How To Get Hired As A Writer

By on October 23, 2019

If you are a freelance writer, you'll know that sometimes it can be tough landing the jobs you want. While there are plenty of jobs out there, there is also lots of competition. So making sure that your application, pitch or proposal stands out can make all the difference and mean that you can continuously work on highly paid projects that you care about, as opposed to poorly paid ones that you don't.

So what can you do to increase your chances of being hired as a writer? Here are some helpful tips: 

Learn to write

The better you can become at writing, the easier it will be to build your reputation and start to find bigger, more exciting, and more lucrative roles. Read books on how to write, practice writing every day, and read everything you can get your hands on to continuously improve your skills.

Research your favored publications

If you have a particular magazine, newspaper, or even sector in mind, the more research you can do, the better. Reading about the kinds of features that any particular publication likes to include, as well as studying the writing style can help ensure that you pitch and create relevant pieces, are going to be of interest to the readership and are in the right tone, so they fit seamlessly in with the current style, and will be precisely what the editor is looking for. 

Write for free 

This is a tricky but important one. We all understand that a writer's time is valuable, and they should be paid for good work. However, if you are just starting or want to move from smaller publications to bigger ones, offer to write for free initially. If they like what you've written, they'll come back for more and be willing to pay you for your next piece. You can also write for free to build up your portfolio, i.e., by setting up a blog, writing for a local paper, for charity, anything you can think of - if you've got a portfolio of published clips, you'll look professional and be more likely to be taken seriously, and more easily able to prove your worth as a result. 

Perfect your pitch

Applying for advertised jobs is one thing, but pitching is quite another. Learning how to write the perfect pitch, and who to direct it to is essential. In your pitch, you not only need to be able to summarise your idea succinctly but also explain why it is right for the publication, why their readers would want to read it, and why now is a good time for the story to be written. If you can do so in as persuasive and compelling a way as possible, an editor will likely want to know more. 

By using the above tips, you can increase your chances of being hired as a writer, start building your reputation and become a greater success.

Do you have any tips to share with other freelance writers? Why not tell us in the comments section below? 

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About Bethany Cadman

Bethany Cadman is an author and freelance writer. Her highly anticipated debut novel 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers' is available on Amazon as both an eBook and a paperback. You can find it here - http://tinyurl.com/z47t8qf

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