Mar 28, 2023
Freelancers often think of the editors who don’t want to assign them stories, and of readers who don’t want to read their stories and angles, when writing pitches.
I don’t mean the editors don’t want to assign the stories because the pitches need to be zhushed up.
I mean the editors don’t want to work with...
Mar 21, 2023
We all know we’re supposed to read a publication and tailor a pitch to their needs … but so many freelancers just cut and paste the same one-size-fits-none pitch and send it out to editor after editor.
In general, the spray-and-pray approach maintains a low pitch acceptance rate.
But this approach actually does...
Mar 17, 2023
If you’ know improving your pitch acceptance rate would uplevel your writing life, or you keep saying you want to work with me in Freelance Writer Bootcamp, but find the idea of filling in the application a stumbling block, this episode is for you.
Freelance Writer Bootcamp alumni frequently cite confidence as their...
Mar 14, 2023
I used to work at a homemade ice cream parlor. When someone came in and was unsure of what to order, I’d offer them a taste.
If they wanted multiple tastes, that was fine, but they didn’t get mint chip and coffee oreo and strawberry all crammed onto one tiny taster spoon.
When an assigning editor looks at pitches,...
Mar 7, 2023
Ever wonder what “vulnerability” feels like? Try telling people you’re about to shop your book proposal when you’re worried maybe no one will ever buy said proposal.
The proposal (or pitch, or post, or whatever it is) doesn’t actually make us vulnerable; neither does telling people about it. It’s the way we...