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Publisher's Summary

Exploring the downfalls of being a freelance writer, this cautionary tale explains what happens when one becomes self-employed, celebrating cubicle-free living through a brilliant comic narrative on the real-life ups and downs of a full-time writer.

For more than a decade Stephanie Dickison had been successfully publishing features and articles while working a full-time job. But in December 2005 she left the secure world of 9 to 5, opting to write freelance in order to pay the bills and hoping to finish a manuscript that was close to five years old. With valuable insights about time management, networking with magazines and newspapers, as well as conducting celebrity interviews and writing feature articles, this valuable resource will inspire many industrious dreamers to take that long-delayed leap and become their own boss.

©2009 Stephanie Dickison; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Humor, underlying cautions, reality checks, and advice highlight this delightful look into the life of a freelance writer." (Writer's Journal)
"Suzy Myers's girlish, ebullient narration suits the format perfectly, capturing the author's self-deprecating humor as she riffs about exasperating editors or the fatigue that sets in after one too many Italian restaurant reviews." (AudioFile)

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Love it. Entertaining.

Would you listen to The 30-Second Commute again? Why?

Yes. I want to take this in more slowly.

What did you like best about this story?

I am loving this. I purchased many books covering humour, both those that taught it and those that were supposedly written with hunour. Some died, like a bad stand up comedian in front of a sober audience and others excelled. This one excelled and maintained my interest throughout. That isn't easy, I have little time to persevere with reading or listening to books that are not excellent.<br/><br/>

Which character – as performed by Suzy Myers – was your favorite?

This is told in first person.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

"Writing is supposed to be fun," Stephanie Dickison says. She achieves this in that it is fun to listen to and read when Stephanie Dickison has produced it. <br/><br/>Thank you. :-)

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  • Dean
  • 11-25-15

Interesting to hear about freelance life. But gives little at end

The premise of hearing the life of a real freelance writer is great, and there are humorous observations. But ultimately the lack of any real storyline is dull towards the end.