Last week’s post was about 3 reasons why freelance writers’ pitches to magazines and newspapers aren’t successful.
This week I want to do something different.
Rather than writing a post about pitching, I’m sharing a video of a pitch review.
This week you can watch me review a writer’s pitch.
This pitch is from an established Australian writer and author who was having trouble breaking into one of her favourite publications.
You’ll see (and hear) my process for reviewing her pitch, what I think works well and the things I think she needs to work on before she sends it.
Watch me review a freelance writer’s pitch (click the image below)
At the writer’s request, I’ve pixelated any identifying information.
There’s no doubt that pitching is an art and one that can take a while to perfect.
If you want more support with sending out query letters to editors of magazines, newspapers and digital publications, there are some super resources available.
What makes a successful magazine pitch? Where to find pitching help
These resources offer some great suggestions of how and where to pitch:
My resources related to successful pitching:
- Get writing work without pitching: how to get editors to come to you with commissions
- How to get started as a freelance writer
- Following up with editors – a guide
- Where to find the best story ideas for articles
- Landing a column – what it takes
- Anatomy of a feature article
Examples of pitches that were commissioned:
- A new database of successful pitches
- Three real world examples of pitches that sold
- Freelance article pitches that got accepted (Diana Kelly)
- Marissa Higgins’ freelance pitch resource sheet
- The anatomy of a winning pitch (Elna Cain) – just a note that this isn’t a pitch to a magazine/newspaper but to a business
Articles about pitching that I’ve found useful:
Was it useful to see me critique a writer’s pitch? Would you like more video posts like this one?