There’s been one underlying theme in all the reading I’ve done about freelance writing: the secret sauce is freelance writer pitching. Hovering around job boards looking for companies who are hiring or trying to nab byline work on major publications that actually pay is not the best use of your time. You have to go to companies that aren’t advertising that they need writing done and pitch to them directly.
Now that I’ve got a lot of my ducks in a row it’s time to start thinking about going down the pitching path. I’ve got my site here, I’ve got some organizational tools, and I have some terrific story ideas. Now I have to work on pitching myself.
I’ve never really pitched myself before, at least not like this. So this will be a learning experience all around. Luckily, I’ve stumbled across some exceptionally helpful articles so far online about how to craft a great pitch, and I’ll absolutely be putting those ideas to work. With any luck, I can at the very least nab a few clients before the end of the year. I’ve got two months to go!
On the personal side of things, I’m participating in a charity event this evening: a spelling bee! Our team is called “Twin Beeks”, an obvious reference to the show Twin Peaks, of which I am a huge fan. I’ll be dressed as Agent Coop, and my teammates will be Audrey Horne and The Log Lady. I’ll post some pics on my Instagram, so follow me there if you don’t already.
And the first weekend in November I’ll be giving a talk in Northampton, MA, at an ISEE class, which I mentioned briefly in last week’s blog post. I’m excited for that! Pics will go up for that one too, so I’ll say it again: check out my Instagram. Or just wait until the following week when I’m sure I’ll post about it here.
Anyway, time to get ready for the Bee. Where’s my damn fine