There are several ways to become a journalist.
You could go and enroll in university, get yourself an expensive college degree, and spend four years learning the ins and outs of how journalism works. You still won’t learn pitching and freelancing basics because most journalism schools train students for jobs, not independent careers.
You could, as I did, go to a different kind of school—the school of hard knocks—and while there’s a lot of pride in that, I guess, you’ll make a lot of mistakes, endure years of trial and error, and reinvent the wheel in ways that you really didn’t have to. Learning this way makes you think you’ve saved money, but it costs you in lost time and lost income.
Or, of course, you could read books, invest in DIY courses that don’t answer your specific questions or show you how to get unstuck when you face blocks. Instead of spending five minutes asking a question and receiving an answer from someone who knows exactly what you’re facing and need to do, you spend days and weeks Googling for what feels like the right solution (and may be the absolute worst possible solution for you). Or going round and round in circles, repeating the same mistakes until you get wiser. You could read writing blogs from people who’ve never actually had successful writing careers and regurgitate the same advice and then wonder why it’s not working.
All of these options cost you time, money, and often, heartache. They can cost you your dream.
Which is why I suggest that you not learn in this way.
If you want to learn freelance journalism and magazine writing, I do, of course, suggest that you enroll in my 30 Days, 30 Queries program. Or, if I am not the right instructor for you (which, if you’re not the ambitious go-getter type who likes to see results FAST, I’m probably not), find someone who aligns with your vision and your goals and learn from them.
Working with a mentor and a proven system gives you a few things that a university education and self-learning won’t.
It will give you a way to learn on the job and implement what you’re learning right from the get-go so that you can start making an income immediately.
It won’t cost you in repeated trial and error, which means that you’re not losing years of potential income, getting stressed by your lack of results, and can move ahead with confidence, knowing which strategies work and bring you the assignments.
With 30 Days, 30 Queries in particular, you get solid real-world advice that comes from BOTH sides of the desk. I’ve worked as a freelance journalist for more than fifteen years and Sam, my partner, has worked as a commissioning editor for even longer than that.
You can talk about how 30 Days, 30 Queries is expensive, even with the email support and personal advice thrown in, and for the people who don’t do the work or want a magic pill, it absolutely is. But if you DO the work, take the action I recommend, and implement the strategies I teach, then you can make back that money PLUS an extra celebratory dinner when you land your first 1,000-word assignment that pays $1-a-word, within weeks, just as many of our students have done.
See, other people sell courses. I want to help you achieve an outcome. When you sign up with us, you don’t pay for information, you’re paying for a result.
I want you to achieve real success. Not a step along the way to real success, but true success.
And how do I do this?
By giving you the strategies, tools, and support that helps you move beyond your fears and doubts and places you in a position where you can actually see what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it.
It is not a coincidence that so many of our students go on to get $1-a-word assignments, six-figure careers, and location-independent lifestyles.
It is because we know exactly how creative ambitious people think, what they want out of their careers, and where they stumble.
I know you because I AM you.
I am not a professor, I don’t have any teaching or psychology degrees. The only reason I understand this stuff as well as I do is because I have done it. I have faced the problems, the income dips, the heartbreak, and the frustration that you may currently be feeling. I have faced it and come out of it.
I was the new writer who blogged, publically, that she would be published in The New York Times and TIME magazine because she would keep going until they said yes.
I did. They did.
I don’t teach you what I know. I show you what I did, and then I show you how to overcome your own blocks to achieve the same results.
But in order to get the results, you have to do the work and you have to take the risk to believe in and invest in yourself.
And if you do? I can help you.
30 Days, 30 Queries is open for registration for another week. It’s changed the careers of several writers and can change yours, too.
I hope to see you on the inside.