I was in New Mexico to celebrate my grandma’s 96th birthday when I got an email I couldn’t ignore. It was from the editor at Good Neighbor magazine, a custom pub for State Farm insurance.
Subject line: Happy New Year, and an assignment?
A $1.50-per-word feature story was mine for the taking, but there was a big catch. I had to find three people who had survived extreme situations with a story deadline less than two weeks away.
If you’re an article writer, maybe you’ve had to scramble to find sources like this.
Going into January with zero jobs lined up, I was desperate to get the gig. I wasn’t sure I could pull this together in time, but I had to try.
I deployed an arsenal of strategies from one of Carol’s Useful Writing Courses for finding sources. A few days later the assignment was mine.
Need help finding sources for an assignment or crafting a killer query? Here’s how I did it —