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“All you need to know to make your dream of becoming a writer come true is contained in this book. Follow Bob Bly's simple steps, work hard, take it seriously and soon, you too will be living the life you want.”

--Ilise Benun, author, Self Promotion Online

“This is the core of what you need to know in order to make six figures or more as a freelance writer.”

--Nick Usborne, Copywriter and Author

Bob Bly, author of 80+ books and the man McGraw-Hill calls "America's top copywriter," shows how quickly and easily you can...

“Write and Grow Rich!”

Make $100,000 a Year or More as a Freelance Writer Working at Home ... and Have the Time of Your Life Doing It!

About Bob Bly

Bob Bly

Bob Bly has been a writer since 1979 and a full-time freelance writer since 1982. He earns more than $600,000 a year from his freelance writing, and became a self-made multi-millionaire while still in his 30s.

A copywriter for more than a quarter of a century, Bob has written promotions for over 100 clients including Phillips, Agora, KCI, 21st Century, Weiss Research, EBI Medical Systems, Sony, IBM, AT&T, Grumman, Crain Communications, McGraw-Hill, IBM, Intuit, and AlliedSignal.

Bob is the author of more than 60 books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Direct Marketing (Alpha), The Ultimate Unauthorized Star Trek Quiz Book (HarperCollins), The Copywriter's Handbook (Henry Holt), The Science in Science Fiction (BenBella), and, with Bo Dietl, Business Lunchatations (Penguin).

He has published more than 100 articles in such publications as Subscription Marketing, Direct, Business Marketing, Writer's Digest, and Amtrak Express.

Bob's writing awards include a Gold Echo from the Direct Marketing Association, an IMMY from the Information Industry Association, two Southstar Awards, an American Corporate Identity Award of Excellence, and the Standard of Excellence award from the Web Marketing Association. He also taught writing at New York University.

Bob has appeared as a guest on dozens of TV and radio shows including The Advertising Show, Bernard Meltzer, CNBC, and CBS Hard Copy. He has been featured in major media ranging from the LA Times and Nation's Business to the New York Post and the National Enquirer.

What they say about Bob Bly

"Thank you very much. I see already that this book is going to be the jump start I needed. It's answered so many questions I had that it's hard to believe it."

--John Beer

"I started down this road of copywriting for direct marketers by purchasing your book. Since then I have made about $50,000 in copywriting fees. I feel a debt of gratitude toward you!"
--Ray Edwards

"I went to Amazon.com and got a copy of Secrets of a Freelance Writer. Wow! ... I loved it! Packed with info. The book had a 'readability' about it that took away all my fears, put me at ease, and made me feel that I wasn't treading on foreign soil. I kept saying to myself, 'I can do that, I can do that!'."
--Ronald J. Rich

"Your books served as a complete reference when I started my own freelance writing business a year and a half ago. By following the advice you laid out, I quickly reached goals that I had set for year three of my business within the first year. My philosophy is, if you've written it or recommended it, I want to read it."
--Carla Jahnson

"I own a copy of The Copywriter's Handbook, which is priceless. Thank you for making this information available to those of us on a shoestring"
-- Mary Klaebul, Memphis, TN

"I own Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $85,000 a Year and The Copywriter's Handbook.  Both are Great. You did a great job of getting to the nitty gritty. I admire and respect what you have done."
-- Derek A. Chilcoat

"FYI, you started me off with your tape series on freelance copywriting, and I'm an avid reader of yours."
-- Scott T. Smith, Bozeman, MT

"Having read two of your books, Secrets Of... and The Copywriter's Handbook, I am now taking the leap. If not for the strong encouragement of your books, I might not have jumped. Thanks again for the road map that your books offered."
--  Eddie Adelman

"I am a great fan and avid reader of your books. When I first started out in this copywriting business nearly ten years ago, your Secrets of a Freelance Writer was my bible (it's so dog-eared, some of the pages are coming apart). You continue to be a great source of inspiration and education."
-- John M. Mora, Plainfield, IL

"Thank you for all the books you've written over the years -- I have enjoyed many of them, and profited from what I've learned. I've been reading Become a Recognized Authority in Your Field this past month -- it's helping me really do the things I've always wanted to do."
-- Michael Knowles

"I read Write More, Sell More a few years ago and loved it."
-- Steve Slaunwhite

"The first time I read your book Secrets of An $85,000 Freelance Writer I laughed at the fact of picturing myself as a business writer. The second time I read it, I made over $1,000 in a week. I'm laughing for a much better reason now."
-- Grady Smith

"I loved your book The Copywriter's Handbook. It has sincerely helped me in my business and is worth every penny I spent on it!"
-- Brian Maquire, Portland, OR

"Had I not discovered your Secrets of a Freelance Writer and The Copywriter's Handbook, I would still be a frustrated, unfulfilled hack. Thank you for saving me from that! I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with the rest of us and allowing us to take a piece of the pie. I already love this new career that I never would have discovered without your guidance. Thanks."
-- Elizabeth Hanes

"I wanted to thank you for The Copywriter's Handbook and Secrets of a Freelance Writer. Both books are informative and inspirational."
-- Ken Harrison

"I have read your books Selling Your Services and The Six Figure Consultant and I really appreciate the wealth of knowledge you have shared in both of these publications."
-- Leah Beth Mills, Farmingville, NY





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Dear Writer (or Soon-to-be Writer):

The writing life is a great life.

I love being able to avoid the "rat race" -- and just sit in a quiet, peaceful room all day ... thinking, reading, and writing for my clients.

Now, I'm not the most prolific writer in the world ... or the most successful.

I've never had a best-seller, written for TV, or scripted a Hollywood blockbuster.

Yet, though most people have never heard of me, I consistently earn more than $600,000 a year as a "journeyman" freelance writer....

... writing everything from articles, columns, and books ... to home study courses and ad copy, to Web sites and direct mail packages ... for publishers, small businesses, and corporate clients worldwide.

In fact, I've been making a handsome living as a full-time freelance writer since 1982 - and for every year of that except the first two, have broken the six figure mark.

As a result, I became a self-made multi-millionaire while still in my 30s ... even though a recent survey from the American Society of Journalists and Authors revealed that almost 7 out of 10 freelance journalists earn less than $50,000 a year.

So ... how come, in a society where writers earn a modest wage, I regularly earn a million dollars from my freelance writing every 2 years?

Here's the amazing secret: making $100,000 a year or more as a freelance writer is not at all difficult.

In fact, it's surprisingly easy to make a lot of money writing ... as long as you know the few dozen proven tricks and techniques that I want to teach you. If you will let me.

Make $100,000 a year as a freelance writer

In my best-selling writer's manual, Write and Grow Rich, I share with you proven, utterly pragmatic methods you can use to quickly and easily start and run your own $100,000-a-year freelance writing business.


  • How to break into the lucrative corporate writing market ... even when you're a novice and have little or no business experience. See page 10.
  • The 10 most common freelance writing mistakes ... and how to avoid each. Page 38.
  • How to ask for – and get – the fees you deserve. Page 56.
  • Finding and working with an agent – is it for you? Page 72.
  • How to quickly and easily create a simple business plan - in less than 3 minutes -- that will increase your freelance writing income to $100,000 a year or beyond. So simple, you can write it on the back of an envelope. Page 3.
  • Powerful negotiating tactics that can help you talk your editors and clients into paying you more money for nearly every job you write for them. Page 18.
  • The only 2 ways to get rich writing ... and why most writers seem to deliberately choose poverty over wealth. It starts on page 2.
  • Specialists earn $10,000 to $25,000 or more a year than generalists, and have a much easier time finding work. Don't have a writing specialty? Here's how to get one you'll absolutely love - and fast. Page 6.
  • Make money by self-publishing and marketing your own writing. Eliminate rejections and the middleman … keep all the profits. Page 69.
  • 5 ways to get rich with online writing ... and 2 ways not to. Discover why almost everything you've heard about making money by writing for the Internet is wrong ... and where the money really is. Page 21.
  • A painfully shy introvert’s guide to networking with prospects, editors, and fellow writers. Page 78.
  • 10 essential rules for running a successful freelance writing business. Ignore them at your peril. Page 45.
  • Where and how to set up your office. Page 82.
  • Make more money as a writer by getting twice as much done in half the time. 9 personal productivity secrets that can send your freelance writing income through the roof. Page 15.
  • 7 ways to double your freelance writing rates this year ... and get editors and clients to happily give you more money. Page 42.
  • Ivy Lee’s secrets for successful public relations (PR) writing. Page 84.
  • How to accelerate your freelance writing career by publishing your own e-newsletter ... and giving it away for free - as crazy as that sounds. Page 31.
  • Earn $2,000 a day supplementing your freelance writing with lucrative consulting assignments. Page 86.
  • Keep more of the money you make: personal finance secrets for freelance writers. Page 93.
  • There are only 4 ways to break out of low-paying writing and become a highly paid, in-demand writer. Can you name them all? See page 18.
  • Every six-figure freelance writer needs a Web site ... and here's what you should have on yours. Page 34.
  • 5 things you can do to get lucrative assignments from local small businesses and big national corporations - even if you've never done any business writing before. Page 10.
  • 6 steps to convincing clients that only YOU can handle their next writing assignment. Page 8.
  • What to do when you hand in your copy and the editor or client says, "I don't like it." Page 36.
  • Why clients rewrite copy – and how to handle it. Page 80.
  • The 6 biggest time wasters for freelance writers ... and how to avoid each. Page 15.
  • What every freelance writer should know about blogging. Page 28.
  • Using direct mail to generate leads for your freelance writing services – I used this method to generate a 10% response for my own copywriting services. Page 53.
  • How to "bait your hook" with an irresistible offer they can't refuse when "fishing" for new writing clients. Page 24.
  • 22 more secrets for boosting your writing profits. Recent survey shows that freelance writers earning $60,000 a year or more consistently do these 22 things ... while those who earn less hardly do them at all. Page 48.
  • Can you imagine getting paid more to talk about writing than to actually write? Your fellow writers are routinely making $1,000 to $5,000 a day giving talks and seminars. Why not you? Page 100.
  • Big bucks in PR writing. Ivy Lee, advisor to steel magnate Charles Schwab, reveals how to make money getting publicity for business clients. Page 84.
  • How Richard Armstrong went from getting paid $2,500 per direct mail letter to $22,500 per sales letter … by turning business away! Page 95.
  • The average consultant earns $2,000 a day for telling other people what to do. Here’s how to make money consulting on your area of expertise for similar fees. Page 86.
  • Any freelance writer with a six-figure income can easily retire a millionaire  by age 50 – or even 40 -- by following these simple investment strategies. Page 93.

"A super thank-you for the collection of universal truths ala copywriting  behaviors written in Write and Grow Rich. I wanted to let you know in 2008 I am taking my rather successful business into the heights of top-shelf  success. Write and Grow Rich has been more than an inspiration, it’s a  true road map. I’m very grateful that you have given back to the  world with that kind of writing. Because of it, I’m able to inspire more  clients to commit to their outgoing messaging and I’m more rewarded because of  it." -- Joseph Coplans

"I'm only on page 8, but I've already read the answer to my most burning question and enough career-making advice to remind me why I trust and like you. No hype, no crazy claims or inflating the truth. Just intelligent, honest, and direct writing that is practically valuable and keeps the goal within reach. I have been trying, desperately, not to accumulate any more material on the subject of copywriting, but I couldn't resist you and yours! And I'm glad I didn't." -- Celeste Warrington

"The book has helped me identify very lucrative industries I can break into and ways to do so. I went from scratching my head and wondering how to get more work, to already finding two new clients and being booked solid for the next two months. Your ideas will make me thousands and thousands of dollars in income and help me seriously step up my game." -- Pascal Schafft


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As I mentioned at the beginning of this letter, I have made millions of dollars from my freelance writing.

Of course, a million dollars is not as much today as it was a generation ago. So I would not say I am wealthy.

But I'm what some people would say is "well off" ... or at least "comfortable."

I own an 11-room home worth more than three quarters of a million dollars. I have no mortgage or consumer debt of any kind. When I need a car, I buy a new one from the dealer for cash -- and the last one cost about $35,000!

I work in jeans and sneakers - no more suit and tie, commuting, project teams, or answering to a boss.

I believe that everyone should have their own personal definition of what success means to them.

My definition of success for me is: doing what I want to do, when I want to do it ... and being paid very, very well for it.

And freelance writing has given me the level of success I desire....

I get paid very well - earning, on average about $12,000 a week ... all from freelance writing.

(That means I make more in a month than the average American makes in a year!)

But more important, I do what I want to do - write.

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