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10 Smart Tips to Get Assignments from Magazine Editors

How to Get Assignments from Magazine Editors. Makealivingwriting.comEver wonder what magazine editors are thinking?

You know they sift through a ton of query letters and pitches. And many of those end up in the slush pile.

They’re always on a deadline. Probably a little stressed. And they count on freelance writers to help produce great content for their publication and readers.

But what is it that magazine editors look for in a pitch or query letter? And how do you get past the delete button when an editor sees your email?

If you want to write for magazines, even pro freelancers will tell you rejection is part of the gig.

But if you can learn to think the way magazine editors do, you’ll significantly increase your chances of making a connection and landing assignments to make a living writing.

We recently caught up with two smart freelancers to learn more about what it’s like for magazine editors, what they’re looking for, and how to stand out when you pitch a story idea. Here’s what you need to know:

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Writing Job Killed? 5 Ways to Find More Freelance Work Fast

How to Get Your Next Writing Job Fast. Makealivingwriting.comAfter carefully crafting the perfect query letter, you land your dream writing job. And then it all falls apart.

What would you do? Shake your fist at the sky, curse, cry, or a combination of all three?

When a writing job gets killed, some writers take it pretty hard. You know, self-doubt and loathing, negative self-talk, a tub of ice cream.

The thing is, that kind of negative mojo isn’t going to help you move up, earn more, and get another writing job.

Believe me, I know what it’s like. I recently scored a $700 writing job for a healthcare trade pub. And then the assignment turned sour after a series of unfortunate events outside of my control.

It sounds like a nightmare situation, but it’s not uncommon. Freelancing is unpredictable, and at some point, you’re going to lose a writing job you thought was a sure bet.

How do you bounce back when you finally get a solid writing job, then lose it through no fault of your own? Here are five ways to get back on track fast.

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Journalist Skills: 13 No-Degree-Required Tips to Get Writing Jobs

Learn These Journalist Skills to Get Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comThinking about going back to school to learn journalist skills to help your freelance career?

You could…if you want to waste time and money. Don’t get me wrong, learning is good.

But do you really need to spend a couple years in the classroom and a pile of money on tuition to develop journalist skills? No.

In case you’re wondering, I’m one of those people with a master’s degree in journalism. But you don’t have to take that route. Seriously.

You don’t need a degree to be a freelancer. After all, The Carol Tice is a college dropout.

But you do need journalist skills to do things like dig up information, generate ideas, interview sources, find fresh angles, craft headlines, and write great content.

So how do you develop journalist skills to get more writing jobs? Here’s what you need to know:

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How to Write an Article That Pays: The Freelancer’s Ultimate Guide

How to Write an Article That Pays. Makealivingwriting.comTired of article writing jobs that pay a big $50? There’s a ton of ‘online content’ work out there that doesn’t pay much. Maybe it’s time to move up and learn how to write an article.

And when I say that, I don’t mean a $75 article — I mean the type of article that pays real money. $1-a-word and up land.

If that interests you, you’re in the right place.

After offering article-writing tips for over a decade, I decided it would be useful to organize all the information into one, big ultimate guide.

Many freelance writers do article-prep steps out of order or skip some steps entirely, with poor results. Following this step-by-step guide will make it easier for you to move up, write in-depth, reported articles faster, and sell to better-paying article markets.

Ready to learn how to write an article that pays? Then let’s go!

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LinkedIn Profinder Hacks: 4 Steps to Get Great Writing Clients

LinkedIn Profinder Hacks to Get Writing Clients. Makealivingwriting.comEver tried to use LinkedIn Profinder to get writing jobs?

When it first launched a few years ago, I had my doubts. In my experience, the best writing jobs don’t show up on job boards or listing services like LinkedIn Profinder.

Plus, to get the full benefit of LinkedIn Profinder, you have to pay. In order to break even, I needed an easy job worth $60. Is it worth it?

I decided to give it a shot. Initially things were slow. Some LinkedIn Profinder leads I received were decent.

But far too many were from clueless business owners who wanted a dirt-cheap copywriter or the person with an “incredible story” who wanted to write a memoir.

Sound familiar?

I got frustrated. But before giving up, I decided to take a closer look at how to use LinkedIn Profinder to get the right jobs. And it was worth the effort.

In the last two years, I’ve made nearly six figures writing for clients I’ve landed through LinkedIn Profinder.

Want to know how to use LinkedIn Profinder? These 4 hacks will help you get more writing jobs.

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Cold Email Subject Lines That Get Writers Hired: 5 Proven Formulas

Cold Email Subject Line Formulas for Writers. Makealivingwriting.comHave you been wanting to do some serious pitching — but haven’t gotten going, because you don’t know what to put in your cold email subject lines?

Many freelance writers have this question, I’ve learned. Fortunately, I’ve spent the past 8 years hanging out with about 12,000 writers inside my Freelance Writers Den community and reading our busy forums. At this point, I definitely have a strong sense of what email subject lines freelance writers use that grab attention and get their emails opened.

You’re right to care about what you put in your subject line, because let’s face it: If it isn’t amazing, your email will probably go unread.

Your pitch is going nowhere, no matter how stellar an article idea or content-marketing pitch you’ve got. It will never be opened and read.

To get better results, you’ll have to do one of two things — learn to write great cold email subject lines.

Fortunately, coming up with a headline that catches your target’s attention isn’t super-hard. There are proven formulas you can use here.

What are they? Here are my five basic cold email subject lines that get results:

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