Secret Tips to Landing the Writing Gigs of Your Dreams: Part Two
If you missed last week’s part one, click here to catch up. I absolutely loved receiving all of your positive feedback on the guide and hope these tips are serving YOU as an effective resource for you to reach your next level as a creative or as a fellow writer!
We’re wrapping it up with the last 3-out-of-5 essential tips. We’re talking rejection, we’re talking simplicity, and we’re talking all about the importance of showcasing the best you for potential dream opportunities!
To kick off the conversation...
#3: When pitching ideas, utilize the K.I.S.S. principle.
KISS is an acronym which stands for Keep It Short and Simple. Again, because everyone is very busy, try to be as mindful as possible of the editorial team's time by keeping pitch ideas at a minimum of 2-3 sentences and a maximum of 4-5 sentences. Anything more than that may be a turn-off.
Here is a template I love to use for submission purposes:
- Proposed Article Title, Topic Category, 3-4 Sentence Description.
I recommend always pitching 5 ideas, at least, per publication/platform. Pitching one idea may limit your chances, and by offering a variety, you might have a higher chance of approval. Editorial teams love seeing a writer who is versatile and willing to write on a variety of topics.
Go into the pitching process with the mentality of giving them something to work with.
#4: Never burn your bridges...especially digitally.
Rejection is nothing more than an opportunity to be redirected.
When someone rejects a pitch, respond with a simple message thanking them for the consideration and let them know if any opportunity arises in the future, to please keep you in mind. This may sound funny, but try to add them to your LinkedIn network for future reference. Just because you weren't a good fit today doesn't mean you couldn't be a good fit for the brand in 3-6 months.
The internet writing standards are constantly changing and looking for new voices depending on social campaigns/publication themes.
When you get rejected, save their contact info and maybe reach back out in 3-4 months to see if there are new ideas you could send their way. Sure, there will be plenty of rejection letters, but you will never get anywhere without the determination to try.
Persevere and continue to refine your portfolio! Editors are looking for people who are confident in their work and can offer concrete material at a consistent level.
#5: Showcase your best work.
If you haven't started a blog already, start today! Create a website with different articles and writing samples you've created along your journey. Editorial teams are looking for writers who have experience– it's the slightest experience. From school papers to well-drafted blog posts, submit writing samples that can display your writer's voice, while also, displaying your commitment to writer's excellence. Typically 2-3 articles of sample work will do enough to either impress an editor or allow them to see if you're the right fit for the publication. Also, consider creating a logo for yourself. Since we live in a very visually driven society, creating your logo can show editors how creative you are and what aesthetic you exude as an artist.( Friends of mine who are amazing logo creators to check out: Victoria Bilsborough, Juliet Grace Design and Elisabeth Huijskens). Also, if you have completed your college degree in any field or carry an important title in the professional workforce, mention it briefly within the email. Feel free to include any other publications you have contributed to build your credibility.
So now...it’s your turn, friend! If you’re looking for some sign or reason to start a blog and contribute articles to magazine, I’m giving you one today! Your voice matters, and someone is just waiting for your writing style to collaborate with their brand.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. After several doors of rejection, there will come waves of open opportunities with your name on it.