Ever wonder what magazine editors are thinking?
You know they sift through a ton of query letters and pitches. And many of those end up in the slush pile.
They’re always on a deadline. Probably a little stressed. And they count on freelance writers to help produce great content for their publication and readers.
But what is it that magazine editors look for in a pitch or query letter? And how do you get past the delete button when an editor opens their email?
If you want to write for magazines, even pro freelancers will tell you rejection is part of the gig.
But if you can learn to think the way magazine editors do, you’ll significantly increase your chances of making a connection and landing assignments to make a living writing.
We recently caught up with two smart freelancers to learn more about what it’s like for magazine editors, what they’re looking for, and how to stand out when you pitch a story idea. Here’s what you need to know:
You write a pitch letter, send it off, and get nothing.
That ever happened to you? Every freelance writer knows what it’s like.
You crank out queries and letters of introduction to editors and marketing managers.
You try some heavy-lifting techniques to engage prospects and land assignments.
You even flex your writing muscles and try different approaches to crafting pitch letters.
That’s exactly what you should be doing. But your pitch has to be strong enough to get noticed.
If your pitch letter is weak, it’s gonna feel a lot like working out at the gym, even though you’re not really sure if what you’re doing is working.
And that’s not what you want. You want to connect with prospects, land assignments, and make a living writing. Right?
If you’re not getting the results you want when you send a pitch letter, it’s time to get some help.
Ready to buff up your pitch letter? Here’s a chance for a free review:
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?