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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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Writing Business Basics for Expats: 4 First-Class Tips for Freelancers

First-Class Writing Business Tips for Expats. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you build a writing business while you travel the world?

Do you daydream about lounging on a white-sand beach in tropical Southeast Asia as you type away on your computer, chat with clients, and make money writing?

Or maybe your writer’s paradise is in South America, Europe, or some other far-off destination outside the U.S.

That kind of writing business might sound like an impossible dream. But it’s not.

I’ve been a freelance writer for more than four years. I’ve lived in Germany, Russia, and India, and freelanced while traveling to 11 other countries. It’s an ah-mazing way to be a freelance writer.

But get off the plane in Tokyo, Madrid, or Buenos Aries, and you’ll quickly realize Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was right when she said: “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Take your freelance writing business overseas as an expat, and you’ll need to know a few things to make it work. If you could make a living writing from anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Buckle your seatbelts, I’m going to show you how to make it happen. Check out these first-class tips for expat freelancers:

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Stop Procrastinating: Avoid These 5 Tricky Traps for Freelance Writers

Stop Procrastinating: Tricky Freelance Traps to Avoid. Makealivingwriting.com

Stop procrastinating. Ever heard that voice inside your head trying to remind you of a pending deadline?

I know I have. I’ve ignored it a million times, and it’s never pretty. You end up falling for all kinds of traps that squander away valuable time you could be using to write, make money, and build your freelance career.

Then in the final hour, you’re in a frenzy trying to get your work done. You miss a deadline. Or you have to grovel at the feet of your editor for an extension.

Been there, done that? It’s not a good business plan to make a living writing. It’s stressful, saps creativity, and can damage client relationships.

So how do you stop procrastinating, cease the day, improve productivity, and get freelance work done on time…or even ahead of schedule?

You need to know how to spot the traps that perpetuate procrastination, and take action to keep you on track.

Ready to stop procrastinating to grow your freelance career? Here’s what you need to know:

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Literary Agent Advice: 3 Rules to Write a Stand-Out Book Pitch

Book-Pitch Advice from a Literary Agent. Makealivingwriting.com

Thinking about pitching your book idea to a literary agent?

It’s no secret that scores of book pitches and proposals end up in a mammoth-sized slush pile every year. So what’s going to help your book idea stand out?

Literary agents have to sift through a mountain of book ideas. Many of them miss the mark and get dumped. But if your book pitch is handpicked by a literary agent, they’ll partner with a publisher to bring your book to life.

Note: This does not happen by accident.

If you’re serious about writing a book and pitching a literary agent to help you get published, the throw-this-together approach usually doesn’t work.

You need to think like a literary agent. Look at it this way: More than half of the book pitches a literary agent receives aren’t a good fit. If you don’t want to fall into the abyss of rejections, you need to know how to stand out.

Want to get your book published? Check out this insider advice from a literary agent.

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

How to Get Your Next Writing Job Fast. Makealivingwriting.com

After 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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How to Use Instagram Live to Get More Freelance Writing Jobs

Instagram Live Marketing to Get Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Get more freelance writing jobs with Instagram Live. Wait, what?

When I first heard about this marketing strategy for freelance writers, I thought it sounded a lot like one of those spammy get-rich marketing programs spawned from the be-a-social-media-star generation.

You know…videos of a well-dressed millennial taking selfies, riffing on making money online, a lovely beach scene in the background, and choppy look-at-the-birdie camera movements.

Is there any possible way Instagram Live could help you land freelance writing jobs?

That’s the question that was on my mind. Call it Shiny Object Syndrome if you want. I’ve got the curious mind of a journalist and had to find out.

For starters, think about this…Instagram has over 1 billion monthly users. And more than 500 million of them use it every day.

Sure many of those people are just sharing their selfie library. But it’s increasingly being used to drive traffic, make sales, and generate leads for products and services…services like freelance writing.

Translation: You can use Instagram Live to get more freelance writing jobs. Here’s how:

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