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First, download 21 query letters that sold to The New York Times, TIME, Global Post, Ms., and more.
Next, learn how to find story ideas that sell. Read this article for quick how-to tips.
Then, understand the nine types of query letters and learn when to use each of them in this informative post.
And finally, read this article to discover how to break into your dream publication.
Of course, don't forget to check out the treasure trove of articles on every aspect of pitching below.
Articles on Pitching and Marketing
Your story ideas should be such that they can be summed up in a single sentence. They also need to say something new, something interesting that the editor may not have heard of before.Read more
Here are the the different types of query letters and why they work in different situations.Read more
Early on in my career, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with a senior editor at TIME magazine. Here's what he told me.Read more
Take each individual query apart and you’ll start seeing certain patterns, certain styles, certain traits that they all seem to hit and make them query letters that work.Read more
Here are some ways to take a generic story idea, give it a twist and turn it into something more.Read more
Every time I’ve had a row of two or three bad months, I’ve realized that they’ve followed a busy period in which I’ve neglected my marketing.Read more
Why do most of your neatly-crafted, queries come boomeranging back from cyberspace bringing home unwanted rejections?Read more
In this post, I'm going to share with you my barebones system for writing and sending 25 queries in the span of a week.Read more
Here are my 30 top tips from sending a query letter each and every day for a month.Read more
You know that dream publication of yours? Pitch it.Read more
If your query letters are consistently bringing back rejections and/or silences, there are only three reasons why. Fix them, and you’ll be well on your way to crack the nationals in no time.Read more
Whether you start at the top or at the bottom will depend not only on your goals for your work, but your income situation, your circumstances, and often, the story idea itself.Read more
In my experience, editors often like to work with a select group of freelance writers or journalists, those who’ve earned their respect and trust over time.Read more
While most editors actually do respond to pitches sent their way, here are some good reasons why they don’t.Read more
Rejections are tough sometimes, but most of us understand that they’re a part of the job and we don’t take them personally. Was there a way I could get more responses, even rejections? I decided to experiment.Read more
Writers, as a side effect of being creative folk, are masters of the art of the excuse. We create all kinds of psychological barriers for ourselves when it comes time to pitch a story or an idea.Read more
What should you do when a story comes back rejected and your ideas simply don't sell? Here’s my advice.Read more
The hardest wait for freelance writers, it seems, is waiting for a response from an editor on an idea that you think is timely, a perfect fit, and of course, marketable elsewhere.Read more
All it takes is one marketing effort a day, no matter how big or small. Here’s my list of the 21 small things you can do today that will help you find new clients.Read more
Here’s a funny thing that I noticed during my time in India: When journalists came to India from abroad to work as a foreign correspondent, they had a far easier time making it as freelancers than local journalists born and brought up in the country.Read more
No matter what your difficulty or weakness, I can assure you that there’s a way to turn it into an advantage. Here’s how.Read more