The Renegade Writer

How I Broke Out of a Freelancing Slump by Breaking all the Rules

This post is by Deb Mitchell. I’m definitely more of a "rules are there for a reason" than a "rules were meant to be broken" kind of girl. It just never occurs to me to buck the system, and frankly, that’s served me well all my life. But when my freelance writing career stalled (despite the ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Sep 30, 2014 Advice, Break This Rule, Freelance writers, Freelance Writing, Marketing, Query letters

If You Don’t Read Magazines, Don’t Try to Write for Them

The other day I was chatting with my Renegade Writer co-author, Diana Burrell, and she mentioned something that horrified me. Diana teaches the fabulous Become an Idea Machine workshop that's helped students land in the New York Times, Parenting, Success and other publications. She told me that more frequently than you would expect, she'll suggest a ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Aug 4, 2014 Advice, Marketing, Query letters, Rants

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

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

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

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