#175: How to improve your article pitches and land your dream publications, with Ericka Andersen

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Today’s guest is Ericka Andersen, a freelance writer living in Indianapolis. She is the author of two books and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Christianity Today, and more. Ericka coaches writers on how to make a living as freelancers and also how to improve their article pitches to land big bylines. 

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • Why Ericka became a freelance writer.
  • Lessons Ericka learned as she improved her freelance business.
  • How Ericka balances higher-paying anchor clients versus the more creative, passionate work she yearns to do. 
  • Successful ways Ericka found anchor clients.
  • How Ericka improved her own pitching process. 
  • How Ericka coaches writers on writing better pitches. 
  • The importance of cultivating a good story idea.
  • How to find the right editors to reach out to.
  • What makes a good pitch.
  • When to follow up and when to send a pitch to a different editor. 
  • How to become a “dream writer” for an editor to work with. 
  • How these skills can also help you provide “earned media” services for other clients. 
  • How writing an opinion piece for a newspaper can get your foot in the door. 

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