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Now, I have a confession to make. When I started freelance writing, my pitches were really bad. And not just kinda bad. But I read countless blog posts and tweaked my pitch until it started landing me the clients I wanted. I pretty much got pitching down to a science. I started landing most of the gigs I pitched because of my strategic, tested approach!
And because of that, I got to a point where had so many clients that I wanted to start outsourcing some of my work specifically, blogging and copywriting work.
So, I put a job ad online to see if I could find good freelance writers to help me out. And, let me tell you… suddenly being on the receiving end of pitches was SO. It really helped me understand the struggle and frustration that editors must face every time they post a job ad.
Join over 3, writers, and sign up for instant access to the free class now! It was basically a long ass wall of text.
So, next time you pitch, ditch the Great Wall of Text and break up your content with bulleted lists and white space. Keep it as short as you possibly can. Are you going to respond to a cookie-cutter pitch that could have been sent to anyone?
You need to customize every pitch by including: And be friendly in your pitch too! Remember, even businesspeople are human beings. And guess what this guy said in his email? I just sat there thinking: You would need to provide writing samples.
So, read every single word of every job ad you respond to. See how the content at the bottom mentions specific instructions for the subject line and writing samples? It just makes you seem unprofessional and more self-serving than client-focused. If YOU were an editor and received a pitch that said this: Of course you would.
And start positioning yourself as a confident writer who is fully capable of delivering what the client needs.
So, he sent me lots of journalistic articles, but nothing relevant to my job posting.My shields down moment happened when the State of Kansas decided that it was going to furlough employees. Or perhaps that’s what flipped the switch, because if I’m honest here, my manager was not a leader of humans, not even close.
I don’t know about you, but home and garden markets constantly inspire me, and not just with writing ideas. As I flip through the pages, I bookmark every interesting home and unique DIY project I can find, envisioning them in my future home.
Moira Allen is the editor of kaja-net.com, and has written nearly articles, serving as a columnist and regular contributor for such publications as The Writer, Entrepreneur, Writer's Digest, and kaja-net.com award-winning writer, Allen is the author of eight books, including Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals, and Writing to.
There are eight critical steps on how to write a pitch and present a pitch guaranteed to get your work read, or your story (in a full pitch meeting) considered. The first four steps are your Preparation, the remaining four your Presentation. 7 Blogs that Pay $50+ for Guest Posts.
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