As the title promises, this is guide to making a pile as well as a living in real estate, an industry that's easy for the ambitious woman to enter. Crispen's book, however, offers sound advice to would-be realtors of either sex. There are no shortcuts to success, she warns. The tricks of the trade are hard work, drive, the ability to understand prospects' needs, and contacts. ""Business is built on referrals."" But making it big involves more than simply bringing buyers and sellers together for commissions. What's needed is an eye for investment opportunities in not only residential but also commercial/industrial properties. Crispen reviews the pros and cons of going into business for oneself, and the procedures. She also provides tips on such offbeat but potentially lucrative pursuits as dealing with affluent celebrities and foreigners seeking real-estate investments in the politically stable U.S. Crispen's writing style verges on the breathless, but her many interviews with women who've scored in real estate give the reader a good idea of what can be accomplished.