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Digital Hoarder? Use This to Organize Your Freelance Writing Jobs

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Are you a digital hoarder? There’s a good chance the way you organize your freelance writing jobs is a complete mess.

Take a look at your inbox, computer, and work space. If there’s clutter, junk, and “important” information everywhere, you may have a problem.

When I started freelancing, I hustled a ton of work just to make money writing. Getting started was great. But it didn’t take long to realize I wasn’t organized.

I wasn’t doing a very good job at keeping track of assignments, pitches, contact information, deadlines, story ideas, invoices and payments from clients for freelance writing jobs.

My digital hoarding habits were preventing me from being able to move up and earn more. And I knew something had to change.

Sound familiar?

If you think digital hoarding habits may be preventing you from freelance success, it’s time for an intervention.

Use this strategy to organize your freelance writing jobs:

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Pitch Story Ideas to These 99 Markets for Freelance Writing Jobs

Pitch These Markets for Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

If you want to land more freelance writing jobs, you want to try and throw strikes every time you pitch a market, a magazine, or a niche blog.

Think of it like you’re trying to win the World Series of freelance writing.

It’s a numbers game. The more you practice, the more consistent you’ll be at landing assignments. And the more money you’ll score for the home team.

What should you do before you pitch a story idea? Start with a warm-up.

Study the market. Read back issues. Check the site or publications for the writer’s guidelines playbook. Do a little research or even a pre-interview with a source.

Then wind up and throw a pitch in the strike zone with a great idea for a story or blog post.

Looking for freelance writing jobs? Pitch these 99 markets to move up and earn more:

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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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11 Mind-Blowing Epiphanies to Go from Broke to Professional Writer

Mind-Blowing Epiphanies for Professional Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

“You don’t know what you don’t know.” Not exactly the most mind-blowing piece of advice when you’re trying to go from broke to well-paid professional writer.

This quote frustrates me every time I hear it—of course you don’t know what you don’t know.

As a newbie writer, I spent way too much time making mistakes, working for low rates, and racking my brain trying to figure out how to find well-paying clients. I didn’t know.

Fortunately, I’ve learned a lot from the school of hard knocks and other professional writers. And I thought it was about time to give that tired quote a makeover for up-and-coming freelancers:

“Here’s what you don’t know, that I do. Learn from me, and you’ll be ahead of the game.”

Ready for some mind-blowing epiphanies about being a professional writer? Here are 11 things you need to know:

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Get Paid to Write: 15 Political Writing Markets for Freelancers

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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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Pitch Accepted: The Newbie Strategy That Landed a Major Magazine Assignment

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Can you land a freelance magazine assignment without any clips?

If you’re new to freelancing and don’t have a lot of writing experience, it’s easy to think you can’t.

But it’s just not true.

About a year ago, I started at ground zero. I was pitching local newspapers and charity organizations. And I wasn’t getting anywhere. Not even low-paying gigs or pro bono work.

How was I ever going to land a magazine assignment without any clips?

Fortunately, Carol set me straight. “You need to learn how to pitch successfully,” she said.

Instead of chasing dead-end clients, I decided to go big and pitch a major magazine – the kind of magazine that has a massive readership, millions in ad revenue, and a freelance budget that pays pro rates.

And it worked. Pitch accepted.

Want to know how I did it? Here’s how you can land a major magazine assignment without any clips or experience.

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