If you want to write news and feature stories for national magazines and newspapers, then you’re going to need to learn how to write a pitch.
Which, as it happens, is one of my many areas of expertise.
It’s how I built up my career after all. I had no contacts, no clips, no credits, and I lived in India where, at the time, there were very few freelancers and only a handful who made any kind of real liveable wage with the kind of work that I wanted to do.
From those beginnings, I went to regular $1-a-word assignments, a contributing editor gig at Elle, and editors routinely telling me that my query letters were the best they’d ever seen.
And in my Pitch Critique program, in which I’m working with writers personally to get their pitches written and sold, I share everything I know.
“At the beginning of my freelance career I read dozens of articles (and probably a few books) about pitching, and they were great for getting started. They were generally informative, but eventually I kept coming up against a wall and I was struggling to see exactly how my pitches fell short. This is where Mridu’s pitch critiques really helped. As she was giving me line-by-line comments, she was able to flag problems with concrete elements like transitions or examples or the hook.”
“A huge eye opener was the need for clarity. In my head I already knew why the story was exciting and timely and whatever, meaning that I assumed editors would know it too. She helped me see the holes in my pitches where I needed to more concrete about why readers would find this interesting now. Once that was sorted (which was a bigger thing than I thought, and would’ve taken longer on my own to deal with), it was a matter of finding the best shape for the pitch depending if it was a trend or service piece or what have you. Having an experienced set of eyes with me saved me months, maybe even years of spinning around in circles.”
– Josh Nadeau
See, here’s the thing: I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I’ve made mistakes you haven’t even thought about making yet.
You can avoid them and save yourself the years of heartache.
I’ll show you how.
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