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Renegade Writer e-Books

Write Your Way out of the Rat Race…and Step Into a Career You Love (Kindle Edition & PDF)

The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success (Kindle Edition)

Rock-Solid Queries: The 10 Surprising Reasons Why Magazine Editors Reject Your Ideas … and How to Write Queries That Get More Acceptances Today (Kindle Edition)

Become a Confident Freelancer (Kindle Edition)

The Renegade Writer’s Ultimate Guide to Marketing Your Freelance Writing: 27 Riffs from the Renegade Writer Blog on How to Earn More Money Doing What You Love

The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock!: The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Selling More Work Faster

A Renegade Writer Kick in the Ass: 30 Riffs from the Renegade Writer Blog to Help You Bust Your Excuses, Light a Fire Under Your Butt, and Become a More Motivated & Productive Freelance Writer

Get Unstuck! For Freelancers: A 6-Week Course to Boost Your Motivation, Organization, and Productivity—So You Can Do More Work in Less Time, Make More Money, and Enjoy the Freelance Lifestyle



Write Your Way out of the Rat Race…and Step Into a Career You Love (Kindle Edition) by Linda Formichelli


Learn how to make the leap from employee to successful freelance writer! You’ll learn how to prepare for and launch your freelance career–even while you work a 9-5 job. By the end of the book, you’ll know whether you’re really ready to become a freelance writer; how to tell your boss about your new side gig; what skills you already have from your day job that will help you land your first writing assignment and much more. You’ll also get loads of resources and insight from successful freelance writers who have escaped the rat race. (175 pp)

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The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success (Kindle Edition) by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell.


Written by two freelancers who broke the rules to win the game, this Amazon-bestselling book contains a wealth of information for writers who are frustrated by the seemingly limited ways to operate in the freelance market. It explains that freelancers can negotiate for more money and better terms without risking their careers, shows that editors are not the writer-gobbling monsters many freelancers fear, and explains how to establish and foster work relationships. In this updated second edition there are more ideas, more rules to break, and more resources to get started. As inspiration, the book includes examples of real writers who have gone against “expert” advice and flourished. Being shy doesn’t pay, and following the rules puts a writer in a long line of other sheep; with this text as a guide, writers can step out of the herd and build a successful business in a crowded market. (239 pp)

Buy the Kindle edition of The Renegade Writer on Amazon.com for $2.99


Rock-Solid Queries: The 10 Surprising Reasons Why Magazine Editors Reject Your Ideas … and How to Write Queries That Get More Acceptances Today by Diana Burrell


If too many of your queries bounce back in your e-mail box with standard-issue rejections from magazine editors, you need to read ROCK-SOLID QUERIES: The 10 Surprising Reasons Why Magazine Editors Reject Your Ideas … and How to Write Queries That Get More Acceptances Today. In it, Burrell shares the unspoken reasons why queries don’t make the cut. Even good queries sometimes fall prey to a magazine’s whims! However, Burrell shows writers the specific actions they can take to ensure their story proposals are as “rock solid” as they can be. ROCK-SOLID QUERIES is broken up into ten easy-to-digest chapters that address everything from curing your queries of boring ledes to overcoming an editor’s objections about your lack of experience, or “clips.” Readers will find the same friendly, encouraging voice they loved in the Renegade Writer books. ROCK-SOLID QUERIES will have you writing better pitches today!

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Become a Confident Freelancer by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell.


One of the biggest challenges freelance writers face isn’t lack of talent or knowledge, but a profound lack of self-confidence. Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell, co-authors of the cult classic Renegade Writer titles, noticed that confidence levels in their students were actually inversely proportional to the amount of talent they had–that is, the most talented, able-bodied writers were the least confident about their abilities!

In 2012, Linda and Diana offered a teleseminar called “Become a Confident Freelance Writer,” which offered ten motivating tips to help build confidence so writers could achieve the success they dreamed about. That teleseminar ended up becoming their most popular and well-attended. Attendees and those who couldn’t make the call begged for a transcript–and here it is!

In this short eBook, you’ll learn:

  • The good news about what editors think of you. (Hint: They often don’t at all!)
  • How to beat the curse of perfectionism.
  • How to gain confidence when you have no money coming in.
  • How pretending you’re confident can make it happen.
  • More!

This is a transcript of the actual seminar, which means the authors have done minimal editing.The ums and ahs have been removed, the transcriptionist’s spelling has been corrected, and sentences that were muffled and/or confusing on tape were rewritten. Otherwise, it’s a faithful rendition of the one-hour seminar.

Buy Become a Confident Freelancer for the Kindle on Amazon.com for $1.99


The Renegade Writer’s Ultimate Guide to Marketing Your Freelance Writing: 27 Riffs from the Renegade Writer Blog on How to Earn More Money Doing What You Love by Linda Formichelli.


I compiled and updated the very best posts on marketing from the Renegade Writer blog. Learn the secrets that help successful freelancers sell more of their writing. Including:

  • The little extras that will make an editor love your query.
  • How to impress an editor with your credentials — even if you have no clips.
  • How to market your writing without having to send query letters. (And why I haven’t sent a query since 2010!)
  • What editors and clients wish you knew about connecting with them on social media.
  • How to sell more articles by being yourself.
  • The top mistakes writers make that doom their article ideas.
  • How to leverage client compliments to get more work.
  • How to land more assignments by sneaking around the writer’s guidelines.
  • Using your superpower as a writer to get editors and clients to say YES.
  • And much more!

Here’s what others have to say:

The Renegade Writer’s Ultimate Guide to Marketing Your Freelance Writing is a phenomenal ebook that is full of information on how to make it as a freelance writer. As a beginner freelance writer, I have been clueless on what type of marketing I should be doing to get started making money. This book answers all my questions. Linda’s ebook will benefit everyone, from the beginner to the the experienced freelancer who needs to boost their earnings. It is such a fun book to read that I couldn’t put it down.
—Marty Hubbard

This guide is an AWESOME piece of work and a real confidence booster! I recommend it to any new writer like me who wants to break the rules and stay alive. I look forward to being your writing student someday.
Cyril Dery, Ghana

This book contains the secrets I’ve discovered from being in the trenches since 1997. Don’t let your competitors get to them first! (83 pp)

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The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock!: The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Selling More Work Faster by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell


This convention-defying follow-up to The Renegade Writer ensures that freelance journalists get the assignments they want more quickly and for better pay with the right query letter. Successful freelancers and the editors that buy their work share their advice on pitching the perfect story, with more than 20 real examples that earned great assignments from major magazines. Fresh, spunky, and fun to read, this handbook favors a proven renegade approach that gets freelancers more work for more money in less time and with less stress.

Includes queries that landed assignments from:

  • Smithsonian
  • LA Times Magazine
  • Parenting
  • Fitness
  • Writer’s Digest
  • and more!

200 pp, $2.99.

What others have to say:

I would very much like to have tea with the authors; unfortunately I’ll have to settle for reading their book. Friendly and experienced, Diana and Linda offer excellent advice for breaking into magazines and address many writerly concerns, such as how to deal with follow ups, a lack of clips, and editors who ignore you. The second part of the book is even more enlightening – real query letters complete with comments from the editors who received them. It’s like having an editorial super-decoder ring at your service.
—Kris Bordessa

The first half of this book provides valuable information about breaking into magazine markets. Although the tips are professional and ethical, Diana and Linda are quite funny while talking to us — and that’s the tone of this book. The authors are talking to their readers, not at their readers. I literally laughed out loud several times while reading. The second half of the book consists of samples of successful query letters and comments from the editors who gave the assignments to the writers. This information alone is worth the cost of the book a hundred times over.
—Sharon Waldrop

Buy The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock! on Amazon for the Kindle for $2.99


A Renegade Writer Kick in the Ass: 30 Riffs from the Renegade Writer Blog to Help You Bust Your Excuses, Light a Fire Under Your Butt, and Become a More Motivated & Productive Freelance Writer


If excuses are holding you back; if you feel stuck, disorganized, or overwhelmed; if you’re a depressed or ADD writer; if you get easily discouraged; if you feel like you’re just not like all the other writers out there; if the idea of rejection stops you from pitching — then this book is for you. Learn how to take control of your time, beat your fears, bust your excuses, and boost your motivation so you can become a successful freelance writer.

89 pp; $4.95

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Get Unstuck! For Freelancers: A 6-Week Course to Boost Your Motivation, Organization, and Productivity—So You Can Do More Work in Less Time, Make More Money, and Enjoy the Freelance Lifestyle by Linda Formichelli.


I turned my popular Get Unstuck e-course into an e-book, so you can learn to become a productive writer at a fraction of the cost! I work part-time but earn a full-time income freelancing, and Get Unstuck is full of my best tips. This 64-page e-book includes six lessons that address:

  1. Finding time to write
  2. Organizing and automating your business
  3. Creating a workspace that enhances your work
  4. Developing a system of to-dos that works for you
  5. Beating procrastination
  6. Bashing perfectionism
  7. Finding help
  8. And more!

Each lesson boasts helpful sidebars of additional information and an assignment so you can put all the advice in the lessons to work. 64 pp, $7.95

What others have to say:

The “Get Unstuck!” ebook is a 6 week course to help you boost your motivation, organization, and productivity. And it does just that! Linda’s crafted an ebook that consists of actionable steps to help you overcome the chaos that is freelance life! I implemented her filing and invoicing system as soon as I read it and it’s going to FINALLY release the chains of clutter on my laptop! Thank you, Linda, thank you for the freedom to do what I couldn’t!
—Tania Dakka

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