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Write pitches that sell, break into your dream publications, and get paid well to cover stories you're passionate about.
NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO DECIDE IF YOU REALLY WANT TO:
ARE YOU READY TO UPLEVEL YOUR FREELANCE STRATEGY?
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.
"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
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.
24/7 access to our private discussion forum, exclusive to current and former Bootcampers.
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.
Practical tips to ensure you send clean, concise copy.
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.
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, 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.
Freelance Writer Bootcamp begins February 1.
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.
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
“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? Exact dates will be published in January 2018. Bootcamp begins on Febrary 1, 2018.
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.”
-Ashley Lauretta, USA
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