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There are plenty of books on the market which tell you how to write stylish prose, attention-grabbing headlines or market yourself better as a freelance writer. But how do you get that first piece published in a national publication? This book shows you the techniques that real freelancers use to sell their ideas and get into print. Professional freelancer Catherine Quinn, There are plenty of books on the market which tell you how to write stylish prose, attention-grabbing headlines or market yourself better as a freelance writer. But how do you get that first piece published in a national publication? This book shows you the techniques that real freelancers use to sell their ideas and get into print. Professional freelancer Catherine Quinn, who built a successful freelance career from scratch, guides you through a step-by-step process to get your first article in print, from how to format your pitch, to identifying the undersold freelance hotspots. Her tried and tested step-by-step approach: - Shows you how to scope the market and pick the most likely potential customers - Gives the inside track on how to convince editors who've never heard of you to commission your work - Tells you what to expect at every step along the pitching process - Includes a four week plan with a day-by-day process to kick start your freelance career


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There are plenty of books on the market which tell you how to write stylish prose, attention-grabbing headlines or market yourself better as a freelance writer. But how do you get that first piece published in a national publication? This book shows you the techniques that real freelancers use to sell their ideas and get into print. Professional freelancer Catherine Quinn, There are plenty of books on the market which tell you how to write stylish prose, attention-grabbing headlines or market yourself better as a freelance writer. But how do you get that first piece published in a national publication? This book shows you the techniques that real freelancers use to sell their ideas and get into print. Professional freelancer Catherine Quinn, who built a successful freelance career from scratch, guides you through a step-by-step process to get your first article in print, from how to format your pitch, to identifying the undersold freelance hotspots. Her tried and tested step-by-step approach: - Shows you how to scope the market and pick the most likely potential customers - Gives the inside track on how to convince editors who've never heard of you to commission your work - Tells you what to expect at every step along the pitching process - Includes a four week plan with a day-by-day process to kick start your freelance career

30 review for No Contacts? No Problem! How To Pitch And Sell A Freelance Feature (Professional Media Practice)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    This is a straightforward and encouraging book about how to contact editors and boldly pitch features, even if you never got anything into print. Better if you have of course; however, we're warned that a student newsletter is not a good example to provide. Perseverance, confidence and professionalism are stressed. Lots of good tips and explanations of what a PR person, company or department does, or how a travel feature might fall into your lap. I did not see any of the standard advice on featu This is a straightforward and encouraging book about how to contact editors and boldly pitch features, even if you never got anything into print. Better if you have of course; however, we're warned that a student newsletter is not a good example to provide. Perseverance, confidence and professionalism are stressed. Lots of good tips and explanations of what a PR person, company or department does, or how a travel feature might fall into your lap. I did not see any of the standard advice on feature writing; the pyramid structure, the types of features such as background, or how to make a tick-tock or graph. So learn to write features first. The book was published in 2009. Probably the advice that some editors will prefer the phone is now outdated. No mention of including a podcast, video clip or links. On the good side, I just checked the associated website of the same name, and it is still up and running, updated to 2019. Thanks to Dublin Business School. This is an unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarina Langer

    Theory books need to work on their blurbs. Have I mentioned that before? I must have mentioned that before. What I loved the most about No Contacts? No Problem! is that it was honest as well as encouraging. It was this is a tough business, if you're lazy you'll fail but it was also work hard and keep at it and you'll be successful. LOVE There was so much useful info for the newbie freelance writer, I'm tempted to buy it. My only smol issue is that it's out of date. You'll learn how to find work in Theory books need to work on their blurbs. Have I mentioned that before? I must have mentioned that before. What I loved the most about No Contacts? No Problem! is that it was honest as well as encouraging. It was this is a tough business, if you're lazy you'll fail but it was also work hard and keep at it and you'll be successful. LOVE There was so much useful info for the newbie freelance writer, I'm tempted to buy it. My only smol issue is that it's out of date. You'll learn how to find work in newspapers and magazines, who to contact, how to pitch,... but websites? Blogs? Finding work via social media sites liked LinkedIn? Not covered. What it does have (apart from oodles of motivation and encouragement, if you don't mind the no-bullshit approach like me) is a four-week plan at the end. There are links to more resources and more advice throughout. It gives you what you need to make a start and do it well. And throughout it all, it feels like Quinn has your back. This is a fantastic beginner's guide; I've certainly learned a lot. What it needs is a newer addition. This business develops fast, and a lot has happened since it came out in 2010. Having said that, all of the skills are transferable to a more modern approach. So, if you're just starting out as a freelance writer, I think you'll love this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jo Murphy

    You may have noticed that I never review a book unless I have great things to say. Most of my reviews sport 5 stars. No contacts....is a great book and I have begun to use it as a workbook and a kind of diary. There is a frustrating hitch with the Kindle edition of the book as it takes the reader through to some links that are either old or defunct. I suggest that the book itself is still so good it is well worth buying. Particularly the Kindle Edition as one can simply click on the links and get You may have noticed that I never review a book unless I have great things to say. Most of my reviews sport 5 stars. No contacts....is a great book and I have begun to use it as a workbook and a kind of diary. There is a frustrating hitch with the Kindle edition of the book as it takes the reader through to some links that are either old or defunct. I suggest that the book itself is still so good it is well worth buying. Particularly the Kindle Edition as one can simply click on the links and get going. I like the way the book has been set out and the general navigation of the book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pippa

    I used to do quite a bit of journalism, but have been working on other things for a number of years. This book has filled me in on all the ways that things have changed. (In practise less has changed than the writing magazines would have you believe!) It has restored my confidence. Excellent - and clearly written.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie Day

    I thought this was great esp for a newbie freelancer. It teaches you how to start pitching to magazines, which I have begun to do. It is a straight forward guide. Loved it. Will probably dive into it now and then for help when I need it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol Kerry-Green

    Some good ideas in here, if you're really serious about free lance writing, then this is the book for you. Some good ideas in here, if you're really serious about free lance writing, then this is the book for you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Richard Aitkins

    Excellent insight into getting published quickly. Suitable for beginners and seasoned freelances alike.

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