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How I Got Freelance Writing Jobs Worth $15,000 — in 7 Days Flat

better writing gigs in 7 days: Here's how

Recently, one of my freelance writing clients told me they’d be cutting my workload — which meant less income for me.

Crisis? Nope.

I decided to get proactive and do a week of cold pitching to seek new freelance writing jobs. Before this, I’d gotten all my clients from job boards or referrals.

I know what you might be feeling right now — cold outreach? Yikes!

But, if you shift your mindset and just start doing it, it’s not nearly as scary as it seems. And the results might just surprise you.

Here’s how I got started, got great results in just 7 days — and how you can, too.

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How to Land That First Big Magazine Writing Assignment

Write your first BIG magazine article! Makealivingwriting.com

What freelance writer doesn’t dream of snagging a magazine writing assignment for newsstand favorites such as Men’s Health, SELF, or GQ?

Heavyweight magazines may be hard to crack, but with smart, persistent strategy, it’s possible — even if you’ve never had a national magazine writing assignment before.

Here are the tips that helped me land a magazine writing assignment for Runner’s World.

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You CAN Write a Query Letter That Gets a “Yes”: 5 Resources

Freelance writer getting a gig after learning to write a query letter.

Love them or hate them, queries are one of the most important marketing tools for any freelancer who wants to write for magazines. And the skills you learn from writing a good query letter also help business writers and copywriters pitch their potential clients.

If you’ve been sending queries off into space and never getting a reply, you may think it’s impossible to break into new magazines. But it’s not true! Editors are always looking for new talent.

To help you learn to write a query letter that will get you the gig, we’ve pulled together a collection of five of our best posts on pitching:

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These Pro Rules Will Help Even a Part-Time Freelancer Earn More

Earn more as a part-time freelancerIt’s only been a couple of years since I decided to start freelance writing to supplement my full-time income. I have a degree in writing, so I figured I’d put that degree to work.

I quickly learned that my degree meant nothing in the freelance world.

After half a year with no prospects, I decided to seek out successful freelancers and learn from them.

Here are the five most useful tips I learned:

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6 Quick Ways to Tweak Your Pitches to Get More Article Writing Jobs

Ever had a pitch rejected? It happens to all freelance writers — we get used to it. But what about being rejected by the same editor twice? Three times? Four? How about eight times? That’s how many times it took …

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How to Get Skeptical Clients to Hire a New Freelance Writer

When you’re a newbie freelance writer, it can be hard to see how to take the first step. How will you talk that first client into hiring you? At first, many prospective clients you pitch will turn you down. Which …

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