The Renegade Writer

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

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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

The One Person Who Rejects You More Than Editors Do

By Linda Formichelli

This is a reprint of this week’s Monday Motivation for Writers email. If you’d like goodies like this to land in your in-box weekly, sign up for my mailing list!

I’ve had many mentoring and Write for Magazines clients who say, “I didn’t send my idea to X magazine because I don’t think I …… Click here to keep reading…

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May 17, 2014 Advice, Marketing, Motivation

Do You Have an Editor-Repelling Email Address?

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By Linda Formichelli

I get a lot of emails from writers. And lately, I’ve been alternately dumbfounded, confused, and frightened by some of the email addresses I see writers using. Addresses like:

flowergigglepot@yahoo.com
littlemissflashythang@aol.com
onebrilliantauthor@gmail.com
writrgrrl7113@hotmail.com

(Don’t worry, I changed these addresses…they’re not the actual ones.)

And I wonder: Are writers using email addresses like these to correspond with editors? And how …… Click here to keep reading…

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May 4, 2014 Advice, Marketing

2 Ways to Make Sure Editors Are Impressed By Your Clips

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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

This One Tiny Habit Can Help You Become a More Productive (and Wealthier) Freelancer

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by Diana Burrell

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

I make no secret of the fact that I do not like to write, which seems crazy because I’ve been a freelance writer and author for almost 20 years and writers, well, write. But if you’re a professional …… Click here to keep reading…

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Apr 6, 2014 Advice, Motivation, Writing

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