Get writing work without pitching: How to get editors to come to you with commissions

When I started out as a freelance writer it never occurred to me that editors might one day come to me with articles they wanted me to write. In the past, I’ve had the occasional editor ask me to write a specific article for them. But this year, I’ve had multiple editors come to me over and over again with commissions. In this post I share the five key factors that are crucial to getting editors to approach you with commissions.

Meet Jenny Valentish - freelance journalist, editor, author and all-round literary legend

Ever since I decided to ask Jenny Valentish some questions for my blog, I've been trying to work out what I'd say in this introduction. But the truth is, I don't think you can put Jenny or her writing into a neat 100-word summary. Jenny's writing reflects her - it's erudite, funny and often unexpected. And as you'll read - she's also incredibly generous sharing her experience and advice with other freelance writers. 

Meet Cat Rodie - writing an article a day

To my mind, Cat Rodie is a freelance writing legend. She has the knack of spotting an innovative spin on an old topic and easily sees how fresh research could translate into a compelling article. I spoke to Cat about getting her start as a freelance writer, her pitching schedule, how she has broken into some of the biggest magazines in Australia and yes, how she aims to write one online article a day. 

Getting sponsorship for travel

If you want to make money as a travel writer, being hosted or going on a famil (where you get to stay, travel or experience activities for free) is almost a necessity. Writing compelling requests to tourism bodies, PR agencies or other operators to ask for hosting is crucial. 

How I got a $2/word writing job on LinkedIn

Some of my highest paying clients have come through LinkedIn. A couple of times I’ve spotted these opportunities while ‘passively’ scrolling, but I’ve also had great success in reaching out directly to people who commission freelance writers. In this post I share how I landed one gig that paid $2/word.

Following up with editors – a guide

There are certain things that happen time and again when you’re freelancing. You pitch, you wait to hear back, and you follow up. Any freelance writer will tell you that you have to follow up with editors. Around 30% of my stories get commissioned after a follow up email, so I think it’s crucial you touch base with editors after you’ve sent your pitch.

Landing a column - what it takes

A lot of freelance writers say their dream is to be a columnist. I asked three of Australia’s best-known columnists to spill the beans on how they landed their regular gigs, how column writing differs from feature writing and what advice they would give to freelance writers who dream of having their very own regular space to rant, review or reflect.