The Renegade Writer

How to Get the Most Mileage — and Money — Out of Your Writing by Double-Dipping

By Tiffany Jansen Have you seen the Seinfeld episode where George accompanies his girlfriend to a funeral? It’s post-wake and everyone’s at her parent’s place noshing on hors d’oeuvres and sipping punch. George finds himself in front of the potato chips, so he takes one, sinks it in the dip, takes a bite, and dips ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Dec 16, 2014 Advice, Ideas, Marketing, Query letters

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

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