About the Renegade Writer

Drinking yet again ...Hi, Renegades! I’m Linda Formichelli, one half of the Renegade Writers. I’m the co-author, with the fabulous Diana Burrell, of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock. (That’s me on the left enjoying the freelancing lifestyle with Diana, who’s on the right.)

The Renegade Writer concept is that to have a successful freelance career, you need to do what works for you — instead of blindly following the “rules” you see set forth in books, in magazines, and on blogs. An editor friend gave me the idea for the book when I told him, “I just broke into the national magazines with a three-page query — but all the books tell you to keep your query to one page. I should write an article about how to break in by breaking the rules.” And he, being a smart editor, said, “You should write a book!” And so Diana and I did. The Renegade Writer hit the shelves in 2003, was updated in 2005, and is still selling steadily; I’m thrilled that I still receive fan mail about it every week. Even if I do say so myself, it’s reached the status of a cult classic in the writing world.

This blog is an extension of the book — it’s all about how to develop a querying style that works for you, overcome freelancing fear, get motivated, figure out your own systems for getting and doing work, earn more money as a freelancer, and basically boost your freelance writing career and reach your writing dreams. I believe that if you write well, are persistent and professional, and insist on being paid fairly for your skills, you can make it as a freelance writer.

Who is this Linda chick? I’ve been a full-time freelancer since 1997 and have written for more than 130 magazines and websites, including USA Weekend, Inc., Health, Redbook, WebMD, Cleveland Clinic Magazine, Pizza Today, Women’s Health, Family Circle, and Writer’s Digest (where I’m a contributing editor). I support my family with my freelancing (my husband is a part-time freelance writer), and earn a full-time income working part-time hours using methods you’ll read about in this blog. In addition, I’ve co-authored eight books, have done copywriting for companies like OnStar and Pizzeria Uno, and have blogged professionally.

In addition to writing for magazines, writing books, and running this blog, I offer phone mentoring for writers and teach an e-course on how to create a kick-ass article query. I also offer cool freebies like teleclasses for writers and a packet of 10 query letters that worked. Please do poke around the site to take advantage of all these offerings.

On a more personal note, I live in the Raleigh area with my writer husband, preschooler son (who we’re homeschooling), occasional exchange student, and two cats. I earned a master’s degree in Slavic Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley in 1995. I’m the founder of two great groups: Creative Professionals for Animal Welfare (which has 400 volunteers) and Concord Moms & Dads (which has 100 members), though I stepped down as the leader of these groups when they got too big for me to manage. I’m into yoga, meditation, reading (especially science fiction), linguistics (especially dialectology), all things spa (love Canyon Ranch!), and baking.

Thanks for visiting The Renegade Writer blog. I look forward to reading your comments, working with you as a mentee, or teaching you in one of my e-courses!