What's the number one factor that determines whether you will succeed in this industry?
Pitching your freelance writing ideas to editors.
Like it or not, you've got to pitch, pitch, pitch every month and possibly several times a week if you are still trying to hit a more comfortable financial level.
I hate pitching, and you probably do too. It isn't because I lack ideas, but because the process feels so time-consuming and often fruitless. Spending time writing and sending queries - not to mention vetting publishers and trying to find editors' full names to address them personally - is not something a struggling writer feels he or she has time for.
The thing is - this is the only real, proven method to finding work and repeat clients. So? Just get it done.
I prefer to set apart an entire work day for things like pitching, researching publishers and coming up with new query ideas. This way I don't spend the day frustrated at how these important chores are taking away from my "real" writing time.
There's no great secret to pitching, except that once you have the hang of it, it will go more quickly.
Make pitching your freelance writing ideas a part of your routine sooner, rather than later, and you won't regret it!
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