Here are the websites, books, courses, podcasts, and tools that I couldn’t live without as a freelance writer.

I’ve included some affiliate links to products I use and love — thanks for supporting Where to Pitch! 

On Freelancing

The Write Life: One of the most comprehensive writing sites on the web, with tons of posts on freelancing.

The International Freelancer: I’m always excited to read Mridu’s new posts and newsletters, which I think says it all.

The Content Marketing Writer: If you want to break into content marketing writing (which = $$$ for you), Jennifer’s blog is a great resource.

The Freelance Beat: Love this weekly newsletter from journalist Tatiana Walk-Morris. It features calls for pitches as well as the latest freelancing news.

Alexis Grant: Without Lexi, I wouldn’t have the career I do today. She’s a (former) journalist, a traveler, and the director of content for The Penny Hoarder. Though she doesn’t blog often anymore, I learn a lot from her insightful posts.

On Pitching

Nieman Lab: Everything you need to know about the world of journalism. Don’t miss its new series “The Pitch,”which asks editors what they’re looking for (and features winning pitches!). Also great: Storyboard 75, a collection of its most popular posts on narrative writing.

Hunter: This free database helps you find — or at least make an educated guess about — editors’ email addresses.

Sales Navigator for Gmail: Curious if you’ve gotten an editor’s email address right? This free tool syncs LinkedIn and Gmail so you immediately know when you’ve hit the jackpot.

The Open Notebook’s Pitch Database: Pitches that worked (from science, environmental, and health writers), along with the resulting stories.

On Getting Paid

Who Pays Writers: This brilliant site was the inspiration for Where to Pitch. Go here to see how much different publications pay — and don’t forget to submit your own experiences!

Freelance Rates Database: Similar to the site above, this Contently site reveals what freelancers were paid. Scanning through the homepage can give you some great ideas on where to pitch.

Your Rate: This super simple tool calculates how much you should be charging hourly. (It’s probably more than you think.)

Careful Cents: My friend Carrie is an accountant-turned-freelancer, and she breaks down the finances of freelancing in an accessible way.


Beyond Your Blog: This podcast features editors telling you what they want.

Longform: Fascinating interviews with journalists, editors, producers, etc.

99U: All about productivity, business, and the hustle of freelancing.

High-Income Business Writing: The name says it all.

Creative Class: A new podcast from Kaleigh Moore and Paul Jarvis about the business of freelancing.

The Managing Editor Show: Although editor Elisa Doucette is leaving the show, the archives are still a great resource for newbie freelancers.


Scratch by Manjula Martin: Don’t miss this engaging series of essays about writing and money.

Get Better Clients and Earn More Money by The Write Life: Want to ditch the content mills? This ebook is chock-full of real-life advice.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: Classic writing book, and originator of the “shitty first draft.” Clearly she’s a hero.

Storycraft by Jack Hart: A deep dive into the art of writing narrative nonfiction.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown and 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam: As a freelance writer, you have a million balls in the air — which is why I loved these authors’ approaches to managing time and determining what really matters.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie: Even in this lone-wolf field, you need to win over clients and editors and the like. This book’s guided my life philosophy for years.

Essential Tools for Freelance Writers

Assistant.To: No more back-and-forth emails for scheduling interviews — this free plug-in makes you look like a total pro!

Screen Shader: You stare at a computer all. day. long. So save your eyes! You should use this to ensure you stand up every 20 minutes, too.

Trello: An awesome organizational tool that helps you track your life, business, and pitches.

HelloSign: Sign and send contracts from your phone. Enough said. (Sign up through my link, and we both get a free doc!)

Pocket: With one click, add articles to your “pocket” for later — and get rid of all those tabs!


Marinara: Pomodoro Assistant: Doubt I would ever get anything done without this extension.

LastPass: Stop hemming and hawing, and just sign up for this already. It’ll make your life so much better!

News Feed Eradicator: FB is way less addicting when there’s no newsfeed to suck you in.

Boomerang: Schedule emails to send later, or return to your inbox if they haven’t been answered in a certain amount of time. (Not that that ever happens with pitches…) You get 10 messages per month with the free version; unlimited costs $4.99/month.

Website Stuff

Siteground: I use this hosting service for all my sites; its support is amazing.

Bluchic: I adore this shop’s selection of beautiful WordPress themes.

Tyler Hammett: Shameless plug for my boy toy. If you need a clean, responsive, and affordable website, shoot him an email.

Social Media Tools

Buffer: Build your platform by sharing interesting articles with just one click — at times optimal for your audience. It’s free to schedule 10 articles at a time, or $10/month for the unlimited plan.

Feedly: Not that I ever log into it, but in theory, this is a great way to keep up with blogs and news sources.


FreshBooks: This accounting program is FREE (for up to three clients) and super simple to use. My favorite part? It lets you send invoices that have a flat 50-cent fee. I also use it for tracking my time and recording expenses.

Mint: As a freelancer, money is a constant headache. Mint helps (a little bit). Keep track of all of your bank accounts, credit cards, investments, and loans in one place.

Digit: It’s nearly impossible to save on a varied income. Luckily, Digit does it for you. It connects to your bank account and uses some sort of magic algorithm to determine how much money it can safely withdraw into a separate savings account. In the past two years, it’s helped me saved more than $5,000!

Courses In their words, this site “remains a rock in a sea of audit-only and feedback-light classes.” If you want to get your hands dirty with a writing course, this is where to go. I’m taking Pitch Like a Honey Badger right now — and it’s fantastic!

How to Tell Better Stories in a Digital World: This brand-new course from my lovely friend (and award-winning travel and food writer) Jodi Ettenberg features one-on-one coaching and feedback. Her resources for storytellers page also has some good stuff.

The Copy Cure: A fellow writer recommended this free copywriting course from Marie Forleo.

The Creative Class: Paul Jarvis’ course teaches the business of freelancing. (My friend Heather, a freelance editor, raves about it.)