The Renegade Writer

2 Ways to Make Sure Editors Are Impressed By Your Clips


By Linda Formichelli

You’d think sending an editor a published clip or two would convince them that you can pull off the article you’re pitching.

But guess what? An editor may actually be leery of the clips you send.

Why? Because too many clips are actually crappily written articles that were edited to perfection by the writer’s …… Click here to keep reading…

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Apr 20, 2014 Advice, Marketing, Query letters

5 Ways to Fake Confidence in Your Article Pitch


By Diana Burrell

You’ve spent hours–nay days–crafting a pitch letter for a dream market. You’ve researched what feels like every back issue of the magazine, and you know in your gut your idea is a winner. Your idea shines, you’ve got learned expert sources lined up, and you’re even feeling jazzed about your writing style.

So you’re …… Click here to keep reading…

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Mar 2, 2014 Marketing, Query letters

How to Build a Relationship with an Editor That Will Net You More Assignments

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It can seem strange to talk about building relationships with an editor…I mean, they hire you, you do good work, and they hire you again, right? But editors are more likely to hire writers they personally like, and those who act professionally. They’ll look at your queries more quickly, and may add you to their …… Click here to keep reading…

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Feb 16, 2014 Advice, Editors, Marketing

No Clips? Here Are 6 Ways to Convince an Editor to Hire You Anyway

No clips? No problem.

Writers often ask me what to do when their clips are 10 years old, or are on topics that don’t relate to what they’re pitching, or are from non-paying publications. And I tell them, “You gotta use what you got.”

But what if you have no clips? As in zero? Zilch? You’re a total writing newbie …… Click here to keep reading…

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Jan 29, 2014 Magazines, Marketing, Query letters

Why You Should Write for Free–and Like It

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By Linda Formichelli

For years I’ve been preaching to new writers: Know what you’re worth! Demand to be paid fairly! Don’t write for free!

And now here I am, telling you it’s good to write for free.

Am I crazy?

No. I changed because the industry has changed. When I was starting out in 1997, there were no content …… Click here to keep reading…

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Oct 15, 2013 Advice, Marketing, Money

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