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How to Get a Break as a Writer Making Money from Your Words and Ideas: A Seriously Useful Author's GuideHow to Get a Break as a Writer Making Money from Your Words and Ideas: A Seriously Useful Author's Guide

Neil Nixon

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Why I wrote this book

This book is aimed at people who wish to have a career as a writer. It highlights the opportunities that exist for writers, offers advice about how to generate an income from your writing by showing you the way your ideas and words can be employed to earn money. The author, Neil Nixon, is a freelance journalist, writer and author for over 25 years, with experience of factual, fictional and public relations work – so it really is advice from an experienced 'horse’s mouth'.


How to Get a Break as a Writer deals with an area of writing for a living that remains virtually untouched by most other titles. This is a book about getting breaks, making your own luck and getting hopeful writers to the stage of being taken seriously. It is not a book that tells you how to write your novel, but instead focusses on the range of paid writing opportunities that exist for budding writers. Honest, insightful and challenging, How To Get a Break as a Writer tells it like it is, pulls no punches and delivers a series of chapters setting out the problems faced by aspiring writers. Packed with examples of success and failure, How to Get a Break as a Writer could be your ticket to a new dimension in your writing life.

About the Author

Neil Nixon Neil Nixon has been writing since his student days, and in 1999 was the first person in the UK to found an undergraduate programme in Professional Writing. His work goes from the respectable (Sony Award nomination and acclaimed academic textbooks), to sick humour, advertising and writing for operations as varied as Sooty Films and Rough Guides.

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360 pages


Neil Nixon


Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing

Publication date

2nd March 2011