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Pitch Accepted: The Newbie Strategy That Landed a Major Magazine Assignment

Get a major magazine assignment with no experience. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you land a freelance magazine assignment without any clips?

If you’re new to freelancing and don’t have a lot of writing experience, it’s easy to think you can’t.

But it’s just not true.

About a year ago, I started at ground zero. I was pitching local newspapers and charity organizations. And I wasn’t getting anywhere. Not even low-paying gigs or pro bono work.

How was I ever going to land a magazine assignment without any clips?

Fortunately, Carol set me straight. “You need to learn how to pitch successfully,” she said.

Instead of chasing dead-end clients, I decided to go big and pitch a major magazine — the kind of magazine that has a massive readership, millions in ad revenue, and a freelance budget that pays pro rates.

And it worked. Pitch accepted.

Want to know how I did it? Here’s how you can land a major magazine assignment without any clips or experience.

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‘I Want to Quit My Job and Freelance’ — How to Know It’s Time

'I want to quit my job and freelance. Is it time?. Makealivingwriting.comI hear this a lot, from aspiring freelance writers: “I want to quit my job. I’ve always wanted to earn a living from my writing. But…I’m scared.”

Indeed. We all are. How do you know when it’s your moment to quit working for the Man and make the leap into freelance writing?

After a decade coaching writers in making this transition, I’ve discovered there are common ‘tells’ that show writers the time has come to head for the door and launch their freelance career.

If you’ve been wondering how you’ll know it’s time to act on your urge to quit, take a look at my list of common traits of writers who have reached their freelance moment:

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Writing Sites That Pay $30 to $50: 21 Niche Markets for Freelancers

Niche Writing Sites That Pay $30 to $50. Makealivingwriting.comAre you on the hunt for writing sites that pay to land your first assignment?

Or do you want to break into a new niche?

Sometimes going after smaller clients is a great way to gain experience, build confidence, and improve your portfolio.

In this post, you’ll find 21 niche writing sites that pay $30 to $50 per assignment.

These aren’t quit-your-day-job kind of writing gigs. But they’re a perfect place for freelancers starting out to get paid to write, earn more than content-mill wages, and work with real editors.

And for more seasoned freelancers, pitching writing sites that pay entry-level rates can be a fast way to get the samples you need to go after higher-paying clients.

Looking for writing sites that pay in your niche like travel, lifestyle, technology, software, parenting, or the craft of writing? Check out the list:

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How to Beat Loneliness, Stay Connected, and Build a Better Freelance Life

How to Beat Loneliness to Build a Better Freelance Life. Makealivingwriting.com

Your coffee cup’s filled. The morning sun peeps through the window. And the house is sweetly silent. It’s the perfect environment to pursue the freelance life.

Or is it?

Being a freelance writer can be a lonely and isolated existence. Ever feel that way?

Here’s how to tell if you’ve spent too much time in solitary confinement:

  • The only voice you hear all day is the one inside your head nagging you about deadlines.
  • You get excited when a crow flies by the window.
  • You wish the package handler who stops by your house by mistake could stay and chat.
  • You talk to Siri or Alexa just to hear the voice of someone congenial.

Working from home in peace and quiet is certainly a benefit of the freelance life. And it can be a productivity boon.

But spend too much time alone, disconnected, and it can throw you out of balance.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. I know, because I struggled with loneliness when I first started freelancing. Here are my top tips to beat loneliness as a work-at-home freelancer:

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Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference?

Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post. Makealivingwriting.comNote: Ever wonder what the difference is between writing an article and writing a blog post? It’s a topic that comes up a lot. Besides style and research, you might be surprised by one of the key differences between blogs and articles. And it’s why I decided to share this post again.
Enjoy! —Carol.

There’s a lot of confusion out there in the freelance-writing world today about blog posts and articles. Also, about what each of those types of writing should pay.

Recently, I got a lot of response to my call for freelance writers to stop writing blog posts. Many writers were confused about just what the difference is.

So let’s discuss. Because things are changing. And understanding the differences between these two writing forms will help you earn more.

For years, blog posts and nonfiction articles were distinctly different:

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