"Required reading" for today's smart writer.

"Required reading" for today's smart writer.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What I'm Reading and You Should Too...The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman

"Feed a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”

There’s a reason that “Well-fed” author, Peter Bowerman, enjoys more of the “proverbial pie” than many of us: he knows his stuff without being stuffy.

Armed with a former background in sales, Bowerman capitalizes on his vast experience. And he knows his way around a sentence. More importantly, he has the ability to tap into the needs of the reader and ultimately close the deal.

Strategic, smart, and surprisingly funny, his “writer’s voice” is intimate.
In the ever-popular Well-Fed Writer, Bowerman serves up a wide variety of tools, techniques, and actionable tips to help writers raise their level of consciousness and their bottom lines.

It’s an easy read with hard truths. Here he explains why all writing assignments are not created equally, and why many of us in our careers are working harder, not smarter.
The book discusses at length what it takes to be financially self-sufficient in today’s times, and addresses many of the common pitfalls that plague writers of all levels and genres.

Between the pages, you’ll find topics like time management, marketing and cold calling, Ramen Noodles, setting fees, and even facing fears.
With over 300 pages of resources, links and real-life examples, he’s very generous in what he “feeds” his readers.

Also, to his credit, Bowerman shares the spotlight with other authors and entrepreneurs by including some of their success stories, quotes, and case studies.

The Well-Fed Writer is a must-read for those seeking to overcome the starving artist lifestyle, and earn more respect, (and more bread) for their efforts.

Thoughts? What efforts are you making to become a "Well-Fed" writer in 2012?


  1. Thanks for the review. I am not making as much effort as I should, so I'm thinking I need to pick up this book! :)

    1. Karen,

      Have I ever steered you wrong? :-) Run, don't walk to pick up this book. Or you can get a copy through your library system.

  2. This is the first year I've set a dollar amount goal, and it's just possible I'll reach it. Also, I'm learning to work with my natural ebbs and flows but to also get something, even a little thing, done each day.

    Great review! I have had this on my to-read list for a long time--now I'll find it and read it!


    1. Emily,

      Me too. I'm trying to set more (concrete) goals to give more clarity and vision to my direction this year.

      I've always been diligent and disciplined; now I just need to have an action plan in place and dollar amounts designated ! :-)

      Thanks for your valuable feedback.
      Keep us posted on your progress.

  3. Jennifer:
    Thank you for this review. I need to work some book purchases into my budget. Just ordered some for Christmas presents and a marketing guide for 2012.

  4. Jennifer Brown BanksApril 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM


    Good to hear from you. How have you been?!

    Let me know of any "gems" you recommend. Thanks for stopping by. It's always a pleasure.

  5. Thanks for this review, Jen. As I mentioned in one of your prior posts, I purchased this book and will be digging into it soon. My blogging friend's book was just released, so that took the top spot on my reading list. :-)

    I look forward to reading The Well-Fed Writer!

    Be well...

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksApril 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Hey there Buddy,

      ...The sooner the better. It'll save you a lot of time and trial and error in freelancing land. Let me know later about your friend's book. I'm always looking for good reads.

      I'm always tickled pink to hear from you. :-)

  6. I'll add this to my book writing list. Also, I'd like to recommend Six-Figure Freelancing by Kelly James-Enger. Another good read.

  7. Jennifer Brown BanksApril 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM


    I've read that one. It's good, but I think this one by Bowerman is by far, one of the best I've read.

  8. I've read several books on the subject of running a freelance writing business. But TWFW is by far the book that's helped me the most! Bowerman provides simple, no nonsense tips and strategies. Great resource!

  9. Jennifer Brown BanksMay 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM


    Welcome! I think you and I are on the same "page" here; Bowerman beats out quite a few.

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us.

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