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Jack Oughton - Writers Bitchin Pitchin Hacks v1.0

Jack Oughton - Writers Bitchin Pitchin Hacks v1.0

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A checklist/cheatsheet/cribsheet guide for writers and people who want to make money in freelance writing. Also applies to existing freelancers who may be able to pick up a few tips to improve their freelancing careers. Deals with how to pitch, what to pitch, when to pitch, what to expect, what editors want, what happens when money gets involved. Also handles how to deal with competition from abroad, how to plan a career and specialties, and where to get more info. No fluff, good stuff ^_^
A checklist/cheatsheet/cribsheet guide for writers and people who want to make money in freelance writing. Also applies to existing freelancers who may be able to pick up a few tips to improve their freelancing careers. Deals with how to pitch, what to pitch, when to pitch, what to expect, what editors want, what happens when money gets involved. Also handles how to deal with competition from abroad, how to plan a career and specialties, and where to get more info. No fluff, good stuff ^_^

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Published by: Jack Oughton on Mar 08, 2013
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 Jack’s Bitchin’ Pitchin’ Hacks 
v1.0
 
//
 
 Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info//
 
https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer//
2013:
CC BY-NC-SA
 
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Wanna chat? Tweet
@koukouvaya
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” 
~
Ray Bradbury
,
 Zen in the Art of Writing 
 Article Pitching Tips for Freelance Writers // ‘Jack’s Bitchin’ PitchinHacks’
 
 Jack’s Bitchin’ Pitchin’ Hacks 
v1.0
 
//
 
 Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info//
 
https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer//
2013:
CC BY-NC-SA
 
//
Wanna chat? Tweet
@koukouvaya
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” 
~
Ray Bradbury
,
 Zen in the Art of Writing 
H
i
For a while, people have been asking me about how to pitch articles toa publication and land a commission for fun and profit. So, instead of repeating myself ad infinitum (I do enough of that already…), I wrote alittle guide, which I have called
 Jack's Bitchin' Pitchin' Hacks 
.
So, think of them as a series of ingredients to use in your pitchingrecipe. No pitch could
 possibly 
include them all (what kind of crazyrecipe would that be?) but you
can
pick and mix from them to makesaid pitch more
 palatable
to your commissioning editor (hah...)Think of it as your
cribsheet
/
cheatsheet
.
The document containshyperlinks, which
look like this
.
Caveat:
These are what have worked for
me
as a writer. I have worked in
journalism, copywriting
and
technical writing
(etc), whereas I have no experience with other/specialist areas such as
grant writing
or
medical writing
. Nobody's an expert ineverything! :)So, as with everything,
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" 
. Take what is usable from hereand discard the rest. And as always, tweet me if I can be any help:
@koukouvaya
 
 Jack’s Bitchin’ Pitchin’ Hacks 
v1.0
 
//
 
 Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info//
 
https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer//
2013:
CC BY-NC-SA
 
//
Wanna chat? Tweet
@koukouvaya
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” 
~
Ray Bradbury
,
 Zen in the Art of Writing 
The Fundamentals: 
 Always mention that you are willing to
revise the angle oroutline
to suit the editor's needs (
including the title
)
State that the
word-count
can be flexible. Offer to meet/amendto
word count requirements.
THE SUPER HELPFUL FREELANCERMINDSET
:
You are here to serve the editor and reach theeditorial goals. You are
flexible
. You are super
open tofeedback
. You are a
problem solver
. You are
meticulous
.
 You are
shit hot
because there are
thousands 
of other people who are perhaps equally as good and who
could 
be doing whatyou do. You will
earn
this commission and you will make theeditor come back to you for
more!
Phrasing:
State why you 'feel' these ideas may be suitable (notthat you 'know').
Politeness:
Good.
 Assumptions:
Usually notgood.
 Ask questions
. The pitch is
not
you
telling 
the editor 'what's what', it's a means of opening a dialogue to find out what theeditor wants, which can be uncovered by questions. And thenfinding how
you
can fix it 
with your wordsmithing.

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