The Renegade Writer

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

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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

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

Here’s a Successful Query for a Surprising Sex Article–And 5 Reasons It Worked


Many writers ask me for examples of query letters that worked to land magazine assignments.

You can get a packet of 10 queries that worked by signing up for my email list, and a Kindle copy of The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock costs only $2.99.

Still want more? You got it! Below is a query …… Click here to keep reading…

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Sep 9, 2013 Advice, Query letters

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