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The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber

Feb 14, 2019

Quotes aren’t necessary when submitting a query to an editor, which is one reason why including a good one helps make a pitch really stand out.

A story proposal should have the same DNA as the final story. Original reporting brings new insight and life to most articles; even if it’s a given you’ll be speaking with sources, including some quotes in the pitch itself can indicate a number of things to the editor.

In today’s episode, you’ll:

  • Learn how a quote can improve your chances of getting your story assigned.
  • Find places to get fresh quotes without any interviews.
  • Schedule a 15-minute pre-reporting interview for maximum effect
  • Understand your resistance to this approach and how to manage it to get the results you want.

Follow the proven steps I’ve used to pitch and sell articles ideas to CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and

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