The Renegade Writer

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

The Laziest Writer Ever? A Vent and a Lesson

Last spring a writer (let's call her Jill) emailed me that she was pitching a profile of me to a UK writing magazine -- and would I be available for an interview? Here's how the conversation went: ***** Jill: I'm interested in interviewing you for [magazine]. If you are agreeable, I'd need to ask you a few questions ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Jul 22, 2014 Freelance writers, Motivation, Rants, Writing

I Reveal My 4 Greatest Screw-Ups as a Freelance Writer (AWK-ward!)

It can be scary to put yourself out there as a freelance writer. “What if I screw up?” You ask yourself. “What if I make a mistake that ends my freelance career before it even starts?” I have news for you: You will screw up. Royally. But I promise you, it won’t be the end of your career. ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Jul 8, 2014 Advice, Motivation, Personal yammerings

6 Smart Ways to Find Out if a Magazine Pays for Freelance Articles

By Carol Tice You've got a great story idea, and think you've found the perfect magazine to send it to. There's only one problem: you have no idea if that magazine ever uses freelance writers -- or if they do, if there's any pay involved. You could spend days developing this query -- pre-interviewing sources and crafting ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Jun 22, 2014 Advice, Money

Let’s Make Your Article Ideas Not Suck — Right Now

In the Premium version of my Write for Magazines e-course, I critique three article ideas from each student. I’ll take an idea that’s almost-but-not-quite there (which is almost every idea) and show the student how to play with it, how to experiment with different angles until it’s just right to pitch. And you know the response I ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Jun 8, 2014 Advice, Ideas

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