapter on e-books. A great motivational resource and highly recommended.

      Kathryn Bechen
      Freelance Writer and Author, 'Organizing Tips and Quips',
      '57 Tips, Resources, & Links to Help You Get Free Repeat Media Coverage for Your Business ... Just Like I Have!'

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      "Another 'must read' for copywriters"

      Add another book to the list of "must reads" for aspiring copywriters. The Wealthy Writer by Michael Meanwell. I thought this one might be a little different from books by American authors, but found largely, what sells in America sells in Australia.

      I found Meanwell's book to be less engaging at times than Bowerman, Bly or Slaunwhite's books, but also found that he went into much greater (and more appreciated) depth in certain areas. For instance, others simply glazed over speechwriting. Meanwell devotes a very indepth chapter to it.

      I didn't make nearly as many notes in this book as I did in some of the other similar books, but I can see referring back to this volume on a regular basis. There is a ton of good information here.

      Where this book falls slightly behind the previously mentioned authors is mostly in the formatting. In places, Meanwell's work seems crammed and some of the samples he uses have been reduced to a size too small for old geezers to read. These things notwithstanding, I still have to put this book in the "must read" category for the target audience.

      Monty Rainey
      Freelance Writer and Life Coach

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      "WOW!! This book delivers with a BANG!"

      I came across this book quite by accident and what attracted me besides the GREAT title was.....the GREAT title...! I mean, who doesn't want to learn ways on how to make more money ~ even Donald Trump is always on the hunt. I picked up the book and could not stop reading it. It had me at 'hello' and I learned exactly what I needed to do to become very successful as a writer.

      And mind you, not just living paycheck by paycheck but it teaches you and gives you PERMISSION on HOW to live WELL. And don't you desserve to be happy and not have an ulcer worrying about money? I hear ulcers are quite painful. It has been a long time since I read a book that gave me the step-by-step guide on how to make a REAL living in writing and not feel GUILT about being PAID for sharing information in print with others that make their lives BETTER. There is nothing sexy about being BROKE as I am sure every broke-back (umm, is that even a word?!!) person will attest to. And both my hands are waaaay up in the air as having seen those days. Good-byyye empty wallet and "daddy may I have 2 dollars!" Okay...where was I?...Ahh, yes... Chapters 11 and 17 alone is worth getting this book. It discusses how to give a powerful presentation, how to make money writing speeches for others, and markets that are WIDE open just waiting to be filled; markets that are quite lucrative and will put more buckets of broccoli and grade A beef wellington dinners on your table than you can eat--even for those of you out there who are gluttonous by nature. YAAAAAA! Sorry, I just couldn't resist. :) I wholeheatedly recommend this book for how GENEROUS the author is in the sharing of information, in the clear steps he gives on how to succeed in the business of writing, and the way he OVER-DELIVERS.

      You just don't find this so readily these days as so many blockbuster authors do not seem to care about truly helping the average joe, such as myself, but are far more interested in how THEY themselves can profit off the little guy----me. This author is quite the opposite. He cares about his readers; this is quite evident between the pages and he genuinely wants his readers' lives to be enriched in every way imagineable in the direction of their dreams, that is. Get this book TODAY if you are tired of working a job you hate and barely making ends meet and have always wondered if you can make a money-spilleth-over career out of writing----yes, YOU CAN. I'm on my way...!

      'The Book Girl'
      Book Reviewer,

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      "The Smart Business of Writing"

      Of all the guides out there that try to offer advice on freelance writing as a business you could really make a living from, you're most likely to keep this one [The Wealthy Writer] on your shelf and consult it regularly.

      You could use Meanwell's encyclopedic advice as a reference for years to come. In the real world, it would be a complete miracle if you wrote the great American novel then had it picked up by an agent. You can reach for those dreams in your free time while following Meanwell's methods of making regular money now, in the freelance commercial writing market.

      This guide runs the gamut from making your career decision to setting up your business to finding available work in the corporate sector, all with practical knowledge from Meanwell's own successful experience. At times this book delves into too much detail, such as when Meanwell starts describing how to write company newsletters or direct mail submissions. But on the other hand, it's amazing how many different topics he covers about freelance writing as a viable career.

      There are plenty of other books out there that try to teach you how to write, but this one is among the best for at least getting started on making a living by doing what you love, especially when it comes to running a legitimate business.

      Book Reviewer,

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      "A practical handbook"

      The Wealthy Writer is an excellent resource for both established freelance writers and those just entering the field. Its strengths are its practical nature. While many such books are written from an academic standpoint, The Wealthy Writer is entirely practical and simple to read. Its other strength is that it covers many different areas of freelance writing and shows readers how they can specialise in different areas. This is valuable for those wanting to know what focus they can take, while it also offers established writers new avenues.

      Peter Burdon
      New Zealand
      Freelance Writer

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      "This is the gold standard"

      If you're looking for a whirlwind course to help you break into the market, here it is. Eminently practical, The Wealthy Writer covers every aspect of the craft. You'll get an overview of freelance business writing, a breakdown of the various project types and plenty of how-to information on getting things off the ground (and staying aloft once you're there).

      Steven M. Jones
      Freelance Writer

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      "Excellent Ideas!"

      I was actually surprised at some of the things the author explained about starting a writing business.

      Since I'm a copywriter myself, I didn't expect him to write a chapter (the first one) about getting corporate clients for copywriting and technical writing assignments as a financial base to your business, which makes sense. Yet many writers or wannabes won't want to do this because it takes the romance out of being a writer.

      He gives a lot of sound, money making ideas for becoming a money-making freelance writer which are excellent if you want to know the reality of what it takes to be able to be successful as a work-at-home writer.

      Definitely recommended!

      Monica Main
      Freelancer Writer

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      "This is without doubt the most practical freelance writing book that I have ever read"

      Mr Meanwell doesn't try to hook the reader with generic tips that have no "real-world" applications; instead, his book is full of specific ideas about how to branch out from the usual freelance jobs into the more unusual, but yet very needed, markets of today that are not as obvious.

      One thing that I particularly like about The Wealthy Writer is that each chapter not only explains the process for getting the deal, but it also elaborates on how to truly satisfy the customer by going beyond the ordinary.

      Mr Meanwell provides unambiguous case studies with actual examples of his own work and explanations of how he succeeded in each example. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in starting (or maintaining) a freelance business. Mr Meanwell has inspired me with this wonderful book, and I plan to refer to it often.

      Pamela K Bates
      Freelance Writer

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      "I am indebted to fellow writer Michael Meanwell"

      I am indebted to fellow writer Michael Meanwell, and his book The Enterprising Writer, whose advice on speechwriting I have used many times since in my professional career.

      Naomi Hulbert
      Marketing communications writer and Author, 'Talk Without Being Interrupted: A Guide to Writing in the Workplace'

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      Here's what the media is saying . . .

      •'s Maggie Ball:"For those who really want to turn their writing 'hobby' or vague career goal into a proper, money-making business, this book could be just the right tool".
      • Marc Tomasz: "Any author/freelance writer should have this book".

      "All I can say is, "WOW! What a book!"

      Thinking that I would lock in on the subjects that most interested me, I wound up hooked from start to finish.

      I was wrong and, from the start, I was hooked. Michael Meanwell's book is not just another "make millions on the web" book. In fact, although he addresses how to create a website, what works best and what doesn't, his book is much, much more.

      The Enterprising Writer is, in fact, a serious book about the business of freelance writing. With twenty years of success in the PR field, journalism, ad writing, fiction and even more writing assignments as they come along, Michael knows the business of writing.

      This is not something you read for a few minutes, pick out a few things you like (or think are easy to do) and then wait to make money. This book is for those who are serious about making writing a bankable business.

      As I read the book, I found things I knew (but forget to think about) about running a home business. Around every corner, there were facts that made me think. Do you need insurance for your freelance writing business? Insurance you ask? Find out what he has to say about that.

      What most impressed me was how he continually emphasized that, while freelance writing is a business and working at home is wonderful, you need to think about the rest of your life. Have you talked to your family about working at home? Do they know what it will require of everyone? Along those lines, Michael is also very honest about how his enterprise affected his marriage.

      How to set your rates . . . how to market your work . . . what markets are wide open and which should you avoid . . . do you have the heart (in addition to the talent) to be a writer? The list of subjects is endless and I hope you will take the time to visit Michael's website and order his book.

      Ellyn Kossiski
      Author and Novelist
      Editor, Kudlicka Publishing

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      "Michael Meanwell has done a very thorough

      and outstanding job"

      Michael Meanwell has done a very thorough and outstanding job for any would-be commercial writer in his book.

      My first thought was that 380 pages are far too many for a commercial writing book, until I looked at the Table of Contents. No tunnel vision and unwarranted assumptions here! If it relates to commercial writing, Michael discusses it.

      Michael obviously has a lot of knowledge and experience in the field. He invites you along to explore the possibilities, as they apply to you, without talking down to you. The book flows easily and naturally from one topic to the next and is very quick and easy to read, if that is your goal. I would advise you, however, to stop and savor some of the points lest you miss some real gems among them.

      Those not accustomed to some language idioms from the 'land down under' may have to re-read portions to understand what is meant, but it is usually decipherable on second reading. That is really the only negative in the book.

      Anyone who wants to know what the commercial writing field might hold for them would find Michael's book well worth the $19.97 for the valuable information, some of which is very hard to come by elsewhere, that it contains.

      Sandra Bowman
      Editor, eTide Publishing

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      "The definitive guide to breaking into commercial writing"

      I often get emails from people who are hoping to make millions with a first novel, generally, as yet, unwritten. Obviously there is a fairly common misconception that breaking into the world of fiction is easy and profitable. It couldn't be further from the truth. Superstar "names" like John Grisham and Dan Brown may be doing very well from their work (generally due to a powerful marketing team), but most fiction and poetry writers would be receiving a far better hourly rate working on the checkout of a local supermarket or pumping gas. Freelancers looking to make money from magazine articles and other forms of non-fiction fare slightly better, but it`s still a hard slog, with lots of querying, cold submissions and a long trail of rejections and apprenticeship before the relatively low paying acceptances begin coming in. It is rarely enough money to live on, especially with financial commitments like a family and mortgage.

      However, there is one branch of writing which is both lucrative, and relatively easy to break into: Commercial writing, or writing communications for business - eg sales letters, speeches, newsletters, brochures, advertisements, public relations material of all kinds, technical writing, and so on is a growing field where good writers are in short supply.

      Michael Meanwell's The Wealthy Writer is a comprehensive guide to creating, from scratch if need be, a lucrative commercial writing practice. While the book focuses almost solely on commercial writing, Meanwell clearly understands that writers will continue to want to produce creative works like novels and poetry for non-lucrative reasons, and stresses throughout the book that commercial writers will not only be honing their skills, but also creating enough free time to allow for other hobbies.

      Meanwell is very open about the challenges inherent in becoming a commercial writer, and from the start, gets writers to ask themselves the hard questions about their working style, level of commitment, and even things like family situation and health. The book pulls no punches about the need for a serious business plan (and provides the tools to create one), the need to have a roadmap, putting in place systems and procedures, creating a home office, setting up a professional budget, and how to determine your worth to clients. All of this precedes the writing process and makes it clear how important it is to decide the parameters and capabilities of your business before touting for clients or writing a word of copy.

      The rest of the book provides a serious guide to ensuring that your writing skills are honed and targeted specifically for the commercial market, and covers such things as how to write technical manuals well, how to produce good quality public relations (including using PR for your own advertising efforts), how to write "content" for the web (a rapidly growing field where need is beginning to seriously outstrip skill), speech writing, corporate communications, newsletter writing, copywriting and using direct mail. There are also chapters which go into the specifics of marketing your business, pitching for clients, maintaining a successful business where word of mouth is positive, using the flexibility of outsourcing to handle an increasing work load, how to deal with billing, contracts, bad debtors, time management, interviewing as a writing tool, dealing with writer's block, balancing work and life, and giving persuasive power speeches:

      "You don't have to be a naturally funny person to identify and deliver humor, but it helps if you know where to look. The best humor, in my view, is that which you experience or perceive. It's personal, so you're more than likely to deliver it better than secondhand humor you have found elsewhere. Start by observing life. Take notes and record your observations for future use. Another deep wellspring of humor resides in your own life. Think about past experiences-embarrassing situations, mistakes you made, and outdated perceptions you had. You've got enough material right there for several stand-up routines!"

      The book is easy to read, and contains lots of point by point ("13 things to remember when drafting a press release"; "5 Steps to Building a Media Database...") summaries to make referencing simple, especially as your business diversifies and you need to come back and re-read some sections. If you take Meanwell's advice, this is very likely. Many examples and anecdotes from Meanwell's own experience are provided, with rich photographs, thought provoking case studies using big companies like Telstra and Kodak, and a slightly Escheresque but detailed analysis of the publication process and learnings from his own book The Enterprising Writer.

      This book contains a lot more meat than The Enterprising Writer which was already pretty hefty in information, and looks at the latest trends in web writing, communication tools, the use of the Internet as a marketing tool, with lots of links for more information, websites to use to obtain work, and a whole lot of templates, samples and even a phone script. There is enough material here to take a novice and turn him or her into a professional, well paid commercial writer. For more experienced writers, this book contains so much information from Meanwell's years of personal experience, that the small investment will very likely translate into more lucrative work.

      Throughout the book, Meanwell is conscious of the writer's need to be creative, and includes tips on keeping your work fresh, and on how to save time for your passions:

      "We can all develop this ability by using what's been termed 'possibility thinking'. Daydream about what you'd like to achieve. See it in your mind's eye. Feel it, taste it, know that it is already part of your life and that it's within your power to tap into your talent and draw that success to you. If you do this at the beginning of each day, you'll move closer to having the end result you want in your life. Again, this may be getting a little off base for some people. My point is simply that, in order to get the most out of your creative process, you need to cultivate it by thinking differently. If you want positive action in your life, you need to nourish your mind with positive thought..."

      Fiction is a wonderful medium to work in, but the chances of making real money from it are relatively slim, especially if you write, as you should, based on your own passions rather than the whims of the marketplace. If you want to earn a regular, reliable income from writing work, commercial writing has got to be your best bet. Meanwell's latest bumper guide is as thorough a one as you'll find for breaking into, and succeeding as a commercial writer, and his witty, down to earth style will ensure that you enjoy the book as much as you find yourself referencing it on a regular basis.

      Magdalena Ball
      Author, 'Sleep Before Evening', 'The Art of Assessment' and 'Quark Soup'

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      "What a heartening experience to view your work"

      Yours is among the best I have seen. You are obviously a professional and not a 'gifted amateur' like many of us.

      The content was, as would be expected, well written, interesting and informative. The quotes preceding each chapter are a good touch, as is the personalization you add. The message flow is logical.

      I'm not a professional writer, although I have taught business communication for decades and get by really well as a technical/business writer.

      As a relative newcomer to the epublishing scene, I've keenly perused the works of others, too many of which I have found disappointing; well below what I consider an acceptable standard.

      The Enterprising Writer is different.

      I found it to be both well written, and of excellent content. I'm surprised that you are charging such a low price for such a wealth of information!

      Robin Henry
      Author and Media Consultant, Desert Wave Publishing

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      "A valuable beginner's guide to the writing business

      and a handy reference tool for all writers"

      The Enterprising Writer
      is packed with the specifics new writers need to begin a freelance writing career and established writers need to become more successful ~ financially, professionally, and personally. Michael Meanwell offers advice from his personal experience, real examples of what worked for him, and sample forms other writers can customize for their own use to become more productive and efficient.

      Meanwell tells writers to analyze their skills and the marketplace, develop a unique selling proposition, and create a business plan. Then he tells new writers how to set up and organize a business, prospect new clients, develop a portfolio, make calls, and even create a filing system that works.

      He details writing opportunities available in electronic media, PR writing, speech writing, corporate communications, advertising, and direct mail ~ providing specifics and how-to's for each category.

      The Enterprising Writer suggests marketing tips, ideas for developing a professional image, and insight into finding clients ~ through networking, resources on the Internet, client referrals, advertising, free publicity, and your own web site. It covers invoicing, financial planning, and even how to outsource some of your work as your business grows.

      Meanwell also emphasizes the need for balance ~ with goal setting, scheduling, and taking time off-between a writing career and the rest of your life.

      But what really sets this book apart from others is the thick appendix ~ more than 100 pages of case studies; sample forms and templates; and examples of press releases, speeches, business letters, and more.

      The Enterprising Writer is a valuable beginner's guide to the writing business and a handy reference tool for all writers.

      Tina Miller
      Editor, Authors Showcase

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      "For those who really want to turn their writing 'hobby' or vague career goal into a proper, money-making business,

      this book could be just the right tool"

      I've never been excited by the idea of e-books.

      As a compulsive reader and book pack rat who hunts down boxes in garage sales and likes to carry my books around with me, I've always felt that sense of accompaniment and portability would be lost, although e-book readers and the development of more eye-friendly type may well change all that.

      Some books, however, work particularly well in an electronic format. Those you read for information, to help you learn something, to grow, to get ahead, to hone your craft. There are also advantages to e-books which hard copy books don't have. You can have them minutes after you decide you want them, you can search them, and store them without cluttering up the already full-to-the-brim bookshelf, and since they are cheaper to produce, they are generally cheaper to buy.

      Michael Meanwell's The Enterprising Writer works perfectly well as an e-book.

      Using Acrobat's free eBook Reader, I was able to bookmark, search and even hold a page. I could copy and paste, and jump from section to section.

      The book itself is well written, tastefully produced, and quite printable if you want a hard copy.

      Meanwell's 20+ years of experience as a working writer has been codified and put into a useful manual on how to turn your writing talent into a proper writing business. I've read a number of books on how to create a business plan, set up a new business, and others on the craft of writing and even how to make money with writing, but not many that actually treat writing as a serious business in need of a professional business plan, marketing plan, and how to target a market and go for it, which is what this book is all about.

      There are sections which look at putting together a business plan, working from home and setting up an office, and how to evaluate whether writing as a business rather than a hobby is right for you.

      Some of it is fairly obvious, and a lot of it has been written before in other contexts, but Meanwell's considerable experience working as a freelance writer and making money shows, and it is helpful to think of a writing career as a proper business. Some of the concepts, while standard practice for other types of business, are unusual for writers and therefore worthy of thought, such as using systems and procedures, assessing your market, and direct response mailings.

      Meanwell's sample procedures for attracting new clients is useful, and his suggestions for setting up routines that target new clients while servicing the old are good ones.

      This 300+ page book covers a broad range of mostly commercial topics, including technical writing, writing for the web, which I've never seen covered in such a clear, detailed way, how to do direct marketing, e-publishing ~ and since this book was self-published, Meanwell knows what he is talking about ~ public relations, writing speeches, putting together newsletters, advertising, how to market your own business, dealing with writer's block and lots of links, forms to copy, schedules, stationery templates, prospect letters, and a plethora of case studies from Meanwell's own work.

      At worst, this book will provide freelance writers with a lot of new ideas, new markets to target, and food for thought. For those who really want to turn their writing 'hobby' or vague career goal into a proper, money-making business, this book could be just the right tool.

      Maggie Ball
      Author, 'Sleep Before Evening', 'The Art of Assessment' and 'Quark Soup'
      Editor & Writer,

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      "A captivating, valuable and highly readable work"

      One of the joys of becoming successful, whatever one perceives that to be, is sharing the knowledge gained along the way. In Michael Meanwell's book, The Enterprising Writer, this theme receives maximum development. It is a captivating, valuable and highly readable work. The suggestions, guidance, and advice, based on very substantial experience, are entirely credible and eminently practical.

      It isn't sufficient for writing to simply be your calling, if you wish to use such efforts to eat on a more-or-less regular basis. Meanwell recognizes that and presents the business realities and possibilities for the would-be professional writer, and for the developing professional who may be a bit hungry.

      A caveat is in order for anyone who thinks syntax is a governmental levy on alcohol, tobacco, and, eventually, sex (mark my words): This is not a "how to write" book. The author will not caution you that a preposition is a bad word to end a sentence with.

      This is a "how to write and earn a comfortable living, thank you" book. Michael has the client list and the bank deposit slips to prove his expertise. Fortunately for his readers, he also has the business acumen. Like most of us, he's turned a corner or two and run head-on into a truck. Such experiences teach the survivors valuable lessons, and in The Enterprising Writer, the reader is the beneficiary of the lessons learned. Stop writing until you read this book. And take notes.

      Kent Butler
      Editor and Publisher, 'Home-Based Journal'

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      "Michael shows how to run a writing business from A to Z"

      Michael shows how to run a writing business from A to Z

      Until a few weeks ago I had never before heard of Michael Meanwell. But I soon found out that Michael is a successful Australian writer who has actually been earning a living from his writing every day for the last 20 years.

      Now Michael has written this new book, called The Enterprising Writer ~ How to earn $111,245 a year writing what you like when you like.

      According to Michael himself, the $111,245 he mentioned in the title of the book, is no fictional amount of money. No, that's the actual amount of money he earned last year from his writing. And, so far as I can see, it didn't include such tasks as writing e-books or publishing self-published books or several other alternative sources of income. It just includes the amount he made from selling his writing for companies and the like.

      In The Enterprising Writer, Michael both concentrates on writing for the commercial, offline market, and writing for the Internet. Thus the book can be used by people with a different background. And at the same time it will probably open your eyes to other writing markets and revenues of income.

      In The Enterprising Writer Michael shows his readers exactly how he earned that $111,245 last year. He shows how to build up a flourishing writing business from scratch. And he emphasizes that in the writing business you can write on almost any subject you like ~ and still earn money from your writing. But, of course you have to know how to do it correctly, if you want to really succeed as a writer. And that's precisely what Michael shows you how to do in this book.

      He shows you how to manage all the practical aspects of running a business. How to get customers. How to deal with your future customers. How to market your business. How to handle complains. How to discipline yourself. How to manage your time and organize your business. How to capitalize on an almost totally untapped market for writers on the Internet. How to write and publish e-books and so much more.

      In short, Michael shows how to run a writing business from A to Z. He really covers a broad spectrum here. But he doesn't spread himself thin. Instead I found Michael's book to be comprehensive and thorough in each of the areas it covers. Michael doesn't leave anything important out, but he goes into great details addressing every aspect of running your writing business.

      Of course Michael's book can be complemented by other books (for instance, Peter Bowerman's excellent book, 'The Well-Fed Writer' and Bob Bly's 'Secrets of a Freelance Writer ~ How to Make $85,000 A Year', even though Bob's book is a bit dated in some respects), but I really think Michael has done a nice job. His book is a real help to the aspiring as well as experienced writer.

      What I really like in Michael's book is both his way of writing, and the many details of his book.

      The language of the book is really easy to understand, even for people who are totally strangers to the writing business.

      So often you'll read a how-to book that leaves out essential details that make you wonder what to do next. I like the fact that Michael really cares for his readers in this book. He generously shares his personal experiences in this business with his readers. He takes his readers by the arm and shows them all the insider tips to really succeeding in their writing business.

      The writing business is a largely overlooked opportunity today. Recently it has got some attention due to Peter Bowerman's book 'The Well-fed Writer', which in my opinion is a very, very helpful book. But as I mentioned, Michael's book supplements Peter's book nicely, though. Michael has included some information that Peter doesn't include in 'The Well-fed Writer', and vice versa.

      I don't miss anything in Michael's book. In my opinion he has included all the basics today's writer really need to get started in his or her own writing business. All they have to do is take note and take advantage of the opportunities Michael presents.

      I also like the fact that he shows his readers all of the more practical aspects of starting and running a writing business. He doesn't just concentrate on how to write. Neither does he only focus on one market. No, he shows the reader how to write on precisely his or her preferred topic and then make money on it.

      Another very commendable aspect of The Enterprising Writer is that it includes many practical examples, case studies and templates that the reader can apply instantly. The templates, in particular, can be an enormous help for the aspiring writer who wants to get a bit of the cake but doesn't know how to start. Michael has made this task much easier.

      In my opinion Michael Meanwell's book is a good example on how to write a really helpful how-to book. As you read the book, it's evident that he is used to write in a clear and precise language. He shows everything as it is, leaving no important details out.


      The Enterprising Writer is a really good investment for anyone considering starting his or her own writing business. Michael has outlined a very realistic way of starting your own profitable home based business. A writing business may also be a really good way of supplementing the income from your e-business.

      Michael even shows people totally new to the writing business how they can get started earning money on writing for many different markets.

      Considering the real help Michael offers his readers, the low cost of the book and the potential income that can be earned from this opportunity, I think The Enterprising Writer is an excellent investment.

      You probably won't be able to earn $111,245 in your first year. Remember that Michael has been in this business for 20 years. But you will most likely be able to make it into your living your first year, if you follow the advice of this fine book.

      Klaus Dahl
      Editor and Direct Marketing Specialist, 'The Direct Marketing Review'

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      "Meanwell's fluid writing and entertaining style is a pleasure for learning the freelance trade"

      This book is designed to show you how to make a living from writing, and still have a life worth living away from the keyboard. The same message most freelance how-to books mention in the first chapter (I've read 'The Well-Fed' Writer' by Peter Bowerman and 'Secrets of a Freelance Writer' by Robert W. Bly). Meanwell goes a step beyond the others and puts his twenty years of experience into the soup.

      He makes you evaluate yourself in ways others don't by considering more than writing ~ your health, your family's support, your discipline with time and money, and your experience with running a business and being a leader.

      The experience of running his own business shines through when he tips the reader to assess your field of interest, your competition, and your advantages. Typically, the writer considers the branch of writing he/she prefers, not the other writers in the field. This different approach allows for better preparation and helps the freelancer "develop what marketers call a 'USP' ~ a unique selling proposition. I am asking you to differentiate yourself from others in the market. What makes you special or, more importantly, how can you offer a greater benefit to your clients compared with the competition."

      Once the competition is evaluated, develop a mission statement that tells the essence of your business, your philosophy, and your promise to the client. Use it for promotion. Here's where the businessman once again surpasses the other writers. Meanwell's business ideas are more organized; his coding system allows for ease of file recognition and improves efficiency. Excluded from previous freelance books were such things as an operating plan, business insurance, and naming the business.

      Speech writing, corporate communications, advertising, direct mail marketing, technical writing, and web writing are covered in depth. Each type of writing has easy step-by-step guides. Extensive ideas for web markets makes the freelancer realize the amount of work available on the web ~ web content, e-zines, direct email, electronic publishers, e-book authors, on-line courses, and self-publishing e-books. Other unique features in The Enterprising Writer include:
      • staying in the black,
      • paying outsource wages,
      • staying out of debt and collecting debt,
      • handing poor payers after collection,
      • keeping the creativity flowing,
      • destroying writer's block, and
      • finding the right time to write.

      Meanwell's fluid writing and entertaining style is a pleasure for learning the freelance trade. The PDF format contains working table of contents and colorful chapter divisions. Its easy to read layout links to helpful online resources. Finishing out this must have resource is an appendix full of real case studies with color, and black and white samples of varying types ~ direct mail marketing, press releases, phone scripts, business forms and templates.

      Nancy Leake
      Editor, 'Write Time, Write Place'

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      "Using his approach, you could easily fit yourself into a single niche or diversify to keep the work coming in"

      Would you like to earn more money as a writer? In The Enterprising Writer, Michael Meanwell suggests that if you're willing to work hard and think in terms of business, you can earn a good living as a freelance writer.

      Most of the book is dedicated to tips on writing for business, but it goes beyond the usual copywriting tips.

      While Meanwell does offer advice on a wide range of writing techniques, he pays more attention to an area that many writers neglect: running a business.

      Much of the first section deals with setting up a business, buying office equipment, and making time to write. Next, he concentrates on developing a system for getting new clients, writing form letters to ease the process.

      Meanwell devotes more than 150 pages to the meat-and-potatoes of freelance writing, offering sound advice on a number of writing topics. Using his approach, you could easily fit yourself into a single niche or diversify to keep the work coming in.

      Some of the topics he covers include:

      * Technical Writing

      * Writing for the Internet as Web Content Provider
      ~ E-zine producer
      ~ E-zine writer
      ~ Direct E-mail writer
      ~ Online writer
      ~ Electronic publisher
      ~ E-book author
      ~ Online Educational Course provider

      * Self Publishing

      * Public Relations
      ~ The News Release
      ~ The Backgrounder
      ~ The Filler
      ~ The Feature

      * Speech Writing

      * Corporate Communications

      * Advertising

      * Direct Marketing

      For each area, he gives detailed advice on getting business, writing copy, and keeping clients. This makes for a huge, 380 page e-book. Even in PDF format, which allows you to resize the page for easy reading, it will take you some time to digest this book. And it's a book well worth your time if you want to make a living as a freelance writer.

      Here's what Meanwell has to say about Technical Writing:

      "Either way you look at it, technical writing is a skill. Some will see it as the most boring form of writing possible but, once you've handled a few technical assignments, most will agree it's one of the most financially-rewarding forms of writing available."

      The next section of the book is devoted to an area that many freelancers ignore to their disaster: running a business.

      "Most experts agree that self-employed people should invest 20 per cent of their time in marketing and corporate development. Most freelancers I know, don't even get close to a fraction of that figure. But it's important to make that investment for your business today and your growth tomorrow."

      The first thing he suggests is diversification: don't rely on one type of writing or one industry for all your writing income. He includes advice on PR and advertising, setting up a web site,

      You may order the book from, where you will find a complete chapter listing. Sign up for his free online newsletter and you'll receive the first two chapters of the book for a free preview.

      You might also want to take a look around Meanwell's other site, which offers some good tips and techniques for writers: The Wealthy Writer.

      Roxianne Moore
      Editor, Writing & Publishing,

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      "Any author/freelance writer should have this book"

      I do not read many non-fiction books. I especially find books on helping writers to be very unhelpful. Many writing books spew the same information that another author and/or a magazine article have said countless times. However, I am very thankful in finding the exception to that rule.

      Meanwell writes a very informative book on writing freelance. Here is a man that has his act together and explains his information very thoroughly. His concepts are very easily grasped. I find that many self-help writing books speak in a manner "above" the writer. Not this book, though.

      I like Meanwell's book because he does not beat around the bush. He explains the risks (even risks he has taken) and explains costs as well as market conditions.

      After reading this book, you can even use it for future reference with an easy-to-use Table Of Contents that functions exactly like web links.

      Any author/freelance writer should have this book. It is a very helpful tool worth buying. I give this book 5 cups of Java (it was worth the all-nighter).

      Marc Tomasz
      Reviewer and Author, 'Lone Wolfe'

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      "This book smartly takes the readers straight to the bottom line . . . worth every dime spent"

      Meanwell's The Enterprising Writer: How to Earn $111,245 a Year Writing What You Like When You Like tells exactly what you need to do in achieving financial self-sufficiency as a writer. You might not realize it and, oftentimes, detest enterprising your writing craft as a business. Yet that's the secret to earning $100K annually.

      Good news is, contrary to popular belief, you don't need to write a great American novel to enjoy the lifestyle of a successful writer. Most freelance writers who don't need to worry about their bills target the corporate accounts and call themselves technical writers, copywriters or publicity writers. You can do that too, online or offline.

      Using Meanwell's strategies and self-assessment questions and motivated by financial self-sufficiency, this book smartly takes the readers straight to the bottom line. One of the most valuable chapters covers how to approach businesses especially when they aren't aware that they need a writer. This 380-page detailed e-book of this Australian author's career testament is worth every dime spent.

      Highly Recommended

      4.5 Stars (out of 5)

      Jennie S. Bev
      Managing Editor, 'The Book Review Club'

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      "A practical tool for today's working writer ~ packed with dozens of ideas and examples"

      In The Enterprising Writer, author Michael Meanwell tells new writers how to get started in the business and helps established professionals become more productive, efficient, and financially successful. He draws on his own experience as a freelancer to cover the nuts and bolts of establishing a business ~ through skills and marketplace analysis, the development of a unique selling proposition, and use of a business plan--as well as how to grow the business ~ through marketing strategies, networking, free publicity, and more.

      Meanwell also offers advice on balancing the business and personal sides of your life ~ with goal setting, scheduling, and taking time off ~ to create a truly successful lifestyle.

      The nice thing about this book is the specifics ~ covering often overlooked details like how to set up manual and electronic file systems efficiently so you can find things when you need them, the differences between proactive and responsive PR writing, how to write a press release, what you need to know to write speeches, how easy and cost-effective it is to produce an ebook, and more. Meanwell offers suggested standards and guidelines for many written communications, like newsletters, advertising copy, and direct mail, which is very helpful for beginning writers- ~ including format, frequency of publication, design, naming, layout, and research ~ everything a new writer needs to know to look like an expert.

      Then Meanwell tells writers how to market their business, create and maintain a professional image, and land clients. He even tells you what it takes to create your own web site. And he covers practical matters like invoicing, collecting debts, financial planning, overcoming writer's block, and outsourcing work as your business takes off.

      More established writers will truly appreciate the sample templates and forms included from Meanwell's own writing business ~ all of which can be customized by readers to increase the operating efficiency of their own writing business.

      The Enterprising Writer presents a solid overview of every aspect of the freelance writer's business. Written in short, easy to read chapters, this book is well organized and can be read cover to cover or utilized as a reference tool. The glossary of terms and a generous, detailed appendix with samples of everything mentioned in the book are particularly valuable. The Enterprising Writer is a practical tool for today's working writer ~ packed with dozens of ideas and examples.

      Tina Miller

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      Here's what writers are saying about 'The Write Advice'

      • Novelist Sara Bell: "I recommend this book to any writer, both the seasoned pro and the rank novice".

      "I recommend this book to any writer,

      both the seasoned pro and the rank novice"

      The Write Advice could easily be re-titled 'Hey Kid, You're Not Alone'.

      I bought this book while struggling through a nasty case of writers block. I was hoping it would give me some motivation, pump me up enough to plant my bottom in the chair and write. What I found far exceeded my expectations.

      As writers, we tend to isolate ourselves ~ it's the very nature of the business. Unfortunately, this often leads to feelings of despair ("nobody understands me"; "I'm the only one this has ever happened to"; "I'll never make it as a real writer"; etc., etc.). Knowing some of the greatest names in the business ~ Charlotte Bronte, William Faulkner, and Longfellow to name a few ~ had some of the exact same feelings about their work as I do went a long way toward defeating my slump.

      I recommend this book to any writer, both the seasoned pro and the rank novice, who's ever doubted himself or asked the question, "Now what?"

      Sara Bell
      Novelist, 'The Devil's Fire', 'Aquamarine' and 'Justice'

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      "A great source of inspiration for any aspiring writer"

      This book is a great source of inspiration for any aspiring writer and definitely one that I would recommend to others interested in improving their writing skills.

      At present, I am involved in teaching creative writing rather than writing, but in the near future I hope to be able to publish in one or more of the following genres: poetry, short stories and non-fiction works on religion.

      Markus Lindstedt
      Creative Writing Teacher

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      "An interesting collection of affirmations and sayings that you can enjoy whenever you need a little inspiration"

      I'm in two minds about affirmations. On the one hand, my ‘child-of-hippies' pragmatic self wants to reject the whole idea as new age claptrap. Just get on with your writing, already. You don't need a mantra. On the other hand, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone, especially writers, who didn't have some kind of negative self-talk going on in his or her head. It's a part of our culture. We're constantly beating ourselves up about our appearance, the quality of our work, our overall abilities, and on and on until it's no wonder that paralysis sets in.

      The idea of affirmations is that we replace the negative soundtrack in our heads with a positive one. Do it often enough and it becomes a habit. Model your affirmations on those of successful people and you may also become successful. It's the basis of just about every major self-help program out there, from Neurolinguistic Programmers, to The Secret, to the work of Anthony Robbins. Affirm that you can do it well often enough and it becomes embedded in your subconscious mind, and ultimately a reality.

      Michael Meanwell's book The Write Advice is based on that notion ~ that in order to achieve something positive we need to be positive about ourselves ~ affirming our capabilities, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, and modeling ourselves on the successful. Updated, expanded and re-released this year with a new title, the book was originally published in 2001 as Writers on Writing. It now contains over 520 quotations, and over 210 affirmations specifically chosen to help writers. Meanwell has taken those quotations and headed them with affirmations. There are 24 different sections, each focused on an aspect of writing, such as why we write, how we generate creativity, developing that all important daily discipline, dealing with criticism and rejection, developing a regular process/schedule, techniques and so on. At the end of each chapter is a profile of a famous, well respected author. It's a nicely laid out book with good pictures, plenty of white space, and crisp, non-intimidating fonts that work well on-screen. The interactive links makes it easy to browse in a targeted way.

      You could read the book straight through, but I don't think it would be an easy thing to do. There are too many voices to be able to absorb it all linearly. It's better to take it slowly – perhaps using a quote a day at the start of your writing process. There's enough to keep you going through a full novel or so (not at my rate I'm afraid, but most people can write a novel in under 2 years). Or you can use it to attack an issue that's affecting your work. If you're struggling with time management (who isn't?), then click on "I always have time to write" in the index and you will come across Charles Buxton's "You will never ‘find' time for anything. If you want time you must make it." Had a bad review? Then scroll down to "I don't take criticism personally," and read Faulkner's "It wasn't until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn't understand my books, but they could understand $30,000." (so you aren't alone). Not sure where to begin? Go ask Lewis (Carroll that is): "Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop." It's not bad advice, though, like most affirmations and quotations, it may seem just a little too glib and obvious. Obvious maybe, but just getting on with it is probably the biggest part of most writer struggles.

      This isn't really a book to teach you how to write, although there are gems amongst the quotes which go deeper than Carroll's tongue-in-cheek quip. Instead, it's a book that you can dip into, at leisure, for inspiration or to help replace the negative talk with positive talk. Instead of saying that you aren't writing because you have writer's block or because you have nothing to say, why not try telling yourself "I have a terrific imagination," or "I write today and every day" without getting too caught up in the quality of it. Because quality is something that can't always be easily identified. Don't believe it? Try scrolling to the end of the book and reading what writers have written about each other. Keats called Byron's work a "bedlam vision produced by raw port and opium." Capote called Updike (and just about every other writer) a bore. There are even famous last words ("I Die" was one of my favourites).

      The Write Advice is an interesting collection of affirmations and sayings that you can enjoy whenever you need a little inspiration, to get yourself going, or just for a laugh. This is a neatly presented, well chosen group of sayings that can prove valuable for both changing your mindset, and finding camaraderie and support from the most lofty sources.

      Maggie Ball
      Author, 'Sleep Before Evening', 'The Art of Assessment' and 'Quark Soup'
      Editor,, Reviewer, Blogcritics Magazine

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