"Funny, useful, and yes, essential." –A.J. Jacobs, New York Times best-selling author, editor at large at Esquire magazine, NPR commentator, and columnist for Mental Floss magazine
"Zachary Petit is the best editor I have ever worked for. The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing is as brilliant, incisive, and thorough as I expected. Do everything he says for a more successful career!" –Susan Shapiro, New York Times bestseller and award-winning journalism professor
"As both freelance writer and magazine editor, Zachary Petit has put together the finest (and most amusing) book I've read on how to break into professional writing and what to do once you get in the door. Funny, inspiring, and brimming with crucial nuts-and-bolts information, The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing should be on every freelancer's bookshelf." –Melissa Rossi, former travel columnist and author of the What Every American Should Know series.
"Want to score more writing gigs and earn well while doing what you love? Here's your chance to learn the ins and outs of freelance writing from an actual editor and long-time writer who has seen it all–from difficult sources to snooze-worthy queries. Zachary's book offers new writers insider tips, counterintuitive advice (that works!), and a few naughty words (c'mon, you know they're funny)." –Linda Formichelli, co-author of Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race…and Step Into a Career You Love and co-owner of The Renegade Writer Blog and UsefulWritingCourses.com
"Getting started as a freelance writer can seem like a daunting game: so much information to sort through and so many rules and stumbling blocks that seem designed to keep you out. Zachary Petit knows all about it, and that's why he wrote this book. It's blessedly simple, yet packed with all the information you need to figure out your own unique path into this business. Zac's hard-won wisdom is both educational and entertaining. The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing can save you tons of time, help you earn more money, and keep you out of trouble while you're doing it. If you grab a copy and read it, you'll be well equipped to dive into the wonderful, lively, rewarding world of freelance writing." –Elizabeth Sims, prize-winning novelist, contributing editor for Writer's Digest, and author of You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams.
"Zachary Petit's The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing is exactly that: essential. Covering every topic a freelancer might need to understand, from query letters to tax deductions, Petit has created a veritable freelancer's bible of insight and wisdom, replete with concrete examples. Suited for both the emerging writer hoping to break into the market and the trained veteran looking for a useful reference, The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing is a must-have for independent writers. One wonders how we have survived for so long without such a volume." –Jacob M. Appel, author of Einstein's Beach House