The Art of the Follow Up–The Simple Key to Dramatically More Assignments

The Art of the Follow Up–The Simple Key to Dramatically More Assignments

79 minutes of video
79 minutes of audio
23 slides
26 pages of transcripts

In this webinar, we talk about timing, scripts, and mechanics of following up with editors on your pitches.

I also share some more unusual or downright awkward editor responses from members of our community and discuss how to handle them.

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Our topic for today may literally be the most important thing that we will every cover in a webinar.

It is a technique that takes significantly less time than any other change you can make in your travel writing career, but, by my estimations from input I’ve seen from dozens of writers covering this topic on their on blogs, dozens of writers who have attended our workshops and gone on to implement these practices, webinar viewers and blog readers who write in, and my own experience, this one thing can easily quadruple (if not even more greatly improve) your rate of getting assignments from cold pitches.

In business, generally, people often talk about how it’s much easier to get business from clients you already have than from new ones.

You are have a relationship and some trust. They’ve seen the quality of your work. And they voted on those things with their money.

Unfortunately, this leads a lot of you to keep working with the same markets that are paying $20 or $75 for feature-length stories you have traveled to research, reported in-depth, and slaved over the working of.

We need to implement this important business wisdom differently as freelance travel writers.

We need to get more mileage from ideas we’re already developed into stories from more editors by recycling those story ideas and associated pitches to the most places in the least time.

How many pitches in your career have you polished, sent out, not heard back from or received a yes on, and then put out to pasture in the great idea retirement farm in the sky? (a.k.a. where pitches, both good and bad, go to die)

I hate to tell you, but many, many, many of the pitches languishing out there have homes. Some may even be with the places you originally pitched them to.

But you’ll never know if you aren’t maximizing your follow ups.

Join for our webinar on The Art of The Follow Up – The Simple Key to Dramatically More Assignments. We talk about timing, scripts, and mechanics of following up with editors on your pitches. I share some more unusual or downright awkward editor responses direct from members of our community and how to handle them.

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