Freelance Writing Advice

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Why the Best Writing Is “Steeped in Knowledge”

Hall of Fame editor Terry McDonell reveals the inspiration behind his new memoir about writing and the writers he’s worked with—from Hunter S. Thompson to George Plimpton—and why to find your voice, “you just have to let it rip sometimes Whether you are a writer or a journalist or an editor of either one,...

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Why EVERY Writer Is a “Writer for Hire”

I’m in the midst of potty-training my toddler, so when I awoke this morning, in the dark dawn before my alarm, to the sound of her screaming “POO!”—well, needless to say I jumped out of bed a smidge faster than I usually do. “POO!” she screeched as my fingers scrambled across the nightstand for...

Dustin Grinnell

Secrets of the Self-Employed: Tips for Freelance Writers

Here’s a guest post from Dustin Grinnell, who shares tips from a veteran contractor that apply to freelance writers as well. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules....

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Freelance Writing Workshop: 8 Story Pitch Pet Peeves

Think of your story pitch like a cover letter. When approaching a new publication, your first freelance pitch is your introduction. It’s your chance to make a positive impression, to demonstrate intimate knowledge of the magazine, to prove you’re well suited to a 400- or 800- or 1,200-word article. Of course, there’s also the...

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Freelance Writing Workshop: Crafting the Perfect Pitch

Breaking into a new magazine or online publication as a freelancer can be a herculean pain. It takes convincing an editor who is (most likely) unfamiliar with you and your work that you can be trusted with an assignment, appropriately understand the tone of the publication, and have the writing and reporting chops to...

Tyler Moss

Freelance Writing Workshop: On Rejection

Few things are more frustrating for freelancers than the accumulation of rejection letters in our inbox. We all understand, on a practical level, that not every pitch is going to land—and in fact, that overall only a very small percent of the total queries we send out will actually find a home at a...

Tyler Moss

Freelance Writing Workshop: How to Find (Even More) Article Ideas

When it comes to freelancing, ideas are currency. This is especially true when first pitching a publication, or when you’re still in the early throes of developing that editor/writer relationship. As the managing editor of Writer’s Digest, far too often do query letters cross my desk in which the idea being pitched is excessively...

Tyler Moss

Freelance Writing Workshop: 5 Attributes of Highly Effective Freelancers

Writing is a religion unto itself, guided by passionate beliefs (have you ever witnessed a pantsers vs. plotters argument?) and sacred texts (The Elements of Style, On Writing). And like any organized religion, it can be broken down into subgroups. This is the first in a series of freelance writing-related posts from Writer’s Digest...