>Here’s a book you may likePosted: October 13, 2009
>Today I’m typing with a sprained wrist. I’m not even supposed to be typing, and I’m definitely not supposed to have my splint off yet, but I do so I can put a few words down without the torture of doing it one-handed. But note that I have typed one-handed quite a bit over the years. You do what you have to do. I have been injured, but more often, I have been on the telephone or eating while trying to meet a deadline.
So, in the interest of less typing, I offer this book to you. I don’t love every page of it, but there’s plenty to recommend. (Don’t tell my doctor I was typing.)
Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal: How to Have a Great Life as a Freelance Writer by John Clausen, Writer’s Digest Books, 2001. Beyond the delightful title, Clausen offers 207 pages of information and inspiration for freelance writers. He intertwines straight how-to with his own experiences and those of other successful writers who plunged into the business and flourished. One of the ways he pays the bills is by writing advertising, junk mail and press releases for various companies, and he tells us how to do it. For those of us who would rather not get involved in that type of writing, there’s still plenty of good information on how to make it in magazines, newspapers and other media. This book is straightforward, optimistic, and very useful