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.

Meet Kate Stark: Freelance agricultural journalist

There aren't too many people telling the stories of rural Australia the way Kate Stark does. As she says, "My focus is on telling the stories of agricultural Australia and I think there is certainly a growing thirst for knowledge ... people want to know more about where their food comes from, whether that be for health reasons or simply because they are willing to be more mindful about agricultural impacts on the earth." 

Case study spoking - What it is and why it works

During interviews with case studies I often find myself in the middle of a fascinating conversation. Often, though, the topic is nothing to do with what I’m writing about and we have veered off from our original subject to something else the interviewee is passionate about. For many years I just wrote those conversational titbits off as interesting distractions during the interview. But recently, I’ve changed my tune.

Travelling the world with Nina Karnikowski

It's hard not to look at Nina Karnikowski's life with a certain level of envy - she travels the world, meets fascinating people and gets paid to write about it. It's a hard slog though, as anyone who has done any travel writing can attest. Here Nina shares how she became a travel writer and how she maintains her discipline.

5 things I learnt from my first famil

My first famil (often called "familiarisation trips" or "fam trips" where a tourism body or PR company 'host' you) happened almost as an accident. I had written for a food magazine about the town in which I live and once the editor said she was happy with the piece, I asked if she was looking for more pitches or whether she had other locations she needed to cover.

Meet Kim Lamb - content manager extraordinaire

I first met Kim when I started writing for SEEK. She was the kind of editor and content manager you dream about as a freelancer. She always returned emails, is highly organised and encouraging.  As someone who has dabbled in freelance writing, Kim understands what editors and content managers are looking for as well as what it's like on the other side.