Meet Neha Kale - freelance writer, editor and delightful human

Long before I met Neha Kale at this year's Emerging Writers' Festival in person, I had read her work. I was full of admiration for her eloquent and evocative writing, and how Neha manages to master a range of styles, from personal essays to profiles and food articles. In person, Neha is just as her writing suggests - thoughtful, articulate, honest, passionate and willing to explore topics that rarely get highlighted in the mainstream media. I hope you enjoy this Q&A with Neha - it's one of my favourites.  

July - a quiet month before the storm

As each month passes I'm always amazed at how much can change within the space of four or so weeks. I purposefully started July slowly, because August is shaping up to be crazy busy. But somehow time always seems to speeds up towards the end of the month and before the end of July, I found myself madly finishing stories and receiving last minute commissions just days before I head overseas for my first international press trip. 

Meet Nikki Vargas - co-founder and editor-in-chief of Unearth Women

When I first heard about Unearth Women, a feminist travel magazine (in fact the first feminist travel publication), I loved the idea and wanted to know more about its co-founder and editor-in-chief, Nikki Vargas. As a travel editor and freelance journalist Nikki was perfectly positioned to see and act upon a gap in the market for a travel publication for women and by women. She said something that struck me as incredibly wise and pertinent for all freelance writers: "It’s not enough to have a fabulous idea, you need to have the means to set it in motion."

How to find content marketing clients who are under the radar

There’s a big divide in the world of freelance writing. There are so many organisations out there that are creating content and looking for freelance writers, or companies who want to create content, but don’t know where to find good writers. That’s where you come in. This post takes you through the best ways to identify potential content writing clients, who you may not have heard of before, but who have budgets and a need for freelance writers.

3 easy ways to get an editor's attention (without being obnoxious)

You know those images in movies where someone wins the jackpot on a poker machine and it’s spitting coins out everywhere? That’s exactly how I think of an editor’s inbox. No matter what they do, the emails keep on coming, piling up on top of each other. So how can freelance writers get noticed amongst all the digital noise, get an editor’s attention and ensure our emails get opened?

June - my income for the financial year and the month I got my cake

The last day of June marks the end of the financial year in Australia, and editors and clients are either putting a freeze on commissions or are hurriedly trying to spend their budget. I deliberately set my income target lower this month in an attempt to bring back some balance into my life, and for the most part, it worked. But happily, my invoice total for the month was the most it’s ever been. And if you've been following my blog over the past few months, you'll be glad to know I got my cake!  

What makes an editor say YES to a pitch?

There are lots of articles out there about how to pitch feature articles to magazine and newspaper editors, but recently I’ve been thinking about exactly what makes an editor say yes to a pitch. We all know that pitches usually need to include a timely, “newsy” angle or element, but recently I heard a podcast episode where an editor spoke about the two crucial elements in any publication. His advice made me sit up straight.

Meet Olivia Gagan - a super savvy freelancer

Olivia Gagan is the kind of writer that many people aspire to be - she's a full time freelancer living in London, having written for titles such as The Times, Psychologies and The New York Times. Olivia cut her teeth working as a journalist for trade media before making the decision to go full time as a freelancer. She transitioned to full time freelancing in such a smart way; by building up her savings, drawing on her existing networks, establishing boundaries and learning about running a business. I hope you enjoy the interview - there's absolute gold here.

The 5 things you must include in a content proposal

We've all heard that content is king. Nearly every business has a website and in order to creep up the Google rankings content needs to be updated regularly. Blog posts are an ideal way of doing that and many companies are looking for freelance writers and copywriters to pen their posts and other content, such as newsletters or EDMs. So what do you need to put in a proposal to give yourself the best chance of landing a content writing gig? 

May - a bumper month

I went into May after a busy April determined to take things easy - not send out too many pitches and dedicate some time to thinking about a creative project I could take on. The beauty of being a fairly established freelance writer is that work tends to flow in, but it's meant that I've found it hard to carve out non-work time. Despite this, I'm still feeling really positive about my writing and I've had an absolutely bumper month income-wise. 

Should freelance writers share contact details?

One of the qualities that is crucial for freelancers to have is generosity. I really believe that the 'soft' attributes of openness, kindness and big-heartedness are just as important as technical skills for freelance writers. I'm part of writing groups and communities that are incredibly generous - especially with sharing contact details for editors. But recently I've started thinking about what happens when writers and journalists don't source their own contacts.

Interested in writing about social issues? Pitch to these publications.

There are numerous online magazines and publications looking for writers. But it can be hard to know where to pitch your ideas if you want to write about social justice, international development, human rights or humanitarian issues. There are numerous magazines and publications in this space who are looking for freelance writers - here are eight that are well worth considering.

How to increase your luck as a freelancer

You know that saying about how you make your own luck? Well, it turns out it's true. And it's not through vision boards or manifesting (although I do know people who swear by them), but by applying a few principles that have been scientifically proven. I know this all sounds a bit woo-woo, so let me explain how freelance writers can enhance their luck (and how it's worked for me). 

April - a topsy-turvy month

Even though I have written before about how it's possible to be a part time freelance writer, I have to be honest and say that this month I've found it really tough. I've only worked about three days a week, but it's been hard to fit all my work in. I had a press trip to Queensland in the middle of the month and five days later I headed off to present at The Launceston Freelance Festival. Those kind of opportunities are amazing, but there's been very little fat in my schedule in April, so it threw things out a bit. Or actually, a lot. 

Meet Donna Webeck - freelance real estate copywriter

If you've ever scrolled through a real estate website and wondered about the person behind the beautifully written and enticing blurbs about your dream house - wonder no longer. Meet Donna Webeck - freelance property copywriter. To say Donna is passionate about property is an understatement - she lives and breathes architecture, design and real estate, and it shows in the way she runs her freelance real estate copywriting business. Her enthusiasm for property is infectious and inspirational - imagine if we all felt this way about the work we do?

Want to break into travel writing? Do this.

When you think about the dream job - being a travel writer is up there for many people. Being paid to travel the world sounds idyllic, and while there are undoubtedly downsides to the dream (let's save those for another post), let's be honest - it's a pretty sweet gig. I'm not a full time travel writer by any means, but this week I'm heading off on a four day press trip to tropical North Queensland. A couple of people have asked me the best way to break into travel writing and I believe there's one very easy way to get started ...