When I first started writing, I figured I should watch what successful people were doing and then do the same, or similar, things.
One six-figure freelancer emailed editors and asked for assignments, so I did that.
Another built a website as a showcase of her clips in order that clients could find her, so I did that, too.
Another only pitched 200-word shorts to national magazines instead of submitting feature story ideas so that she could work her way up, and I tried that as well.
After all, it’s such a simple concept. Take what’s been proven to work and apply it to your career.
No point in reinventing the wheel, right?
The problem is that we spend so much time focusing on copying other people’s strategies and systems that we overlook the true genius of what is right within us, in our reach, and what is really and truly the only thing we need to start getting those assignments from top publications.
Do you know what that one thing is?
It’s story ideas.
The only problem? Story ideas can take a lot of time and expertise to understand.
It’s not just enough to say, oh, I’d like to write about this subject. In fact, if you’re writing about subjects, no wonder nobody’s buying anything from you. What you need are angles and slices that are not only relevant, timely, and sexy, but that appeal to a publication’s audience.
Get this one thing right and you’ll never need to worry about getting assignments again. In fact, editors will be writing to you asking that you contribute to their publications.
When most writing instructors teach query writing, they take a very two-dimensional approach. They focus on the writing, the style, the sections, the subject line, the bio, etc. All that is only important if you get the story idea right, and in fact, if you get the story idea right, all the rest of it becomes almost irrelevant.
What a good query letter really does is that it showcases an excellent story idea. It’s the packaging for an incredibly must-have idea.
And when you get that piece right, you automatically make a sale.
Even if you have no clips, credentials, or anything substantial to your bio.
Even if you have no expertise in the subject.
Even if you’ve never written for a national publication before.
Think it can’t happen?
We have dozens and dozens of case studies of writers who started from nothing and brought in $1-a-word assignments within weeks.
When you land your first assignment and start seeing these kinds of results, you start realizing that everything you’ve been taught about freelancing has been upside down and inside out.
Here’s how one of our 30 Days, 30 Queries students described their experience:
It’s the kind of moment where you realize that you’ll never have to rely on the old methods of getting assignments again.
No more sending pitch upon pitch, crossing your fingers, and hoping something finally works.
No more spending hours on research or trying to figure out how to pad your portfolio so that editors think you’re “good enough” to write for them.
No more reverse-engineering other writers’ successful pitches to see what worked, only to find that it doesn’t work for you.
This week, I’ve once again opened up our bestselling 30 Days, 30 Queries program. It’s an intense 30-day pitching program unlike anything you’ve done before.
And by the end, most students will have accomplished one very specific thing:
They will secure a “YES” on their query letter and land an assignment, and if their results are anything like the typical results of our students, it will be one that covers the cost of the entire program.
30 Days, 30 Queries helps writers solidify story ideas, write pitches, and find markets, and if they do the work laid out for them in the course, they get assignments and they get them fast.
Their confidence grows. So does their income.
But most importantly, most writers are able to take these successes and use them to catapult their careers into one that continues to land assignments, bring in the income, and allows them to tell stories they care deeply about.
If you know you need a sustainable strategy for growing your writing career and writing for publications, but you feel lost and overwhelmed when it comes to pitching, 30 Days, 30 Queries will be a perfect fit.
It will build focus and accountability into your writing life.
The plan and pitching strategies I teach can be adapted to your freelancing, no matter whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been around for years.
Indeed, writers regularly tell me that they’ve been freelancing for decades but still learned new strategies in this course that helped them grow substantially more.
Of course, if you’re just getting started, this course will help you avoid the mistakes and the missteps and get you going in the right way so that you can build consistent ongoing momentum in your writing from the very beginning.
Best of all? What we teach gives you a measurable result.
And once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never look at your writing life in the same way again.
Sign ups are only open for the next two weeks; then we’ll be closing this course for an entire year.