Pitches That Worked - Spring 2019 Edition
Writing pitches, let alone doing them well, is a daunting task for most freelance writers. A few years ago in my career I reached a stage where I gained confidence in my pitch-writing, and that confidence was backed up with paying assignments, some in publications I never dreamed I'd be legit enough to publish in.
There is no shortage of advice for freelancers on how to write, format, and send a pitch, but in my experience advice in a vacuum can only get you so far. What is helpful are examples of what actually worked, breaking down the mystery of the hypothetical.
To that end, I decided to bundle up a baker's dozen successful story pitches along with annotations about what worked about each of them. None of them are flawless--in fact, I tried to point out the flaws, to demonstrate what really matters in a strong pitch. It's not absence of typos or sending it at exactly the right time of day: it's a solid idea, marketed strongly, bundled in the promise of good writing and solid reporting.
What you will get with this packet, which breaks down to a really affordable $1 per pitch, are pitches that landed me (and my colleague Kelly K. James, who shared some selling pitches of her own) assignments in The New York Times, Atlantic, Folks, Runner's World, the Costco Connection, Next Avenue, Vulture by New York Magazine, Your Teen, Real Simple, and Wine Enthusiast, with links to the stories so you can see the finished product. (Note: editorial contacts are not included, but advice on how to find editorial contacts is.)
Please check it out and tell your freelance colleagues, journalism students, and anyone else who might be interested. If there seems to be a demand I will release additional installments.