I just downloaded a highly recommended book about freelance writing onto my Kindle. For $2.99, why pass up some extra insight, right?
I’m a scanner when it comes to this type of reading. I quickly start flipping through the pages looking at chapter titles and subheadings, picking out anything that might be worth further investigation. One of the things I noticed right near the front of the book was the year 2002 in reference to one of the author’s examples. ‘That was over ten years ago,’ I thought to myself, eight years before I started freelancing. This book (even though it had been revised since its original publication) was old news. It even suggested that you did not need a computer or an Internet connection to be a freelance writer. Technically, that is correct, but certainly no longer practical.
The point is — freelance writing has been in a state of flux, rapidly changing, during the last twenty years, and even more so in the last decade. Advice on where to find work and what to expect for pay rates quickly becomes out of date, especially if it is in a book in print rather than digital format. If you want to know what is going on in the freelance world TODAY, don’t ask someone who was an expert 10 or 20 years ago. Ask someone who is working in it today (and someone who is succeeding at it, I might add).
In all fairness, I do have to say that the majority of the information in the book was of a timeless nature and I will put it to use. But, from now on, I’ll take a look at the copyright date on books on freelancing before I buy.