The Renegade Writer

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

The Ultimate Freelance Writers’ Guide to Recording Interviews

Digital Voice Recorder

By Natalie Zett

In my early years of freelance writing, I owned many taperecorders. Although most recorders worked fine, the cassette tapes couldn’t be trusted since they often gave out at inopportune times.

The last straw was when I finished a 50-minute interview that never made it onto the tape, which not only jammed, but also …… Click here to keep reading…

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Jan 15, 2014 Advice, Cool tools, Interviewing

7 Fun Ways to Keep Your Idea Generation Skills Fresh This Winter

many small light bulbs equal big one

By Diana Burrell

Even I, a self-confessed idea junkie who loves nothing better than thinking up ideas to research and pitch to magazine editors, go through periods where all my ideas feel uninspired and blah. These periods usually occur mid-winter, when the days are short and the nights are long, boring, and cold.

Same for you? Here …… Click here to keep reading…

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Jan 2, 2014 Advice, Ass, Ideas, Motivation, Writing

I’m going inside now.


You may have noticed that comments are disabled on this post. And I haven’t been answering emails as quickly as I used to.

Let me explain.

It may be difficult to believe, but I’m an introvert. I play an extrovert on the Internet, but really I’m an introvert.

I prefer to keep my socializing one-on-one, and I hate …… Click here to keep reading…

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Dec 16, 2013 News you can use, Personal yammerings

Want to Freelance So You Don’t Have to Pay for Childcare? Why This Can Be a Bad Idea — and 3 Things to Do Instead


By Linda Formichelli

You decide to become a freelance writer so you can stay at home with your little one — and you envision yourself tapping at your keyboard and sipping java while your precious angel plays quietly with a set of blocks at your feet.

Then, when you attempt this, you’re slammed back to reality: Your …… Click here to keep reading…

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Dec 3, 2013 Money, productivity

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