pitch letters

Write for Magazines: Steal This Writer’s Strategy to Land Top Pubs

Steal This Strategy to Write for Magazines. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to write for magazines?

It’s the dream for a lot of freelance writers.

Maybe you’ve got your sights set on getting published in a glossy consumer magazine with millions of readers.

You read every issue. You study the headlines, writing style, and topics. And you think about story ideas for your dream magazine…a lot.

That’s a start. But how do you turn your story ideas into an assignment with a contract, your byline in a popular magazine, and a check in the mail?

One freelance writer took the challenge to get published in AARP: The Magazine…a highly-competitive niche magazine that pays $1/word.

At first she didn’t see a clear path to break in. But with a little effort, she discovered a strategy to write for magazines that really works, whether you’re just starting out or a pro.

Want to steal her idea to break into your dream pub? Here’s what you need to know:

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Get Hired: 5 Proven Angles to Land Your First Freelance Projects

Find an Angle to Land Freelance Projects. Makealivingwriting.com

It can be the most baffling part of finding new clients, as a freelance writer: What initial freelance projects should you pitch, to try to get in the door?

You look at their website and you think…. uhhh…. I dunno. Looks great! You can’t tell what they need.

Well, good news — once you know what to look for, this is easy.

Most great first freelance projects fall into a few specific categories.

Once you know those, it’s simple to find a first project to propose that’s got a high probability of getting a ‘yes.’

What are these categories?

Here are my top five project types to pitch to new freelance writing clients for an easy sale:

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Writing a Pitch: Use These Tools to Build Your Freelance Business

Writing a Pitch: Tools to Land More Clients. Makealivingwriting.com

How do you go about writing a pitch?

If you’ve been slaving away in content mills or spending all your time replying to job ads, you might be a bit confused about what writing a pitch actually means.

So you ask Google.

One writer-guru claims that if you master the art of cold pitching, you can land your dream clients.

Another recommends sending letters of introduction, or LOIs, so you can build relationships for ongoing work.

And yet another touts the advantages of writing a pitch to an editor as the way to land an assignment.

So, which of these should you use to build your freelance writing business?

The answer: All of them.

Because all three are powerful tools, proven to help you get freelance writing gigs.

Want to learn the craft of writing a pitch to land more clients? Here are the tools you’ll need:

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Get Paid to Write: 15 Political Writing Markets for Freelancers

Get Paid to Write About Politics. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to get to paid to write about politics?

Maybe you’re one of those news junkies who follows government trends, key political players, or the issues and policies that have an impact on everyday people.

Find a fresh angle, and you can get paid to write about it.

Can you really get paid to write about politics? Absolutely. As a newbie freelancer, I actually landed my first assignment with a national magazine to write about a succession of events that shaped the trajectory of our current president.

Maybe you want to get paid to write about your political views, opinions, and life experiences impacted by politics and government. There’s a market for that.

And if you’re interested in digging deep into government and politics as an investigative journalist, feature writer, or contributing freelancer, you can find markets to get paid to write those types of articles, too.

Want to get paid to write about politics? Check out this list of political writing markets, study the guidelines, and start pitching:

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Follow This Freelance Recipe for a Tasty Letter of Introduction

Freelance Recipe for a Letter of Introduction. Makealivingwriting.com

Does your letter of introduction have the right ingredients to make prospects open your email, salivate over your writing skills, and hit reply?

It should. Writing a letter of introduction to a prospective client is a great marketing strategy for freelance writers. The more you reach out to prospects, the more likely you are to get paid to write.

But if you don’t include the right ingredients in a letter of introduction (LOI), it can turn out like a failed recipe nobody wants to eat.

Think of writing an LOI (letter of introduction) like you’re competing for the $10,000 cash prize on the reality TV cooking show Chopped.

Your letter of introduction needs to have specific ingredients to catch the attention of a prospect, provide a taste of your writing style and personality, and include just enough on the plate that prospects will ask you for more.

Want to know the recipe for writing a tasty letter of introduction? Here’s the list of ingredients and directions:

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3 Guest Post Pitch Emails That Got the Gig

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Ever wonder what the secret sauce is to writing a guest post pitch that gets accepted? This was a popular topic on my blog five years ago, and it still is. Study these examples to learn how to pitch a guest post and land an assignment. Enjoy! –Carol.

A few weeks back, I talked about bad guest post pitches I’ve received, and outlined some of the elements of a good one.

One writer asked if I would show some examples of pitches that were accepted here — so here are three.

One needed a little back-and-forth and refining before it was accepted, as you’ll see.

I also noticed that each of these pitches had weaknesses to them, too. Guest post pitches don’t have to be perfect — but they do have to convey that you have a strong, unique idea, know how to execute it, and have some experience in freelance writing.

The idea also needs to be something I haven’t written about before, and probably wouldn’t have thought to do otherwise.

Want to learn how to write an effective guest post pitch? Here’s what you need to know.

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