All posts tagged: pitching

10 items for a 10-year freelancerversary

Ten years ago, I quit my job, stuck an “A” in my byline, and struck out on my own as a full time freelance writer. I’ve been thinking about what I’d say today since I realized that this year would be the big 1-0, and I keep drawing blanks. So I’m going to use one… Read more…

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Reader Question: How do you form relationships with editors?

Today’s reader question is about those gatekeepers we love to (sometimes) hate: editors. “What are the best ways to cultivate relationships with new editors? Blind pitching? Seeking them out through social media? Finding mutual connections and asking for an introduction?” I’d say a little bit of all three, and then some. The best way to cultivate a… Read more…

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Story Behind the Story: Miss America Can’t Save Atlantic City

This piece is an example of a pitch that had a hard time finding a home, but when it did, it worked out better than I could have expected. The Story: “Miss America Can’t Save Atlantic City,” Philadelphia Magazine, September 13, 2013 The Pitch: I’ve been writing about Jersey Shore for more than a decade, and… Read more…

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When to pitch: always

“Or are you always pitching stories?!” This was the last line of an email that just hit my inbox. I had reached out to a running industry contact to clarify a number that will go in an article I’m writing for a men’s magazine. This was how he signed off his reply. My answer: Yes.… Read more…

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Story Behind the Story: Going the Distance Grows Shorter for Many Runners

The Story: “Going the Distance Grows Shorter for Many Runners.” The New York Times, February 22, 2014 The Pitch: I’ve been writing for the NYT sports section since 2008, so I didn’t need to do the whole song and dance about why I’m qualified to write the story. I’ve wanted to write about the Gasparilla Distance Classic… Read more…

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Reader Question: “Is silence the new no?”

Mailbag time! Here’s my first reader question (well, two part question) of the blog challenge: “Is silence the new no? Should I check back in with editors I’ve pitched or just let it go?” To answer the first question: No, silence is not the new no. I’ve been freelancing since 2002. Some of my queries… Read more…

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Story Behind the Story: Less is More at New Road Races

I spend a lot of time running, and because I need a goal in order to get myself out the door, I run a lot of races, too. I’ve run some big ones, including the Chicago Marathon, but I’ve found I prefer smaller races. So I wrote a story about it. The Story: “Less is… Read more…

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How to sell essays

I just wrapped up edits on the first essay I’ll have published in Runner’s World. I write for the magazine often, but I’d never landed a personal piece, and the process was very different from pitching an article. That’s common in the magazine world. Selling essays is a different type of freelance activity than selling… Read more…

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