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The Writing Coach Podcast with Rebecca L. Weber

Dec 13, 2022

Should you pitch during the holiday season?

Yes, if you want more assignments. No, if you want to take time off.

There are two valid approaches to taking time off as a freelancer:

1. Take time off during conventional holidays. Editors and sources may be less available; family and friends may be off too.

2. Freelancers make their own schedules and don’t need to conform to public holidays.

If you want new assignments, pitch away. Many editors continue to check email and assign stories, and fewer freelancers pitch and/or are available.

Note that if you had any resistance to pitching during the first 50 weeks this year, you’ll have some now too. You’ll come up with some very convincing sounding reasons why not to pitch before, during, or after the holiday season.

(More about this on the Writing Coach Podcast episode 174, “100 reasons why not to pitch today.”)

To butcher the proverb about the best time to plant a tree, the best time to address your mental drama about pitching was the day you began freelancing.

The second best time is today.

Writers who register now for the January session of Freelance Writer Bootcamp get early access to a Mindset mini course to start addressing these issues of internal resistance right away.

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We cover all the external skills to improve your pitch acceptance rate, and the internal mindset work to keep you from getting in your own way.

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