Here are the websites, books, courses, podcasts, and tools that I couldn’t live without as a freelance writer.
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Freelancing & Pitching
The Write Life
One of the most comprehensive writing sites on the web, with tons of posts on freelancing.
Don’t miss “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.
Opportunities of the Week
Sonia’s newsletter culls Twitter for calls for pitches — and is well worth the $3/month.
This free database helps you find — or at least make an educated guess about — editors’ email addresses.
This sleek all-in-one pitching platform often features calles for pitches from prominent editors.
The Content Marketing Writer
If you want to break into content marketing writing (which = $$$ for you), Jennifer’s book, blog, and FB group are great resources.
Sales Navigator for Gmail
Curious if you’ve gotten an editor’s email address right? This free tool syncs LinkedIn and Gmail so you 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.
The Freelance Beat
This weekly newsletter from Tatiana Walk-Morris features calls for pitches and the latest journalism news.
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.
This super simple tool calculates how much you should be charging hourly. (It’s probably more than you think.)
Books / Podcasts / Courses
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Classic writing book, and originator of the “shitty first draft.” Clearly she’s a hero.
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.
The Creative Class
Paul Jarvis’ course teaches the business of freelancing. (My friend Heather, a freelance editor, raves about it.)
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. Essentialism | 168 Hours
Tools for Freelance Writers
No more back-and-forth emails for scheduling interviews — this free plug-in makes you look like a total pro!
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.
Build your platform by sharing interesting articles with just one click. I use the free plan, which lets me schedule 10 articles at a time.
I adore this shop’s selection of beautiful WordPress themes. I use the Quinn theme on my personal site.
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