Want to write a guest post for Make a Living Writing?
Now’s your chance to land an assignment. It’s open pitch time around here (through March 8, 2019).
We’re ready to take a look at the best of the best guest post ideas about the business and craft of freelance writing.
Consider it a showdown.
Kind of like the final fight scene in the cult-classic movie Karate Kid when Daniel LaRusso takes on Cobra Kai bad-boy Johnny Lawrence.
You know. Wax on, wax off. Sweep the leg. Focus all power.
Short on ideas? Remember when LaRusso did all that work for Mr. Miyagi. At first it seemed like he wasn’t learning anything. But with a little help, he realized he had the skills to make his mark.
Whether you’re a newbie freelancer hustling to make things happen, a mid-career writer, or a pro, you’ve probably got a few moves you can share to help other writers.
Step on to the mat. Here’s what you need to know to pitch a guest post idea:
Is your query letter good enough to make an editor fall in love with you?
Admit it or not, you’re probably at least a little emotionally invested in that query letter when you send it off to an editor.
You work hard on it, interview sources, research, and chip away at writing the perfect lede and headline.
And it would be nice to get a little something in return. Right?
An email. A phone call. A text message. A letter in the mail. Smoke signals. Anything that let’s you know your query letter hit home when the editor read your pitch. Or even better than that…a contract.
But let’s face it. Sometimes the writer-editor relationship is, well, complicated. You put your heart and soul into a story idea, send it off, and nothing happens.
So how do you write a query letter that gets you noticed? Here are X ways to make an editor fall in love with your pitch:
Here’s a little secret: The best editor in your niche frequently gives the same freelance writers story assignments.
Sounds pretty good if you’re one of those writers, right?
But what if you’re not? Is there a best editor Book of Commandments you can follow to move up and earn more?
That’s kind of the million-dollar question.
You spend a lot of energy and time sending out pitch letters and letters of introduction. How do you catch the attention of the best editors to expand your freelance writing business?
If you’re feeling like trying stay fully booked is an exhausting effort, you’re not alone.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s a more energy-efficient way to get repeat freelance work from the best editors.
Want to learn how to get more assignments with less effort? Here’s how it’s done:
It’s that time of year when people go nuts about getting into shape. So how are your freelance marketing muscles?
Scrawny? A little weak? Barely strong enough to lift the bar?
If you’ve lost hours to composing emails for target clients, but still find yourself with no paying work, there’s a better way.
Your freelance marketing efforts may need to be put through a workout to help you learn basic skills to pitch clients and land assignments.
I know I needed some training to strengthen my freelance marketing muscles.
As a newbie writer in the health and fitness niche, it would take me a week to churn out two letters of introduction to pitch potential clients.
To survive, I developed a way to streamline the pitching process, increase productivity, and start filling up the calendar with paying clients.
Ready to whip your pitch skills into shape?
It’s no secret that jobs for stay at home moms can be hard to come by.
Where can you get a job with a wildly flexible schedule that leaves you time for things like:
- Meal prep
- Soccer-mom duties
- And the inevitable “your-kid-just-threw-up” phone call from the school principal?
Some work-around-your-schedule jobs for stay at home moms might be just the right fit to make money.
But if you know anything about diaper duty, local play dates, or how to handle tween-age drama:
Writing Skills + Life Experience = Money.
There’s an entire niche of parenting websites and magazines with writing jobs for stay at home moms.
Check out this list of 36 paying markets, and start pitching…right after that terrible-twos tantrum is over.
Do you love writing? Thinking of doing it for pay? Well, there’s a big difference between writing for the fun of it, and having a lucrative, bill-paying writing career.
Every day, there are loads of things you could be writing, sure. But when you’re writing for money, time is of the essence. You’ll need to focus on the types of writing that will help move your writing career forward.
You might think, “Well, any writing is good. Because it’s all writing practice.” Right?
If you’ve got unlimited time, then sure. But if you have other commitments in your life — say, a day job, kids, a love life — you’ll need to be efficient here.
What writing tasks should you avoid wasting time on? Here’s my list: