Freelance writing on health, food and gardens
How one aspiring writer succeeded in this highly competitive market - and how you can too!
In 2011 Susie Kearley quit a 15-year marketing career to start up as a freelance writer in the middle of a recession. In this book, she shares how, in under two years, she went from being an aspirational rookie, to working for some of the biggest names in publishing. This book is inspirational. It provides valuable tips to get you started in writing for the health, food and gardening markets, and has wider relevance to other fields of journalism.
Interviews with other writers - all working in the health, food and gardening markets - give superb insight into the highlights and challenges that each of them have faced in this field of work. The book features interviews with some well-known writers and with others who are still building their reputation, including: Amanda Hamilton, celebrity nutritionist and health writer; Jackie Lynch, nutritionist and health writer; Nick Baines, travel writer focusing on food topics; Sue Ashworth, food and cookery writer; John Negus, gardening writer; Helen Riches, garden designer and writer.
Susie provides humorous accounts of the obstacles she faced, as well as tips on how to write a winning pitch, how to market yourself as a writer, and how to avoid legal issues. She provides anecdotes and personal insights that many freelance writers will relate to, on topics from getting paid, to quashing the myths of freelance writing.
This book is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to be a successful freelance writer in the health, food, and gardening markets.
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Carys Llewellyn : writer and book reviewer Pick up any magazine or newspaper and you will find several articles on health, food or gardening and not necessarily written by experts in those particular fields. Susie Kearley isn’t an expert on all of these topics but her ‘Freelance Writing on Health, Food and Gardens’ reveals how to break into what is probably one of the biggest freelance markets in the English-speaking world. This is because articles do not have to be aimed at specialist magazines. For example: a men’s fitness publication might run a tailor-made piece on health or food and ‘gardens’ don’t necessarily mean how-to grow things – the author points out that even astrologers write for gardening magazines! This marketplace is all about thinking outside the box but there’s a lot of autobiographical advice on how to sell yourself as a writer; build up a valuable contact base and generate numerous feature ideas from a single opportunity. If these are topics that interest you then becoming a freelance writer might be easier than you think. Highly recommended. ~ Carys Llewellyn, Amazon and Goodreads