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 ... 

How to find editors' contact details

You’ve got a great idea for an article for a magazine, newspaper or website. You want to pitch it, but you have no idea where to find the editor’s contact details. While there is no one way to locate every single email address or phone number for an editor, there are a number of tools and strategies you can use to find the right person to pitch to (and some may surprise you).

February - back on track (sort of)

None of us know what life has in store, but when you’re a freelancer, you never quite know what work has in store for you either. By the middle of February I had hit my income target, but I was also grappling with the idea of pulling out of writing a commissioned article on a very difficult topic. My family and work situation changed at the end of the month, meaning I’ve had to re-evaluate the time I can dedicate to my freelance business.  

A beginner's guide to TravMedia's IMM

If you're interested in travel writing or a career as a travel writer, I heartily recommend attending TravMedia's international media marketplace (or IMM as it's commonly called). It's been likened to speed dating for people in the travel industry and I think that's a pretty accurate description. It's fast, furious and fun. And at the end of the day many writers walk away with offers of famils or press trips. So how can freelance writers get the most out of IMM? 

From lawyer to freelance copywriter - meet Libby Hakim

Libby Hakim is a quiet but extraordinary achiever - a former lawyer, Libby now works full time as a freelance copywriter, SEO writer and digital content specialist. She's an incredibly versatile writer and is just at home writing technical white papers as she is penning an article about how tidying may just change your life. I was so thrilled when Libby agreed to be part of this Q&A - she spills the beans on the benefits of writing for agencies, why she resisted writing about the law and her advice for those dreaming of being a freelance writer. 

7 publications that pay well for personal essays

Despite some people saying that the personal essay boom is over, I'm seeing little evidence to suggest that readers' appetites for candid, revealing and thought-provoking first person pieces are sated. For freelance writers, the advantage of writing a personal essay is that you are drawing on your own experience, so there is very little need for external research or case studies. Many writers also say that writing down their own experience and sharing it with others feels validating, affirming and therapeutic. 

January - a slow start to 2018

After a hectic November and fairly busy December, January was really quiet for me. I didn’t feel much like pitching, instead I wanted to hang out with my family and have some down time. Towards the end of the month I started pitching, because I realised that even though I had invoiced for a good amount of money, not having lots of commissions means that a few months down the track, my bank account will take a big hit.

Anatomy of a feature article

In the survey I sent out a few weeks ago, lots of you mentioned that you’d like to see how one of my feature articles developed – from the initial idea and pitching the editor to interviewing case studies and experts, writing the article, submitting it and being published. In this post I take you through an example of a feature story and all the steps involved in getting the article published in one of Australia’s newspapers.

Where to find the best story ideas for articles

It’s the moment many freelance writers dread. An editor asks if you’ve got any ideas to pitch, a client wonders what you think would make a good subject for an article for their business blog or you want to break into a dream publication, but your ideas have dried up. So where do freelance journalists and writers get their great ideas from and how can you ensure you have an endless supply of unique stories that editors will find irresistible?