Though it's been a minute since I last posted, I've still been updating my reading list and linking to my recent work. There's been a reason for my radio silence: I moved to Berlin this spring! After nearly a decade in Cincinnati, I sold all my stuff, packed up my cat and crossed the Atlantic… Continue reading PS I moved to Berlin
Back when I was a baby freelancer, pitching felt like a mystery. I knew in theory how to write an article pitch, sure, but they were usually half-baked. I usually didn't know what the what was yet and wanted an editor to tell me what to do. In the last nearly two years as a full-time… Continue reading a magazine pitch that totally worked
Back in August, amid moving and other craziness, I got a last-minute invite to talk at Weapons of Mass Creation in Cleveland. It was one of those moments where against better judgment I said YES, and it worked out great. They just posted the video of my talk, so I'm posting it here! (I sound… Continue reading the sound of one man networking
Q. Do you have any tips for networking? I've debated asking a fellow freelancer about getting work, but I'm afraid of stepping on her toes. A. When I started freelancing, I thought that meeting other freelancers was the best way to get gigs. They get gigs, and I want gigs, so they can give me some… Continue reading never network alone
Inspired by Neil Gaiman's two-of-three rule, I made a two-of-three rule specifically for pitching magazine articles.
I've been thinking a lot about getting paid lately. Not only because I've been a self-employed editor and writer for the last six months, but because the internet blew up this week over an incident in which The Atlantic asked a writer to adapt a hella long story for zero dollars. Freelance writers went into… Continue reading Working for Free? Someone’s Got to Get Paid
While I was on my crafty book tour, I took a brief detour between Pittsburgh and Cleveland to talk to Jacquie Marino's magazine publishing class at Kent State's journalism school. I love any excuse to visit my alma mater, but I was especially stoked to talk about the current state of magazine publishing and how I went… Continue reading how to pitch a story to a magazine