A freelance writing ‘formula’
FREELANCE WRITING FORMULA
So, how do we get editors to publish and pay for our stories?
I’ve broken down the thought process I used as an editor, when evaluating pitches. This is my ‘formula’ for pitching for freelance writing jobs: the PICD method. Other editors will have other requirements, but basically you will never be wrong if you follow this:
- Write a great PITCH
- That contains a great IDEA
- Backed up by great CREDENTIALS
- And conclude with a great DELIVERY
Inside this formula is everything you need not just to win a single assignment, but to win multiple assignments – and eventually, hopefully, hit the two holy grails for freelance writers:
- To win retainer projects
- To get editors to pitch you.
There’s a lot to each of those elements, so we will drill down into one aspect of this formula – THE PITCH – during the course of this workshop.
This also will help shed light on at least two of these other elements, and as we go through a pitch we’ll also learn a few other tips about pitching and being a freelance writer.