You pitched a new writing job and your prospect is interested. Now what?
Unless they’ve given you a clear idea of alternative next steps, it’s typically up to you to propose some blog post or article ideas. You’ll have to do this for prospects, but also for recurring clients that you write for on an ongoing basis.
What does this look like?
Thanks for your interest in having me write for Leaving Work Behind!
Here are three post ideas that I think would work perfectly for your audience. Look them over and let me know which one(s) I can move forward with, or if you have any additional feedback.
Proposed Title #1. 2-3 sentences to provide some context to your post idea. Enough to get the client interested, but not a novel that will take too much time to read (or write!).
Proposed Title #2. See above. The explanation would be specific to the second proposed topic/headline.
Proposed Title #3. See above. The explanation would be specific to the third proposed topic/headline.
Looking forward to getting started on my first post due 5/12/15. Thanks!
~ Gina Horkey
How many ideas should you send? What’s the best pitching format? And what’s the best way to handle rejection?
Today I’m going to cover all three of those questions (and more). Let’s dive in!
I’m on the tail end of the biggest recruitment drive I have ever carried out.
I received over 100 applications from freelance writers after this announcement just over two weeks ago. From those applications I trialled 13 writers, and out of those writers, I have (so far) selected seven writers to work with.
It’s been a lot of work, and quite frankly, a large proportion of the work was struggling with applications that weren’t as well written and presented as I would like.
However, what if my struggle could be your opportunity? What if I could point out areas in which I felt the applications I received could have been improved? That’s exactly what I’ve done in this post.
Below you will find eight different critiques, all focusing on responses to just one section of my application form: rates. If this article proves to be popular then I may write up additional posts that focus on the other areas of the application form. Keep Reading
Everywhere you look, you’ll find an article on mastering writer’s block. Honestly, I ain’t got time for that!
That’s right: I don’t have time for writer’s block. People are paying me to write, so I need to deliver on the promises that I make to my clients.
I’m not going to lie and say that writing is easy, that the words always come quickly or that each writing day is created equal. Because it’s not. But I’ve got a job to do and consistently writing new content is a big part of that.
In order to get to work writing each day, I’ve come up with my own six step process to keep my writing projects flowing (and on time). Let’s get to it!
The headline says it all really 🙂
My writing business is growing, and I need top quality ghostwriters to help me produce engaging and informative articles for my clients.
I’m looking for writers who have:
- In-depth experience with WordPress and/or online marketing.
- Superb spelling and grammar.
- A personable and engaging writing style.
You must be:
- A fluent English writer (non-native speakers are welcome to apply).
- Creative (you’ll be coming up with topic ideas).
- Willing to adapt to my in-house style guide.
- Open to critical feedback.
- Reliable – deadlines are sacred!
- Able to turn around ~1,500 word articles within 2-3 working days.
Here’s what I can offer you:
- Pay! Let me know what your rate is, and I’ll let you know if I can work with it.
- Consistent work – the vast majority of assignments are ongoing.
- The opportunity to broaden your skills and experience.
- Access to my in-house style guide.
- Personal feedback from yours truly.
If you’re interested, click here and fill out the application form. Please note that, depending upon the number of applications I receive, I may not be able to reply to everyone.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Reliability is one of the most important assets for a freelance blogger – or any freelancer for that matter!
As Tom recently alluded to, it’s our job to sell (and provide) a solution, not a hassle. One of my personal selling points to my clients (whether it be for writing, virtual assistance work or something else) is that I make their lives easier.
If anything that I’m doing while providing a service to my client is making their job more difficult, they probably won’t keep me around for long. I position myself as an investment in their business, not an expense. That can be true both in monetary terms (i.e. my fee) and in terms of their time (everyone’s most valuable commodity).
If you’re interested in landing more gigs, keeping them and continuing to raise your freelancing rates, you’re going to want to over-deliver and under-promise on a consistent basis. Start by using my five-point checklist to deliver client work on time – every time!