Kickstart Your Freelance Writing Career

Jillian Richardson, Conversational Copywriter

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8 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Oh, hey there!

      0:52
    • 2. Class Project Overview

      0:28
    • 3. Brainstorming Ideas

      2:50
    • 4. Establishing Credibility

      2:53
    • 5. Using Social Media

      2:59
    • 6. Job Boards

      1:40
    • 7. Pitching Directly

      1:35
    • 8. Farewell, friend!

      0:29

Project Description

Pyramid Of Dreams

I hate to break it to you, but beginner freelancers simply aren’t going to get published in The New York Times. Just like any other career, you’ll need to work your way to the top. However, everyone’s version of success looks different. Your goal might be to get published in Vulture or The Toast, instead. Yet no matter what your dream publication is, you need clips in order to establish credibility.

To learn more about the freelance ladder-- what I like to call the pyramid of dreams- watch this video from Shane Snow. If you’re short on time, watch from 7:40 to 12:05 to hear how Shane started writing for WIRED within 6 months of starting his freelance career.’

Your mission:

  • Identify some small blogs that fall under the topic umbrella that you want to write for. If you have no previously published clips, you’ll need to write a few articles for free.
  • Identify publications that are a little more popular. Repeat until you have at least 4 levels
  • Find the correct editor for the section of the publication that you want to pitch.
  • Find that editor’s contact info
  • Craft and send a pitch. If rejected, repeat at the same publication or one of a similar level. Once you’ve published a few pieces at your lower level publication, move on up!

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