If you’re interested in freelance writing, you might already be familiar with the fact that pitching is everything. It is possible to get work assigned to you but, most likely, you’ll have to send queries or pitches to land assignments.
Here are a few quick and simple tips for sending pitches to editors:
- Find out the editor’s name. Not always as easy as you would think but worth the extra digging!
- Don’t worry about timing. Timing is everything but you have no idea what the editor’s schedule or inbox look like so don’t get wrapped up in perfectly timing your pitch! This applies to the thought that you shouldn’t send pitches on Mondays or close to holidays or at 5pm, etc.
- Send print pitches early! Although I just said to ignore timing, do pitch at least 4-6 months ahead of the proposed issue if you’re looking to write for print. Every magazine has slightly different deadlines but print editors work way ahead of publication.
- Reuse the same pitch. Don’t be afraid to pitch the same idea to multiple editors and publications. This advice is a bit controversial and I talk about it a lot in my course, Fit to Freelance, but I’ve never found myself in a bind, doing it this way.
- Maximize your pitch. Send multiple article ideas in one pitch email. This saves time and increases the chances of something getting picked up, much like my previous tip!