The life of a freelancer can be flexible and spontaneous, allowing you to choose your own projects, set your own schedule, and be your own boss. But freelancing requires more than simply a thirst to write — it takes hard work and discipline. Here are resources on the business of freelancing, with practical advice from seasoned pros.
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“In Praise of Pitching,” also at Longreads, discusses pitching stories publicly.
At Longreads, freelancers Eva Holland, Josh Dean, Jason Fagone, and May Jeong chat about pitching stories, negotiating contracts, and breaking into a tough industry:
Do the work. There’s confidently sending off a pitch you’ve done your homework on, and then there’s just throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks. I think when young writers aren’t talking themselves out of things, too often they’re rushing things out half-baked instead.
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