AS A FREELANCE WRITER, YOU CAN CHOOSE TWO DIFFERENT PATHS ...
> Sell your stories for mere crumbs.
> Get radio silence from editors. Did I use the wrong email? Is my email on the fritz? Better send myself another test.
> Keep swirling in self-doubt and overwhelm. What should I include in my pitch? Have I had my last good idea? My last assignment?
> Flounder in insecurity--that nagging feeling that becoming a successful, paid writer is just a dream--and resign yourself to sucking it up at your day job or applying to grad school.
> Generate nonstop ideas and know exactly where to pitch them.
> Start breaking into more and more prestigious publications. (Hello, sweet bylines!)
> Become irresistible to editors.
... And get on the road straight to a time-flexible, location independent, passion-fueled, and lifelong (if you choose) dream career.
Which will it be?
NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO DECIDE IF YOU REALLY WANT TO:
> Say "adios" to any kind of clock-punching, pantyhose-wearing, boss-yelling, 9-to-5 day job
> Say, "I'm a writer" at parties and have a seriously satisfying answer when people ask, "What do you do?" and, "Where have I seen your work?"
> Know that when you finish one great assignment, there's always another waiting for you (and another check)
> Make a living doing something that uses your talent--and, more importantly, something you love.
ARE YOU READY TO UPLEVEL YOUR FREELANCE STRATEGY?
JOIN FREELANCE WRITER BOOTCAMP NOW TO BOOST YOUR SKILLS, CONFIDENCE AND BOTTOM LINE IN 2017 ... AND THE YEARS TO COME.
I’m Rebecca L. Weber, a journalist and writing coach, and the creator of Freelance Writer Bootcamp.
I know your biggest freelance issues aren’t talent or work ethic.
Not enough editors contact you with assignments. Or when you pitch ideas, you face so much rejection it feels like a waste of time. Or you get offered such low rates, that the whole experience eats at your self-confidence and even your self-worth.
It seems easier to stick with work that isn’t satisfying or that doesn’t pay enough … even though you know that this isn’t enough to sustain you long-term.
In Freelance Writer Bootcamp, you’ll learn step-by-step how to find the best publications for you, what to include in a query that editors can’t say no to, and how to parlay a single assignment into an ongoing gig.
MANY PEOPLE ARE CALLED TO THE WRITING LIFE, AND MANY TRY TO FREELANCE.
But without a strategy in place, it can quickly become overwhelming.
Where do writers get their best ideas? Where are the good markets? What are the formats used for queries and what info should be there in the first place? What’s a fair rate? How do you become an editor’s go-to freelancer? How do you keep track of everything? How do you handle mindset issues and imposter syndrome?
By the end of Bootcamp, you won't be asking these kinds of questions anymore.
After six weeks, you'll walk away knowing how to:
Put together story ideas that stand out and get assigned at top rates
Become the go-to writer for an editor who has lots of stories to assign
Transform your minor obsessions and casual conversations into material that the world will read
... Even if you didn't go to journalism school, don't know the "right" people,
or aren't quite sure what you want to write about.
"My success rate has increased pretty dramatically. I’m on track for my best year ever. I’ve doubled the number of stories that I’ve placed, and the type of publications I’m writing for is of a higher caliber.”
– Carol Patterson, Canada
Back in the day ...
My last day job was what you'd call a velvet-lined coffin.
There was no daylight in the office. I had to wear little outfits (jeans weren't an option), and no one knew what to do with me.
It was a magazine, which should've been great for what I wanted to do: write articles. But the magazine commissioned established journalists and couldn't see past my inexperience as a writer. (So much for "it's who you know.")
So I decided to start pitching to places that didn't know I had zero experience. Even though I bumbled, fumbled, and took eons to write that first query, and almost talked myself out of sending it, my first newspaper pitch sold.
Once I saw my name in print and earned a few hundred dollars, I was hooked.
I continued to get assignments. After I turned in one good article, an editor asked me if I wanted to take on an idea of hers. Then a different editor asked if I'd like a regular column.
An early goal was to get enough work to be able to leave my day job and freelance full-time. More than a dozen years later, I haven’t looked back.
I’ve broken into CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, USA Today, Ebony.com, the Washington Post, Discover, and Marie Claire, as well as many regional and niche publications, all via cold pitches to editors who’d never heard of me.
The truth is, there was a real perk to the job I felt so stuck in. I'd gotten to watch exactly what successful freelancers did to land assignments, and what kind of pitches made editors light and leap up to say, "I'll take it!"
That knowledge has allowed me to have a career and lifestyle that more talented writers drool over, because they don't know how completely within reach it is.
And it's in reach for you, too.
I've worked with scores of writers, and once they know what to do right now and going forward, and how to generate ideas and pitch them to the right places, they get the kind of career momentum they'd only dreamed of before.
Now I’ve taken those same steps and broken them down into an online program you can do on your own time, at a price that’ll soon seem like peanuts as you start to get those dollar-per-word assignments.
Freelance Writer Bootcamp is based on what works—and doesn’t work!—in the real world.
You don’t have to choose between a trained educator who’s never done the freelance hustle and a writer who lacks a deep understanding of how people learn.
My step-by-step process of how to pitch isn’t theory I studied without any skin in the game. It’s hard-earned knowledge from pitching and selling hundreds of stories to publications in the US, UK, South Africa, Australia, and elsewhere.
Remember when I said I didn’t go to j-school? Instead, I earned a master’s degree in education from Columbia University. I have years of experience teaching writing to adults and coaching writers one-on-one. I’m responsive to feedback and passionate about figuring out the very best ways to engage different kinds of learners.
As an alum of Freelance Writer Bootcamp, you have lifetime access to the materials, including any updates.
My students have sold queries to local newspapers, national magazines, and international websites (check out a few of the testimonials below). They pitch every possible topic, including health, travel, and religion.
Step-by-step, we cover how to find the best publications for you, what to include in a query that editors can’t say no to, and how to parlay a single assignment into an ongoing gig.
In Bootcamp, you’ll gain the know-how and confidence to:
+ Break into your dream publications and the next level in your writing career (wherever you are now).
+ Build your portfolio, enjoy bragging rights, and reach a wider audience.
+ Cultivate relationships to become an editor’s go-to freelancer.
+ Write stories that matter to you and your readers. Do meaningful work that engages your creativity and intellect.
+ Negotiate better rates and terms so that you get paid well while living the writer’s life.
+ Generate nonstop ideas and know where to pitch them so that you’re able to increase income and achieve financial independence.
+ Get enough freelance work to experience location and schedule independence, and work and live on your own terms.
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what Bootcamp alum say ...
“Her short course on crafting and tracking pitches helped me to publish in The Guardian and two-new-to-me national magazines.
Plus, her feedback on drafts is extremely helpful.”
-- Morgan Trimble, South Africa/USA
"I think differently now. When I have an idea for a story, I think about market placement first. I used to be consumed by my grand idea, now it's tempered with "how can I sell it?" I am more confident in pitching. Joy! I'm thrilled to feel so empowered and hopeful for a more profitable and exciting writing career. I gained confidence and clarity. I learned a thoughtful process that I didn't know existed.
I will always ask for more money and I know my rights better than ever! Your system is simple, easy and invaluable. The course is brilliant!”
-- Marta Lane, USA
"Through my coaching session (one of the bonuses), Rebecca helped me to fire my least favourite client, which freed up time in my schedule to pitch to publications I want to write for.
I also gained the confidence to go ahead and pitch even when I'm feeling like an imposter, because it became obvious that a) everyone has similar fears and b) if you don't try, you can't succeed. So lovely to realise (when one works alone most of the time) that one's struggles are not unique and there is support available.
I also found the content very practical and there was numerous useful tools supplied that I intend to keep using.”
-- Tamara Oberholster, South Africa
Here's what you'll be getting ...
One new module with videos and workbook arrives each week.
Why query? Big picture view of how the editorial process works and how pitching strategically leads to ongoing relationships
Finding clients and choosing publications
Understanding what readers and editors need
Essential elements of queries that sell
Crafting and structuring a query
Planning your pitching strategy
Deeper dive into developing and refining ideas
Techniques for leveraging your knowledge
Yes, no, maybe—or nobody’s favorite, silence—now what?
Creating systems for success
$$$ What rates are fair or possible?
Evaluating and negotiating better rates, terms, deadlines, indemnification clauses, and everything else
Sample scripts for how and when to ask
Putting it all together
Becoming your editor’s go-to writer and finding anchor clients
To keep you motivated and on track, participate in the live group workshops for coaching and real-time accountability.
Get feedback on your pitches in progress, ask questions, and find support from a freelance community that’s like kryptonite to freelance isolation. Workshops will be recorded.
PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP
24/7 access to our private discussion forum, exclusive to current and former Bootcampers.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT?
This mini course on idea generation has numerous techniques for finding, organizing, developing, and evaluating ideas so you’ll never be at a loss about what to pitch next.
TRAVEL WRITERS BONUS MODULE
In conversation with James Durston, my editor at CNN Travel, and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller “How to Pitch Travel Stories.”
Great advice for those with a special interest in travel writing, all from the editor’s perspective.
EDITING YOUR OWN WORK BONUS MODULE
Practical tips to ensure you send clean, concise copy.
WRITE LOCALLY, PUBLISH GLOBALLY BONUS
Keen to write for publications abroad? Maybe you want your stories to reach a wider audience. Maybe you want the credibility a foreign byline can bring. Or maybe you’re looking at the exchange rates and want to charge in a different currency.
This bonus module is all about getting the attention of foreign editors and readers, with some special tips on publishing articles in the US. Also useful for those who travel internationally.
BONUS LIVE SESSION WITH LISA FUGARD
A special live session with Lisa Fugard. Perfect for any writer interested in storytelling, craft, and essays.
Lisa’s first novel, Skinner’s Drift, was a notable book of 2006 by the New York Times. Her many travel articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times. Lisa is also an experienced writing teacher.
Don't let the idea that you have to figure everything out on your own hold you back from taking action to land the assignments you really want.
Freelance Writer Bootcamp begins October 5.
14-Day Money Back Guarantee
If what you want to do is increase your pitch acceptance rate and cultivate long-term clients, and you're ready to do the work to get what you want, I’m confident that this is going to be a good fit for you.
I offer a 100% money back guarantee within 14 days of the course start date (October 5).
Watch the videos, do the homework, ask questions in the group workshops. Test out what I say and see if these new approaches make sense. I’m pretty sure that if you put these strategies to work, you’ll see big changes in your confidence, skills, and bottom line. If not, request a refund, no questions asked.
Are you ready to uplevel your freelance game?
“In two days, I had an assignment that paid for the Bootcamp.”
-- Meg Root, USA
“It exceeded my expectations. I feel so much more confident and motivated now.”
-- Cath Johnsen, Australia
“Good for all levels and steps of a freelancer’s career.”
-- Chris Clark, South Africa/UK
“Motivated me completely! Totally accessible, non-competitive, and 100% encouraging.”
-- Frances Aron, South Africa
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When do I get access to the materials?
A short welcome video is available as soon as you register. The first module will release on October 5. More materials will be available each week for six weeks. You will have lifetime access to all the digital materials, so you can start later or go at your own pace if you prefer.
What if I can’t make it to the live calls?
If you have questions related to the week’s content, you can email them ahead of time. We’ll record the calls and make them available within 24 hours (barring any tech glitches).
How much time does the Bootcamp take?
It depends on much time you have, how much new work you want, and how much appetite you have for pitching. If you want more assignments, you’ll need more time to write more pitches. To make the most of Bootcamp, plan to spend between two and five hours per week once you start pitching.
Remember, you have ongoing access to the modules, so if you get behind, you can always catch up later.
What results can I expect?
Results vary from person to person, based on a variety of factors. Many writers who do the work and put the principles into place receive paid assignments within weeks of starting the program.
I don’t have any story ideas. What will I pitch?
The bonus module on idea generation (“How Did You Come Up With That?”) in the second week is just for you.
I don't have a journalism background or much experience writing. Will the level be appropriate for me?
You don’t need to have had formal training, but it will be a big advantage if you love to write (or at least love having written).
Will I get personalized feedback?
Yes. There are weekly calls where you can ask or email your questions, and there is a private Facebook Group.
When does registration close? When does Bootcamp begin?
The early bird VIP special offer closes Sunday, September 24. Regular registration closes October 3. Bootcamp begins on October 5. This is the last session for 2017.
What's your refund policy?
This Bootcamp is bursting with useful information for freelance writers who want to sell more article ideas—if this is you and you’re willing to do the work, I’m confident you will see real results. If you’re struggling with the material, I encourage you to ask questions so that we can help you.
But you may request a refund within the first two weeks of the course starting, no questions asked.
Can I make real money as a freelance writer?
In the US, many websites pay several hundred dollars per piece, and many print magazines pay $1 per word; the most competitive ones pay more than $2 per word. Many outlets pay far less. As a general rule, the more a market pays, the more competition there is. We’ll discuss strategies for increasing your rates overall.
I want to pitch a novel, a poetry chapbook, a short story, or a screenplay.
The Bootcamp focuses on pitching nonfiction pieces to newspapers, magazines, and websites. This program does not cover pitching fiction, poetry, books, or other forms of writing.
How do the bonus live calls work?
You’ll receive a private link to click and join each video call, which last up to 90 minutes. We do some writing together, discuss the module content, and workshop your queries in progress. You have a chance to ask me questions directly. The calls are recorded for those students who want to watch later on.
While the live calls are optional, the overwhelming feedback is that they are very helpful–even if your query isn’t being discussed, and even if you watch them after the fact. As one student put it, the “pitch parties were the playground for the modules.”
I have another question that wasn’t answered here. How can I contact you?
Email me: rebecca AT freelancewriterbootcamp DOT com
“As writers--especially freelancers who work from home--it can be easy to get stuck in your bubble of processes and ways of doing things, and seeing how someone else does things and what recommendations they have is extremely helpful. Rebecca was wonderful about providing feedback and support.”