"Required reading" for today's smart writer.

"Required reading" for today's smart writer.
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Recommended Reading...

Are you seeking more online opportunities for your writing? Would you like to have a more perfect "pitch" than Mariah Carey? Are you clueless when it comes to more complex writing and technical terms?

If so, Susan Johnston's Ebook "The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets" will help to hone your craft and increase your cash.
First, let me provide "full disclosure." I came into this review with a built in bias.

Which is why I spent $15.99 on an Ebook.
(And Jen doesn't typically "do Ebooks".) I'm an avid reader, but tend to prefer hard copy, tangible books, from the "old school".


I am a fan of Susan's work. She and I became acquainted initially in 2007 when I hired her to freelance write for me, in my former position of senior editor of a popular regional publication, (that has since ceased publication).

Back then, as now, I found her to be a skilled writer who knows how to get the most out of any subject she tackles.

Although admittedly, at my stage of the game, many of the terms and tips were familiar, she still did an impressive job on providing detailed sample query letters, a good representation of varied markets, and insider's info on what to expect from web writing.

I did get a chuckle or two out of some of the things I read, which was an added bonus. :-)

All in all, I'd say it's a good investment for today's writer.

Pen & Prosper readers, have you heard of this writer or her book? Have you come across any other valuable reads in regards to the craft of writing? Do you prefer Ebooks to hard copy? Please feel free to share your thoughts.


  1. Susan's name sounds familiar, so there's a good chance I've read some of her work. This book sounds interesting; may have to add it to my wish list. And an e-reader to go with it. :) I prefer hard copy books too. There's just something about holding a real book in your hand...Thanks for the heads up about this book!

    Karen :)

  2. Finally! Someone else who prefers the hardback, tangible, "old-school" books!!! I'm going to check out your recommendation, thanks!

  3. Jennifer Brown BanksNovember 9, 2010 at 2:37 AM


    Susan's been on the scene for some time, so it's likely you have. Yep, you should definitely add this to your E-library. :-)
    And when you do you could also do a quick review at your blog too...???

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  4. Jennifer Brown BanksNovember 9, 2010 at 2:40 AM


    You betcha! I also find them to be more durable and easier to transport for bubble bath reading, commutes, etc.

    Good to hear from you as always...

  5. Would be happy to do a review! Now to get an e-reader...:)

  6. Karen,

    I'm not sure you'd need an e-reader, or do you mean Adobe Acrobat?

  7. Oh actually yes, you're right. I was thinking it was for a Kindle, etc. only. Will try and look into it soon.

  8. Jennifer Brown BanksNovember 11, 2010 at 3:56 AM


    Cool. Let me know how that goes.