One of the hardest parts of being a freelancer is finding publications to pitch. These newsletters help.
It’s frustrating to spend hours trying to place a pitch or trying to find consistent clients. Thankfully, other freelancers know your struggle and have created helpful newsletters that take the guesswork out of searching for leads!
Can you call yourself a freelancer if you don’t subscribe to Sonia Weiser’s biweekly newsletter? It’s the most in-depth newsletter listing links to paying calls for pitches and often includes exclusive opportunities directly from editors you won’t find elsewhere. Sonia adds extra details regarding pay rates and other details when possible — and it’s a great way to discover what editors are searching for without searching Twitter endlessly. Basically, there’s no excuse for not subscribing to this newsletter.
Cost: Sonia suggests $3 a month but you can pay $1 to $3 via her Patreon. If you can’t afford that, email Sonia at firstname.lastname@example.org for a sponsored slot. If you can afford it, pay to sponsor a spot!
Missed Pitches serves up pitches that haven’t placed in publications (say that five times fast) every week. @rungomez also includes ten paid writing gigs, and five editorial contacts, and features a new freelancer every week.
3. Kat Boogaard’s newsletter
Kat’s newsletter is always packed with helpful tips for freelancers but she also includes about ten writing gigs found through LinkedIn and Twitter every week. I’ve discovered quite a few gigs there not listed elsewhere! If you’re looking for freelance opps outside of writing (design, social media management, etc.), she’s got you covered there too.
Britany Robinson’s newsletter features opportunities for writers and pitch calls. She also regularly shares recommendations for articles to read and tools to use. I love her Q&As with other freelancers.
Cost: Ranges from free to $60 a year.
Hope Clark was writing newsletters before they were cool. Receiving her newsletter is like sitting down for a cup of joe with a writer friend. Clark includes competitions for nonfiction and fiction people, grants and fellowships, publications looking for freelancers with information about their subject and rates.
This occasional newsletter doesn’t list a ton of calls for pitches but often lists financial resources for freelancers. Written by Susan Shain, who also runs a personal newsletter,
Mandy Hofmockel compiles a weekly list of journalism jobs across the country (including remote opportunities). Her newsletter doesn’t have calls for pitches, but Hofmockel includes fellowships and funds that self-employed people can take advantage of. I particularly enjoy her Q&As with journalists, career advice, and of course photos of Maggie the dog.
Cost: Ranges from free to $75 a year
Tatiana Walk-Morris sends out a weekly newsletter complete with journalism news and gigs. She also shares her hard-earned freelance knowledge in her blog.
This newly launched newsletter (it’s only had 10 editions so far!) is jam-packed with full- and part-time jobs, calls for writers, and writer competitions. They’re UK-based but include only remote opportunities.
Freedom with Writing sends out newsletters compiling their blog posts with calls for pitches in different niches and pay ranges, along with lists for full-time jobs and fiction markets. I like to peruse their newsletters every so often, but you can get this content just by visiting the website.
PitchWhiz is more than a newsletter: it’s a database where editors can list calls for pitches and writers get access to editorial contacts. Personally, I rarely check the service and just tune into the weekly newsletter listing new opportunities.
12. Journo Resources
This massive UK-based newsletter is organized by entry-level positions, “next step” jobs, and freelance gigs.
Cost: Free with suggested donation of £3.50
Sian Meades-Williams shares only UK-based paying freelance opportunities and part-time writing jobs in her weekly Wednesday newsletter.
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