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Rebecca L. Weber has written for CNN, the New York Times, Dwell, and many other publications.

Write pitches that sell, break into your dream publications, and get paid well to cover stories you're passionate about. 


You can:

  • 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.  


You can:  

  • 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?  


  • Say "adios" to any kind of clock-punching, pantyhose-wearing, boss-yelling, 9-to-5 day job.

  • Tell people at parties, "I'm a writer" at parties and have a seriously satisfying answer when asked, "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.


Join Freelance Writer Bootcamp to boost your skills, confidence, and bottom line in 2018 ... and in the years to come.  

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. 


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 yet 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 

Bootcampers have sold queries to local newspapers, national magazines, and international websites (check out 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.

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  

Tamara Oberholster

Here's what you'll be getting ...

One new module with videos and workbook arrives each week.

Week 1

Module 1: Let's get this pitching part started
  • 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

Week 2

Module 2: Pitch Blueprint
  • Essential elements of queries that sell
  • Crafting and structuring a query
  • Planning your pitching strategy

Week 3

Module 3: Advanced Pitching Techniques
  •  Deeper dive into developing and refining ideas 
  • Techniques for leveraging your knowledge 
  • Specializations

Week 4

Module 4: After the Pitch
  • Yes, no, maybe—or nobody’s favorite, silence—now what?
  • Creating systems for success 
  • Supportive marketing

Week 5

Module 5: Make Me an Offer
  • $$$ 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

Week 6

Module 6: Sustainable Freelancer
  • Putting it all together
  • Becoming your editor’s go-to writer and finding anchor clients
  • Practical tips for long-term success



Group calls

Participate in the live group workshops for coaching and real-time accountability to keep you motivated and on track. 

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.  


Facebook Group

24/7 access to our private discussion forum, exclusive to current and former Bootcampers.


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.


Bonus Module: Editing your own work

Practical tips to ensure you send clean, concise copy.


How did you come up with that? Idea generation for freelance writers

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.

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.  

Rebecca L. Weber

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.  

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.  

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,, 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.

Rebecca writing

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 (February 1).  

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

“I felt really uncertain about how to get started, what the unspoken rules were of the freelancing game, and what editors were looking for in a pitch. I now feel confident to give pitching a red hot go! I loved that you delved into the specifics and practicalities of freelancing. I learnt so much! I loved getting feedback on my pitches.  

“I did an online course last year in editing and proofreading which I really laboured to get through and contact with tutors was minimal. This was a completely different experience. 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 


Chris Clark

“Motivated me completely! Totally accessible, non-competitive, and 100% encouraging.” 

-- Frances Aron, South Africa

“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.”  

-Ashley Lauretta, USA


Ashley Lauretta

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