Like almost every other writer on the planet, sometimes I need to remind myself of why I do what I do.
Years ago, I started saving the messages and emails I receive from my students and clients. And now, every time I feel unsure of what I bring to the table, of what makes me different from all the writing gurus on the Internet, why I put up with the mean comments and the abuse, I read the notes I’ve saved and it reminds me.
It reminds me that storytelling is a business and a vocation, yes, but it is also a passion, not just for me but for every single person reading these words. And what I help people do is not just tell those stories but get paid damn well for them. I’m incredibly proud to say that I’ve helped countless writers go from making $100 an article to $1 a word or more.
Look at some of these notes I’ve saved that lift me up:
Just a note to say thank you for 30 Days, 30 Queries. Thanks to the course, I am living my dream of being a magazine writer, including writing for a publication that I’ve wanted to write for ever since I decided, age 16, ‘I’m going to be a writer.’ Within 10 days of starting the course I secured two assignments, together worth over $1,800. Those alone paid back the cost of the course many times over.
And this one:
This morning I received my very first PAID journalistic assignment in about 15 years!
This is one of my favorites:
When I joined this course a bit over a year ago, I was another depressed member of the corporate army… my self confidence was shattered with all the journalism applications that didn’t work out. Fast forward, I am a full-time journalist who is regularly commissioned by the likes of Al Jazeera, BBC, Financial Times, VICE, etc… I am now living my dream of “the foreign correspondent” lifestyle… The support I received from you guys has been way more useful than my master’s degree in apparently one of the best media schools in the world.
Just last week, I got an email from someone who said she had won several awards for her journalism when she was working as a full-time correspondent for a newspaper, but this pitching thing? It was bringing her to near breaking point because what the hell was she supposed to do to get editors to respond or to bring in regular work?
This is not a newbie, this is someone with years of experience.
And the only reason she can’t hack this freelancing thing? She hasn’t yet learned the art of effective pitching.
Which, as you know, happens to be my specialty. See, I went from being a 19-year-old freelancer in India with no experience or clips to someone who has had a 20-year career writing for some of the world’s most-respected publications and commanding top rates doing it.
Because here’s the thing: If you’re not getting enough high-paying freelance work, there are only three reasons:
- You’re not pitching enough.
- You’re not pitching the right people.
- Your pitches suck.
Let’s help you fix all three.
30 Days, 30 Queries is only open for another nine days after which we will be closing registrations. You will not have another opportunity to sign up for this class again this year. (Of course, you can always sign up and go through the lessons later—you’ll have lifetime access.)
I’ll catch you on the inside.