I booked my first gig last night using my pitch. Of course, I followed Gina’s directions and made it!
The post was looking for someone who could write roughly 250 words on how Indie Authors could choose the right publisher. It pays $25. Having a wealth of resources in this field from my years as a ghostwriter, I pitched it. Here’s what I wrote:
Your Facebook post in the group, Calls for Submissions (Poetry, Fiction, Art), immediately caught my eye today. The folks at RA Williams Publishing must be thrilled about launching the first issue! Congratulations!!
After reading the details you shared in your post, I think I’m a perfect fit!
For the past eight years, I’ve worked as a freelance ghostwriter for many writers, businesses, and large freelance websites.
I’m currently in the process of transitioning my focus over to writing articles and web content full-time. I’ve built and run my own blog. In it, I write about the changes I’m making.
You can view a sample of my work on my Professional Writing Pinterest board.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with many Indie Authors over the years. Some, I’ve come to know well. Writing articles geared toward their success would be great for me. In fact, I love helping others succeed in any way I can.
Please let me know if you need any extra information about me before you make a hiring decision. I’m looking forward to working with you.
It worked!! Within minutes, the editor responded! It was so exciting! I booked my first job. There’s no feeling like it. I’ll have more information at a later posting.
Lesson 15: 4 Successful Habits of Pitching Jobs
Gina’s lesson for today is about habits. By developing good habits early on, we leave less room for the bad habits some tend to form.
The biggest takeaway from this lesson in 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success is that the more streamlined and turnkey your processes are, the more likely you are to do them.
A System for Pitching
You’ll notice in yesterday’s post, that I included a pitch that looks different from the one I sent to my client. This is because the one I posted yesterday is my “blank” one. It’s ready to receive accurate information that could sway the prospect my way. It’s the original one that has been saved to my email’s “Draft” folder.
Today’s pitch has detailed information. It’s not too long or wordy but gets the point across. I’m trying to tell the client I know what I’m doing, and she should hire me.
I pulled my “blank” pitch from my email folder. Gina recommends saving it to your “Drafts” folder. That’s where it sat, waiting for me to fill it in. By saving it there, you’re able to access easily it and write it up to send over quickly. I copied and pasted the email’s text over to my new email.
A System for Responses
You’ll need to make a secondary draft folder entry containing a list of questions you’ll need should they take the bait. There’ll be more on that tomorrow.
A System for Following Up
In your email’s folder list, make a new one and call it, “Awaiting Reply.” In it, place emails that you’re waiting for a response on. Then, once a week, go through the folder and send an email to those you haven’t heard from in a bit. I’ve drafted this one:
I’m circling back to check and see if you’ve filled [XYX Writing Position].
If you haven’t or if you’d like some additional information, please reply and let me know.
Polite persistence pays off. Gina says she’s gotten many jobs this way.
A System for Tracking
I created a spreadsheet to track posts as you send them. This will help you to determine what your success rate is. Please note, it is under construction. I’ll have it done shortly.
Also, please make sure you copy the information and paste it to your own sheet. Any changes you make to it will not be saved.
Do all you can to make pitching as easy and painless as possible. Setting up systems to help you will only reinforce good habits long term. The goal is to send out more pitches each day.
Check your lead sources regularly, and use your email folders to help you keep text accessible.